Stub & Herb's
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 51
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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2.76/5 rDev -37.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stub and Herbs is a college bar with good beer. Thus, the clientele consists mostly of college kids who have discovered good beer. The upstairs area is inviting enough, however, the basement area is dingy and creepy. Something about it just screams date rape parlor. The beer selection is top notch with a wide variety of styles including malty beers, hoppy beers, wheat beers, and Belgian style beers. Within the past year they have stopped carrying the rotating rare/unique beers they used to. Prices have also gone up in the past year. They used to have some of the best prices in town, but now they have some of the worst. Most of the beers they charge $6 for can be found elsewhere in town for $5 or $5.50. Service is good for the most part, and generally pretty knowledgeable about beer.
I'm rating the quality of Stub and Herbs so low due to the fact that they have received numerous food-safety violations from state food-safety inspectors. I'm certain that most, if note all, dinning establishments receive some violations. However, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported last spring (April 30th to be exact) that of 771 food-related businesses inspected Stub and Herbs had the eighth most violations including nine critical violations and 22 total. The Star Tribune article listed some of Stub and Herbs violations, and the one that stood out to me was "person in charge not knowledgeable." How am I to believe they have corrected their problems when the person in charge doesn't know what they are doing? For this reason I will not eat at Stub and Herbs.
09-13-2011 21:01:09 | More by KarlHungus
3.49/5 rDev -20.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Located in Stadium Village - it's the best bar in the area. But, that isn't saying much still. Full of kids who don't know how to drink but it's stadium village so it's pretty quiet (in the summer, during the school year, ultra annoying). Cool lighting and seating - ol' fashion bar aesthetic.
The bartender gave me a free drink for not having any belgians in stock and he gave my friend a free beer since he was in the service.
Pretty good selection for the area. No one matches at least for a few miles.
But the people... Gah...
08-01-2013 15:21:33 | More by AnalScubaHive
3.6/5 rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped by here twice during the Darkness weekend festivities. The first the night was during the Darkness release party and then I decided to come back to give an accurate review because the beer list for the party was different than a normal night. For the party a pretty sick list, the regular list is average. Its got lots of MN beers but nothing special, I was pretty bored. The atmosphere is so-so, a total college bar, nothing spectacular. The crowd is young with beer people mixed in. They do have several promotions mixd in which is cool, but again geared toward the college crowd. The bartenders seem to know a decent amount about beer, the servers know very little, a mixed bag. Neither offered very good suggestions.
A decent beer bar that probably gets a little too much pub. If I was in college I'd love this place. Worth stopping by but if I lived here probably would only be a once in the blue moon stop.
10-27-2010 00:18:07 | More by jrallen34
3.75/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
Stopped here once for dinner and once just to drink while i was in the twin cities last week. The dinner visit found it full of roudy college kids (odd, for the time of year, i thought) talking about who they were going to get with and chugging MBC. Waitstaff was friendly though, and baseball was on, so i found a booth out of the way. Tap list was pretty friggin good. Lots of local and WI brews, including four Surly offerings and two Tyrananas (Devil over a Barrel!). Ate a veggie melt sandwich thing that was ok. Came back later with some friends on a saturday night to find the place relatively empty (also strange). Stayed there until 1pm and tried lots of beers and ate some pretty good appetizers, though greasy. Its a good place for beer, but kind of blah in the atmosphere department....maybe its more fun during the school year.
06-30-2008 19:19:10 | More by aforbes10
3.78/5 rDev -14.1%
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
3.78/5 rDev -14.1%
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
3.84/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stub and Herbs had the atmosphere of a aged pub in a trendy location, featuring an above average tap list and one of the best music selections I've experienced in a long time. Bartender was boring, slow and depressing, and a below average happy hour takes away from an awesome pub. The company surrounding my party was superb and makes me interested in what a busier night would look like. One to check out but until I investigate further it is not a pub I will be frequenting.
10-20-2013 22:24:12 | More by gatornation
3.95/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$
Stub & Herbs has the weirdest and grossest bathroom I have had the displeasure to use in a very long time. Down the semi steep steps to the creepy basement into a disgusting meeting room with low ceilings, 20 year old carpet and mysterious doors. The bathroom itself is cold, damp, dark and dirty. Icky, for real. BUT, I did not got there to use the bathroom.
My first experience was over two years ago with my boyfriend and his buddy. We played darts and pool in their game room, which is spacious, has abundant natural lighting and we had a fabulous time. The food was basically a heart attack, or at least heartburn on a plate, but if you have enough to drink it is palatable. Great 2 for 1's on beers, which my company unashamedly took advantage of.
My next experience was at the bar to try some of their GREAT on tap selection--that night I had Mercenary, and Sublimely Self Righteous. The bar area screams dive-bar, a little too dark and grungy for my liking, and no where to set my purse, but the bartender was super nice, gave me lots of free samples and was having a great time changing up songs overhead. The waitress sang "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" with me which made my night. Located on the U of M campus, there was a lot of juvenile flirting-lets hook-up kind of activity going on, which I could do without. I told some damn guy not to buy me a beer and he did anyway, so I walked off and left it on the counter. The food at the bar...how can it put this delicately...you want 10 bucks for an- I swear to god- artificially flavored spinach artichoke dip that looks and tastes like something I made when I was 9? And you give me ridiculous generic artificial crackers to dip? Dude, do you have any pride at all?
But alas, the reason why I will return to Stub & Herbs (aside from a very pleasant game room experience) --- excellent tap list. Frequently rotating taps, from Southern Tier, Goose Island, Avery, Stone and Founders to name a few.
09-04-2011 15:04:51 | More by Moon2Goddess
3.98/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
Located in Dinkytown on the UM campus. This place is a top three beer establishment in the university area. However, if you are going to UM game this is a the place to go PERIOD.
The downtstairs is creepy, don't go there. The service is prompt and friendly. The food is stadium fare, but overall is good.
However, the beer is the real star here. They have a good selection of popular or hard to find kegs of craft beer. They have special events like DARKNESS EVE. Clean taps and lots of volume ensure fresh beer.
If you are in the MN University area, this is a must hit.
11-17-2011 19:40:50 | More by ndolover
4.08/5 rDev -7.3%
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
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Stub & Herb's in Minneapolis, MN
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