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The Muddy Pig
Taps: 48 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
162 Dale St N
phone: (651) 254-1030
(Place added by: ADR)
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| Reviews: 51 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The Muddy Pig is my favorite Bar in Minnesota. Yes, "The Muddy" is a hole in the wall, but that just part of its charm. I hit up the muddy anytime I can get a ride home, because every time I go I have a blast. They have the best beer selection of any bar in the Twin Cities. They have a lot of Belgium offerings, other imports, and great domestic micros as well. There is always something new to drink every time I go. One thing I never understand is why they have Miller Lite on draft, why waste a tap on that? If you want water suck it out the hose in back. The food is pretty good too. I have enjoyed their funky salads, sandwiches, and burritos. My old lady and I most often split a Rachel to conserve $ and room for the great beers. The bathrooms could use a nice remodel, but you wouldn't want to hinder on any of The Muddy's charm. The Happy Gnome (Muddy's better looking younger sister down the road) is good too. However, I Love The Muddy Pig - The Best.
06-12-2008 15:45:45 |
More by beeeeeer
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I recently visited this fine purveyor of excellent beer and food. If I had to sum up a response in one word, it would be "wow!"
Let's start with atmosphere. Upon approach and entry, one is greeted with anticipation because this bar is located in really cool, historic looking brick building with a nice assortment of neon signs in the windows (which were lit as I visited at night). Once inside, this place has warm colors of dark stained wood, black and deep red accents, and nicely padded booths where we sat. The bar is amazing with perhaps more tap handles configured with fine beers that I've ever seen. The menu features beer before food and provides tasting notes for each beer served by category.
Service was provided by a gentleman who was friendly and attentive. He offered us samples of a couple beers to help us in our efforts to choose and was happy to answer questions.
Selection was off the charts. These are connoisseur level beers (we enjoyed Surly Darkness, Kwak, and a lambic). The only macro on the menu I saw was Miller Lite.
The food was excellent. The nachos were some of the best I've ever had. The spicy chicken sandwich has an amazing chipotle BBQ sauce, and the pizza was loaded with sausage, ham, onions, and mushrooms. It was delicious.
Value was superb! All of the above and two hours of excellent atmosphere and service for $70.00 including tip! We will definitely be back. Many thanks.
11-13-2008 15:46:54 |
More by Beerking721
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Dulcie and Aylwin's big beer trip day one takes us to St. Paul. BA indicates that The Muddy Pig is the place in the absence of any breweries open to visit. We can report that the journey could not have started on a stronger note. Devotees of the Map Room or Hop Leaf in Chicago would find the Pig to be a worthy substitute; they may even prefer it given the easy access, lack of crowds and lovely environs.
Choice of sitting outside in an enclosed patio or inside in a couple of rooms. Decor is rich deep wood and paneling. Slight downer is the incomplete ban on smoking; but at least outside it dissipates. Beer selection absolutely top notch: we were there to try local breweries and they were there in force with Summit and Surly well represented, along with other midwestern breweries even from our hometown.
Food is quite decent and well priced, although it would never pass for fine dining.
Service brilliant: a charming girl who even bought us a drink after hearing the tale of our adventure.
I would move to St Paul for the Pig.
08-05-2008 04:43:53 |
More by AylwinForbes
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I attended the Muddy Pig yesterday and decided such an enjoyable beer bar deserved a review. Having visited this bar several times in the past, it has always seemed to be full of patrons, likely a result of the rediculously diverse number of tap beers available. Although such a selection could seem daunting, the staff has always been able to provide my friends and me guidance and recommendations to drink.
One thing I like about the Muddy Pig is their willingness to host beer-centric events. Last night, they were pouring several one-night-only taps from Lagunitas Brewery, a CA brewer who has now entered the MN market. Also, earlier this year, they hosted a weekend Belgian Beer Fest, featuring seminars and a rotation of a bundle of Belgian taps. This bar is dedicated to BEER.
The food is good. Nothing to write home about, but I wouldn't balk at the idea of eating a meal there again.
The decor is inviting, the lights are comfortably low, and it just feels good being in this bar. The bar is centered in the space, with the draft towers with taps prominently displayed. There are a couple TVs for us sports fans, but not so many that I feel overwhelmed/distracted.
10-23-2008 13:55:17 |
More by CHSLBrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I love this place! Really good beer selection that is always being updated with the seasons. Bartenders was knowledgable and helpful with selections and didn't try to b.s. me when he didn't know or hadn't tried a certain beer.
Food is average, but do NOT come here for the food. The beer is why you come. Don't get me wrong, I'd still rate it above most other pub grub.
Cool atmosphere which I guess could have potential to become crowded, and as a result, noisy, but I got two seats at the bar with plenty of elbow room.
I wish there was more room because I prefer it over the Happy Gnome, which is several blocks away.
05-09-2011 01:38:04 |
More by pioneer13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I had been meaning to visit this place for awhile now. After the hunger for a Cuban Sandwich and a great beer, I decided to make it happen. This location is very easy to get to(2 minutes off the freeway) and parking is ample. The restaurant has a somewhat cozy feel to it, and very friendly staff. Great list of brews both on tap and in the bottle. The large chalkboard seems to be kept up to date as well. As far the Cuban Sand, it was awesome!! Overall this is a must stop, go for the food and stay for the beers.
03-10-2010 16:23:00 |
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I am in love.
My dear friend has made numerous treks to Minneapolis to hang with me, and I finally went to her part of town to visit The Muddy Pig, and boy am I glad I did!
The Muddy Pig has a typical old bar appearance, nothing fancy, lots of wood, booths or stools and outdoor seating. I was particularly charmed, however, by the board games and lovely Trappist banners hanging above the bar. I ordered a Salmon salad, which was inexpensive and tasty.
My love affair with the Pig began when I sensed that it is Cheers in real life. Five minutes after sitting down, a man walked in and the staff and crowd at the bar called out to him that he needs a hair cut, he responded by pretending to leave in a huff and actually walked out the door! After roars of laughter, he returned, a couple of guys rubbed his head and they sat down for a brew. That set the tone for everything else; the bartenders strolled from behind the bar to interact with their regulars, one woman in particular had infectious laughter, other customers had fun playing yahtzee and person after person of all ages, shapes and sizes came in saying hello and adding their voices to the jovial, gentle crowd.
Most impressive, was that in spite of the good relationships staff and customers had, our waiter was super attentive. None of this-staff hanging out and talking to each other while ignoring the customers kind of crap- which I find all too frequently in some places. He handed us a black binder which contained the list of 46 imported and domestic tap beers, and 50 bottled beers, complete with full descriptions. The tap list included Rodenbach, Koningshoeven, Young's and Meredsous, plus Goose Island Dominique and Avery Salvation to name a few. The bottled list had all the Trappist breweries, Cantillon Kriek and De Troch Framboise. And here is the kicker, I paid $5.45 for a tulip of Rodenbach on tap!! I have been charged more for a bottle of Schells Dark at a bar! (side note: that is so ridiculous considering that a 6-pack of Schells cost less than $8!)
We heard several good tunes playing while there, and felt very comfortable and unrushed. I can't wait to go back, it is a special place to spend time with your best friends.
09-08-2011 02:50:15 |
More by Moon2Goddess
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is an exceptional place, one that anyone should feel lucky to have in their hometown/place of residence. The atmosphere is quite fitting for the neighborhood and the city - it is perfect for sampling the wide variety of offerings. Favorite recent experiences include some limited availability regional brews: Furthermore's Thermo Refur and Lift Bridge's Minnesota Tan. On any given visit, there are at least eight intriguing options to try (with such limited time and $ to do so). The Belgian Beer Fest last September was phenomenal, and I believe they plan a repeat performance this year.
07-07-2009 01:05:25 |
More by Froth
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
First of all .Go to the Muddy Pig. This is a laid back bar/restaurant that knows about beer. We went for lunch on a rainy afternoon. It has a pub like feel with a nice wooden bar and tables scattered about to sit in. What was the most fun was the draft selection. It is written in chalk on a big board on the wall. Talking with the waiter, he said that the selection rotates constantly. I had a Surly Furious and a Saison Dupont. My friend had a Gulden Draak (on tap wow!).
The waiter (wish I could remember his name he was very cool) was very knowledgeable and friendly. He helped with directions around the city and had some useful insight into the local way of life.
The food selection was good and I ordered a great meatball sandwich. Definitely a notch above general bar fare.
Id love to have the opportunity to spend more than a few hours in this place but in that little amount of time I was greatly impressed.
07-03-2007 15:43:00 |
More by barefootbrewer
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Oh, Muddy Pig, how I love this place. Parking can get a little sparce, but better than trying to find a place downtown. I've actually never been there during the summer, so can't say anything about the neat little patio seating area. But the bar and seating area has a pretty good atmosphere. Not spectacular, but still pretty good. Quality of beers is bar none. So many Belgians, and other beers from around the world, and the tap beer selection is pretty great. I wish there were more taps, but hey, what is it, 12 or so? Not so bad. Service is really good, extremely knowledgable. Thats the thing I like most about beer bars, that they know about all the beers they serve, and recommend them with meals that they also know well. I havne't had too much food from there, but what I've had is usually really good, though pretty pricey. Overall experience, everytime, has been very high. A great place to go with friends and spoil your palate.
01-23-2006 01:47:10 |
More by objectivemonkey
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