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Stub & Herb's
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 51
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
227 Oak St SE
phone: (612) 379-0555
(Place added by: JohnBierman on 05-18-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 77 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A fairly quick ride on the bus with Sir Lou put us across the river and basically at the doorstep of Stub & Herb's, a local joint that pretty clearly caters to the University set - and by sheer chronology gets the honor of my 200th beerfly...hurray beer travel!
The barroom is obviously aged and seems to have been there quite awhile. It smells somewhat of dirty mop water, and keeps a thin patina of grime built up over the years. Not quite sure whether I'd call it a dive, but a couple taxidermied animal heads could secure that designation.
It's quite large - there's a main barroom with a 4 sided bar and booths along the windows, with a pool/game room directly adjacent, and some sort of party room downstairs - which is where you'll find the restroom, or at least that's where I ended up.
Selection rates high - lots of local selections in keeping with their recent declaration to pursue that course, including nearly all of the common Surly beers, and smaller pour sizes available. Great place for out-of-town beer tourists to hit, for sure.
Service was fine - the bartender was friendly enough and quick to replace an empty with a full.
09-03-2010 00:40:40 |
More by blackie
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
I was here a few weeks ago, but just though I would post a review.
The atmosphere is really nothing special, it almost seemed like a fast food restaurant where we were sitting. We weren't exactly there at peak hours either, so I suppose that could have had something to do with the atmosphere. The main thing is that there were 32 taps. So many styles to choose from with lots of locals and regionals, as well as some nationally distributed stuff. If you can't find something to drink at this place then you just don't like beer. The service was decent, the server didn't really know shit about beer but she was willing to get us samples of stuff instead, which is alright. The food was good, I had a beef and cheddar sandwich. It wasn't the most amazing thing ever but it sure hit the spot. The prices were pretty awesome as well since we were there during happy hour. Overall, if you're in the Twin Cities this place is worth a stop.
06-04-2009 03:03:12 |
More by roadhouse
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
A real must if you are anywhere near the twin cities area. AWESOME beer selection that rotates pretty frequently. The bar itself is right down by the U so it gets a little trashed from all the college students and people coming through for games, etc. The bathrooms are just awful. The food is typical bar fare. But WHO CARES?! They have an amazing beer list and host some really cool events. Very knowledgable staff.
As of late I have heard they are focusing more on local offerings than other out of state beers. I see this as both a positive and negative in terms of the special beers they might not get from out of state brewers but either way I still will support them.
08-24-2010 22:17:15 |
More by kbutler1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Located right off of campus, S&H looks for all the world like an old breakfast diner that has now been converted into a pretty impressive beer bar. The place boasts that it has been around for some 40 years and it's easy to believe. The dining area looks as if it has been around for a while, though if anything that just imparted an even more relaxed vibe I thought. This place is fairly good size, with a fairly large wrap around bar area in the middle of the place. Looked like they had around 6 or 7 TV's as well, turned to various sporting events on this particular friday.
The beer selection here is pretty damn good, with something like 30 different beers available on this particular day. The selection ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous, and included things like Grain Belt premium, Schell's firebrick and hopfenmalz, as well as GIBCS and Odell's IPA. Really seemed like they were trying to offer something for everyone at S&H.
Service here was OK. I gather this place is largely staffed by students from the U, and it appeared as if they were often more interested in socializing with one another than checking on customers in the dining room. This lead to an occasional short wait from time to time, but otherwise everyone was polite and pleasant.
Food here was pretty good I thought for what it was. There is an emphasis on pub grub here, but I have to say that what they do serve is still pretty darn tasty. We got the yummy blue balls (couldn't resist the name - turns out they're just hamburger sliders with a bit of blue cheese stuffed inside), as well as the stuffed jalapeno burger. Both were well prepared and as already noted, quite tasty.
Overall, I thought this a very solid place and I would stop by here again in a heartbeat. The only thing that kind of surprised me a bit was the pricing. On the one hand, I appreciate the fact that you can order beer here in a variety of sizes (for most beers). Generally, you can order a 7 ounce pour, a 12 ounce pour, a pint or a pitcher, and I think they have 4 different price points (there are numbers next to the beers on the menu, which correspond to the price list at the bottom of the menu). While I like that, the bad news is that a lot of the beers are really pretty spendy. A 7 ounce pour of GIBCS was $7, while a 10 ounce glass was $10. I think a pint of Odell's IPA was likewise in the $6 range. Granted, if you don't mind drinking grainbelt premium and/or Schell's Firebrick, you can keep costs down considerably here.
All that aside, and as already noted, this is a very solid place and one I'd likely visit anytime I'm in town.
11-27-2010 18:19:54 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped here the night before Darkness Day. They were having a college party in the room/area near the bar and I could see this place being infested if turdballs, but the beer geeks dominated the important part of the place. Nice center bar with plenty of seating around. Lots of taps kept things interesting even though they put on mostly RIS's for the event(not complaining). Not sure if they have bottles or not. They put on some big boys, too. Omar ended up calling someone at the brewery to bring over a keg of Darkness, but they also had Lienie's Big Eddy, a cask of Oaked Cynicale, a few other Surly's, and just a bunch of greatness. They were completely slammed and the service was still pretty good. And you could tell the bartenders knew a pretty decent amount about what they were serving.
05-12-2010 00:22:40 |
More by pwoods
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The best way to describe this place is still a college bar, with a very good beer selection.
The usual mess of drunken college students, a central bar with multiple beers on tap, plus a mediocre bottle selection. But no worries, plenty to entertain you on tap.
Multiple Surlys including wet hop, good stuff from Goose Island, Founders, Dark Horse, Tyranena and others.
Most of the staff know their stuff, and there is also a pool table and plenty of TV sets to follow sports. I did not eat there.
Very nice, a lot of fun, nice environment if a bit noisy, but that was to be expected. Will come back.
10-12-2009 20:08:58 |
More by brdc
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stub and Herbs is a great campus bar that gets away from the typical college bar theme of having only mass produced beers on their menu. Being a student at the University of Minnesota and beer lover Stub and Herbs is my favorite after class hangout when I'm looking for a tasty brew on campus. The selection is defiantly far beyond the typical college bar with a solid list of bottles and a great rotating selection of Taps from some of the best in brewing including Lift bridge, Bells, Surly, and Sierra Nevada. Food good and I enjoy their burgers all the time to soak up some of the hoppy goodness that I have just consumed.
10-31-2010 21:45:59 |
More by UMNbeerhunter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Probably about time a put in my two cents after becoming a semi regular customer of the place over the past few years. Been lucky the last few times to nearly have the place to myself. Which is great, as they have board games set aside to play with your group while drinking the afternoon/night away. For when it gets busy, its busy as hell. Nuff said.
Depending on where you sit makes a bit of difference in lighting as there's dark lit booths in the middle, yet full window lit booths on the other side, which are all surrounding a standard square bar with about 4 to 5 seats on each side to sit. Then there's the back room which is made up mostly of tables and games. Plus a small patio out back for nicer weather. There has been a number of times however, when I've been in at slow times that it smells far too much like your average floor cleaner and the tables are damp from recent towel wipings. Same with the bar being damp. Needless to say, its unappealing. Dry them off please.
But Service here is pretty outstanding, very friendly and knowledgeable about all the great beers, specials, and overall staying on top of getting you your food and beers. When busy, they struggle a bit to keep up, but what place doesn't. Yet, even when busy, most times, I've still had pretty solid service for how busy it was. Heather is my favorite.
Awesome selection and turnover of speciality beers, with a ton of rotating taps of nearly every micro brewery that MN has available. Surly, Founders, Southern Tier, Alaskan, Flying Dog, Stone, Bell's, New Holland, and more. Perhaps a couple Belgian beers from time to time would help boost their selection right off the roof. Yet, its impressive when they get the special events going. Like nothing but Flat Earth with infusions of all their beers taking over all the taps. Or the Surly Darkness party. Wow! Great beers on-tap for those things! All with pretty damn good prices for what's offered, both on the beer and the food.
Overall, its a great establishment that knows how to keep anyone in the beer know very happy.
05-18-2011 20:47:47 |
More by tavernjef
Stub & Herb's in Minneapolis, MN
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