The Bulldog Restaurant
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4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
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than any 99 people put together, and can't stand that a vegetarian restaurant, one of the oldest in our area, has been replaced by a bar.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 | More by feloniousmonk
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
My neighborhood bar. Small place with a patio if you feel like having a smoke or eating next to a bunch of people smoking. It has a cozy up north bar feel to it but the crowd is you typical mix of people for the uptown area.
Service is usually pretty good. It can get a little slow sitting at a table on the weekends but for the most part very prompt. Servers and bartenders for the most part know their beer and usually bring it to you in the proper glassware.
Selection is one of the best in the metro. Tons of belgian brews in bottle and a bunch of taps from all over. Highlights are Bells, Chouffe, Ommegang, Southern Tier, Surly, Chimay, Cantillon, Flying Dog, and Founders.
Mostly bar food but done very well. Burgers are unique, tasty and very well priced.
Value is really good here. If you come during happy hour you can get a bite to eat and a few beers for only $20.
05-03-2011 23:31:21 | More by UMNbeerhunter
4.08/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
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
3.83/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
have been here a few times as it is a decent go to beer bar near my apartment.
a nice little cavernous bar with a lively friendly atmosphere. a bit small and the tables are a bit cramped together which is a bit annoying.
the place is a bit of a dive, with old tables, small tvs and a bit of an awkward layout. place could use a bit of work.
the service has always been pretty great here. one time our waitress stole us a bell's pint glass after we offered to buy one. the staff seems to do a great job even if they arent all overly knowledgeable about craft beer.
selection is pretty impressive as far as taps go, they have some nice ommegang and bell's rotating taps as well as some uncommon belgians. they have a buch of cantillion on the menu. they do not have cantillion though. both of their bartenders did not know what cantillon was...
the food is pretty darn good despite being pretty standard fare, they do some amazing sandwiches and excellent loaded fries. not just standard bar fare, they do food right here!
prices are reasonable no complaints here.
09-01-2010 04:28:58 | More by pdoran10
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Sitting at the bar, Pete was very attentive to our needs and beer knowledgeable to boot. Their Belgium selection is spectacular. First up was a Rodenbach; a Flemish Farm Ale. Just the way I like it, sour. That set the tone for the night. Don't plan on driving after getting your fill of the Belgiums. Stick to the bottled Belgiums as opposed to the on-tap offerings, they tend to be smoother and more complex given the additional conditioning.
I don't go to bars for food, so my impression is that what is offered is standard, burgers, etc. Had the Tillamook cheese burger with buffalo. A good burger but I've had few bad burgers in my life.
Local brewery offerings were limited, Surley and Rush River. But then, I've not found a Surley that I really like so I wasn't annoyed. Atmosphere was laid back and dimly lit. Patrons seemed to be friendly (MN nice). I'll return at least once more on this trip and will make it a regular stop on future trips.
06-15-2007 13:59:30 | More by gdnowicki
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The Bulldog Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN
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