Lisa and I experienced The Lowry Uptown for the first time, because it was chosen by our friend, Heather, as our last Happy Hour destination before she made the move out of unpredictable Minnesota weather into sunny California.
I know what you’re thinking, and no, I’m not bitter at all about her move, just extremely happy for her…ok, maybe like 28% bitter, but the rest of it is happy. I swear!
My, uninformed, impression of The Lowry was that it is insanely upscale, so when Heather suggested it I was a little concerned, but trusted her judgement. Luckily, my impression was wrong. Yes, it does have a little bit of an upscale vibe and by that I mean it’s not necessarily somewhere you’d stop on a bar crawl and I would suggest not going there in a sweats, but it’s basically just a nice dinner or drinks destination. Great for a date.
We were there for Happy Hour, which happens 4-7pm and 10pm-close: $4 tap beers, premium rails for $3 and food discounts, too.
They have a really great beer list which includes many local taps from places like Freehouse (which is also owned by the same company), Indeed, Summit, and Great Lakes. I ordered the Stella Cider, which is always delicious.
Apps are included in the Happy Hour pricing, so Heather and Lisa both ordered wings and loved them. I decided I was too hungry for an app so I ordered the Grilled Cheese (Wisconsin cheddar, tomato chutney, Parmesan-crusted sourdough, tomato soup shooter). Even though it wasn’t on HH menu, it was still very decently priced.
The parmesan-crusted sourdough was amazing and the tomato soup shooter was a really fun way to pair something that can get messy, like soup, with the ambiance of The Lowry. The fries were also the right amount of crisp; not too rigid, but not soggy.
The service was great. We were seated immediately and our server had a great sense of humor. The ultimate reason I’m impressed with their service was that Lisa forgot her card and they ran after us, outside, to return it to her. No surprise if you take into consideration that the founders, David Burely & Stephanie Shimp started off as servers and have gone on to open up places like the Longfellow Grill, Edina Grill, Groveland Tap, and The Freehouse.
The Lowry Uptown
2112 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Open Daily: 6:30 AM – 2:00 AM