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Town Hall Tap
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4810 Chicago Ave
phone: (612) 767-7307
(Place added by: kbutler1 on 01-12-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
It is hard not to compare Town Hall Tap with its mother brewery Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery so I'm not going to bother in trying. Besides, I think comparing and contrasting might be beneficial to people who have been to the brewery, and are interested in visiting the tap.
Town Hall Tap is much smaller than Town Hall Brewery, but the atmosphere is more inviting to me. It has much more of a neighborhood bar feel to it than the brewery does. The old beer signs on the walls are nice, as is the large mirror behind the bar. The two garage doors are sure to be nice when opened on a warm day, and I imagine would give entire place a patio feel. The music they play is very eclectic which I like a lot. The neighborhood Town Hall Tap is in is on the nicer side, and street parking is free and plentiful which sure beats the ramp and metered parking at the brewery.
Town Hall Tap carries four regular beers brewed at Town Hall Brewery: Dortmunder Lager, Marmalade Sky Pale Ale, Masala Mama IPA, and Parkway Java Porter. They also have two or three rotating selections from Town Hall Brewery. That makes six or seven Town Hall beers on tap at a time. In my experience Town Hall Brewery usually has eight or nine of their beers on a any given time so Town Hall Tap doesn't lag all that far behind. It should be said that the tap does not regularly carry Town Hall Brewery's infused beers. In addition to Town Hall Brewery beers Town Hall Tap also has eighteen or so solid craft beer taps from other breweries, and two to three casks options. The selection of these taps is among the best I've seen in Minneapolis, is constantly changing, and always has some harder to find stuff.
Service at Town Hall Tap is considerably better then at Town Hall Brewery. When sitting at the bar the bartenders are always present and available. They have always been able to answer any question I've had about any beer they service whether it be a house beer or a guest beer. When seated at a table or on the patio the wait staff has always been very prompt, friendly and quite knowledgeable. Food has always been arrived promptly and at the right temperature.
I consider the food at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery to be one of its major attractions. I would go there simply to eat. The food at Town Hall Tap, to put it nicely, has a long way to go to reach that level. Their menu is much smaller than the brewery's with a half dozen appetizers, a few burgers, a few sandwiches, and a couple salads. (Since I wrote this review they have expanded their menu slightly. However, it still remains a small menu, and everything I originally said still applies.) I'm fine with the smaller menu as it is a small neighborhood bar. The problem I have is with the execution of the menu. The burgers, although decent, are not nearly as good as they are at the brewery. The Pork Wings, however, are mouthwateringly excellent, and Rag Top Fried Chicken Sandwiches are both really good.
Overall, I will go back to Town Hall Tap if I want a good beer in a good setting. If I want a good beer and good food I'll head to Town Hall Brewery.
04-15-2011 15:08:23 |
More by KarlHungus
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: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I like this place, I come here about every other week. I like seeing the rotation of guest beers on tap, and there's plenty of standards by which to educate myself. The food is fancier than bar food: in particular I like Pete's Cabin Burger, mixed with wild rice and mushrooms, and when I ask for mayo on the side (for my fries), it's a seasoned variety that's even more delightful.
One of the bartenders in particular is exceptionally attentive and affable without being pushy. Clearly he knows his beer, as does the other bartender I've seen, but the one distinguishes himself as endeavoring to become a host. I appreciate that.
I don't like holding a venue responsible for its constituency, but I don't enjoy the constituency here. The locals are fine, the families that come in and the people settling down for conversation, but occasionally there's a hipster influx that, initially, made me question whether I was in the right place. Regardless, it's easy to block everyone else out and focus on my food and beer.
I don't think it's awesome they tack on a $2 fee for a gluten-free bun for the burgers, but my wife appreciates the option and they chose a good brand to go with, Udi's.
02-19-2013 04:37:30 |
More by sxoidmal
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I arrived at about 4:30 on a beautiful fall Wednesday afternoon. I was tempted by the tables outside, but was by myself so I chose to sit at the bar. It didn't matter much as the two large garage doors on the front of the building were open to let the fall air in.
The atmosphere was city neighborhood laid back, which I prefer. I was in the Twin Cities on business and made the trip specifically to try Masala Mama. It's a vey solid IPA that I was glad to be able to try, but I was more impressed with the welcoming vibe of the bar. The bartender was really cool, I think his name was Rolf. I also tried Marmalade Sky APA which was good. Rolf suggested the Java Porter and he was right on, what a great beer.
As for food, I had the Jalapeño cheese stuffed pretzels, which were awesome. The best part was it was happy hour so I got out of there for less than $20. It was an enjoyable few hours. I highly recommend it.
10-05-2012 02:28:30 |
More by ssimpson89
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Here is the review I wrote when the Tap just opened in November 2010.
The Tap is an outpost of the Town Hall mothership in Seven Corners.
Space: Pretty cool, alot of vintage beer signs and an old bar Pete found at some antique store. The coolest thing is that two of the front windows are garage doors with glass so come spring, they can open them for a view of the street and a "patio" without going outside.
Beer: There are 10+ guest taps on right now which include Old Rasputin, Anchor Steam, Boddingtons, Youngs Doub Choc, and 21st IPA. The real story is this. The exclusive "TAP" beers are the Marmalade Sky, an Orange IPA and a Coffee Porter made with coffee roasted up the street. They also had the usual Masala Mama IPA and the Dortmunder. However, Mike said they were thinking of switching the Dortmunder out with the Saaz Pils for the Tap. They had 4 seasonals on and as of now they were the blueberry porter, Triple Threat, 3 Hour Tour and Eye o' the Storm, a honey ale. (Nov. 2010)
They had 3 cask pumps, but all the equipment has yet to arrive. There is also some new glassware, all the TH beers are served in Imperial Pint glasses and all the guest beers are served in their proper glasses (when available). The Imp Pint glasses are sweet, I may have to buy a couple.
I didn't try the food, but it looked good.
Deals: No growlers yet due to previously mentioned on BA laws. No Pint Club freebees, but you will get your $0.75 off. No word yet on happy hours. No liquor either.
Verdict? A very nice addition to the area! If you live down in the Longfellow ... or even in the South Metro, this should be a stop on your list. It is closer for me to ride the bike to the mother ship so I'll be there most often. But, a great ambiance (did I spell that right?), plus windows that open, plus TH beers? Sounds good to me!
01-19-2011 14:00:44 |
More by oner0002
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Town Hall Tap is a very neat little establishment. The dimly-lit building is exactly the atmosphere I look for in a beer bar. The walls are clad with beer-related items, and makes for an old-school feel. One of it's advantages is the location. Unlike the original establishment, parking is free and easy to find.
Aside from just Town Hall Brewery offerings, there is usually at least one cask offering and a good selection of guest taps and bottles. The menu isn't huge, but there are many unique appetizers, along with burgers and sandwiches, all reasonably priced. The food alone is better than the typical bar norm, and the fries are out of this world!
Having gone there on a rainy Monday afternoon, it wasn't very crowded and the service was quick and quite good. The staff is friendly, and make the patrons feel welcome upon entering. For those that haven't been here, I recommend checking it out. I know I'll be stopping in whenever I'm in the area.
05-09-2011 21:12:48 |
More by WYVYRN527
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Visited for dinner and brews on Friday August 30. The outdoor streetside seating looked very appealing but I headed inside to get a better view of the taps, chalkboards, clientale, etc. They have two front garage doors that were open to the street anyway, so it still felt like being somewhat outside. The place was pretty full but no waiting list. The crowd seemed to be pretty local - groups of friends, families, young couples, etc.
I had two flights of four each - one with regular beers (all of which were great including Masala Mama, etc) and one with seasonals (a bit dissapointing with a Kolsch, an Amber, etc). But overall the beer quality was excellent and the food and service were good as well. This is a nice neighborhood bar/restaurant but if you're visiting the Twin Cities for beer purposes I'd recommend skipping this and going to the main Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery instead.
09-02-2013 00:25:01 |
More by coldriver
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 |
More by UMNbeerhunter
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