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Acadia Cafe

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Taps: 29
Bottles: 42
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

329 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55454-1030
United States
phone: (612) 874-8702

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Reviews by spoots:
Photo of spoots
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

[Update--Acadia has really cleaned up its act, so I am revising my rating. During my last visit the staff couldn't have been more pleasant, and the dust has been dusted--good job!]

Acadia is a good place to grab a beer and a bite (and a coffee afterward). There's a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere here, and, as a working-class guy, I feel very comfortable among the working-class crowd that hangs out here.

The design of the place is logical, and the semi-rummage sale furniture works OK for the space. I'd guess this cafe seats about 40, but when it's busy--as it was on both occasions when I stopped in--it feels a pretty cramped. However, the high ceiling absorbs noise and it is one of the quietest busy spaces I've seen. Thank goodness for that. I didn't get a chance to enjoy a musical performance, but there is a separate room for it and it looks pretty similar to what Bryant Lake Bowl has going on for performance space.

The service was great on my first visit, but disappointing during the follow up. Maybe it was a result of the crowd, but I got the impression the folks behind the counter (there is no table service) on my most recent visit had had a long day. I didn't get a dose of attitude as much as ambivilence--sort of a "...next...yeah, whaddya want...next..." sort of vibe. I almost felt bad for troubling them with my order.

On both occasions I ordered a Surly beer and some food. The on-tap selection is good--and frankly, surprising--but for every Delirium Tremens there is a Leinie's Honey Weiss taking up valuable real estate. I suppose that's the nature of the beast; there are still a lot of mainstream beer drinkers out there, and this place has to meet them halfway in order to survice. Of course, if you don't find something on tap to your liking, the bottled selection is excellent--Kozlak, Acadia, Rogue, Bells, Victory, and Grain Belt to name a few. Considering that this is essentially a coffee shop with food, it's a hell of a selection. Well done, folks!

The food was good, but my cheese plate on visit 1 was pretty skimpy--maybe they were running low on the Irish cheddar. On the other hand, the veggie burger I ordered on visit 2 was exceptional--flavorful, with guacamole, cheese, and red onions, and served with a generous side of (Frontera?) tortilla chips and a terrific salsa. A real deal for $6.40.

I like this place, and I'll be back to explore their beer selection.

[Just a side note--the folks at Acadia need to take a hard look at how clean the place is. Everything was dusty (the display wine bottles were especially noticable), there was trash on the floor, and their water urn was so dirty it was downright gross. I know it's hard for restauranteurs to stay on top of this stuff, but everybody in my group noticed that the place looks like it needs a thorough cleaning. Points off for that, but I'll bump the score back up if they've done some clean-up work next time through.]

spoots, Mar 18, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jackofallbrews
3/5  rDev -26.8%

I liked the look of the outside, with colorful hops painted across the sign, indicating a potentially good beer destination. Inside, the place looks like a cross between an old English pub and a shady University dive bar. Tin tackers from local and distant craft breweries vie for attention with old British Isles bar decorations on the walls. A beautiful, stained glass and mirrored English style section of the bar hosts a dual beer engine for cask beers.

The stained and sticky beer list was impressive, featuring many local brews by Indeed, Schells, Surly, and many more. Plenty of craft beers from across the country were present as well, such as Tallgrass, Odell, Lagunitas, and Founders. They had a bunch of somewhat expensive Belgian ales, and my wife ordered a Liefman's Goudenband that I've never seen on tap anywhere! I ordered a cask Indeed Day Tripper to take advantage of that wonderful looking beer engine. I was less than impressed with my pour: too much head and a dirty glass. I expect cask beers to be cloudy potentially so I wasn't bothered by that part of it. The next beer I ordered also had streaking inside the glass indicating poor cleaning from the previous user.

We ordered food from the bar, taking a tap handle mounted on a heavy base as our order indicator back to the table. I went safe and got fish & chips, the wife got a quesadilla. The food was decent, but very typical of "bar food". The fish and fries were tasty, but an unhealthy portion of grease glistened everywhere, including all over the paper lining the basket it came in. Not haute cuisine, but it would do in a pinch.


The place hosts live music frequently on their small stage, as well as Nintendo Night, and some beer events like Beer & Beast. We were there in the early evening and didn't catch any special events so I can't speak to those.


Overall, I think this place was interesting, but not high on my list for food or beer. I was happy with the beer list, but felt that the unclean glassware and iffy pouring did not do it justice. I got the impression that this was just a college bar trying to differentiate itself from the other local bars by catering to the craft beer drinking crowd. This is only one man's opinion from one visit, so don't hunt me down with pitchforks and torches if Acadia is your favorite local! Given how close it is to Town Hall and Republic, I would much rather head to either of those locales for a pint and dinner.

Jackofallbrews, Aug 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22%

KTMinnesota, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

mothman, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Powderhornphil, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

treznor, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

mmulebarn, May 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

zeff80, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Fluffheady
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%

For me, this place has the *it* factor. They had many cool and one-off things on tap I hadn’t seen on our beer travels of Minneapolis. It feels a bit more "coasty" than other places in the city. If a helicopter picked this place up and dropped it in Portland or San Fran, they would thrive.

Fluffheady, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

TubbyDullard, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of jera1350
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%

Made the short walk down from Town Hall to finally check this place out. A bit small, but not tiny. Cool beer decor and lots of windows to make the place feel open. Could probably use a fresh coat of paint and certainly needs some dusting of the ceiling fans and the fabric above the duct work. Looks like they haven't been cleaned in years. Cool looking bar and tap tower. Wide selection of beers covering many styles. Locals as well as american and belgian craft beers. You're certain to find something of interest on the beer menu. We settled for the Black Butte XXIV. Friendly service and the prices were on par for the area. Wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to go here again unless something of interest was on tap, but wouldn't be disappointed to visit here again either. Solid place.

jera1350, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Stopped by the other day before heading out of town following a brief stay in the twin cities.

Acadia cafe is a smallish cafe that looks more like a cozy coffee shop and restaurant than a beer bar. The place has a very low key and relaxed atmosphere and vibe, and seems like a great place to hang and shoot the breeze with a beer or three.

On this particular day I think they had around 24 beers on tap (and one cider), broken down into 4 different price points. There was also something like 25 or 30 bottled beers listed on the back of the draft menu. Undertandably, prices for some of the barrel aged beers and imperial stouts were on the high side, though I confess I still thought a 12 ounce glass of backwords bastard and Leine RIS for $8 a bit excessive. Otherwise, the pint of knot stock and 100 yard dash fresh hop were both in the $5 or $6 a glass range. The selection was pretty good here I thought, and it seemed to me that there was a real committment to serving predominantly local/regional beers here (something I always like to see).

Service was OK. The young folks working here were pleasant enough, though this is yet another place were you go up to the bar for a glass of beer (no table service for beer). On the other hand, they were happy to pour a sample of bender and backwoods bastard for my friend without any charge.

Didn't try the food, though from what I could tell, it appeared the emphasis was on basic pub grub.

This was a solid enough place, though for some reason I never really warmed to it. Given the other excellent options around this area (close by to the U of M), not sure how often I'd return to Acadia cafe.

John_M, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

This a nice little cafe down town near the university. When we were there there was some live music, a couple of guys with a guitars. Don't really like folk music with my beer but they were unoffensive and finished quickly.

This place is a long and skinny bar with satellite tables. Its woodsy inside and pretty low key overall. You order your food at the bar and they give you a tap handle that signifies who you are in the order queue. The wood comes out to you. You order the beer at the bar, and get your own water at the bar. Its close to a self serve place but that's OK.

The beer was pretty good, featured a lot of regional stuff from MN and WI, mostly MN. Its always nice to get local beer at a local restaurant. Very fun.

My wife and I ordered cheese curds (of which I'm not a huge fan but she is) and a couple of burgers. My burger was GREAT! Her burger (black bean) was pretty good, and the cheese curds were horrible, even by my wife's account. They were burned, over fried and really chewy. We ate a total of maybe 5 of them before giving up. This is where the service suffers. We clearly had a problem with them but the only time someone came ot the table was to deliver the food initially. No follow up, no clear mechanism to complain about the sub-par food we were served.

I would definitely go back but steer clear of anything fried. Maybe our batch got burned...maybe if I had ordered them a few minutes earlier or later or on a different night things would have been different.

Bottom line, lots of beer (local and imports), pretty good food. Do not eat the curds.

drabmuh, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Nice place. It has a stamped tin ceiling, friendly, knowledgable, helpful staff. Wood bar, terrazo floor, 24 taps with one root beer. Lots of Belgians, micros, and regional beers. Food and brewerian art. Spiral ceiling ductwork. No matched glassware. Food is available, but we didn't try it. Only there for a Surly draft. Has a full service bar with whiskey, wine, licquer, other liquors. Nice windows, a little stage with occassional live music.Located on the corner near another good beer bar, the Nomad.

drpimento, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of slander
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

We had bi'ness at Town Hall, not really anything you need to be concerned with. And as that has been completed, we are now setting out. It always looks closer on the map from to to but it is an 8 x 12 piece of paper after all. This, even with the crossing over the highway, was just a bit of a walk, nothing severe though. Easy breezy even...

Corner place, angled triangular but not shitty and tight like the Brazenhead. An "order here" bar front and center where you don't really, unless you want food which I don't. Past there angled and angled again, an 8 seat bar where it counts (in front of the taps). Big windows with brewery neons down one side over some random street we didn't come in on, and red painted walls otherwise. Brewery signage and mirrors, some cool local art on the back wall for sale (some of it is of the not suck), and vertical tap & bottle boards to the rear. 4 small tables up front, a pair of hightops, 4 booths along the windows, 10 tables out over the floor, and a single booth in the back corner housing Witzel & I; all of them candlelit by which I scribe. Elementary school 4x4 tilings, crown moldings skirting the ceiling, duct work, drop lamps with spinnin' fans, some serious bell lampage tracing above the bar and some spots a-stagey. Old time clock theme action, just like the last place.

Was quiet and comfortable amongst the hipster folks before the band that's been dickin' around in the far back corner finally began to actually play. After that last song there, the singer told us that his favorite line in it was "Smoke a lot of hash and do a little cocaine", and I'm thinking "That's crap, when you smoke a lot of hash, you can't do cocaine", and now I'm sort of offended by his use of hash in attempting to make his song cool. I should write a letter to someone or something. And now the 3 piece on stage is down to a single guy playing. He's not bad. I have to admit that I wish I could perform for, you know, people.

So, here's something. The tap list is carved out by price & glass size. Really? Not by country and/or state but by price? Must be catering to the college kids who can only play the $4 pints unless they're flush on the heels of mom & dad visiting and can really treat themselves to something in the $5 or $6 pint categories (Oh hell, it's only once a year, you can live a little). If you can keep your GPA over a 3.0, we can talk about them $8 Belgian glasses, kid.

28 taps on a long long row. 1/4 of them Minnesota beers (Flat Earth Element 115 California Common & Belgian Pale Ale, Summit Horizon Red Ale, Brau Brothers Pale Ale, Surly Bender Brown Ale & Furious IPA, Lift Bridge Cross Cut Pale Ale), another 1/4 mid westerners (Rush River The Unforgiven Amber Ale, Tyranena Scurvy, New Belgium Mothership Wit, Goose Island Fleur, Boulevard Tank 7 Saison), another 1/4 micros from beyond (Sierra Nevada Anniversary, Eel River Organic Salient De Scotia Belgian Brune, Rogue Dead Guy, Chocolate Stout & Somer Orange Honey Ale), and not (lovely Shiner Bock and Hardcore Hard Apple Cider), and another 1/4 of them mostly blah blah imports (Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Beamish, Spaten Octoberfest, Boddingtons, Delirium Tremens, Petrus Old Brune, St B Wit, Maredsous 8).

I had the Flat Earth Element 115 California Common, quite tasty, and the Boulevard Tank 7 Saison, also very nice. Witzel had the Brau Bros Pale Ale, which was not very good, and Surly Furious IPA, hoppy, hoppy. I'd swear he was saying the thing was like a barleywine but I could be, am, crazy.

40+ bottles, too, 1/3 of them Midwesternish (New Belgian, Tyranena, Bells, BluCreek, Steamworks, Furthermore, Rush River, 2 Brothers, Lakefront, Brau Brothers, Point), another 1/3 a selection of imports (some of them good and some of them good and pricey), and the remainder a mix of micro, retro, N/A, Gluten Free and Organic.

Yes, they do food, salads, sandwiches, burgers, apps, soups, etc. if you're into that kind of thing, you know, eating. Vibewise, it's a comfortable crib, with a pretty decent crowd of inked dirty kid types in a good way. Roughly 3/4 of the taps are micros with an emphasis on the Midwest, definitely a nice selection, and the beer seemed fresh, no issues there. Coulda woulda done a 3rd beer here but there's more to see yet...

slander, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%

This was stop 3 of the Cedar Avenue pub excursion. This was definitely the highlight. The atmosphere was actually less noteworthy than both the Triple Rock and the Nomad. The Acadia is a little more sterile or lacking in character in my opinion. What it lacks in atmosphere it certainly makes up for in service, selection and overall quality.

The quality of the beers was very good. They had quite a few craft beers to choose from.

The service was excellent as there were two servers and they were able to tell us first hand about virtually every beer on tap. One was more well versed than the other, but you could tell that both loved beer. They didn't just know the beers but were also familiar with the brewers.

Selection was the best of the three bars on Cedar Avenue. They had a much more extensive tap lineup. I was very well pleased as there were many beers I hadn't tried and I was disappointed I had to move on to the next location which was going to be a wine bar. Great place and I will be going back.

Ragingbull, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Ek0nomik
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

I know it's been awhile, but I've been here twice in the last year so I think I'm still eligible to make a review.

I stopped here for the first time when Hop Slam was first being released. I showed up with some friends at around 8 or 9, but they had already run out. The bartender asked if I'd like to try a sample of something else. Sure, why not? I started browsing through the rest of their beer selection. I came across Southern Tier Unearthly IPA, which I hadn't had before. I had a sample of that. Damn. I need a glass of this.

I got my glass of Unearthy, and although it was outrageously priced ($9 for a glass), it was damn good. It was my first Southern Tier experience, but a good one. I saved myself some cash though and picked up the bombers at the liquor store instead of drinking it at a bar.

I went here a few months later and tried a different beer, I don't recall what, but I think it was good. I also grabbed a burger and fries there, both of which were pretty tasty.

Unfortunately both times I came here it was just loud as hell. There is unfortunately not a bad seat in the house for hearing the music. If Acadia Cafe had a lax version across the street, that's where I'd be.

Ek0nomik, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeOne
2.68/5  rDev -34.6%

I stopped in this place on my first visit to Minneapolis. Did a quick search of good bars before I arrived and picked this place from my search. I was not disappointed. The sign in the window read, "22 Beers on Tap, No Crap."

I was there on a Sunday night and it was low-key. They did have a band that started an hour or so after I arrived and they were pretty awful, but not so awful as to take away from my enjoyment of the beer.

The beer selection was great and the bartenders were very knowledgeable. I got my food right away and the service staff frequently checked in to see if my food was OK and whether I needed more beer.

I will frequent this place whenever I have the opportunity to do so.

NOTE: I'm reviewing my review. I've stopped here now three times since my original review and haven't had a beer in this place since my original review. Here's the problem: Each time I've looked to stop here there's been some awful 20-something garage band playing so loudly that I couldn't even think about drinking beer. I tried, though, to peruse the taplist and order on a couple of occasions. The bartenders seemed more interested in their own conversations (or belly buttons) than me, as the customer. I don't think I'll be returning.

BuckeyeOne, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%

Another stop on my visit to Minneapolis. Look up hispter bar in the dictionary and there should be a picture of this place. A real college hang-out if ever one existed. The beer selection was very good with a nice variety of local and regional craft with a few imports thrown in for good measure. I didn't try the food but the ordering process to acquire food looked confusing. I thought the place was on average for pricing compared to the other places I stopped in Minneapolis. They offer live music and do not allow the acts playing to perfomr and cover songs. In fact, they display that prominantly across the television screens. A unique place to say the least.

mymrnngjckt, May 17, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

Went here for a mid-afternoon snack and beer with my boyfriend. They had about 20 different taps including a good amount of Surly. The ordering situation is a bit awkward since you just go up to the register to order your food and drinks. Once you get used to it, its fine. Had some good chips and salsa, which hit the spot. It looks like the sometimes have bands in there which looks like it would be a great time. This is a place to go for lunch or just to hang out during the day as expected since it is a cafe. I believe the beers are all served in the proper glassware which adds to the quality of this cafe.

Nice place to go with a few friends to grab a bit to eat and a beer or two.

natasharai, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Groggy, with maybe a hint of hangover, we hit the streets from our hotel next to townhall. In search of breakfast, we walked the streets until I happened to look up and see "Acadia Cafe." A hell of a stumble, I'd say. We walked inside and the place was empty but a few guys were working. Our bartender was very polite and kind and took our beer orders (at 930am). I ordered a saison dupont which unfortunately cost $8/chalice. Glad I only grabbed one! The food on the other hand was pretty affordable. I had bacon, eggs and toast for something like 7 bucks. On the beer end of things, I counted 28 taps to the best of my memory. Of those taps, there was probably a good 5 that I haven't seen many other places in the cities. After a bit, some music kicked in and boosted up the ambiance a bit. I think I'll definitely head back here sometime but at night to see how it handles a crowd.

Greggy, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of opwog
4.86/5  rDev +18.5%

This was an exceptional stop for me, while visiting the Minneapolis area. Some friends initially stopped down the street and I made a solo trip down to check this out, as fellow BA'ers had listed this as a must stop. I was very glad that they did and my friends caught up later and wished that they had just come with me. The staff was really laid back and incredibly friendly and knowledgable. This is the type of place where I could twist away an bitterly cold afternoon. They just need to fix the lock on the restroom ;-)

opwog, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

EDIT:
Taking the "service" section down a tick. I came in recently with a state-issued temporary ID. It's printed on paper, but since I'm 29 and haggard most places accept it. If a place doesn't because they got strict ID policies, that's fine, I understand, you can't be too careful with Johnny Law always breathing down your neck.

But when I showed it at this place, the guy behind the counter got all aggressive and started asking if I was a cop. Fucking seriously. It's okay if you can't serve me, but it's really uncool to accuse me of being law enforcement.

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Close your eyes. Imagine the Map Room if the Map Room wasn't always filled with assholes. Sounds nice, eh?

Never in a thousand years would I have stopped here if I hadn't seen a sign reading "28 Taps... No Crap on Tap." That's neat, right there. Shows commitment. Because, I mean how much does it suck when someone you know goes on and on about the large and awesome tap selection at such and such a shithole, and then when you get there all they got is like every Michelob variety and maybe Rolling Rock.

28 Taps. No crap, indeed. Nothing close to crap. Tons of One-Offs. It was too early to try and Big Eddys or Locker Stocks, however. Good thing it's never too early for Coffee Bender.

Aside from the massive and excellent tap selection, this place is like just about every other hippie cafe I've been to in Madison or Iowa City. Laid back employees, decent music, nice wooden smell. The menu was sparse but the food was pretty tasty. The prices were a little steep but nothing too outrageous. Nice little joint, overall.

mynie, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of deliriumfest
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

At a first glance, this is a just another cafe with live music on the weekends. But if you step inside, you find that beer is the real king here. With great hours, a magnificent tap and bottle selection, knowledgeable staff, and live music, this place is top 10 in my book.

My first experience here was before I had any knowledge of beer whatsoever. The bartender helped guide me through the lofty selection based on my description of a "good" beer. What resulted was a learning experience and five beers later a pretty good buzz. Now every time I come back, I never have to worry about what I'm going to have.

The food at Acadia is another plus. It can be best described as classic bar offerings with a few ethnic things here and there (along with vegetarian options as well). The house cut fries are exceptional and so is the hot turkey sandwich. The food is great anytime of the day from lunch to late night.

Finally the music on weekends and weeknights (during the winter) is a great option. From local singers/songwriters to random assortments of instruments and electronica, you are sure to find something to your taste. And be sure to get there before nine to avoid cover charges every time.

Overall one of the best places to find a great tap selection and knowledgeable staff in the twin cities area!

deliriumfest, Oct 14, 2008
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Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.