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Stub & Herb's
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 51
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
227 Oak St SE
phone: (612) 379-0555
(Place added by: JohnBierman on 05-18-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 77
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visiting on a business trip.
A - Reminds me of any average bar in any average state. TVs, high tops, a bar, and a back patio. Nothing special here. Lots of college kids.
Q - The tap list, the food list, the service, and the quality thereof, represented a focus on quality. Fantastic.
Serv- The gal handling my table forgot about me for a while. She rewarded me with a free Southern Tier Javha - I'll get over it. Everything else was on the mark.
Sel: Top notch tap list. Locals: Surly, Summit. Out of market, Southern Tier etc.
Food: Good 1/2" burger. Tasty as heck.
Price is right on target. I will be back.
05-08-2010 03:25:35 |
More by katan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
After several trips to the Twin Cities area, I finally made it over to S&H. Boy do I wish that I had made it here on previous trips and hope to get back one more time before we leave. Great mix of regional beers as well as bringing in West Coast brews that I am sure must be rarer to find in the area. I also have to say that I had the best salad ever called the Cajun salad. The spiciness goes perfect with beer. I also had some "tater tots"! That was quite an experience and I can see how well these would go with beer. I may have to try the "Tachos" next time, which are nachos using tater tots instead of chips.
I was in there for a mid afternoon weekday, which brought in quite an assortment of characters. I can imagine that this place is probably a popular college hang at night and weekends. I can see why this place is so highly ranked on BA as one of the best spots to have a pint.
05-04-2010 15:23:40 |
More by opwog
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Definitely a must stop for beer in the twin cities, it is My number one stop for good beer on the U of M campus. I've had the benefit of Living a stones throw from here during my college days...
Of all the times I've been there the service had been very good and they know what they are talking about with the beers. The service has always been good for me I can't remember a time I've been left sitting around. Unless you are with a lot of people or looking for substantial food definite grab a seat at the bar. The bartender is friendly and knows the beers and samples are not out of the question.
I will admit it is a bit dingy on the inside but obviously the building is not new and it seems to come with the age. Again it is on campus so the decor is somewhat predictable. A couple of pool tables in the back, but it can get a bit stuffy in the summer.
I've never had any problems with the beer quality. And I've certainly never had too much problem finding a few new beers to try. The beer menu is 20+ long and has a decent amount of throughput.
yes... you can order some inferior beer there, but certainly not with out looks from somewhere or another. (I mean at least if I'm there you certainly will.)
As for the food, well, I admit I don't get the food there very often because I go with beer on the mind but of the times I have had it I found it above average. Certainly better than I would expect from a quick glance at the place. Good enough to go with the beer if you are hungry.
Finally if you are here in nice weather a nice place to chill on the patio. I was there this week just with the first wave of heat and I was able to enjoy goblets filled with on of my favorites, Goose Island Matilda, late into the evening. That brought back some good memories and I was really able to enjoy my beer. One of my best beer drinking nights in a while.
04-06-2010 05:56:23 |
More by DT051
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
This is a very down to earth place. I felt welcome and content the moment I walked in the door. My girlfriend and I got to sit outside on a nice weekday night and enjoy some good beer with great service. Our waitress was phenomenal. Coming from Portland, OR, I am a bit picky about comfy/divey places such as Stub and Herb's. First of all I love them. Second of all, however, comfy/divey doesn't mean bad beer needs to be on tap. The more comfy/divey bars that eliminate coors, budweiser and miller the better off everyone will be. In Portland, you can walk into a dive and the worst beer on tap is Mirror Pond. Stub and Herbs should drift away from the crap and try to keep the prices decent. I've noticed that bars in the twin cities really gouge. I'm too much a newcomer to say whether that's because of taxes or what. I assume taxes. MN is still a bastion of crazy blue laws. Anyway, Stub and Herbs is a great place, with great service and good beer (plus some not so good beer). It's easy to reach and a nice place to relax.
04-03-2010 23:55:03 |
More by sbbrennansteve
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Since arriving back in Minnesota about a year and a half ago, Stub & Herb's has become one of my regular, and favorite, spots to head to for beers.
True to form, I rarely sit anywhere but the bar. The bartenders here know their beer pretty well, and seem to enjoy talking to clientele who are interested in beer, too. They're happy to share descriptions and opinions of the beers, and generally free with the samples, too.
Stub & Herb's is apparently known for their burgers -- I'll have to let other people judge them on that score, since I'm still toeing the vegetarian line. What I can tell you is that they have the best fries I've had in the Cities, and maybe the best I've had anywhere. They're made in-house, and are consistently fried to perfect golden crispness.
The atmosphere really depends on whether school is in, and whether there are any sporting events on campus. In general, non-game Saturday & Sundays are a good bet, if you want a relatively quiet spot... or just about any other day there is not a game. Night time is a different story, with things usually heating up a bit in the early evening, although summer evenings tend to be a little more mellow.
My one gripe about Stub & Herb's, which I'm surprised I haven't read in any of the other reviews here, is the smell. They use a dishwashing detergent, or a sanitizer, or some other chemical agent, that has an overbearing, fruity, bubble-gum scent. It makes it very difficult to smell & taste the beers properly. Each time we've complained about it, we've been told that no one else has ever mentioned it -- but I find that pretty hard to believe, because as soon as you open the door, that smell just smacks you in the face, almost as if it is trying to chase you out!
Despite the unpleasant, overpowering smell, I highly recommend trying out Stub & Herb's when looking for good beer spots in the Twin Cities. You won't be disappointed in the tap list, the bartenders, or the fries.
03-22-2010 21:22:19 |
More by chuchoteur
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to Stubs after a hockey game and it was busy and had a good vibe about it. Every beer there is among the best in the world, all 27 taps, and I had just missed a tea-bagged Furious. Even with the busyness the service was decently prompt (and funny - she called a friend on mine for staring at her chestular region) but they almost did not serve us due to our Canadian ID, even though we are all 30+ and look it... The food was great too, had a real nice burger and onion rings, although 2 of my friend's burgers were underdone.
Hopslam, Bourbon County Stout, 3 or 4 Surlys, and just so many more... I could live here.
02-24-2010 02:55:58 |
More by kjyost
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Another must stop on my recent trip to the twin cities.
My friends and I walked in and immediately grabbed four stools at the bar. The bartender was already asking us what we were interested in before I could even get my jacket off. That's the way I like it. Of course I had trouble deciding with all the great beers to choose from. While I was looking at the beer list the bartender was helping my friends make descisions. He gave them samples of several beers which I always think is awesome.
The bartender was super friendly and chatted with us throughout most of our night.
The place has a nice corner bar vibe combined with phenominal tap list.
I will make this a regular stop from now on when in the area.
02-16-2010 03:12:07 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Came expecting the good beer list, but was equally impressed with the quality of the food. We had a burger and a BBQ pork sandwich made with a Surly influenced sauce. Both were much better than average. Fresh, well prepared, quick service.
Now the beer list is legendary and I don't have anything to add except, get this...a $5 pint of Great Divide Yeti. Ridiculous.
Their bottle of Bud was the same price. :)
A must stop for beer lovers near the campus.
I'll be back, just need a reason to go to the U.
02-14-2010 03:09:47 |
More by garymuchow
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere at Stub 'n' Herbs is highly variable, but I most certainly hate this place on a "game day" and is filled with obnoxious people. I prefer this place when it is not soooo busy. It has a mellow atmosphere with a good diversity of people. The bar and the booths that surround it are great, plenty of wood and cozy, but college craze...no thanks.
The menus and quality of beer offer plenty of options. There is even a beer school guide to with descriptions of different styles of beer. This bar with change in ownerships has really specialized in artisan beers with 32 taps and a cask beer seems to always be there too.
The food is more burgers and sandwiches than anything else, but I am in love with their burgers. They use pretzel buns that I first found utterly amazing from my trips to Chicago. Excellent burgers. I cannot speak for much else on their menu.
They have a long happy hour which seems to neglect the more limited craft beers, but that is still fine by me. Excellent beer selection that is always changing with a focus on Minnesota craft beers with plenty of Surly ammo.
The service is hit or miss depending on the time of day, the service from the bar is usually personable and prompt. If you're getting service at a table/booth it seems to be a female dominated staff here.
02-09-2010 06:08:05 |
More by MPLS
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Okay, now I know we were walking along some roadway, but then it ended, like deadended, in a nowhere nothing something and I think there were stairs, well there must have been stairs 'cause we got ourselves atop the whatever was below and there was like a platform for trains or something with I think them vestibules you hang in when the weather's inclementesque but we weren't inside them really except to look at the artwork briefly maybe, and I think they had sectional themes as if different school clubs maybe were representing, don't know, but as we trekked along them I know I saw the Mississippi River pass way down below the somehow we got on a bridge, and it didn't seem to get much better for us once we got to the other side as how did we get to walking in the shoulder of a heavily populated major roadway to be honked at in a hurtful way, I don't know, but eventually found real walkways that weren't alongside the road and then if you make a left, there's Stub & Herbs...
Inside, a copper topped rectangular bar with a brass handrail & footrail; seating a dozen and a half all the way around. 2 towers of 16 each on one side, and a single handpump on the other side. Bar island of booze all around on center, up and below, baby TV's on both sides, and glassware racks over the bar. Subway tile over wood slat lower walls with windows on 3 sides and the wall to the rear holding shelving with board games galore, which Witzel will not entertain (probably for the best), and a Silver Strike Bowling game to the rear. Ornate ceilings and flatscreens in, I'm thinking, every corner. 2 dozen+ hightop & shorty tables, and booths throughout, and another dozen tables in a room downstairs, where the bathrooms be. And a side room with some interesting muralage, 2 pool tables, electronic darts, some video gamage, and guess what? TV's... um everywhere. It's considerably cooler here, I don't know why, I don't really care. I'm going back to the bar.
32 taps and all of them kind craft; more than 1/3 of them Minnesota beers (Lift Bridge Chestnut Hill Nut Brown, Farm Girl Saison & Crosscut Pale Ale, Summit Unchained Kolsch & Oatmeal Stout, Surly Bender, Coffee Bender, Bitter Brewer, CynicAle & Furious, Flat Earth Bermuda Triangle Tripel, Schells Light, St Croix Cream Ale). Nearly everything remaining being Mid Westerners (Tyranena Scurvy, Capital Autumnal Fire, Furthermore Oscura, Goose Island Extremely Naughty Brown Goose, Matilda & Pere Jacques, Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout & Raspberry Ale, Founders Centennial IPA & Breakfast Stout, Bells Oberon) and Mountain time zoners (Steamworks Steam Engine Lager, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Avery Kaiser Imperial Octo, Left Hand Octoberfest, Grand Teton Howling Wolf Weizenbock), with just a few that are not (Ommegang Rouge, Sierra Nevada Belgian Tripel, Magic Hat #9). And lest I forget the single handpump (Bells Two Hearted).
They were out of my first few choices (Dark Horse Tres, Bells Oberon, Surly Coffee Bender) but I gone made due with first the Surly Bender and then the Left Bridge Farm Girl Saison. Witzel had beer too, fucked if I know what. Also, I made the note "Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey, oof-ta!" so I can't rule out a sampling of though I sure don't recall as much.
5 dozen bottles, a mix of micros, macros, maltos, imports, N/A's, ciders, etc. including a nice selection of Midwest goods (Founders, New Belgium, Summit, Brothers, Bells, Furthrmore), but it's really the taps you want to play. Champagne, wines, and a list of 101 shots I wouldn't brag about (Bongwater, Shit in the Pool, Russian Quaalude, Muff Diver, Surfer on Acid, Liquid Cocaine, Orgasm, Fuzzy Dick, Alligator on the Rag, FAIL).
Angelo tending, he fed us a bit of this, a bit of that. We were talking some Bowie having just heard "Life on Mars", and he went and threw on Ziggy Stardust, kicking off with "Five Years" (the greatest damn thing on the album). I'm a very happy not entirely sober person. Well into what would have been side 2 if vinyl were, we got talking David Byrne (Sure, the Catherine Wheel doesn't suck but The Forest is where it's at). Chillin' late late night. It's lightly populated at this wee hour but I'm sure madness ensued in the earlier. An excellent tap list, the beer clean & fresh. Apparently, your grandfather drank here.
12-17-2009 04:52:27 |
More by slander
Stub & Herb's in Minneapolis, MN
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