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The Bulldog Restaurant
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2549 Lyndale Ave. S.
phone: (612) 872-8893
(Place added by: Chaz)
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| Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by feloniousmonk:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
There's a certain friend of mine who will glare and growl if this establishment is mentioned in her presence. Why? Because she's more enlightened than any 99 people put together, and can't stand that a vegetarian restaurant, one of the oldest in our area, has been replaced by a bar. Well, I am truly sorry that veggie food is not as popular as beer (no, I'm not!), but this is no average bar, and I welcome it's existence.
My first visit occured last summer, after biking past and seeing a sign advertising Rush River Brewing Co., out of Maiden Rock, Wisconsin. Never heard of them, nor had anyone, so I had to go in and check it out. There is a connection between the 'dog and the brewery, even so much that the brewer used to tend bar there, and you can always find at least two of their beers on tap at a time.
Once in the door and at the bar, I scanned their 20 taps and was impressed with the smart selection. Based on my visit last night, I can safely assert there's is something for everyone. Hophead? Two Hearted or Bubblejack. Need a dark one? Murphy's Stout, Newcastle or Maredsous 8. In the mood for a wheat? Oberon, Hoegaarden, Blue Moon, Franziskaner Dunkelweizen. Something fruity? Bell's Cherry Ale or Leinie's Honeyweiss. European Lager? Spaten or Stella. Going for strength? Delirium tremens. Don't really like beer much? Mich Golden Draft, or PBR.
They rotate beers fairly often, on whim, or when new treats arrive. I found Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale here first, as well as Summit Amber, and they have rarer drafts on occasion, such as Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock. When Summit Oatmeal Stout was in session, they bravely put it in place of Guinness. Bottle selection is nothing to speak of, mainly the stuff they need to carry, but don't want to grant tap handle status to...macros, malternatives...
The atmosphere is amiable, convivial. Not enough seats around the bar, which is rather cramped, but there are plenty of tables and two patios, one under cover, and a few tables on the sidewalk. Me, I like sitting at the bar, where the TVs are never too loud, the barman (or woman) is friendly, laid back, (one afternoon I witnessed a 'tender mix "margarita shots" for himself and the cook...where was mine, I wanted to ask him) and fairly attentive...if occasionally on the scruffy side, but this is Uptown, where tattoos are mandatory and shampoo is an afterthought. The walls are cleanly and tastefully decorated, free of any BMC advertisements. Jukebox rocks, though I'm so out of that scene, I can't tell what's what anymore. I did enjoy hearing Johnny Cash followed by Morphine last night, where it was fairly boisterous for a Monday night. (My first evening visit, actually, previously only stopped by for lunch.)
As for food, nothing but typical bar stuff, burritos, sandwiches, burgers, pretzels, appetizers of the usual variety. But that's what fits this place. It's a regular bar, but classy all the way.
When I first encountered the 'dog, I wondered "why set up a saloon so close to the venerable old C.C. Club?" Having visited the place many times since, I can feel the difference, and understand the special niche. If this place were around when I lived in this neighborhood, it would have been my second home.
07-19-2005 19:46:41 |
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11-02-2013 23:58:29 |
More by MJSawyer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
It's a dark u shaped bar with a patio and some other tables around. Nice of them to have Golden Tee. A bit too dark inside. The beers are fresh and served in appropriate glassware. They have a good selection with several Belgians, a few Surly, Bells, Sierra Nevadas, and several other. The service is good, and generally what I expect. The crew knows whats on tap, knows about their beer, and moves fairly quickly. The burgers are pretty good. French fries are decent. Prices are fair ($6 for Surly Smoke is a good deal and $10 per burger).
01-15-2012 01:10:24 |
More by jsprain1
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
you walk thru the double door and a u- shaped bar greats you with a couple dozen taps seating around the bar or tables line the perimeter a on each side they also have some outside seating..its kinda dank and dark inside with a couple of small tv's some darts..the place could use some remolding..but you know something about the place is cool inside also..beer selection is great with many belgian offerings like piraat.delerium tremons,houblin,tripel karmeliet.moinette, and solid local and domestic offerings..did not try the food as we already had dinner but it looked ok..service was good they had a good beer menu book with flights available..we had a good time here and will come back again
10-09-2011 21:22:54 |
More by gatornation
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
The Bulldog is one of my favorite places to go in Uptown for beer and/or food. It is a small somewhat divey place that has enough class to keep it from being a complete dive. The beer selection consists of a couple dozen taps at least half of which are Belgians. The other half is solid local and regional options. They also rotate a half dozen of their taps out rather quickly usually with new releases and rarer stuff. The service has always been solid. Not all of the wait staff is able to discuss beer in depth, but they know enough to always pour the beer into the correct glass. The food is typical bar food with class. The burgers, dogs, and sandwiches I've had there have all been good. Prices are as good as you'll find in Uptown. The beer is priced about the same as you'll find around town, but the menu is very reasonably priced. They also have a nice happy hours, and good daily specials. You can't beat a free Bell's Two Hearted or Summit EPA with the purchase of a dog over lunch.
08-16-2011 16:17:18 |
More by KarlHungus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
My neighborhood bar. Small place with a patio if you feel like having a smoke or eating next to a bunch of people smoking. It has a cozy up north bar feel to it but the crowd is you typical mix of people for the uptown area.
Service is usually pretty good. It can get a little slow sitting at a table on the weekends but for the most part very prompt. Servers and bartenders for the most part know their beer and usually bring it to you in the proper glassware.
Selection is one of the best in the metro. Tons of belgian brews in bottle and a bunch of taps from all over. Highlights are Bells, Chouffe, Ommegang, Southern Tier, Surly, Chimay, Cantillon, Flying Dog, and Founders.
Mostly bar food but done very well. Burgers are unique, tasty and very well priced.
Value is really good here. If you come during happy hour you can get a bite to eat and a few beers for only $20.
05-03-2011 23:31:21 |
More by UMNbeerhunter
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
have been here a few times as it is a decent go to beer bar near my apartment.
a nice little cavernous bar with a lively friendly atmosphere. a bit small and the tables are a bit cramped together which is a bit annoying.
the place is a bit of a dive, with old tables, small tvs and a bit of an awkward layout. place could use a bit of work.
the service has always been pretty great here. one time our waitress stole us a bell's pint glass after we offered to buy one. the staff seems to do a great job even if they arent all overly knowledgeable about craft beer.
selection is pretty impressive as far as taps go, they have some nice ommegang and bell's rotating taps as well as some uncommon belgians. they have a buch of cantillion on the menu. they do not have cantillion though. both of their bartenders did not know what cantillon was...
the food is pretty darn good despite being pretty standard fare, they do some amazing sandwiches and excellent loaded fries. not just standard bar fare, they do food right here!
prices are reasonable no complaints here.
09-01-2010 04:28:58 |
More by pdoran10
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Looking for a fun, little dive bar in Uptown? Then The Bulldog is your spot. Small bar that gets filled up pretty easliy after 5-6pm everyday. Several Belgian beers on tap and in bottle. Good tap selection, including Surly which you can't get at every bar in MN. Their bottle list is pretty extensive but I was dissappointed when I ordered Cantillon Iris and was told they didn't have any. If you are eating, go with a burger or hot dog, they are awesome! Service I have had from great to not so good, so relax and have a good time no matter what happens. Bell's night is always fun too. They have a nice covered patio for smoking but they also have tables out there to sit during the summer and fall days.
08-24-2010 22:04:44 |
More by kbutler1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
I used to live half a block away from the Lydnale Bulldog and I'll tell you it definitely became an issue with my bank account.
Possibly the best conversion of an organic vegan restaurant into a beer and burger bar.
Although the food and drink is a bit expensive the burgers are outrageously good and addictive. If you can make it in for lunch you can find one of the best combo meals I've ever experienced: one of their delicious specialty hot-dogs and a pint of PBR, Summit, or Two Hearted for $5.
They have a very nice selection of taps and Belgian bottles, but there isn't much rotation besides the usual seasonals from Bells.
The service is somewhat hit or miss. I've encountered a variety of surly waitresses that seem to be having an awful day, and other times the service is just downright slow.
11-02-2009 16:18:39 |
More by smm
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Finally made it over to The Bulldog. The last time I was here it was the old Mud Pie restuarant, which survives as a menu item as the vegetarian mud pie burger. The veggie burger was good, but not as good as my memory, at least that night.
The place was crowded and busy for the 1/2 price Belgian night. A range of good Belgians plus a few others that made it well worth the effort to get there. Koningshoeven Quad was on tap, and my first--a treat if you've never had it. St. Feuillien Brune and Triple were my other highlights of the night beside a range of others. All beers were listed and well explained on a sheet for the customer to peruse and make good choice from the explanations. I was able to point my friends in the right direction each time from the specific descriptions, which is really nice and makes it a better night for all.
I will definately go back for the well handled and served beer, and the good. While not my all time favorite place, I wouldn't hesitate to recommned it or return in the future when the opportunity arises, especially for a speciality event.
12-21-2008 22:13:16 |
More by FightingEntropy
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