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Taps: 29 / Bottles: 42
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
329 Cedar Ave S
phone: (612) 874-8702
(Place added by: feloniousmonk)
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vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in this place on my first visit to Minneapolis. Did a quick search of good bars before I arrived and picked this place from my search. I was not disappointed. The sign in the window read, "22 Beers on Tap, No Crap."
I was there on a Sunday night and it was low-key. They did have a band that started an hour or so after I arrived and they were pretty awful, but not so awful as to take away from my enjoyment of the beer.
The beer selection was great and the bartenders were very knowledgeable. I got my food right away and the service staff frequently checked in to see if my food was OK and whether I needed more beer.
I will frequent this place whenever I have the opportunity to do so.
NOTE: I'm reviewing my review. I've stopped here now three times since my original review and haven't had a beer in this place since my original review. Here's the problem: Each time I've looked to stop here there's been some awful 20-something garage band playing so loudly that I couldn't even think about drinking beer. I tried, though, to peruse the taplist and order on a couple of occasions. The bartenders seemed more interested in their own conversations (or belly buttons) than me, as the customer. I don't think I'll be returning.
08-04-2009 21:24:00 |
More by BuckeyeOne
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Another stop on my visit to Minneapolis. Look up hispter bar in the dictionary and there should be a picture of this place. A real college hang-out if ever one existed. The beer selection was very good with a nice variety of local and regional craft with a few imports thrown in for good measure. I didn't try the food but the ordering process to acquire food looked confusing. I thought the place was on average for pricing compared to the other places I stopped in Minneapolis. They offer live music and do not allow the acts playing to perfomr and cover songs. In fact, they display that prominantly across the television screens. A unique place to say the least.
05-17-2009 22:25:44 |
More by mymrnngjckt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This a nice little cafe down town near the university. When we were there there was some live music, a couple of guys with a guitars. Don't really like folk music with my beer but they were unoffensive and finished quickly.
This place is a long and skinny bar with satellite tables. Its woodsy inside and pretty low key overall. You order your food at the bar and they give you a tap handle that signifies who you are in the order queue. The wood comes out to you. You order the beer at the bar, and get your own water at the bar. Its close to a self serve place but that's OK.
The beer was pretty good, featured a lot of regional stuff from MN and WI, mostly MN. Its always nice to get local beer at a local restaurant. Very fun.
My wife and I ordered cheese curds (of which I'm not a huge fan but she is) and a couple of burgers. My burger was GREAT! Her burger (black bean) was pretty good, and the cheese curds were horrible, even by my wife's account. They were burned, over fried and really chewy. We ate a total of maybe 5 of them before giving up. This is where the service suffers. We clearly had a problem with them but the only time someone came ot the table was to deliver the food initially. No follow up, no clear mechanism to complain about the sub-par food we were served.
I would definitely go back but steer clear of anything fried. Maybe our batch got burned...maybe if I had ordered them a few minutes earlier or later or on a different night things would have been different.
Bottom line, lots of beer (local and imports), pretty good food. Do not eat the curds.
06-25-2010 21:00:55 |
More by drabmuh
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Back when this place opened I lived only a few blocks away, and their claim to fame was signature coffee drinks and a limited menu, but my how times have changed. In recent years the cafe's interior was given a significant facelift, and the exposed beams and brick more than compliment the contemporary look of the front counter, and the raised ceiling enhances the feeling of spaciousness in an otherwise cozy java joint. Ive enjoyed their cold-press coffee on more than one occasion, and when it comes to for your java needs Id heartily recommend them over the chains creeping into the neighborhood. The menu is hardly modest, seeing as how it offers both breakfast and lunch/dinner items, but neither is it too ambitious, with most items being well suited to the casual setting. The variety of soups, salads and sandwiches should more than accommodate both the neighborhood crowd and those from further a field (and on my next visit I visit I look forward to pairing a sandwich with a Rogue or two!) Ive never attended a performance here but welcome the opportunity, as the room is roughly the size of the theater at the Bryant Lake Bowl thus ensuring an intimate event. And as with the BLB, theres a great list of tap and bottled beer to choose from, and its this selection that makes Acadia far from ordinary in the sense of an ordinary neighborhood coffee shop. 24 taps here, and all but a couple of these pour some of the best craft and imported beers available in town*. Final verdict: with comfortably-cozy seating for several dozen patrons, a fairly full-featured menu, an extensive beer list, and a venue, the Acadia ranks at the top of the list of neighborhood cafe in the Twin Cities.
Note 1: when I heard they were putting in 24 tap lines I was worried theyd have a hard time selling-through them; Im glad this proved not to be the case. Note 2: Its great to see both of Rush Rivers mainstays side by side with those of Surly Brewing.
05-03-2007 22:43:56 |
More by Chaz
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
[Update--Acadia has really cleaned up its act, so I am revising my rating. During my last visit the staff couldn't have been more pleasant, and the dust has been dusted--good job!]
Acadia is a good place to grab a beer and a bite (and a coffee afterward). There's a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere here, and, as a working-class guy, I feel very comfortable among the working-class crowd that hangs out here.
The design of the place is logical, and the semi-rummage sale furniture works OK for the space. I'd guess this cafe seats about 40, but when it's busy--as it was on both occasions when I stopped in--it feels a pretty cramped. However, the high ceiling absorbs noise and it is one of the quietest busy spaces I've seen. Thank goodness for that. I didn't get a chance to enjoy a musical performance, but there is a separate room for it and it looks pretty similar to what Bryant Lake Bowl has going on for performance space.
The service was great on my first visit, but disappointing during the follow up. Maybe it was a result of the crowd, but I got the impression the folks behind the counter (there is no table service) on my most recent visit had had a long day. I didn't get a dose of attitude as much as ambivilence--sort of a "...next...yeah, whaddya want...next..." sort of vibe. I almost felt bad for troubling them with my order.
On both occasions I ordered a Surly beer and some food. The on-tap selection is good--and frankly, surprising--but for every Delirium Tremens there is a Leinie's Honey Weiss taking up valuable real estate. I suppose that's the nature of the beast; there are still a lot of mainstream beer drinkers out there, and this place has to meet them halfway in order to survice. Of course, if you don't find something on tap to your liking, the bottled selection is excellent--Kozlak, Acadia, Rogue, Bells, Victory, and Grain Belt to name a few. Considering that this is essentially a coffee shop with food, it's a hell of a selection. Well done, folks!
The food was good, but my cheese plate on visit 1 was pretty skimpy--maybe they were running low on the Irish cheddar. On the other hand, the veggie burger I ordered on visit 2 was exceptional--flavorful, with guacamole, cheese, and red onions, and served with a generous side of (Frontera?) tortilla chips and a terrific salsa. A real deal for $6.40.
I like this place, and I'll be back to explore their beer selection.
[Just a side note--the folks at Acadia need to take a hard look at how clean the place is. Everything was dusty (the display wine bottles were especially noticable), there was trash on the floor, and their water urn was so dirty it was downright gross. I know it's hard for restauranteurs to stay on top of this stuff, but everybody in my group noticed that the place looks like it needs a thorough cleaning. Points off for that, but I'll bump the score back up if they've done some clean-up work next time through.]
03-18-2006 23:07:06 |
More by spoots
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Made the short walk down from Town Hall to finally check this place out. A bit small, but not tiny. Cool beer decor and lots of windows to make the place feel open. Could probably use a fresh coat of paint and certainly needs some dusting of the ceiling fans and the fabric above the duct work. Looks like they haven't been cleaned in years. Cool looking bar and tap tower. Wide selection of beers covering many styles. Locals as well as american and belgian craft beers. You're certain to find something of interest on the beer menu. We settled for the Black Butte XXIV. Friendly service and the prices were on par for the area. Wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to go here again unless something of interest was on tap, but wouldn't be disappointed to visit here again either. Solid place.
09-09-2012 03:25:05 |
More by jera1350
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in to the Arcadia last night. First time visit to the new Arcadia, I did go to the old address a couple times in the past. Overall a descent place, nice selection of beer with local Surlys and Flat Earths. I had two beers Southern Tier UberSun and Tyranena "Devil Over A Barrel" Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. I also stole some of my old lady's Rogue Black Brutal. All three were great served in a Duval glass. We also ordered a couple sandwiches which were pretty good as well. The atmosphere is very similar to the old Arcadia. This not a very clean place, lots of grease and grime on everything including the dirty hippies that fill the establishment. However, this is what one would expect for the west side neighborhood. The quality beer makes the café good. Next time I am seeing a show at the nearby Triple Rock or Cabooze, I will stop in again for some great beer.
06-13-2008 16:31:41 |
More by beeeeeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I met FeloniousMonk here a couple of time during my visit, since it was only a short way from his apartment, plus there was a Laundromat along the way and it was becoming imperative in the heat that I did laundry.
It sat right on the corner of Franklin and Nicollet with the door at a slight angle to the corner. Upon entering, it became immediately apparent that this was an Internet café that understood beer. In the overhead, opposite the doorway, were three suspended blackboards. The first was Breakfast, Appetizers, and Salads; the second was Hot and Cold Sandwiches; and the third was Beer on Tap with this last one divided into three price categories.
Twenty-four (24) taps and NO crap! Instead, they offered all three Surlys (Bender, Furious, and Cynic); Victory Hop Devil and Prima Pils; a Summit seasonal; a Bells seasonal; and five Belgians. Nice! The eighteen (18) bottles ranged from Red Strip and PBR to Unibroues Trois Pistoles and Duvel.
Below the beer board was another board for Drinks, which listed coffees and teas. The counter was off to the right, lit from above by a plywood and industrial-style caged light contraption. The tiny kitchen was to the extreme right. They featured artwork for sale on the walls and the most striking was by Katrina K., who could be reached at 612.229.0760. I had a breakfast sandwich to go with my Surly Furious.
01-01-2007 23:51:34 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by the other day before heading out of town following a brief stay in the twin cities.
Acadia cafe is a smallish cafe that looks more like a cozy coffee shop and restaurant than a beer bar. The place has a very low key and relaxed atmosphere and vibe, and seems like a great place to hang and shoot the breeze with a beer or three.
On this particular day I think they had around 24 beers on tap (and one cider), broken down into 4 different price points. There was also something like 25 or 30 bottled beers listed on the back of the draft menu. Undertandably, prices for some of the barrel aged beers and imperial stouts were on the high side, though I confess I still thought a 12 ounce glass of backwords bastard and Leine RIS for $8 a bit excessive. Otherwise, the pint of knot stock and 100 yard dash fresh hop were both in the $5 or $6 a glass range. The selection was pretty good here I thought, and it seemed to me that there was a real committment to serving predominantly local/regional beers here (something I always like to see).
Service was OK. The young folks working here were pleasant enough, though this is yet another place were you go up to the bar for a glass of beer (no table service for beer). On the other hand, they were happy to pour a sample of bender and backwoods bastard for my friend without any charge.
Didn't try the food, though from what I could tell, it appeared the emphasis was on basic pub grub.
This was a solid enough place, though for some reason I never really warmed to it. Given the other excellent options around this area (close by to the U of M), not sure how often I'd return to Acadia cafe.
11-27-2010 18:00:52 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here for a mid-afternoon snack and beer with my boyfriend. They had about 20 different taps including a good amount of Surly. The ordering situation is a bit awkward since you just go up to the register to order your food and drinks. Once you get used to it, its fine. Had some good chips and salsa, which hit the spot. It looks like the sometimes have bands in there which looks like it would be a great time. This is a place to go for lunch or just to hang out during the day as expected since it is a cafe. I believe the beers are all served in the proper glassware which adds to the quality of this cafe.
Nice place to go with a few friends to grab a bit to eat and a beer or two.
04-07-2009 16:11:51 |
More by natasharai
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