chriso (715) London, England | July 17, 2007| Updated January 7, 2009
Didn’t really take much notice of the interior as we just surveyed the beers available, then moved out to the patio, where the piped music was indeed rather too loud. The place claims to have a "Scottish flavour" but I can’t say I noticed it. 20 odd taps and a similar number of bottles but, apart from the Surly beers, Bells Hell Hath No Fury and Flat Earth Pale Ale, the selection seemed rather commonplace. I say seemed because, if there was a printed list, I didn’t see it, so I had to peer at the tap handles to see what was on. Which is not easy when you are not local, thus unfamiliar with the handles, and have less than perfect eyesight. A useful spot in the downtown area but, apart from the Surly beers, not an essential stop. Food was in the sandwich/wrap/pizza vein, and was OK for refuelling.
BVery (653) Plymouth, Minnesota | October 17, 2011| Updated October 18, 2011
Pretty solid beer spot in downtown Minneapolis - can always count on these guys to have a few goodies on the tap line. And they have the occassional beer event or special tappings, usually Surly-related (I’ve been here for Darkness, Moe’s Bender, etc.).
JK (396) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | July 12, 2007
Beer selection is good, but not great. A few things that are rare on tap. The bartender yelled at my girlfriend for ordering a beer when we were not sitting at the bar, and the waitress outside was rude when I tried to order food. Two employees and both were rude in one night, not good. Very loud indoors and out, almost too loud to talk.
ElGaucho (286) Minnetonka, Minnesota | February 6, 2008| Updated February 18, 2012
2/18/12: I’ve been to Mackenzie quite a bit since my initial rating 4 years ago. Their selectn has improved immeasurably since then and is at this point easily top 10 and likely top 5 for beer selection in the Metro area. The quality of the selection is where they stand apart, predictably having gems you won’t have anywhere else. On separate occasions I’ve found Odell Saboteur and Stone 15th anniversary imperial black ipa on tap. They used to do 2 for ones both before and after twins games with your ticket stub. As of last season they weren’t doing it anymore because " people were taking advantage of it." uh yeah!?! That’s the point! They added a nice outdoor patio in back which is nice when the weather is warm although it’s nestled next to the building and therefore doesn’t always have direct sunlight. Outside of the incident Wellestone refers to in his review (I was there) I’ve had mostly great experiences here with beer. Best selection in the vicinity for Twins and Twolves games. 2/6/08:Walking distance from my apartment, this is a place that takes their beer seriously. No BMC on tap, although if you must stoop to get a Budweiser, it’s available on bottle. The beer selection is fairly solid. They’re one of few places downtown that have 3 Surly brews on tap. Tonight they had the Furious, Bender and Mild. The other highlight was Sierra Nevada Celebration. The rest of the options were fairly pedestrian and included 3 Schell options (Pils, Snowstorm, Bock), Grainbelt, Blue Moon, Summit EPA, etc. So, obviously a place to get all of the standard local brews. Beer prices are ok, but food prices are very reasonable. The Margerita pizza I had was outstanding. They have an upsatirs balcony area that’s not open very often except for very busy nights, but is also available for private parties. Perhaps the best beer bar on Hennepin Ave. in downtown Mnpls. Amb 3, Ser 9, Sel 9, Fo, 9, Val NA, Ov 16
Had been here before, but forgot to rate it. I was able to try some leftover Surly from their Surly Bash - Five, Syx and 12 Darkness. Prices were $6.50 - 7.00 though, so not cheap. Sucks having to pay for parking across the street, but such is life downtown. Service was painfully slow and the place was not busy. Nice patio area out back, but if you can’t get service inside; I can’t even imagine what it would be like sitting outside.
Atom (226) Minneapolis, Minnesota | October 20, 2013
Liking this place more every time I go. Lots of good taps at a decent price. Nice sports bar downtown. Although a Cleveland Browns bar? Haha ok whatever. I like to stop in when downtown for shows, otherwise I hate going downtown.
A good selection of beers but with Surly to lean on they can’t go wrong. Small cozy bar area on the inside with darts. An outside roomy patio with piped in music that is just a tad loud for an old man. Food is good as well. Nice place you owe it to yourself to stop by if your in the area.
Great stop near the theater, target center, target field, etc. Right in the heart of downtown, lots of taps, great bar food. Strongly recommend a stop if you’re looking for a sports bar downtown as their beer selection crushes most others. Its not big but its good.
This place is almost great. A wide tap list with some great micros on line a crowd that’s not to raucous and a fair amount of seating. The food menu is pretty big and the things I tried were OK. The real problem here was the service. The table waitresses are somewhat attentive, but I only ended up at a table because the bar with 4 patrons was apparently to much for the bartender to handle. I waited over 5 minutes and couldn’t pry him away from washing a couple glasses to order a beer. I later tried to ask a question about a tap and was snubbed by his response. The prices are pretty high on top of that. Unless I was targeting something specific I wouldn’t return.
Visited here a few times while on business in Minneapolis. My hotel was right around the corner so it was nice to find a close bar with good beer. I spent a lot of my time enjoying some Surly brews. They also had Ommegang, Victory, Bells, Summit and quite a few others. I did not have any food but the staff was friendly and it seems like a lot of the locals hang out here. Good time.