A hockey-less Xcel Energy Center means more open bar stools in our state's capital. For upscale Italian fare, Pazzaluna is one of St. Paul's finest. Budget-conscious patrons will find solace in the 4-6 p.m. daily happy hour. While wines, cocktails and beers vary from $3 to $5, the real steal is in the appetizers. Take two selections from the antipasti bar for $5 or max out with five items for only $8.

360 St. Peter St., St. Paul • 651-223-7000 • www.pazzaluna.com