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Serious Beer Drinkers - Please Read - I NEED your input!

Hi!

I'm an Assistant Organizer for the Monthly Pint Meetup.com group. Each month we choose a Twin Cities bar to visit, drink, dine, and socialize. Beer being our focus. I'm planning the March event and have thought about a few different places but after reading reviews online, I'm now at a loss. I need fresh ideas!

Bars I considered were Lucky's 13, Stanley's, Northeast Social, and Town Hall Tap. All were rejected due to poor reviews EXCEPT for THT. I had to exclude that location as its website says it can only seat 90. Our events draw upwards of 150 folks.

An ideal location would include management that's willing to give us great deals on beer, rail drinks, AND food. Bar food is fine but a "step above" is what I desire. We prefer hi-tops and one large room in which we can gather. A perfect set-up is Park Tavern. They have a back room in which we gather and they even give us a few lanes for FREE bowling:-) This month we'll be at Grumpy's in Roseville (Not my favorite due to its location in the 'burbs and the set up is not great. Every time you need to go to the bathroom or another room, you walk past the dart boards. On more than one occasion, one of our members has nearly been hit!) Next month, we'll be at Gluek's.

Obviously, we've been to many places over the years but I don't doubt that my fellow Chowhounds can think outside of the box. There has to be new places or places we haven't thought of yet to visit.

Your input is MUCH appreciated!
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Northeast Social
359 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Gluek's
16 N 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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  1. Most of the beer-forward places I know of would have a hard time accommodating 150 people. I'm reasonably certain Muddy Pig and Happy Gnome could not.

    You might see what Ngon Bistro can do. They don't serve hard liquor, though.

    Barley John's might be able to help you, but you'd have to be outside, and it still might be snowing.

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    Muddy Pig
    162 Dale St N, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    Happy Gnome
    498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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    1. re: kevin47

      Happy Gnome does have a big upstairs space for private events (at least as of a little while ago). There was a bar up there, but as I was not organizing, I have no idea how the logistics work for the upstairs.

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      Happy Gnome
      498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

      1. re: LauraB

        The groom's dinner for my sister's wedding was upstairs at the Gnome and while we had a large group, 150 people would be awfully crowded.

      2. re: kevin47

        We did the Happy Gnome earlier this year. We had the entire upstairs room to ourselves. That is, if I'm thinking of the correct place. It's an old fire station with the pole still in place.

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        Happy Gnome
        498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

      3. hm. i'll throw out bulldog st paul & mac's industrial in NE mpls as possibilities.

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        The Bulldog Lowertown
        237 6th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101

        Mac's Industrial Sports Bar
        312 Central Ave SE Ste 1B, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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        1. re: soupkitten

          Thanks, Soupkitten! We've been to both and to Mac's more than once. Bulldog in NE. St. Paul is much too small.

        2. While their beer menu may be a bit limited for your group, Shamorck's in St Paul surely fits the bill regarding space for a group of 150.

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          1. re: BatMan

            I'll take a look at their selections but this group is SERIOUS about their beer! Trust me. I'm a martini girl and we went to the Imperial Room for my b'day in November. We'd been there before but a few were upset as it didn't offer much for a beer selection. Oh well! I was happy:-) I just can't do that again, at least, not until next November. lol

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            Imperial Room
            417 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          2. One of the best beer selections I've found in the Twin Cities, with a great "step above" menu (2 steps, really), is Buster's on 28th. That being said, I think they'd have trouble with 150 over and above their regular patronage, but may be worth a call.

            Also, Tiffany's on Ford Ave in St. Paul has an above average beer selection, and above average bar food. They should easily be able to accommodate 150.

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            Buster's on 28th
            4204 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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            1. re: foreverhungry

              I'll check into Buster's. We've been to Tiffany's. Thanks:-)

              1. re: Inasuitcase

                I wouldn't get your hopes up for Buster's. Even if they shut the place down for you, 150 people in there would be awfully cramped.

            2. The beer selection at Groveland Tap has really stepped it up since the opening of Blue Door Pub. I'm not sure whether they can accommodate 150 people in their game room, and the food is kind of a half-step above bar food, but their tap & bottle list definitely reflects a change for the better.

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              Groveland Tap
              1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

              The Blue Door Pub
              1811 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

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              1. re: KTFoley

                We were just at the Groveland Tap the other night and they do have a good number of beers now. But no way would 150 people fit in their game room.

                What about the Glockenspiel (if their dining room area was available). Or the Liffey. Both on West Seventh in St. Paul.

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                Groveland Tap
                1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

                1. re: karykat

                  I don't like the food at Groveland Tap... Happy Gnome is what I'd choose if I were getting beer drinkers together in St. Paul.

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                  Groveland Tap
                  1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

                  Happy Gnome
                  498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102