The change between summer and fall is always bittersweet, especially for Minnesotans. We say goodbye to the sunshine and welcome the cool autumn breeze, gently reminding us of the treacherous winter that’s to come. We layer-up and embrace the change of seasons taking place around us.
So last week, on a beautiful fall day, there was nowhere I’d rather have been than a place I have spent many fall seasons, my alma mater: The University of Minnesota. Though Alex was a little leery about heading to Dinkytown this time of year, we steered clear of the main drag and headed to The Kitty Cat Klub.
The Kitty Cat Klub is right off of University and 14th, located under the iconic Annie’s Parlor. I’ve been there to see bands play late night shows a lot, but I just heard about their great happy hour and knew we’d be heading there soon. Monday-Sunday, 4-7pm! Excellent prices and a pretty decent location on my way home from work.
I pulled in around 5:30 pm after fighting traffic and looped around the block a few times to find a parking spot. It’s mostly metered parking in the neighborhood, but you may be lucky and find some residential spots a few blocks away. But be careful! Many a parking tickets I’ve received in Dinkytown over the years!
The friendly staff and luscious décor greeted me at the door. Instantly my mind was at ease — the busy voicemails, emails, checklists and appointments were all pushed out and the velvety, rich colors and warm lighting took over my thoughts instead. The long, inviting bar is to your left, seating and colorful paintings to your left, and as you continue into this new world of ”lush” you see the many cozy corners and separate rooms. Very unique.
I bellied up to the bar and ordered a Summit EPA ($2). Though their inside seating is the epitome of comfort, I couldn’t forget how beautiful it was outside (remember, winter is near) so I grabbed my beverage, kept my card open, and headed to the small, secluded patio outside.
The patio continues The Kitty Kat’s vintage feel, but the romantic ambiance is replaced with an amiable vibe. There’s seating for only about 20 people, so luckily there were only two groups there when I arrived. Alex showed up right as I sat down. He had grabbed a Stella ($3) before joining me outside. We caught up about the day’s happenings and began to plan for the blessed two days off of work.
About this time, we began to get hungry for dinner. Unfortunately, the happy hour doesn’t include any food options. We went for a second round of beers instead. Budweiser ($2) and a Fulton Sweet Child of Vine ($3).
We finished up our drinks and paid the tab at the bar, tipping generously after some great deals and service. Can’t wait to share this Happy Hour gem with friends.
Romantic, plush, and rich. I literally felt my body calm as I walked through the door.
Only one bartender was working so there was no patio or table service, but she was attentive and ready to whip up whatever our happy-hour-hearts desired.
Since we only ordered beers, not much to mention here.
No food available. Eat before you come, friends.
Value for Dollars
This is what I call ‘Bang for your buck’! I have never paid $2 for a Summit outside of the liquor store!
Kitty Cat Klub