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Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1110 Nicollet Mall
phone: (612) 332-3908
(Place added by: tavernjef)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by kbaker91:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Finally getting around to reviewing this place, as I have been there a few times in the past. Stopped in yesterday (Easter Sunday) with my wife for a couple pints after brunch.
The place itself is decorated to resemble a London pub, with Premier League matches on the 'telly' and Anglo memorabilia on the wall. On a nice day, the sidewalk patio on Nicollet Mall is lovely. Brits also features a great upstairs outdoor patio area with lawn bowling as well.
The clientele varies depending on the time of the day you visit. Afternoons are mellow, with patrons relaxing enjoying a pint. Weekend evenings turn this place into a clusterfuck, packed and sweaty, almost impossible to get a beer or hear any sort of conversation.
The beers are pretty standard for a British-style tavern. Tetley, Fullers, Old Specked Hen are some of the brews/breweries featured (besides the obligitory Bass, Guinness, Harp, BMC). The only two American 'crafts' available (Colonials as denoted here) are Summit EPA & Goose Island IPA. Expect to pay $6 for an imperial pint.
Did not eat this trip, but have had the old English menu war horses in the past (bangers & mash, fish & chips, shepard's pie, etc). All were decent, but not worth going out of your way for.
Service is good if the place isn't busy, scarce when it is.
Overall, your impression of this establishment will vary depending upon which time of the day you visit. If you want a mellow tavern to relax and have a couple pints, then definitely stop by in the afternoon. If you are looking for that mellow environment in the evening on a weekend, avoid this place like the plague, as it turns into a pickup joint for the frat-boy crowd.
04-13-2009 17:58:14 |
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11-12-2013 02:26:37 |
More by TubbyDullard
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Brit's Pub is one of those eating establishments that has a great reputation with a wide range of people. It seems everyone has been there one time or another.
As a beer geek destination, it doesn't really hold up. While Brit's does have 20 taps by my count, they are the basic UK bar line up: Speckled Hen, Guinness, Newcastle, Boddington's (maybe the prettiest poured pint ever), Strongbow and the like. I noticed locals from Fulton and Surly as well on this trip.
For many, Brit's is the stop when going to Orchestra Hall for a show. Today, that was my excuse to have a couple of pints while Gloria prepped with One Voice for the opening concert of Chorus America, which was a great concert for those who like choral music.
For today's stop, I started with the Fuller's London Pride on cask to go with a true British feel. It was tasty and well served. It's the only cask engine, but at least they seem to be handling the cask well from this sample. I had a cask of this at The Blackfriar in London, possibly one of the coolest pubs in the world.
Next was a glass of Stella Artois, the Budweiser of the EU. A better beer than Bud, but it is a ubiquitous beer much in the same vein. However, SA likes to maintain a more sophistcated profile, so I guess that's why there's a separate tap for it. The website, as with most macro websites, was relatively useless in telling me why, but the video of the 9 step process to pour a chalice of SA (SA's word--they are fussy about that as well) points to how serious they are to have a well poured beer. Or, at least how serious they are about making it look like SA is a high end product. When I asked the waitress what it did besides keep it ice cold, she shrugged sarcastically and said "nothing".
I didn't eat here tonight, but have generally been very happy with the food and service at Brit's. The beer is well served and the place is cozy and a generally a great place to have a chat. Besides the less than adventuresome beer list (though true to their marketing), the only other negative I've had with Brit's is that the bar seems to smell funny to me. Not sure why--spilled beer stank maybe, but a minor detail and it seemed less pronounced on this trip. I don't go out of my way to drink at Brit's, but I'm perfectly happy when I find my there, pint in hand.
07-19-2012 20:42:02 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A- A step up from the average American take on Euro pubs. Many cool historical pictures hang on the walls, a couple tvs typically showing soccer. Lawn bowling outside.
Q- No quality issues.
Ser- Service is quick and friendly when they aren't busy. When they are busy it seems disproportionately slow. But 80% of the time, it's good service.
Sel- A couple nice English finds on tap (olde speckled hen, tetley's) but most of the tap list is your Boddington's, Bass, Carlsberg, etc. Bottle list is unimpressive, mostly macros.
F- Food is decent, but not great. Tandoori chicken sandwich is satisfying. French fries are average.
About 10 bucks a sandwich, 15 for entree plates. Beers are about 5 bucks.
08-29-2011 02:26:37 |
More by jsprain1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here a couple nights before Christmas. Really cool atmosphere with a nice large fireplace and a good looking bar. The decor looked like an authentic British pub with touches of American football (i.e. Vikings stuff) hanging up around the place. There was seating upstairs and downstairs. The taps are almost all British beers which isn't surprising considering the fact that it is a British pub. The bottle list was depressingly awful. They had Corona (what was more depressing was the fact that some dude was drinking bottled Corona in a British pub!) I had Summit's Scotch-style ale (two actually) and I had to have a Tetley's because I never had tried one before. The food was pretty good. Everyone enjoyed their selections. Service was swift and friendly. Overall, it was a good experience. The taps were pretty good and so was the food.
01-04-2010 02:26:38 |
More by zeff80
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Went here for my bachelor party on an absolutely perfect Saturday evening in July.
The restaurant is nice, but not spectacular. Soccer and rugby are usually playing on the television, and the decor consists of your typical American Irish Brew Pub.
Pool tables are upstairs, and an amazing top floor, outdoor lawn bowling court can be found there as well.
If you go early you will find a very relaxed atmosphere with people bringing their families to relax on the outdoor patio which actually has two levels as well as having another patio on the street outside.
If you go late you will be lucky to find a seat, lucky to get a beer in under 15 minutes, and lucky to get a spot on the lawn bowling court in under 90 minutes.
The place is great for finding a "date" if that is what you are looking for, and we had a fantastic time smoking big nasty cigars, and getting "pissed".
The food was "meh". I had bangers and mash (sausage and potatoes) and was filled up, but not left dreaming of more, and it wasn't exactly cheap.
Good place to visit if you are in town on business or just looking for a place to raise hell with your friends, but don't go their for great food or to entertain your kids.
11-15-2009 02:36:14 |
More by dpnelson1978
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
brits is a great place to go in the warm season in minneapolis ..i love to sit on the rooftop on warm summer evenings sipping an english beer and eating fish and chips..the quality of the food is above average for the most part but the service is just average they are always packed waiters seem always pre occupied not attentive..no biggie thou..the brews are mostly english ..i wish they would bring in more guest taps from around the world but they dont..they have speckled hen,fullers boddingtons Guinness all on tap..again i like this place in the summer for fish and chips pints and sitting outside
11-07-2009 23:16:36 |
More by gatornation
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
My wife and I took our 3 year old son downtown to hang out one Sat. afternoon. I had heard of Brit's, but never been. We checked it out for lunch and have to say were very disappointed.
Beer selection looked pretty good. English beers for the most part. Guiness, Boddingtons, Murphy's, etc. Really cool atmosphere. Classic and traditional. The outdoor lawn bowling courts on the roof are awesome.
The problem we had was that the food was way overpriced and of poor quality. I had the shepard's pie which was basically some mashed potatoes over a few pieces of meat and gravy. My son got the mac and cheese and I am not kidding, it was Kraft mac and cheese. I don't expect gormet, but come on, a box of Kraft? Food seemed to be heated in a microwave. Lunch prices were still over ten dollars per entree.
Waiter seemed bored and displeased to be there. We were only one of maybe 5 people in the place yet this waiter took his time and really was unmotivated to help.
The only way I would go back here would be for some beers and lawn bowling. I wouldn't touch their food with a ten foot pole!
08-22-2009 16:43:03 |
More by jera1350
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Great place downtown for Happy Hour in the Spring and Summer, especially out on the lawn upstairs...on a nice sunny afternoon, watching the lawn bowlers, or taking in a movie on their screen...a cool place to hang out.
Beer selection is a decent English assortment of pretty basic ales and lagers.
Food is pretty traditional with a slight twist on the English basics. Must have are the Scotch Eggs...happy hour deals are pretty decent, and the apps are priced nicely to have a couple to share. A good place that is usually packed for football (soccer games), and always showcases the very international community of the Twin Cities. I put it on the must stop at place, if you are coming into town in the summer, and want to hang out...drink slightly above average beer, and have some good English pub food. There are definitely better places in the city for brew, but the atmosphere here can make up for it.
04-03-2009 01:23:41 |
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