3fourths (1537) Boulder, Colorado | January 4, 2006| Updated April 20, 2013
Visited with Pigfoot and MilkmanDan. A nice spot on a busy street, small and cramped dining and bar area up front with a few bowling lanes within view. Beer selection had a few Belgians, some Victory, and a couple of locals I think. Nice place, but not the typical beer bar - and not just because of the bowling alley - the vibe is more like a diner or cafe than a bar, but it works.
Checked this out with stlwill on his recommendation. Pretty neat set up. According to the bar back the place has been around since the 50ís and they added the bowling alley portion of it later. Itís pretty awesome that there is a bowling alley with good beer. I also love that they do events for special keg tappings at this particular bowling alley.
The tap lineup is well thought out. They had Two Hearted on tap and the new "French IPA" from New Belgium but after tasting the New Belgium beer I went with a St Lupulin from Odellís. The bartender also gave me taste of the Blame It On The Boil sour beer from Crazy Mountain which I did not care for. Prices were reasonable and the music was good most of the time, though very eclectic with some Lead Belly and Black Sabbath but also some 80ís crap.
One of my favorite stops (if not my favorite) in Minneapolis.
theisti (763) Kansas | August 12, 2010| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited for lunch, midweek. The space is pretty small, but comfortably so. There are is a decent size bar to the right, bar tables in the center, and maybe 8 dining table to the right. Behind all of this is the bowling alley, which is pretty cool. During lunch, no one was bowling, and the place was mostly filled with socialists working on their latest movie treatments. They had wifi, and an electical outlet; two things I was really in the need of. The service was very friendly. I had an egg scramble and a Surly Hell, both were fresh and in good condition. They have rotating Surly and Bells seasonal, plus a solid draft and bottle list. Not huge, but well chosen. The food menu was really quite pricey, considering. In general, a fun place which I am sure is even more so when it is in Bar mode in the evening. The fact its aroun the corner from Herkimer and Moto-I make it an easy choice to visit.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Sweet place in uptown. Bowling and beer, perfect for me!!
JK (363) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | April 3, 2011
I have lived near this place for a long time but never managed to make it there until a few days ago First, poor layout inside. The bar is too small, and with the remaining area occupied by tables, some of the servers were kind of unfriendly when I had the nerve to stand drinking my beer. The appetizer I had was ok. Selection is decent, they had a Bellís release event when I went. Beers not on happy hour are expensive. Clear the tables out of there when you are having a busy night, and this would be a lot better place.
Visited in early October 2006. Pretty damn cool place, looks like it hasnít been remodeled since the 40s, comfy bar/restaurant are with aged fixtures and a really nice tap selection. I didnít try the food but my friend who visits often says good things, and no one was bowling when we were there, but atmosphere-wise this place is killer. Good service, just a nice comfy place like the Twin Cities seem to be blessed with in abundance.
ElGaucho (269) Minnetonka, Minnesota | May 10, 2005| Updated March 3, 2006
3/3/06: Went last night. Had Victory Hop Wallop, Rogue Imp Stout and Surly Furious on tap. Also had Bells Batch 7000 in bottle. Quality selection. Part of town not so nice, but only a couple blocks from nicer. 5/10/05: Cool joint. Was there during the 2005 Twin Cities "I love beer" pubcrawl. Red and black square tiles on the floor. Chalk board featuring their beers, which is always a good sign because they can CHANGE!!! Very nice selection that included Rogue Brutal Bitter and Juniper Ale (Yellow Snow) on tap. They had me there. Also had Mojo IPA and 3 Bells offerings: Oberon, 2 Hearted and Amber. And, of course there is a small bowling alley in back. What more can you ask? Recommended.
Stop three of my Uptown tour. I have heard they get some special kegs, but I donít see myself hanging out here on a regular day. Just not down with the hipster crowd. If you like bowling though, this is probably the only place close to have that and beer.
Visited on a Friday evening. Very cool place packed with lots of 20, 30, and 40 somethings. Very hip retro vibe going on. They had a dozen plus tap beers which are pretty good, I had a pint of Surly Furious. There were a half dozen or so bowling lanes, but the waiting list can be long when the place is crowded. Iíve been told that the food is all organic and pretty good, but we didnít eat. Iíll have to go back next time Iím in Minne.
I liked the vibe here, except for a strange feeling that reminded me of a Wolf Parade concert I once attended wearing no Chuck Taylors or non-prescription glasses and donning no hip handbag. Like the angsty crowd was looking at me thinking, "donít ruin our scene, asshole." But, they had many fun brews on tap and in bottles. It would be a good place to go when you end up with more people than you expected or wanted.