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Taps: 29 / Bottles: 42
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
329 Cedar Ave S
phone: (612) 874-8702
(Place added by: feloniousmonk)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I know it's been awhile, but I've been here twice in the last year so I think I'm still eligible to make a review.
I stopped here for the first time when Hop Slam was first being released. I showed up with some friends at around 8 or 9, but they had already run out. The bartender asked if I'd like to try a sample of something else. Sure, why not? I started browsing through the rest of their beer selection. I came across Southern Tier Unearthly IPA, which I hadn't had before. I had a sample of that. Damn. I need a glass of this.
I got my glass of Unearthy, and although it was outrageously priced ($9 for a glass), it was damn good. It was my first Southern Tier experience, but a good one. I saved myself some cash though and picked up the bombers at the liquor store instead of drinking it at a bar.
I went here a few months later and tried a different beer, I don't recall what, but I think it was good. I also grabbed a burger and fries there, both of which were pretty tasty.
Unfortunately both times I came here it was just loud as hell. There is unfortunately not a bad seat in the house for hearing the music. If Acadia Cafe had a lax version across the street, that's where I'd be.
11-03-2009 00:29:24 |
More by Ek0nomik
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
For me, this place has the *it* factor. They had many cool and one-off things on tap I hadn’t seen on our beer travels of Minneapolis. It feels a bit more "coasty" than other places in the city. If a helicopter picked this place up and dropped it in Portland or San Fran, they would thrive.
11-25-2013 03:21:17 |
More by Fluffheady
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Yes, it actually a cafe, and the run of taps seem a little out of place here, but I couldn't complain. The ordering process was at a counter, no waitresses (which seemed a little odd). Selection was very good. Maredsous, two Surly's, Youngs Double Chocolate, Maredsous, Summit Oatmeal Stout, Rush River, Bell's Two Hearted, and several more. We didn't try the food, but it looked like cafe food, sandwishes etc.. We had a couple pints of Surly Furious, and they were in the $5 range, which is a little high, but not unreasonable, this place is almost designed as a "beer with your lunch" than a place to go drink for a few rounds.
04-16-2006 13:18:25 |
More by TastyTaste
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm not sure what to think about the Acadia Cafe. It is an interesting hybrid-a coffee shop with 24 beers on tap and an impressive bottle selection-but is it a bar? No, because it doesn't have one. There is a collection of formica tables on an unfinished hardwood floor, a brick wall, unfinished ceiling rafters, with a spinning fan. Like most coffee shops, there is a counter at which you place your order. Once you have ordered(and paid for your meal/beer), you then sit at one of the tables and wait for your order. When you are finished, you bus the table yourself.
The food is very good and the desserts are fantastic. The closest thing to a macro are a couple taps of Leinenkugels, otherwise there is an impressive collection of imported beers and micros, including Fullers ESB, Delerium Tremens, and Lake Superior Mesabi Red.
That said, this is not a bar(despite what the counter guy said about striving for a "pub" atmosphere). There is no common space(i.e.bar)where one can interact with other customers and staff. If all you are interested in is a beer with a few friends, or a quiet night out by yourself, this place serves admirably. If you are looking for interesting conversations with the person on the next barstool, then go somewhere that has one.
09-07-2005 03:11:44 |
More by edbeered
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
At a first glance, this is a just another cafe with live music on the weekends. But if you step inside, you find that beer is the real king here. With great hours, a magnificent tap and bottle selection, knowledgeable staff, and live music, this place is top 10 in my book.
My first experience here was before I had any knowledge of beer whatsoever. The bartender helped guide me through the lofty selection based on my description of a "good" beer. What resulted was a learning experience and five beers later a pretty good buzz. Now every time I come back, I never have to worry about what I'm going to have.
The food at Acadia is another plus. It can be best described as classic bar offerings with a few ethnic things here and there (along with vegetarian options as well). The house cut fries are exceptional and so is the hot turkey sandwich. The food is great anytime of the day from lunch to late night.
Finally the music on weekends and weeknights (during the winter) is a great option. From local singers/songwriters to random assortments of instruments and electronica, you are sure to find something to your taste. And be sure to get there before nine to avoid cover charges every time.
Overall one of the best places to find a great tap selection and knowledgeable staff in the twin cities area!
10-14-2008 15:19:55 |
More by deliriumfest
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Our friends took us here on a Friday night when we visited Minneapolis. Didn't try the food, although all the sandwiches we saw looked appetizing.
Cozy little corner place with a performance space attached to it. There was a play being performed while we sat and drank. Also offers plenty of local music performances.
Terrific selection of beer: over a dozen different styles on tap, plus that many bottled. Their range of beers is commendable, too: everything from local brews (Summit, Surly) to American favorites (Bell's, Shiner, Sierra Nevada) to imports (Newcastle, Young's, Boddington's). I loved the look of all of their taps lined up behind the bar.
Wish we lived in Minneapolis so we could try the place more often!
05-18-2006 21:15:15 |
More by ndekke39
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We had bi'ness at Town Hall, not really anything you need to be concerned with. And as that has been completed, we are now setting out. It always looks closer on the map from to to but it is an 8 x 12 piece of paper after all. This, even with the crossing over the highway, was just a bit of a walk, nothing severe though. Easy breezy even...
Corner place, angled triangular but not shitty and tight like the Brazenhead. An "order here" bar front and center where you don't really, unless you want food which I don't. Past there angled and angled again, an 8 seat bar where it counts (in front of the taps). Big windows with brewery neons down one side over some random street we didn't come in on, and red painted walls otherwise. Brewery signage and mirrors, some cool local art on the back wall for sale (some of it is of the not suck), and vertical tap & bottle boards to the rear. 4 small tables up front, a pair of hightops, 4 booths along the windows, 10 tables out over the floor, and a single booth in the back corner housing Witzel & I; all of them candlelit by which I scribe. Elementary school 4x4 tilings, crown moldings skirting the ceiling, duct work, drop lamps with spinnin' fans, some serious bell lampage tracing above the bar and some spots a-stagey. Old time clock theme action, just like the last place.
Was quiet and comfortable amongst the hipster folks before the band that's been dickin' around in the far back corner finally began to actually play. After that last song there, the singer told us that his favorite line in it was "Smoke a lot of hash and do a little cocaine", and I'm thinking "That's crap, when you smoke a lot of hash, you can't do cocaine", and now I'm sort of offended by his use of hash in attempting to make his song cool. I should write a letter to someone or something. And now the 3 piece on stage is down to a single guy playing. He's not bad. I have to admit that I wish I could perform for, you know, people.
So, here's something. The tap list is carved out by price & glass size. Really? Not by country and/or state but by price? Must be catering to the college kids who can only play the $4 pints unless they're flush on the heels of mom & dad visiting and can really treat themselves to something in the $5 or $6 pint categories (Oh hell, it's only once a year, you can live a little). If you can keep your GPA over a 3.0, we can talk about them $8 Belgian glasses, kid.
28 taps on a long long row. 1/4 of them Minnesota beers (Flat Earth Element 115 California Common & Belgian Pale Ale, Summit Horizon Red Ale, Brau Brothers Pale Ale, Surly Bender Brown Ale & Furious IPA, Lift Bridge Cross Cut Pale Ale), another 1/4 mid westerners (Rush River The Unforgiven Amber Ale, Tyranena Scurvy, New Belgium Mothership Wit, Goose Island Fleur, Boulevard Tank 7 Saison), another 1/4 micros from beyond (Sierra Nevada Anniversary, Eel River Organic Salient De Scotia Belgian Brune, Rogue Dead Guy, Chocolate Stout & Somer Orange Honey Ale), and not (lovely Shiner Bock and Hardcore Hard Apple Cider), and another 1/4 of them mostly blah blah imports (Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Beamish, Spaten Octoberfest, Boddingtons, Delirium Tremens, Petrus Old Brune, St B Wit, Maredsous 8).
I had the Flat Earth Element 115 California Common, quite tasty, and the Boulevard Tank 7 Saison, also very nice. Witzel had the Brau Bros Pale Ale, which was not very good, and Surly Furious IPA, hoppy, hoppy. I'd swear he was saying the thing was like a barleywine but I could be, am, crazy.
40+ bottles, too, 1/3 of them Midwesternish (New Belgian, Tyranena, Bells, BluCreek, Steamworks, Furthermore, Rush River, 2 Brothers, Lakefront, Brau Brothers, Point), another 1/3 a selection of imports (some of them good and some of them good and pricey), and the remainder a mix of micro, retro, N/A, Gluten Free and Organic.
Yes, they do food, salads, sandwiches, burgers, apps, soups, etc. if you're into that kind of thing, you know, eating. Vibewise, it's a comfortable crib, with a pretty decent crowd of inked dirty kid types in a good way. Roughly 3/4 of the taps are micros with an emphasis on the Midwest, definitely a nice selection, and the beer seemed fresh, no issues there. Coulda woulda done a 3rd beer here but there's more to see yet...
12-16-2009 16:11:06 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
A Surly Bender and a breakfast burrito for 10 bucks including tip is a good start to any morning. After taking forever to get to the Acadia Cafe, I could kick myself. Really a treat. Might even make this my place to grade papers (English teacher) in the future because of the unique coffe house atmosphere with beers. Most bars look at me funny grading papers with a pint.
It says bakery on the outside, which is true--you can get baked goods and treats along with a Latte Frappa Mocha Turtle something or other. But it also has around two dozen taps behind the counter as well including three Surly, two Rogue, Aventinus, Hop Devil. St. Bernardus, and many more. Website has a list, but seemed to only be partially accurate. The Bender I had was the best of the new brew I've had, so that's a pretty decent compliment. I couldn't stay for a second beer to test whether or not a more obscure beer was fresh, etc. And, all of this is a dingy coffee house atmosphere, computer loners in the back, behind me two ladies peer reviewing a play or short story, and to grad assistants grading blue books in the booth on the other end. Runner types came in later for health food and Naked juice. All sorts, and all seemed welcome. It even felt that good I wasn't the only one having a 11 a.m. beer.
The food doesn't have a really wide range, and the portions are normal--in other words, small compared to the TGI McFridays mound on a plate. It's just food w/o sides. Order it, get it, and just it eat. Nice concept. My burrito had a tortilla and egg, but also black beans, onions, mushroom, black olive, and roasted peppers. Sour cream and salsa on the side. Really great salsa that truly pulled the dish together. Very nice. And a perfect size meal. I rated the selection high for the taps, but also for the several choices of vegetarian meals, including grilled cheese, veggie melt, egg salad, bean burger, and having to pay extra for meat added on several dishes. Even a vegan sandwich. More choice that I usually get as a ovo-lacto veggie. Plus plenty for you meat eaters too. Kinda like if Triple Rock Social club was a deli.
Great place ifyou don't mind hipster types in a slightly grungy but immaculately clean environment. While the floor is spotless, if they were to re-stain it, stripping wouldn't be necessary. The word comfortable comes to mind. Like home, but a lot more taps.
10-15-2006 03:42:06 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by for lunch and a couple of pints. Ordered the new Flat Earth Curly Tail and was served FE Belgian Pale Ale. I like that beer so I drank it anyway. There has to be something on tap to satisfy any beer lover. A large bottle selection is also available. The food menu is nothing spectacular but some interesting selections and the food was good but also nothing spectacular. Prices seem on par for the area if not a little cheaper.
The atmosphere is not as refined as the establishments a couple of blocks to the north but should not surprise anyone considering the neighborhood. Breakfast was recommended to me so if I find myself in the area in the morning I will be sure to stop back.
08-08-2008 21:14:58 |
More by morimech
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Sometimes I can be the solitary sort with little use of the hurly burly social whirl found at most noisome taverns. Sometimes all I ask is a little peace and quiet, a respite from the groan of the drunken masses or the risk of getting bumped into by some bumbler, tossing his pitcher of PBR all over my antique tome. Yeah, I'm that rare specimen that wants to go to a mellow parlor and read a book, with a fine ale in hand. And within walking distance, too, would be helpful, for many and various reasons.
The Acadia opened up in 1998 and was 6 blocks away from me then, and is the same now, from the opposite direction, now that I've moved. A nice little coffee shop with good food, nothing too fancy, just appetizers, salads, sandwiches, etcetera, nothing beyond what a simple kitchen can handle. And they started out with an impressive selection of beers and wines, Three Floyds, and Unibroue and others, though I rarely found myself there in the drinking hours, and as the years wore on, their sign went from "choice beers, classy wines" to "cold beers, classy wines", sometime due to the lack of choice, as distribution suffered, and I didn't weep too loudly, as I merely visited for the coffee and sandwiches for lunch...until an odd thing occurred, only a few months ago.
First they had one draft line, offering Bell's Oberon Ale, and then, next thing I know, I hear they have 24...24??? That's a rare number around here, but for a coffee shop? (There's no bar seating, you take your drink to your table, or chair.) Ah, I forgot something...some years ago, the Acadia added a theater, for performances of music, drama, comedy, every type of performance, etcetera...me, I had no idea how much use they had been making of it...every single night, just about, folk, rock, jazz,and everything, right here at this odd little downtown corner, and if the clientele for the music is hip enough to dig it, the beer selection is there for them, too. Very well considered, mostly craft-beer driven, Summit Oatmeal Stout, Lake Superior, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, and good imports, Fuller's ESB, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Beamish, Paulaner, and top-notch Belgians, Maredsous, Delirium Tremens,... oh, and I almost forgot Aventinus! Aventinus! On-tap, at the corner of Franklin and Nicollet, of all the places in the world,...and the proper glassware, as well, for those brews that merit it.
And not a bit of macro-crap, though they get close to it, with Leinenkugel's Amber Light, but they're trying to hit all tastes here, and do it well.
I hope enough downtown workers get wind of the fact that such a sweet selection sits right on the bus line, or that the art school crowd knows that the best beer around is in their backyard, or that the young yuppies who will soon file into the new condos around will get hip to this line-up of exceptional beers.
The bottle selection has gotten smaller, as it should, since the draft line-up covers all bases (really, why Blue Moon, when they have Wittekerke?) ...service is always good, though food is rather limited, though their commitment to selection in such an unlikely locale is so commendable...did I mention Aventinus yet?
Anyhow, it's freezing cold, with snow drifts about every avenue, yet I merely have 6 or 7 blocks to travel to find a glass of an Abbey Dubbel to match my Rabelais, and relax, with only that crazy old, bald guy who talks to himself, to contend with...that's just as close to heaven as I can hope for!
12-30-2004 08:42:34 |
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