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Stub & Herb's
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 51
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
227 Oak St SE
phone: (612) 379-0555
(Place added by: JohnBierman on 05-18-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 77
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been here a few times and am always impressed. The tap selection is top notch, the food is good and prices are reasonable.
This evening I had a Surly Pulled Pork Sandwich (delicious) with a pint of Tyranena's Devil Over a Barrel and a tulip of Avery's Maharaja. My friend and I also had their totchos (nacho cheese, jalapenos, black olives and lettuce served on tater tots). The service was good; we had a friendly (and fetching) waitress who greeted us right away.
Their tap selection was very impressive: Schell's, Bells, Two Brothers, Avery, Tyranena, Sierra Nevada, and Surly were all represented (among others).
They have limited on-site parking but there's a pay ramp nearby on Oak St.
Stub & Herbs is definitely worthy of the high praise it has received as a premiere beer bar in Mpls. I can't wait for my next visit.
06-11-2008 04:45:22 |
More by Blybloke
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stop number two on our tour.
Stub & Herb's has been awarded as a college bar, but it is more like a beer-lover's bar on a corner adjacent to the University of Minnesota campus.
The two walls facing S. Washington Ave and Oak streets have decorative frosted glass. The tables and open booths are pretty basic, but the bar and nook booths on the interior wall have so many ornate and beautiful touches. Molded designs on the ceilings, cut wood, decorative brass work lining the front edge of the bar, pillars with "carved" grape vines...lots of great little touches.
We sat at the bar, where Jake took brilliant care of our beer needs. He made great recommendations, and allowed us to sample quite a few things we were unsure about. He was right every time, too. For instance, when he told me the Summit Stout was "just okay", I tried one and made the exact same assessment - it was just okay... We unfortunately didn't get to meet John, the General Manager who gets credit for the fabulous selection (32 taps!)
The beer menu features "Beer School", which is a listing of style definitions from beeraddvocate.com, followed by the beers currently available in that style. For those who don't require the style guide, there is an All American Tap List, featuring Minnesota beers on the top, American microbrews in the middle, and at the bottom of the list, a bottle list including domestics, imports, Belgians, ciders, malt liquors, wines and champagne. The beers are also prominently featured on two chalkboards.
Happy Hour is 11 AM - 7 PM and 10 PM to midnight, and with the exception of a few select drafts, pints are $3.50. There is NOTHING macro on tap - not even Guinness and Newcastle.
Here are the things we tried:
Flat Earth Belgian Pale Ale (MN) - 5.2% ABV
Surly Mild (MN) - 4.7%
Tyranena Bitter Woman (WI) - 6.6% ABV
Surly Furious (MN) - 6.2% ABV
Summit Stout on nitro (MN)
Schell Einbecker Dopplebock (MN)
Surly Two (MN)
Rush River Lost Arrow Porter (WI) 5% ABV
03-30-2008 13:28:20 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
I love this place! Excellent craft beer selection with 20 or so taps and not a single one is Bud, Miller or Coors (well, except for the Blue Moon, but you know what I mean). I am less experienced with their food as I usually stick with beer but what I have had has been the standard bar burger type deal; good, but nothing exceptional. Stub And Herb's has also recently become my Wednesday watering hole as they have $5 off pitchers after 9 PM. That means I can get a pitcher of Furious for $6.25, that's cheaper than the same quantity from a liquor store!
02-26-2008 07:09:57 |
More by LeonTrotsky
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I've been wanting to go to this place for quite some time since they remodeled. I have been reading and noted that their Minnesota microbrew collection was quite nice. Specifically I wanted to check out a few of the Flat Earth brews.
My wife and I checked the place out tonight. I had a Flat Earth Angry Planet and she had an Element 115 initially. The pale ale was served a little cold, but was done pretty nicely. We both ordered about halfway through our drinks and the waitress returned about 5 min after we had finished (wish she would have been there sooner). My second choice was the Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. My wife had a Sprecher Hefeweizen. My SNHA smelled and tasted a little skunky but was quite good. The Hefeweizen was stellar. Our food arrived shortly after we started our drinks. I had a buffalo chicken sandwich with bleu cheese crumbles in the sandwich. My wife had the portabello burger. BOth were very good. The best thing was the fries. The fries here are homemade and addictive. I will be back some time in the near future for these. My wife stated "if I ever want fries again, this is where I would go." I finished the evening with a Surly Darkness. This was the cherry on top of an outstanding beer drinking evening.
Overall, I was quite impressed w/ Stub and Herb's. When I walked in and saw the beer chalkboard I was like a kid in the candy store. The beer menu was nice and actually listed styles of beers (with descriptions from beeradvocate.com). Under each style was a beer or beers on their menu that represented the style. I felt this was a good way to explain to others the beauty of beer. The food was nice and the selection was good. I'm sure the selection rotates here, but they had two seperate menu sections. One for Minnesota craft brews and a section for other craft brews. The only thing I didn't like was their bottle selection, which was subpar. They did have a few Belgians, but the craft brew selection was nil. All in all, I strongly recommend this place for a beer drinker. If anything, you will be able to sample some of Minnesota's best.
11-08-2007 04:09:35 |
More by brewdoc75
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Stub and Herb's was the first bar I made it to during my trip to Minneapolis. Sat down at the bar and started to salivate while looking at the tap selection they had. Furious and Bender from Surly, Summit, Flat Earth, Bell's, Victory, and Rogue just to name a few. Not much going on in their bottle list but I was just satisfied with being able to try some Surly brews. The bartender was knowledgeable with the selection and very friendly. Pints were only $3 when I was there. Food was good and rather inexpensive. Seems like a very cool college hangout.
10-29-2007 09:11:53 |
More by snpub540
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This bar is a long time favorite in the Stadium Village area near the University of Minnesota east bank campus, now under new ownership with a new emphasis on local and regional craft brews. The interior is newly painted, and much of the U of M sports memorabelia formerly adorning the walls is gone. There are 32 taps, with such local and regional favorites as Summit, Surly, Flat Earth, Brau Brothers, Rush River, Lake Superior, and Bell's. So far this sounds terrific, and it would be if someone at the bar knew how to treat beer. Unless one asks otherwise, the bartender chills the glass in ice before pouring the beer. This may be appropriate for vile product like Coors Light, but subjecting a tasty craft brew to ultra cold temperature robs it of flavor-at least till it warms up. The food and service were generally good and my cautious recommendation would be a whole-hearted one if only they would serve the beer at an appropriate temperature.
10-04-2007 02:41:51 |
More by edbeered
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
History / Atmosphere
Stub and Herb's has maintained the best beer selection near the U of M campus area for close to twenty years, which is noteworthy. As a longtime regular patron I've seen a veritable flurry of menu changes over the years, not to mention plenty of interesting personalities behind the taps. Best of all is the fact that during the past ten years theyve maintained a high degree of consistency in both their level of service and the quality of food and beverage purveyed, and for this reason Stub and Herbs ranks among my favorite bars. The place has maintained much of its innate charm over the years, although a couple of areas cry out for repair, but the addition of a new patio last year suggests that those areas are on the to-do list. Still, for those who are too squeamish to step foot in a college bar with close to 70 years of history? All Ill say is youll be happy to know that Baker's Square and Applebee's are a short walk in either direction. The overall atmosphere is comfortably-lit and somewhat lounge-like. There is ample seating at the bar and plenty of tables and booths (especially the booths) to choose from as well. Theres also more vintage sports paraphernalia in this place than in any other local bar I can think of (and yes, the books are real). Pool tables and electronic games, an internet jukebox, and plenty of televisions make for plenty of amusement while you dine and quench your thirst. Occasional live music rounds out the experience.
The bartenders and waitstaff are sociable and even downright friendly, and while I've experienced excellent service on many occasions, overall service rates above average to good. I say this mainly as a caveat: during game-time the place gets *busy*, which is challenging to both staff and customers (Note: you will experience a similar level of commotion elsewhere on campus during game time). On that note, parking can become even more challenging!
The food is above average overall, with good pub grub and a few surprises. The current menu accommodates most everyone, especially the budget-minded students and Golden Gopher athletics supporters that are the establishment's bread and butter. If I were to offer any constructive criticism here I'd say "it would be nice if their menu more closely complemented their great craft beer selection!" I'm no foodie and my tastes in bar food are hardly sushi and tapas, but a glance at the menu of the other beer bars in town couldn't hurt.
While this isnt a wine bar there's a small selection of wine for those who choose it, as well as a stunning list of shots (for those looking to tempt fate) and a decent selection of premium branded spirits. But it's the beer selection that stands out, with seventy to eighty choices in total. Their selection of Craft beer on tap has been very good over the past year, and the Specialty taps (German, Belgian, and British beers) and Import bottles have been even better. For those of you who can appreciate the comparison, visiting Stub and Herb's is a bit like visiting Williams, minus the Uptown vibe and hassle. Also, during the past two years Stub and Herb's have implemented some excellent specials, including a "Beer Buffet" and a Beer Sampler, offering generous pours of any four tap beers.
Reasonable overall, with some items on the inexpensive side, but nothing that I'd consider remotely pricey, especially when their thrice-daily happy hour is taken into consideration. All things considered Stub and Herb's is a fun, casual, and well-above average bar and grill. It has much more character than your average sports bar, and the happy hours make it worth stopping in for a quick pint, maybe even worthy of making a special trip. A great place to enjoy craft beer from the likes of Rogue, Victory, and Summit, as well as new local favorites like Surly, Flat Earth, and Rush River.
Edit / Update - September 2007
Stub and Herb's has recently seen the following changes:
1. A change in ownwership (Sue Jeffers has left the building.)
2. Happy Hour is now 11 - 7, with half-priced apps and $3 taps.
3. The much-needed repairs have been made, along with some cosmetic changes to the main bar.
Stub's still has one of the best tap selections of Craft Beer in Minneapolis. Ask your bartender or consult the new chalkboards!
05-23-2007 18:11:37 |
More by Chaz
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