Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 49
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Al is a great guy and Blue Nile is a place I intend to go again. It was our last stop on our tour de beer in the twin cities. Tons of Surly on tap, served in Darkness tulips, very classy. Tap list is updated on the website and was accurate, another plus. Its a bit of a downer that it doesn't open until 4 pm, but there was no one in there when we arrived, so I can see why they don't bother to. The owner/manager(?) is a BA and should be contacted before you go to see when he'll be there. Not the easiest place to find, but close to the freeway and worth the trip.
12-06-2009 17:57:14 | More by mdwalsh
4.66/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If judging by the parking lot and building itself, this is one of the last places you would suspect to have a great beer bar. Once at the bar though you will quickly discover the goodies to be had. I was there for the start of the 20th Anniversary Celebration. On this weekend, all of the taps were local brews including several different Surly's including Wet, some Schell's, Flat Earth and Summit. They also had a cask of Summit Oatmeal Stout dry hopped with Fuggles. Al knows his beer and provides great service. Also, they offer happy hour two for one's from 4-6 and then again later in the evening. I will have to try the food next time I'm in. All in all a great place to get some quality beer.
10-11-2009 14:33:19 | More by jera1350
4.63/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I walked in to a nice lounge bar with a bar in the middle of the room and chairs on all sides (like cheers :). Then was escorted into the resaurant seating area where I ordered some of my first Ethiopian food and Furious on tap. Great service as the beer and the food came timely-I'm glad I came on a Saturday night that was fairly slow I guess? The beer was great, the food was amazing. Not unlike some Indian foods, but different spices. Had a good time here and hope to visit and have more great experiences.
09-22-2009 02:48:31 | More by Erdinger2003
4.41/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited the Blue Nile Saturday for the 'Hop Heads Only' event put on by the staff. It was my first time visiting the establishment, and the Nile lived up to the glowing reviews I had seen in the past here on Beerfly.
It is located on a somewhat sketchy area of Franklin Ave, near Cedar, which is one reason this place hadn't been on my radar before. The bar area of the restaurant is roomy, with a couple of dance/band areas off to the side. The dining area looks spacious as well. The Blue Nile also features a lovely patio in the back.
The beer selection was top-notch, which one would expect given the fact that they were hosting such a great event. Many American IPA & DIPA taps such as Hopsickle, Maharaja, and 16 Grit were included, along with a few hoppy Belgians. Three cask brews (Summit Red, Bitter Brewer, & Bubblejack) were also tapped on the patio. From viewing the website, the regular beer lineup appears to be outstanding as well.
The staff were top-notch, all enthusiastic and knowledgable about the beers they were serving. They also were very personable, joking around with the customers and answering questions about both the beers and the tasting setup.
I was there too early to eat, they hadn't started serving yet so I cannot comment on the food.
Prices were fair & reasonable.
Overall, this is a place that hadn't been on my radar before this weekend, mainly because of the location and the fact that I do not care much for the style of cuisine. I will not make this mistake any more, as I had a blast at the Blue Nile. Looking forward to their next beer event, or just the next weekend to belly up and have some incredible beers.
06-01-2009 20:10:44 | More by kbaker91
4.1/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I love the Blue Nile. Al manages to make this place a rock-solid beer bar despite not having a ton of tap lines. There is always something (usually several somethings) interesting on tap, they do a lot of events (release parties, big beer nights, and the like), and the bottle list is stellar, as well. Good prices, the right glassware, usually some good music playing, and a pretty festive (but not loud) atmosphere.
If you need a drink, you can
He'll get you some beer that will
Served with a smile and some cheeer!
(set to the tune of "Call Me," originally by Burt Bacharach)
03-31-2009 15:58:48 | More by BearsSox
4.47/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Like everyone else I was at Blue Nile for the Surly release party. It goes without saying that the bar was crowded. I found that the high amount of people actually enhanced the atmosphere, mostly because almost everyone there was there for the Surly. The restaurant itself was very nice quality.
The bartenders are very friendly and work their hardest to serve you as fast as possible. From what I noticed the selection was very good, however I was very focused on the Surly.
Very good food, I only got a burger but my party got some middle eastern food that was fantastic!
Overall amazing, one of the best in the cities!
02-12-2009 23:12:59 | More by AdmiralDiaz
4.3/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went to the Blue Nile for the Surly Three release party. It was pretty crowded as I expected it would be. They have a great selection of beer, and the food was really good! I had the Gosa Gosa which was delicious! The atmosphere was great! There is a really big center bar and tables around the rest of the bar area. The only complaint I would have is that they needed more seating, but it was pretty busy so that is expected. They had an area for a band, I would love to go back when they have live music! The service was surprisingly good for how busy it was, I didn't have to wait very long to get a drink, and the food came out pretty quickly. I would definitely recommend this bar to anyone looking for a good beer bar, or a place to get some good Ethiopian food.
02-12-2009 21:10:59 | More by natasharai
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Some of my friends and I went to the Blue Nile last night for the Surly Three release. It is conveniently located close to the light rail so it was really easy to get there and I did not have to worry about driving. The blue Nile is really nicely decorated and is a cool place to hang out. It was a little busy and difficult to find a place to sit at the bar, but we eventually found a table. There were several Surly beers on tap along with some other great offerings, also a great bottle selection. The service was a little slow mainly because it was so busy. We ended up getting several beers and an appetizer which was fantastic, this is a great place to come to try some Mideastern food. Over all this was a pretty fun place to get some drinks an eat some good food. I will definitely be going back soon.
02-12-2009 19:32:35 | More by br3wmeister
4.4/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it down here, after many failed attempts. The first thing that hits me is the smell, that combined with the decor for some reason took me back to Turkey, or maybe east Africa, but that is not the point. The layout is nice, and Al has some kickin beers on tap. Hopslam, Bells TC Old Ale 06, N'Ice Chouffe, Surly Furious, Surly Mild, Surly Bender, and more that I can't recal. Good pricing on the beers as well. I only paid $4.50 for the Mild, which compared to some other high end establishments is pretty good, and the high end Belgians were capped at like $8-9. The food was superb as well, and took me back to areas I have not traveled to in a little while. Try the Gosa Gosa (appetizer sampler?) platter if you are aprehensive (my wife is the pickiest eater ever, and she liked it.) All in all a great experience, although the music wasn't quite my bag.
Edit: After a visit for Al's B-day the score has to go up, as he had Oak Aged Cynic!
12-19-2008 17:22:32 | More by josephhaugen
4.8/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great little place. When I went I could tell they were into beer. It was quiet and comfortable. I had a glass of darkness there and as I was reviewing the beer the bartender cheerfully asked me if I was reviewing which made me smile. I was impressed with the prices as well as the selection of beer from all over the world. They had a nice stage for a band to play on as well. Overall an exellent place! I wouldn't change a thing. Even the way everything looked as cool all the way to the outside of the building. Truely a place for a ba
11-26-2008 03:27:05 | More by jjanega08
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Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge in Minneapolis, MN
95 out of 100 based on 49 user ratings.