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Town Hall Tap
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4810 Chicago Ave S
phone: (612) 767-7307
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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I like this place, I come here about every other week. I like seeing the rotation of guest beers on tap, and there's plenty of standards by which to educate myself. The food is fancier than bar food: in particular I like Pete's Cabin Burger, mixed with wild rice and mushrooms, and when I ask for mayo on the side (for my fries), it's a seasoned variety that's even more delightful.
One of the bartenders in particular is exceptionally attentive and affable without being pushy. Clearly he knows his beer, as does the other bartender I've seen, but the one distinguishes himself as endeavoring to become a host. I appreciate that.
I don't like holding a venue responsible for its constituency, but I don't enjoy the constituency here. The locals are fine, the families that come in and the people settling down for conversation, but occasionally there's a hipster influx that, initially, made me question whether I was in the right place. Regardless, it's easy to block everyone else out and focus on my food and beer.
I don't think it's awesome they tack on a $2 fee for a gluten-free bun for the burgers, but my wife appreciates the option and they chose a good brand to go with, Udi's.
02-19-2013 04:37:30 |
More by sxoidmal
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I arrived at about 4:30 on a beautiful fall Wednesday afternoon. I was tempted by the tables outside, but was by myself so I chose to sit at the bar. It didn't matter much as the two large garage doors on the front of the building were open to let the fall air in.
The atmosphere was city neighborhood laid back, which I prefer. I was in the Twin Cities on business and made the trip specifically to try Masala Mama. It's a vey solid IPA that I was glad to be able to try, but I was more impressed with the welcoming vibe of the bar. The bartender was really cool, I think his name was Rolf. I also tried Marmalade Sky APA which was good. Rolf suggested the Java Porter and he was right on, what a great beer.
As for food, I had the Jalapeño cheese stuffed pretzels, which were awesome. The best part was it was happy hour so I got out of there for less than $20. It was an enjoyable few hours. I highly recommend it.
10-05-2012 02:28:30 |
More by ssimpson89
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
How to grade this? It's a bit more moneyed and hip than the main location, and therefore the place's vibe didn't quite coincide with my own. It still felt friendly and all, just not as overwhelmingly friendly as the downtown pub.
They seemed to have a wider selection of guest taps but not quite as large a selection of Town Hall taps. There were no firkin beers when we stopped by, either. But, still, you could drink Masala Mama, and that's very important.
The food is even better than Town Hall's, which is to say it was frickin' amazing. Several veggie/pescetarian options, all of which actually had flavor. They were packed but the waitress, host, and bartender were all very friendly. And, really, there's not much to say about the tap that can't be said about the regular Town Hall. I'd still check out the main location first, but this place is pretty slick.
06-18-2012 17:46:53 |
More by mynie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The beer is top tier which should surprise no one. Besides the Town Hall beers, there where many other options, both foreign and domestic. They started serving local beers so I saw Surly, Summit, and Brau Brothers on-tap. Also three hand-pulled ales available.
Service and atmosphere can be hit or miss. My latest visit was very disappointing. Too many screaming kids for my tastes. Better to come when the families are not around. The service varies from good to poor. The food is very good and the kitchen seems well run, too bad this great food is left to die a slow death in the pass-through. This last time I know my order sat there for over 10 minutes. Had the pork wings, the wings were just barely warm and the fries were a touch soggy. Not the kitchens fault I was served this. Could not even comment because the server never bothered to come back and ask me how it was. Bad form.
Prices are about what I expected considering the location and quality of beer and food.
If they could get the front of house figured out, this would be one of the best establishments in the metro.
06-02-2012 20:47:30 |
More by morimech
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Townhall tap is definitely one of my go-to bars. I find myself at the tap at least a couple times a month. The atmosphere is pretty solid at the tap. During the summer it's excellent with the walls pulled up and the restaurant open to the street. Even in the cooler times, the room makes for a comfortable and enjoyable hangout. The music can be hit or miss but that's not a huge deal breaker for me.
The Quality at townhall tap has been pretty good. I have yet to have a beer there that wasn't quality. The townhall offerings have all been very good quality.
Service is what I would expect from a craft beer bar. Most of the staff knows there stuff although you'll have hit or miss situations when the server knows very little about the beer. I was told one of there seasonal's was like a corona (I think it was a pale ale). Overall, service has been good, though and they're always prompt to fill my glass. One excellent thing I've noticed is they'll very kindly ask bar patrons if they'd mind scooting over to accommodate larger party's. Nice touch there.
Selection is ok at the tap. They have 4, I believe, standard house offerings at all times. The dortmunder is always excellent after a long day of work. The Masala mama always delivers and the coffee porter is sure to please. In addition to these are many seasonals from Townhall. These rotate often and are very good. Try the smoked hefeweizen! One major gripe I have is that although townhall has another 10-15 guest taps at all time, there is a poor showing of local beers. We live in an area populated with so many breweries yet I never see them on tap. It's frustrating for me to see so many beers from thousands of miles away when breweries less than 100 miles away get no ticket to the show. Please change this Townhall Tap! Support local craft beer! On a more positive note, however, is that Townhall tap always 3 cask offerings on and they've been excellent.
The food is always good at the tap. The staples for my fiance and I are the deep fried pickles (2 thin slices w/ cream chees and panko breading). It's served with a Jalepeno/blackberry chutney. Very good. The Hidel burger is excellent and they've had no problem hitting my requested temps when I'm in. What I do think needs to happen is changes in the menu. I'm pretty sure it's been the same for 9 months. Oh yea... pork wings. Try them!
The townhall tap is a pretty good value. The house beers are a great deal. Something like $5.50 for a 20 oz pour. Good deal there. The food isn't expensive either.
Overall, I love townhall tap. I hope to see a changing menu and more local craft beers on tap in the future which would really elevate this good bar into an excellent bar.
02-09-2012 06:04:23 |
More by Greggy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited here on 2011-11-17
It took a minute to find this place. I drove right past it with GPS navigation turned on. The signage isn't good and it is sandwiched between some other stores. I was able to park in the street.
This is a small, unassuming place with some great beers. I happened to be here during their 1-year anniversary week and so got to try some speciality brews. Most noteworthy was the Cherry Infused Wee Heavy.
I had the veggie burger and salad for dinner. The burger was fine but could have had a bit more flavor and crispness. The salad and dressing were good.
The layout is basically one fairly large room with the bar in the center and tables around the walls.
The location is pretty convenient to the Western suburbs and the airport is nearby.
It's a nice spot although I like their brew pub downtown more.
12-22-2011 20:05:15 |
More by Tucquan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Once we walked in my girlfriend and I were greeted nicely and sat down at the bar right away. It was a very relaxed setting that was extremely inviting and warming as we both felt right at home. Loved the open face to the street with the garage style doors wide open to the patio to allow in the beautiful weather. The quality was excellent as was the service. The tenders switched while we were there but both were very helpful and informative and quick to address conversation about beer and the like. Selection was massive and I wish I could have stayed to try them all (no time plus a 6 hour drive the rest of the way home). I ordered a sampler featuring: English Summer Ale, Thunderstorm, Hop Index, and a beer from a guest tap - Lift Bridge Chestnut Hill; all were very refreshing and tasty. Masala Mama lived up to its following and I enjoyed it the most. We didn't try the food as stopping here was a last minute decision and we had already eaten. As far as price goes I felt it was a bit much but I may be comparing that to the place I go regularly here in Omaha. Overall I was very impressed and will make an attempt to stop every time I'm in Minneapolis.
08-10-2011 06:08:35 |
More by antlerwrestler19
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is an extension of Town Hall Brewery. Well know for their craft beers.
A. It's a very nice "uptown-ish" bar, with a nice relaxed feel. Booths, high-top tables and bar eating are available. A very relaxing place to go for just a beer, or for dinner. No dress up needed,
Q. Although they can't brew their own beer (due to MN law), they carry a full line of Town Hall Tap only beers brewed at the main location. They also offer a nice line of craft "Guest Beers" that always make a nice addition. It's always great beer and good food.
S. I've never had any less than the best service here. The servers are always very attentive.
S. There is a great selection of Tap specific beers supplied by Town Hall Brewery. The list of Guest Beers is great. And being that almost all of the beers are only available at the Tap, it keeps things interesting.
F. The food here is great. I personally love the Ragamuffin Fried Chicken Sandwich. I have yet to have something bad here. The price is a bit high for what you get for some items.
V. The beer options are great. The price is fair for any normal brew pubs. Some items are a bit high in price. The brie cheese curds are overpriced for the 8 pieces you get. But overall the place is very nice with a well suited selection off food and brew.
07-30-2011 04:17:42 |
More by MBrausen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Town Hall Tap is a very neat little establishment. The dimly-lit building is exactly the atmosphere I look for in a beer bar. The walls are clad with beer-related items, and makes for an old-school feel. One of it's advantages is the location. Unlike the original establishment, parking is free and easy to find.
Aside from just Town Hall Brewery offerings, there is usually at least one cask offering and a good selection of guest taps and bottles. The menu isn't huge, but there are many unique appetizers, along with burgers and sandwiches, all reasonably priced. The food alone is better than the typical bar norm, and the fries are out of this world!
Having gone there on a rainy Monday afternoon, it wasn't very crowded and the service was quick and quite good. The staff is friendly, and make the patrons feel welcome upon entering. For those that haven't been here, I recommend checking it out. I know I'll be stopping in whenever I'm in the area.
05-09-2011 21:12:48 |
More by WYVYRN527
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Enter Town Hall Tap. Its like a smaller cozier version of THB. Beautiful bar and beer related stuff on the walls. Small dinning area that makes for an intimate setting.
This place hits it right on the head for me. You still get the same great beer as you do at the THB but they really stepped up the game with their food here. The Walleye with jalapeno tarter sauce is excellent.
Selection is from THB beers so of course great but they do have a few guest taps. Good selection though.
Food is I have said above much better then the average bar in the Minneapolis area.
Value is great. If your in south Minneapolis get to this joint , a real gem.
05-03-2011 23:39:02 |
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