Places to Eat and Drink Near the Armory
Only a few blocks away is Sawatdee, a local favorite that has plenty of Thai food classics. This location prides itself on being the pioneer of Thai in the Twin Cities, as the first Thai restaurant that opened in 1986. Across the Washington Ave., another local hot spot can be found. Zen Box Izakaya is all about the Japanese comfort food. Get yourself a hearty bowl of ramen and a couple pieces of sashmi on the side before getting your night started.
Even closer is Bar Zia, serving a pleasingly priced, comfortingly familiar array of burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and small plates. They offer $4 rail drinks, house wine, and tap beers plus $8 appetizers during their daily happy hour. Having recently been reinvented with a short but respected menu is Dan Kelly’s Pub. The old Irish bar is still dark as a cave, but it has a strong selection of beer and whiskeys and an attractive happy hour. Day Block Brewing Company doubles as a brewpub with a full bar and a live music venue! The menu offers snacks, sandwiches and pizzas to hold you down.