If you’d rather just be than be seen, kick back at one of these chill local dive bars.
Grumpy’s in St. Bonifacius feels instantly familiar: dark wood paneling, neon beer signs, pull tabs and a Friday night meat raffle. The monthly beer special is a bargain, and you can vent your workday frustrations with video games like Big Buck Hunter. 4113 Main St., St. Bonifacius; 952.446.1478
Prefer wine? You can still go lowbrow. Haskell’s in Excelsior offers decent, inexpensive wines by the glass to enjoy with one of their made-to-order burgers. Free darts Tuesdays, Bingo Thursdays, live music Saturdays and a patio with killer views. 1 Water St., Excelsior; 952.474.0937
For a jolly roadhouse vibe, Long Lake’s Red Rooster boasts old-school rock on the jukebox and a separate dining room to park the kids while you enjoy a frosty one. You won’t want to miss 75-cent taco Tuesdays! 1832 W. Wayzata Blvd., Long Lake; 952.473.4089