After centuries of experimenting with Slappy Hour, Mopey Hour, and Witching Hour, the world's bars and restaurants have finally settled upon the appropriately titled Happy Hour. Imbibe and break bread at a place where every hour is happy hour with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of creative American cuisine and drinks at Aura Restaurant and Bar, in Minneapolis.
Aura Restaurant and Bar's menu features American cuisine with numerous international twists. Aura's vast selection of original pasta dishes are its centerpiece with such notables as tequila chicken pasta ($11), beef-tip gorgonzola ($13), and avocado pasta ($9). Traveling tongues, meanwhile, can take a stroll around the parts of America that are in Europe with dishes such as baked Bulgarian feta ($9), mustard thyme-glazed salmon ($14), and honey mustard chicken ($10), drizzled in a honey mustard sauce and baked in a clay oven with potatoes, broccoli, and bacon. Aura's small plates are all priced at $9 or less and pack a large serving of delectable originality and syllables. Passing around a few plates of tabasco-dipped calamari ($8) and goat-cheese chicken quesadilla ($7) will ensure that your conversation suffers no uncomfortable lulls no matter how often your friend brings up his rash.
“Happy Aura” runs from 4 p.m. to midnight and will have you radiating your own happy aura with a full range of drinks. Pass the world's longest hour with Summit EPA from the tap ($3.25), a mojito ($8.95), a berrytini ($8.95), or a late-night strawberry lemon-drop ($8.95). Between rounds, small plates of hummus with pizza bread ($5) and waffle fries with seasoned sour cream ($5) will help keep you alert and unwobbly. One Groupon can be used per table, so bring your entire RPG fellowship with you and enjoy a night out that, for once, doesn't involve fighting the same three bandersnatches over and over again.