Last stop of the night. Kind of a pain to get to because of all the construction going on at the time. Despite that there are some neat buildings to see in the area. The inside of the place was very dark but busy. Bathrooms are downstairs and there is a bunch of beer related stuff on the walls in the stair case.
The beer list was alright. Actually there were some good ones on there but not what I was expecting. I did make it a point to try a Grain Belt while there. I got a kick out of the mixed drink menu since they had a drink called a Wop Bomb. The bartender had a kind of funny shirt on that said "your grandpa drank here" on the back.
I’d have to check the map to see what else is in the area but it’s probably worth a revisit.
Sticky-floored pub with a decent tap list. The 25ish taps featured plenty of locals, but little that regional power tickers won’t have already tried. I ended up sticking with pints of Bent Paddle Venture Pils for the duration of my visit. Food’s limited to your standard bar fare. Like the tap list, the food’s better than average, but nothing worth writing home about. There’s a game room attached to the main bar, which is sort of cool, I guess. Overall, I won’t go out of my way to visit again. However, It’s a solid option if you’re visiting the University.
Great place - tons of great beers with a lot of support for local/regional brewers. Still have a pinball machine, which is great. Food is just okay - pretty good selection, but the quality is just average. On-campus location attracts the party and pre/post game crowd.
A large college bar with a strong selection of brews. Place has a large room with pool tables plus a large bar area that is often quite packed with college kids or folks on their way to a U of M sporting event. Service can be a bit slow but the bartenders are usually familiar with beer. A nice number of taps with the occasional rare beer coming through. Never tried the food on my visits but the prices are solid. Not too bad for a college bar.
Stopped by here twice during the Darkness weekend festivities. The first the night was during the Darkness release party and then I decided to come back to give an accurate review because the beer list for the party was different than a normal night. For the party a pretty sick list, the regular list is average. Its got lots of MN beers but nothing special, I was pretty bored. The atmosphere is so-so, a total college bar, nothing spectacular. The crowd is young with beer people mixed in. They do have several promotions mixd in which is cool, but again geared toward the college crowd. The bartenders seem to know a decent amount about beer, the servers know very little, a mixed bag. Neither offered very good suggestions.
A decent beer bar that probably gets a little too much pub. If I was in college I’d love this place. Worth stopping by but if I lived here probably would only be a once in the blue moon stop.
JK (420) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | January 11, 2006| Updated September 13, 2008
Updated rating 9/13/08. Much different place than before. Staff is far more friendly and helpful, the bad attitudes are gone. Food is standard bar fare, and better than average even with a small menu. Some items are made with beer. There is always cheap beer availalbe, and every month they rotate brewers on their $3.50 pint list. Good happy hour.It is a good place now.
I have been here many times, but not recently, so the increased selection must be something new. Selection or not, I never go here anymore because this place has the rudest service I have experienced in a Twin Cities bar it is has been that way all of the 10 or so times I have been there. Food is ok.
Crowd is mosty university students. Decide for yourself if the selection makes this place worthwhile, but I advise strongly against it based on the service. Sally’s a block away offers the same atmosphere, much better service, and a comparable beer selection.
On my last visit in April 2006, the staff was pleasant and I had no complaints. Their selection is better than average for beer. I will go back and change my rating if the staff is again pleasant. But I do have a new complaint and that is that this place is dirty and needs serious work to improve the ambiance. Ties with the local Sportman’s for worst bathroom.As of March 2008, the service, as well as the issues of disrepair, have improved considerably. Score raised.
A fun place. Was here a while back and it was too busy to sit down - this time it was empty (middle afternoon) and nice friendly service. Board games. Okay food. Fun atmosphere. Good selection on U of M campus, so younger crowd. Overall a nice place.
ElGaucho (286) Minnetonka, Minnesota | January 10, 2006| Updated March 16, 2017
Mar 16, 2017: 11 years since my first (the first) review. They have done virtually nothing to this place in that time, save put up an outdoor patio. Seeing as it’s far too cold to be outside today, that doesn’t matter. The tap list is still excellent, with a strong local concentration. The one thing I’m struggling to get past is the dirt. They don’t clean this place very well and there’s a noticeable aroma of bleach or some other form of cleaner in certain parts of the main floor. I feel like I’m going to need a shower when I get home. Previous ratings 4,8,13,na,7,17. January 10, 2006: I had heard the name of this place before, but didn’t know anything about it until a friend invited me to join him before attending a Univ. of Minnesota women’s basketball game at nearby Williams Arena. They have a pretty good tap beer selection, although apparently that hasn’t always been the case. Examples of what they had on when I was there: Bell’s Best Brown and Two Hearted, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Celebration, Anchor Steam, Summit Extra Pale, James Page White Ox, Leinenkugel’s Apple Spice, Blue Moon, Sam Adams Boston Lager and Winter’s Bourbon (AB). Located in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus area. Since Town Hall is across the river from campus, this may be the closest place to campus to get a good beer. Am 5, Ser 4, Sel 10, F NA, Val NA, Ov 13
This is a college bar with cheap prices, bad but not horrible food, and friendly people. The tap list is solid and will have a few exciting choices for non-locals, albeit nothing that can’t be found elsewhere usually.