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Stub & Herb's
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 51
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
227 Oak St SE
phone: (612) 379-0555
(Place added by: JohnBierman on 05-18-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 77 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in here with my family on New Year's Day around 1pm. It was pretty empty, but I figured most people were still sleeping off the previous night (plus it was about 2 degrees). Atmosphere is fairly typical of a college-area eatery. Beautiful bar and a nice collection of growlers and other bottles are on display. Beers were all high quality. They offer flights of 5.5oz sample. A great option when confronted with numerous taps that are new to you. I had Schell's Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale, Summit Unchained Imperial Pumpkin Porter and a Flat Earth Tripel. All well-done beers that were worth a try. I also had a pint of Brau Bros Scotch Ale. The food is good but a little greasy - fries and onion rings, especially. My Bacon, Turkey Avocado sandwich was great and everyone else with me liked their food, too. Prices are pretty good. The one downer of the trip was that Surly Smoke was on the menu but the keg had kicked the previous night. All in all a great place to visit. The taps were so good that I didn't even ask about the bottle options!
01-03-2011 02:47:47 |
More by zeff80
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I visited this place on 5/12/2009 (while on a beer trip with BA roadhouse).
This place was a bit tricky to find as it is very near the University of Minnesota campus. Parking is sort of hidden behind the building but we were able to find a spot. I have no doubt that on busy days/nights parking cannot be easy to find.
Upon entering, the main dining/bar area is fairly large and features an impressive 35 beers on tap (and those are pretty much all very good craft beers). There is also a fairly smelly basement room that looks a lot like the basement "rec room" of a college dormitory. I can envision lots of beer chugging going on down there on campus party weekends.
The day we visited the offerings ranged from local greats (Surly, Summit, Schell's etc) to regional and national stuff. All very high quality and some fairly rare release stuff too. One thing I really liked was that you can get 7 oz pours and try a whole bunch of different stuff in one visit.
Service was ok, but the waitress was a college girl probably chosen for her looks rather than her (shaky) beer knowledge. The food was much better than we expected.
Prices were really great, especially so because we were there during happy hour. The 7 oz pours were nearly all $2.50, and the goblets only ran $3.50!!!
Really a great place that I wish I had when I was in college. Worthy of the term "beer destination" for sure.
05-14-2009 03:10:40 |
More by spointon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in before the Gopher Preview Day at the new TCF Stadium. Needless to say it was busy. Great beer list. Huge tap list that changes frequently. Several different Surlys on tap including 16 Grit. Prices seemed about par for the course. Even though it was busy, our waitress served us promptly and checked back frequently. Had the Stubs special burger and it was absolutely amazing. Looked to be a fresh hand made patty and it was cooked to perfection. Put that together with awesome beer and I will be back many more times.
08-23-2009 03:39:02 |
More by jera1350
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
An innocent looking old school corner bar and grill on the edge of downtown Minneapolis this place rocks. As others have testified, this is the local haven for all things BA. Outstanding selection ranging from DIPA's to Belgian tripels and a cask stout. Taps numbering about 34 including the aforementioned cask which was a sinfully delicious Bell's Expedition stout (awesome). The place is definitely old school college turf with that neighborhood bar touch. This Wednesday night during July was pretty quiet which suited me just fine. Friendly prompt service and a very good Cajun chicken & bacon sandwich just put it over the top. The atmosphere is conducive to easy banter among patrons as you sit along any of the four sides comprising the copper clad bar. Met up with 2 nice BA's to make the night thoroughly enjoyable. A modest array of televisions, a pool table, ample table and booth space. And the coups de grace, a trough style urinal. But for the beer discriminating folks among us, the brews are awesome. Several classics like the one of a kind local Surly's Furious and Bell's Two-Hearted but lots more of the classy odities like Flat Earth's Northwest Passage and Goose Island Sophie. I like that they seem to favor exotic brews from the locals like Surly and Lift Bridge, Schell's and Summit, Brau's and Fox Barrel with many different styles represented. And every beer I had was entirely fresh and tasty. Awesome. The bar tender was a young, friendly guy with solid beer knowledge. Considering the positive food results, I can't imagine another place to take honors over this place, though I have great respect for the Muddy Pig and Happy Gnome in nearby St. Paul. Don't miss this place if you relate to the corner bar/college hangout atmosphere and impeccable beer choices! It doesn't hurt that the music selection was classic and obscure 50-something special. Nice. I'll be back.
08-07-2010 21:30:18 |
More by Durge
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
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
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
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stub and Herbs is a college bar with good beer. Thus, the clientele consists mostly of college kids who have discovered good beer. The upstairs area is inviting enough, however, the basement area is dingy and creepy. Something about it just screams date rape parlor. The beer selection is top notch with a wide variety of styles including malty beers, hoppy beers, wheat beers, and Belgian style beers. Within the past year they have stopped carrying the rotating rare/unique beers they used to. Prices have also gone up in the past year. They used to have some of the best prices in town, but now they have some of the worst. Most of the beers they charge $6 for can be found elsewhere in town for $5 or $5.50. Service is good for the most part, and generally pretty knowledgeable about beer.
I'm rating the quality of Stub and Herbs so low due to the fact that they have received numerous food-safety violations from state food-safety inspectors. I'm certain that most, if note all, dinning establishments receive some violations. However, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported last spring (April 30th to be exact) that of 771 food-related businesses inspected Stub and Herbs had the eighth most violations including nine critical violations and 22 total. The Star Tribune article listed some of Stub and Herbs violations, and the one that stood out to me was "person in charge not knowledgeable." How am I to believe they have corrected their problems when the person in charge doesn't know what they are doing? For this reason I will not eat at Stub and Herbs.
09-13-2011 21:01:09 |
More by KarlHungus
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
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
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
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