Visited with jackl. Huge central bar, decent atmosphere. Large beer selection included some interesting regional and national stuff. Nice bottle list. Single server was overwhelmed and forgot half our food order. Decent enough stop. It would be helpful if they updated their online beer list.
Decent enough place a few blocks from the Happy Gnome. Street parking within a block. Smallish and woody interior, feels a bit dirty indeed. U shaped bar with tables around the outside. Taplist on the wall, but also printed with descriptions of the beers inside. Bartender was nice, but not a huge beer person - when I identified a (for me) new Toppling tick she had to go ask somebody what it actually was (Biter DIPA). I did not ask about flights here; just ordered my Biter and settled in, at which point I was left totally alone. Did not check out the food at all. This is a solid bar by most standards, but it is hurt by its proximity to a truly world class establishment a few blocks away.
Weird vibe, with luxurious dark wood, leather booths, and pretty dirty otherwise. Bartender was helpful, but said "something to think about" too often. Good beer selection, maybe a little too heavy on past tap takeovers (2/3 of the list was New Belgium / Indeed / Summit) but I found some nice selections. Prices solid. A few rarities. Worth a stop.
Cool spot. Intimate, no-frills one roomed place with a large (60+) tap list. Plenty of interesting stuff was on tap across a range of styles. No real filler. The only problem was that it seemed relatively understaffed. The fact that the Muddy Pig doesn’t advertise their beer list online also makes it a less attractive spot than the nearby Happy Gnome. Still, it’s worth checking out if you’re in the Twin Cities. This is quietly one of the best bars in the area.
A nice old school beer bar. One room has a large central bar surrounded by seating with a second room that has additional seating. A few TVs scattered around but not in your face. 50ish taps with a good variety of local and non-local. Service was solid despite being quite busy. Food was good not great and prices were inline with the area. A very good beer bar.
BVery (699) Plymouth, Minnesota | January 12, 2009| Updated May 19, 2012
Great St. Paul bar - loads of great beers available. Service can be a little slow, and I think the staff at the Happy Gnome is generally a little more knowledgable, but the Pig is definitely on my short list of great places to go in the Twin Cities.
JK (423) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | October 2, 2004| Updated August 29, 2009
Very expensive, but very high quality selection. There were a few rare beers I had never heard of, and also Bell’s Cherry Ale on tap for the high price of $6 for the pint. Service was rude. /////////// I won’t erase my previous comments yet but will update. Service has been fine generally. Fine selection, but still above average prices. Very small, cramped bar area. I wouldn’t come here more than 4 people because there is hardly any seating at the bar and there is no room to stand at all, so you need to plan on getting a table. Good scotch selection. A very liberal crowd in a very liberal area of a very liberal city. I have met the owner several times and he has always been friendly.
Really lovely bar with comfy old-timey ambiance and very attentive service during the (admittedly slow) couple of hours we were there. Did not try food as we had just eaten at the similar-quality Happy Gnome before arriving, but the beer selection was quality -- a quite nice Victory Prima Pils was in good shape -- and the single malt selection was similarly solid. Not spectacular if you’re a well-travelled beergeek but a very nice place to just chill out and soak up the vibe.
Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Pretty nice beer selection, although nothing really stood out on my first visit. Food was average, but nothing special. Weird dance music was playing in the bar area, which didn’t really seem to match the bar atmosphere. I would have liked to have come back another time after my initial visit, because I wasn’t especially impressed.