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Taps: 29 / Bottles: 42
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
329 Cedar Ave S
phone: (612) 874-8702
(Place added by: feloniousmonk)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Groggy, with maybe a hint of hangover, we hit the streets from our hotel next to townhall. In search of breakfast, we walked the streets until I happened to look up and see "Acadia Cafe." A hell of a stumble, I'd say. We walked inside and the place was empty but a few guys were working. Our bartender was very polite and kind and took our beer orders (at 930am). I ordered a saison dupont which unfortunately cost $8/chalice. Glad I only grabbed one! The food on the other hand was pretty affordable. I had bacon, eggs and toast for something like 7 bucks. On the beer end of things, I counted 28 taps to the best of my memory. Of those taps, there was probably a good 5 that I haven't seen many other places in the cities. After a bit, some music kicked in and boosted up the ambiance a bit. I think I'll definitely head back here sometime but at night to see how it handles a crowd.
01-12-2009 05:24:59 |
More by Greggy
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I know it's been awhile, but I've been here twice in the last year so I think I'm still eligible to make a review.
I stopped here for the first time when Hop Slam was first being released. I showed up with some friends at around 8 or 9, but they had already run out. The bartender asked if I'd like to try a sample of something else. Sure, why not? I started browsing through the rest of their beer selection. I came across Southern Tier Unearthly IPA, which I hadn't had before. I had a sample of that. Damn. I need a glass of this.
I got my glass of Unearthy, and although it was outrageously priced ($9 for a glass), it was damn good. It was my first Southern Tier experience, but a good one. I saved myself some cash though and picked up the bombers at the liquor store instead of drinking it at a bar.
I went here a few months later and tried a different beer, I don't recall what, but I think it was good. I also grabbed a burger and fries there, both of which were pretty tasty.
Unfortunately both times I came here it was just loud as hell. There is unfortunately not a bad seat in the house for hearing the music. If Acadia Cafe had a lax version across the street, that's where I'd be.
11-03-2009 00:29:24 |
More by Ek0nomik
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 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 |
More by feloniousmonk
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: 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: 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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Acadia Cafe is basically a coffee shop that happens to have 20 or so taps of excellent beer, a great place to go with friends or alone to read. The staff has always been very friendly and knowledgeable and they usually comment on whatever book I happen to be carrying. I have not tried a lot of their food, but their black bean burger is amazing, probably the best vegetarian burger I have had. Nothing beats a black bean burger and a pint of Furious
Acadia Cafe is one of my favorite places to get a beer, or should I say was...The old location was a couple blocks from my place but they have recently relocated to a distant part of the city, I will probably still go there on occasion but I'll need to find a new local drinkery.
01-05-2008 16:43:13 |
More by LeonTrotsky
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
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
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