“Loon soon!” is code for “Let’s grab happy hour” to many 1st Ave. workers. Of the slew of 1st Ave./Warehouse District bars, this bar draws the most urban crowd—but Playboy did rate it one of the best singles bars in the country, so that tells you a little about the scene. On the other hand, former Chicago Bears QB Jim McMahon told Newsweek that the Loon serves “The Chili of Champions.” We’re not really sure what that’s supposed to tell you—but if you’re one of the singles, it might help to stay away from the chili. Additional warning: When the new Twins stadium opens around the corner, The Loon is destined to be packed on game days from now until the end of time.
Features: DJ, Happy Hour, Late-night Eats
Neighborhood(s): Downtown Minneapolis
Happy Hour: M-F, 4-6:30 p.m.; $2.50 rails, house wines, taps, and select appetizers.