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Taps: 29 / Bottles: 42
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by the other day before heading out of town following a brief stay in the twin cities.
Acadia cafe is a smallish cafe that looks more like a cozy coffee shop and restaurant than a beer bar. The place has a very low key and relaxed atmosphere and vibe, and seems like a great place to hang and shoot the breeze with a beer or three.
On this particular day I think they had around 24 beers on tap (and one cider), broken down into 4 different price points. There was also something like 25 or 30 bottled beers listed on the back of the draft menu. Undertandably, prices for some of the barrel aged beers and imperial stouts were on the high side, though I confess I still thought a 12 ounce glass of backwords bastard and Leine RIS for $8 a bit excessive. Otherwise, the pint of knot stock and 100 yard dash fresh hop were both in the $5 or $6 a glass range. The selection was pretty good here I thought, and it seemed to me that there was a real committment to serving predominantly local/regional beers here (something I always like to see).
Service was OK. The young folks working here were pleasant enough, though this is yet another place were you go up to the bar for a glass of beer (no table service for beer). On the other hand, they were happy to pour a sample of bender and backwoods bastard for my friend without any charge.
Didn't try the food, though from what I could tell, it appeared the emphasis was on basic pub grub.
This was a solid enough place, though for some reason I never really warmed to it. Given the other excellent options around this area (close by to the U of M), not sure how often I'd return to Acadia cafe.
11-27-2010 18:00:52 | More by John_M
3.75/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
06-25-2010 21:00:55 | More by drabmuh
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Nice place. It has a stamped tin ceiling, friendly, knowledgable, helpful staff. Wood bar, terrazo floor, 24 taps with one root beer. Lots of Belgians, micros, and regional beers. Food and brewerian art. Spiral ceiling ductwork. No matched glassware. Food is available, but we didn't try it. Only there for a Surly draft. Has a full service bar with whiskey, wine, licquer, other liquors. Nice windows, a little stage with occassional live music.Located on the corner near another good beer bar, the Nomad.
03-25-2010 20:14:33 | More by drpimento
4.16/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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...
12-16-2009 16:11:06 | More by slander
4.29/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was stop 3 of the Cedar Avenue pub excursion. This was definitely the highlight. The atmosphere was actually less noteworthy than both the Triple Rock and the Nomad. The Acadia is a little more sterile or lacking in character in my opinion. What it lacks in atmosphere it certainly makes up for in service, selection and overall quality.
The quality of the beers was very good. They had quite a few craft beers to choose from.
The service was excellent as there were two servers and they were able to tell us first hand about virtually every beer on tap. One was more well versed than the other, but you could tell that both loved beer. They didn't just know the beers but were also familiar with the brewers.
Selection was the best of the three bars on Cedar Avenue. They had a much more extensive tap lineup. I was very well pleased as there were many beers I hadn't tried and I was disappointed I had to move on to the next location which was going to be a wine bar. Great place and I will be going back.
12-10-2009 02:22:47 | More by Ragingbull
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
11-03-2009 00:29:24 | More by Ek0nomik
2.68/5 rDev -35.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in this place on my first visit to Minneapolis. Did a quick search of good bars before I arrived and picked this place from my search. I was not disappointed. The sign in the window read, "22 Beers on Tap, No Crap."
I was there on a Sunday night and it was low-key. They did have a band that started an hour or so after I arrived and they were pretty awful, but not so awful as to take away from my enjoyment of the beer.
The beer selection was great and the bartenders were very knowledgeable. I got my food right away and the service staff frequently checked in to see if my food was OK and whether I needed more beer.
I will frequent this place whenever I have the opportunity to do so.
NOTE: I'm reviewing my review. I've stopped here now three times since my original review and haven't had a beer in this place since my original review. Here's the problem: Each time I've looked to stop here there's been some awful 20-something garage band playing so loudly that I couldn't even think about drinking beer. I tried, though, to peruse the taplist and order on a couple of occasions. The bartenders seemed more interested in their own conversations (or belly buttons) than me, as the customer. I don't think I'll be returning.
08-04-2009 21:24:00 | More by BuckeyeOne
3.59/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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.
05-17-2009 22:25:44 | More by mymrnngjckt
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here for a mid-afternoon snack and beer with my boyfriend. They had about 20 different taps including a good amount of Surly. The ordering situation is a bit awkward since you just go up to the register to order your food and drinks. Once you get used to it, its fine. Had some good chips and salsa, which hit the spot. It looks like the sometimes have bands in there which looks like it would be a great time. This is a place to go for lunch or just to hang out during the day as expected since it is a cafe. I believe the beers are all served in the proper glassware which adds to the quality of this cafe.
Nice place to go with a few friends to grab a bit to eat and a beer or two.
04-07-2009 16:11:51 | More by natasharai
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
01-12-2009 05:24:59 | More by Greggy
Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
92 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.