When you live in a town that has almost as many great places to grab a beer as it has lakes, then finding a solid spot to swill some suds isn’t the problem. No, the problem is missing out on a great spot ‘cause there are just too many bars/breweries to choose from. At least it was until we put together this list of the 11 most underrated beer bars in Minneapolis.
Originally known as Stasiu’s, this classic Northeast dive is now the little sister to South Minneapolis’ Rail Station and just like its older sibling, it rocks some serious beers: the 32 taps are mostly taken up by local and regional craft varieties including its own shandy (if you go in for that kind of thing).
With a host of local, regional, and national craft brews and a crazy number of TVs, you’ll never have to miss a thing, at least not until you have to get up to use the facilities. Rumor has it that it also runs a karaoke show a few nights a week, but we wouldn’t really know anything about that…
This little South Minneapolis gem just recovered from a fairly extensive remodel and we’re happy to have it back. It boasts a decent variety of taps featuring local brewers like Surly, Bent Paddle, Fulton, and Indeed, along with a few solid out-of-state suds options like Bell’s, Deschutes, and Lagunitas.
These guys might carry more varieties of craft beer than they can fit people in their bar, which is OK because they offer a build-your-own-flight option. In addition to all their taps, they’ve also got a pretty great bottle selection featuring a handful of classic standbys from breweries like Rogue, Fat Tire, Summit, and Founders, along with some top-shelf Belgian brews including Duchesse de Bourgogne, La Trappe Quad, and Orval.
Not only does this place brew a delicious selection of house beers, it also offers an arsenal of various bottles and cans. The Chit Chat Belgian-style white ale, which is a pretty easy drinker without falling short on flavor, is particularly good and the Philosopher’s Stone Belgian-style dubbel is a fully robust beer with a variety of warm, toasty notes.
This newish whiskey bar also has a lot going on in the way of beer: it stocks a lot of your classic Irish pub staples like Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's, but there is also a handful of good local drinkers from Finnegans, Surly, and Indeed, ensuring you can get a decent pint with a solid whiskey back.
The Downtown location has 20 rotating taps while the Northeast spot has 18 featuring both locally brewed and imported varieties. In addition to all of the taps, Grumpy’s also sports a pretty healthy collection of bottles and cans.
All too often this place gets overlooked when it comes to great Twin Cities bars, but that might have something to do with the fact that it has been around since forever. Originally opened in 1934, it is still a solid drinking destination thanks to taps full of local brews along with a handful of German imports. Its specialty bottle list isn’t too shabby either.
It’s hard to believe that once upon a time, Muddy Waters was known as a divey little coffee shop, but since it opened in a new location with a veritable onslaught of taps, MW is now known as a divey little craft beer bar that focuses mostly on local and regionally brewed beers, and hosts a variety of beer-related events and special tappings.
When your motto is “No Crap On Tap,” you’ve got a lot to live up to. Fortunately this campus bar has a custom-built 28-tap setup so it’s definitely got some good stuff. The taps rotate frequently, but tend toward local along with a selection of good nationally brewed and imported varieties. There also tends to be a mix of special cask and nitro brews avaliable.
Known mostly for its special, lesser-known cuts of delicious meat, along with a lush bourbon list, this Uptown meat palace also has a lot going on in terms of beer. Most brews come from either local brewers or from states within driving distance, but it also has a few delicious odd ducks on hand to help keep things fresh. In addition to that, there is a lot in the way of cheap king cans on the off chance you’re looking to get your beer fix on a budget. Oh, and the custom-made wooden tap handles were also a nice aesthetic touch, but sadly they’ve recently been replaced by more conventional pulls.
1. Stanley's Northeast Bar Room2500 Univeristy Ave, Minneapolis
2. Rail Station Bar & Grill3675 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis
3. Tracy's Saloon2207 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis
4. Buster's on 28th4204 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis
5. Chatterbox Pub2229 E 35th St, Minneapolis
6. Morrissey's Irish Pub913 W Lake St, Minneapolis
7. Grumpy's Bar2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis
8. Gluek's Restaurant & Bar16 N 6th St, Minneapolis
9. Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery2933 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
10. Acadia Cafe329 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
11. Libertine3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Sneaky-sporty Stanley's cracked our Favorite 5 list thanks a slew of HD flatscreens primed for game-age, 30+ mostly local taps (Surly SMOKE, Fulton Sweet Child of Vine), and hearty eats like beer-battered walleye, and a BYO burger called "You're The Boss", also what underlings said to Hugo when he proposed charging $45 for a black t-shirt.
Established in 2004, Rail Station has more than 40 beers on tap and a host of other drinks and food in their menus. It's a quality spot to drop by and have a drink, a bite, and to watch a game.
Head here to sip on some of the best local brews.
This Powderhorn gastropub has had its fair share of ups and downs over the past year or so. But after recovering from a fire that forced them to shutdown, they’re back and just as delicious as ever. The burgers here, served alongside a great beer list, are incredibly flavorful. Buns, made at The Baker’s Wife bakery right next door, do a nice job of soaking up all the meat's juicy deliciousness.
This place serves up some of the best beer in Minneapolis.
Morrissey's Irish pub is a great place to go if you are looking for some authentic Irish whiskey. Here you can also enjoy great live music, Irish-inspired snacks, and a friendly and knowledgeable bar staff. We highly recommend stopping by Morrissey's for a pint when you are in uptown Minneapolis.
This classic Downtown boozer's got traditional American diner fare with outposts in Northeast and Roseville.
This has to be one of the most underrated bars in Minneapolis.
Moving on up after a recent rent-jacking, the storied Uptown coffeehouse has transformed a storage building down the street into an indoor/outdoor, loft-like wonderland with mismatched vintage dÃ©cor and exposed concrete fronting a full kitchen and bar, all in an effort to create the feel that "an amazing party happened there 80yrs ago", meaning it's probably now safe to show up without looking like you had nothing to do beforehand.
Their motto is "No Crap On Tap," so you know their selection is going to be good.
This Uptown restaurant is bringing the beef, pork, and lamb hard, plus serving up some exotic cuts of meat in the process: lesser known chops like feather steaks, point steak, and onglets are on the menu here. But don’t worry veg-heads, they’ve got plenty to offer you too, like an entire section of the menu that's dedicated to vegetarian dishes.