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Feb 5, 2007 02:37 PM

MSP: Neighborhood bars, Mpls

We are on the hunt for a nice "neighborhood"-type bar in Minneapolis. The kind of place where you immediately feel comfortable on your first visit. The kind of place with friendly service, and above average bar food (or simply a few consistent "old standby" items). Does such a place exist?

Ideal locations would be South Minneapolis, Uptown, the Lakes area, or up 35W.

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  1. Chris, have you tried Adrian's on 48th & Chicago in S. Minneapolis? A little bit divey, but the hamburgers are good and the feel is as you described.

    Perhaps Westrums, on Nicollet between 46th & 50th? (I moved across the river before the smoking ban went into effect, but keep meaning to get back there.)

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    1. re: KTFoley

      KT... I haven't tried either of those, but they are now on the list! Thanks!

      1. re: KTFoley

        I would second Adrians. And I think Westrums is on 42nd and Nicollet. I know it's not between 46th and 50th. I lived two blocks from there for 15 years.

      2. Bulldog on Lyndale and 26th. Has a good selection of beer and above average food. The noise level is a bit high. Bartenders and other food service workers frequent the bar. The NE location is bigger and you can get lost in the shuffel. Have not tried the food in the NE location.

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        1. re: ibew292

          i had some food there. the cubano was actually decent. i'm originally from chicago and i'm impressed with the selection on their bar menu. some great standards like a real chicago hot dog

          1. re: anolli

            yeah i thought the cubano was good too-- although i would upgrade the foodservicy bun. buldog ne has worked out a few kinks it had when it first opened and it has a good selection of monk-brewed beer.

            katebauer both of the bulldog locations have full lq license, although it would be easy to think they didn't from their menu's focus on the beers-- wake up bar MGRs!

          2. re: ibew292

            I second the 'Dawg. Great beer selection -- I recommend the Mud Pie veg burger (tasty) and the Tots & Cheeze. Beer and Tots. It doesn't get any better.

            1. re: ibew292

              According to a review by Dara Moskowitz, the two Bulldogs (Lyndale and NE) only share a common owner (out of several) and a common name. BTW she raves about the food at the NE location.


              I haven't been to either but may check them both out sometime.

            2. Great topic! Can people post whether the places they suggest have a full liquor license? We live near Adrians and they only have 3.2 beer.

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              1. re: katebauer

                Actually, I don't know if they have a full liquor license, but they definitely are not a 3.2 beer joint. They have Bell's Two Hearted Ale on draft and I recently sold them some Koningshoeven Trappist Tripel in bottles. Very nice stuff!

                Full disclosure: I import beer, live in Minneapolis, and occasionally sell some around town.

                1. re: L Hoff

                  Good to know - I just took my husband's word on it (he's kind of whiney about moving to S. Minneapolis so far away from any bars (.8 miles)) ;).

              2. I love the Chatterbox. I love their burgers and their fries are some of the best in town. It does have a high hipster quotient, but I'm comfortable with the fact that not I'm not one of the cool kids (not even in an ironic sense.) I think they have a strong beer and wine license.

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                1. re: advicepig

                  We went to the Chatterbox last night for the first time in a long while. I was delighted with the lack of smoke (like I said, it had been a while), but I think the food isn't as good as it used to be. The onion rings had some sort of odd, thick, hard batter on them, which was disappointing, and my hamburger wasn't as good even as Longfellow or Highland Grill's are. So, while I don't know where else one could go in town to play Atari while listening to Flock of Seagulls and such [ahem] fine other music from my youth, I won't be going back for the food.

                2. Try these:
                  Maxwell's on Washington - Just off 35W between the Mobil station and Grumpy's.
                  Whitey's - Right on Hennepin in NE Mpls

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                  1. re: rskubic

                    If you're going that far - Spring Street Station a couple of blocks off Central in NE. Full bar, great draft beer, good food.

                    I hang at Runyon's - again full bar and love the "buffalo" shrimp. Also one of the best rachels in town.