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BA SCORE
92
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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Photo of Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of opwog
4.86/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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 ;-)

Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of deliriumfest
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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!

Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by for lunch and a couple of pints. Ordered the new Flat Earth Curly Tail and was served FE Belgian Pale Ale. I like that beer so I drank it anyway. There has to be something on tap to satisfy any beer lover. A large bottle selection is also available. The food menu is nothing spectacular but some interesting selections and the food was good but also nothing spectacular. Prices seem on par for the area if not a little cheaper.

The atmosphere is not as refined as the establishments a couple of blocks to the north but should not surprise anyone considering the neighborhood. Breakfast was recommended to me so if I find myself in the area in the morning I will be sure to stop back.

Photo of beeeeeer
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I stopped in to the Arcadia last night. First time visit to the new Arcadia, I did go to the old address a couple times in the past. Overall a descent place, nice selection of beer with local Surlys and Flat Earths. I had two beers Southern Tier UberSun and Tyranena "Devil Over A Barrel" Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. I also stole some of my old lady's Rogue Black Brutal. All three were great served in a Duval glass. We also ordered a couple sandwiches which were pretty good as well. The atmosphere is very similar to the old Arcadia. This not a very clean place, lots of grease and grime on everything including the dirty hippies that fill the establishment. However, this is what one would expect for the west side neighborhood. The quality beer makes the café good. Next time I am seeing a show at the nearby Triple Rock or Cabooze, I will stop in again for some great beer.

Photo of Deuane
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a review of the NEW Acadia Cafe.

Cool place with 28 taps....9 local taps with the rest of the stuff split between Mid-west and imported goodies. Plus, if the taps bore you...ha...they have 40+ bottles to entertain you

A very nice interior with a booth area along the windows and a handful of tables scattered about. A nice big performing stage graces the back wall. An adequate 12 seat bar is just to the right as you enter.

I had lunch there ordering a very nicely done Tuna Melt. Nothing crazy on the menu but it all seems to be done well.

My server, James, was a great young guy. He was not only interested in my travels but is an outdoors type so we had plenty to talk about concerning hiking, climbing, kayaking...etc. Plus, being a UofM Duluth alum, had great memories of Fitger's and Sir Ben's!

Best of all was my conversation with owners Jeff and Ted. What a pair of great guys! We chatted about beer...duh!...and the upcoming Surly tapping of Darkness. We really had a great chat...and best of all a special treat for me, did I have room in my check baggage for another bottle....SURE, I do! A bottle of 2007 Flat Earth Winter Warlock! WOW! Thanks guys!

So, if in Minneapolis do yourself a favor and go enjoy a few pints at Arcadia Cafe...I am sure you won't leave disappointed.

Photo of LeonTrotsky
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Acadia Cafe is basically a coffee shop that happens to have 20 or so taps of excellent beer, a great place to go with friends or alone to read. The staff has always been very friendly and knowledgeable and they usually comment on whatever book I happen to be carrying. I have not tried a lot of their food, but their black bean burger is amazing, probably the best vegetarian burger I have had. Nothing beats a black bean burger and a pint of Furious

Acadia Cafe is one of my favorite places to get a beer, or should I say was...The old location was a couple blocks from my place but they have recently relocated to a distant part of the city, I will probably still go there on occasion but I'll need to find a new local drinkery.

Photo of ianrca19
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've driven by this place a thousand times, heard it was good, so I thought I'd stop in for a light dinner.

Acadia doesn't look like much from the outside; like a thousand other Minneapolis eateries you need to step inside to get a true feel for the place. It's got that funky Minneapolitan feel: asymmetric everything, properly pierced and tatooed staff, a mini concert venue through the door in the back, and enough vegan this and organic that to make you want to go green on the spot. It's a comfort for any Twin Cities guy or gal.

The gentleman behind the counter was incredibly friendly, helpfully and happily answering all our questions about the food even though there were 3 or 4 people in line behind us. He also seemed very knowledgable about the beers he was carrying. They had about 20 or so beers on tap, plus more by the bottle. My only beef is that they were out of my Bell's Two Hearted Ale! That's okay, though, because I was fortunate enough to experience a SurlyFest instead. The $5 tab for the beer was a bit steep for my liking, considering the rest of my wife's and my food cost about $14, but again, that SurlyFest was worth it.

We received our food after about a ten-minute wait, and it hit the spot. My Acadia club was perfect: fresh turkey, lettuce and tomato and lots of crispy, meaty bacon and the 9-grain bread it was served on could be a meal in itself. What wonderful, hearty, fresh-tasting bread! My wife's chicken bacon ranch appeared to be just as good- normally we'd be asking for a box, but she finished the whole thing. My sister-in-law had similar good things to say about her amazing-smelling veggie melt. The kettle chips served with the sandwiches were perfectly crispy and salty, and the crunchy fresh pickle was excellent as well.

I'd like to return for a cup of coffee sometime, and their breakfast menu looked great, too. I can't think of a better place to do lunch in Minneapolis. What a great find.

Photo of Chaz
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Back when this place opened I lived only a few blocks away, and their claim to fame was signature coffee drinks and a limited menu, but my how times have changed. In recent years the cafe's interior was given a significant facelift, and the exposed beams and brick more than compliment the contemporary look of the front counter, and the raised ceiling enhances the feeling of spaciousness in an otherwise cozy java joint. I’ve enjoyed their cold-press coffee on more than one occasion, and when it comes to for your java needs I’d heartily recommend them over the chains creeping into the neighborhood. The menu is hardly modest, seeing as how it offers both breakfast and lunch/dinner items, but neither is it too ambitious, with most items being well suited to the casual setting. The variety of soups, salads and sandwiches should more than accommodate both the neighborhood crowd and those from further a field (and on my next visit I visit I look forward to pairing a sandwich with a Rogue or two!) I’ve never attended a performance here but welcome the opportunity, as the room is roughly the size of the theater at the Bryant Lake Bowl thus ensuring an intimate event. And as with the BLB, there’s a great list of tap and bottled beer to choose from, and it’s this selection that makes Acadia far from ordinary in the sense of an “ordinary neighborhood coffee shop”. 24 taps here, and all but a couple of these pour some of the best craft and imported beers available in town*. Final verdict: with comfortably-cozy seating for several dozen patrons, a fairly full-featured menu, an extensive beer list, and a venue, the Acadia ranks at the top of the list of neighborhood cafe in the Twin Cities.

Note 1: when I heard they were putting in 24 tap lines I was worried they’d have a hard time selling-through them; I’m glad this proved not to be the case. Note 2: It’s great to see both of Rush River’s mainstays side by side with those of Surly Brewing.

Photo of bucko
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Even without the twenty-four taps of craft beer, Acadia Cafe is a great place. The coffee-fanatic in my family really loves their coffee and their breakfasts and sandwiches are top-notch. Everything seems to be very fresh and quite tasty. My favorite is probably the chipotle turkey. Fear not vegetarians... there are some options for you and at least one vegan sandwich. In addition to the food, coffee and beer, the place has a music hall attached. The acts seem to cover a wide gamut, from oddball to alt country. Lest we forget... Acadia Cafe has a great selection of beer, with 24 taps and no crap. Acadia is really good about having a variety of great Minnesota craft offerings on tap as well as other beers from around the US, England, Germany, Belgium, etc.

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I met FeloniousMonk here a couple of time during my visit, since it was only a short way from his apartment, plus there was a Laundromat along the way and it was becoming imperative in the heat that I did laundry.

It sat right on the corner of Franklin and Nicollet with the door at a slight angle to the corner. Upon entering, it became immediately apparent that this was an Internet café that understood beer. In the overhead, opposite the doorway, were three suspended blackboards. The first was “Breakfast, Appetizers, and Salads”; the second was “Hot and Cold Sandwiches”; and the third was “Beer on Tap” with this last one divided into three price categories.

Twenty-four (24) taps and NO crap! Instead, they offered all three Surlys (Bender, Furious, and Cynic); Victory Hop Devil and Prima Pils; a Summit seasonal; a Bell’s seasonal; and five Belgians. Nice! The eighteen (18) bottles ranged from Red Strip and PBR to Unibroue’s Trois Pistoles and Duvel.

Below the beer board was another board for “Drinks”, which listed coffees and teas. The counter was off to the right, lit from above by a plywood and industrial-style caged light contraption. The tiny kitchen was to the extreme right. They featured artwork for sale on the walls and the most striking was by Katrina K., who could be reached at 612.229.0760. I had a breakfast sandwich to go with my Surly Furious.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.18/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A Surly Bender and a breakfast burrito for 10 bucks including tip is a good start to any morning. After taking forever to get to the Acadia Cafe, I could kick myself. Really a treat. Might even make this my place to grade papers (English teacher) in the future because of the unique coffe house atmosphere with beers. Most bars look at me funny grading papers with a pint.

It says bakery on the outside, which is true--you can get baked goods and treats along with a Latte Frappa Mocha Turtle something or other. But it also has around two dozen taps behind the counter as well including three Surly, two Rogue, Aventinus, Hop Devil. St. Bernardus, and many more. Website has a list, but seemed to only be partially accurate. The Bender I had was the best of the new brew I've had, so that's a pretty decent compliment. I couldn't stay for a second beer to test whether or not a more obscure beer was fresh, etc. And, all of this is a dingy coffee house atmosphere, computer loners in the back, behind me two ladies peer reviewing a play or short story, and to grad assistants grading blue books in the booth on the other end. Runner types came in later for health food and Naked juice. All sorts, and all seemed welcome. It even felt that good I wasn't the only one having a 11 a.m. beer.

The food doesn't have a really wide range, and the portions are normal--in other words, small compared to the TGI McFridays mound on a plate. It's just food w/o sides. Order it, get it, and just it eat. Nice concept. My burrito had a tortilla and egg, but also black beans, onions, mushroom, black olive, and roasted peppers. Sour cream and salsa on the side. Really great salsa that truly pulled the dish together. Very nice. And a perfect size meal. I rated the selection high for the taps, but also for the several choices of vegetarian meals, including grilled cheese, veggie melt, egg salad, bean burger, and having to pay extra for meat added on several dishes. Even a vegan sandwich. More choice that I usually get as a ovo-lacto veggie. Plus plenty for you meat eaters too. Kinda like if Triple Rock Social club was a deli.

Great place ifyou don't mind hipster types in a slightly grungy but immaculately clean environment. While the floor is spotless, if they were to re-stain it, stripping wouldn't be necessary. The word comfortable comes to mind. Like home, but a lot more taps.

Photo of ndekke39
4.14/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Our friends took us here on a Friday night when we visited Minneapolis. Didn't try the food, although all the sandwiches we saw looked appetizing.

Cozy little corner place with a performance space attached to it. There was a play being performed while we sat and drank. Also offers plenty of local music performances.

Terrific selection of beer: over a dozen different styles on tap, plus that many bottled. Their range of beers is commendable, too: everything from local brews (Summit, Surly) to American favorites (Bell's, Shiner, Sierra Nevada) to imports (Newcastle, Young's, Boddington's). I loved the look of all of their taps lined up behind the bar.

Wish we lived in Minneapolis so we could try the place more often!

Photo of dfried
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Coffee shop turned dank beer bar, Acadia gets a big thumbs up from me. Why can't there be more places like this around? Acadia is pretty small in the cafe part, but there is elbow room, it's comfortable, and easy to get a seat; a relaxing place. It's basically like a regular little cafe/coffee shop, but behind that counter lies so much beer goodness. They have about 15-20 taps of all kinds of stuff, from a couple Belgian's to some great IPAs to good pilsners, porters, stouts and what have yous. The local and regional brews are well represented and rotate quite a bit with whats new. The food wont knock your socks off but the recipes are original and pretty high quality, I eat there about every week on one of my days off of work. I recomend the GLBT (Guac, lettuce, bacon, and tomato). Service is pretty decent, sometimes you run into someone who is having a bad day, but everyone is usually pretty down to earth and friendly, and they know what you are asking from and which glass to serve it in.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Yes, it actually a cafe, and the run of taps seem a little out of place here, but I couldn't complain. The ordering process was at a counter, no waitresses (which seemed a little odd). Selection was very good. Maredsous, two Surly's, Youngs Double Chocolate, Maredsous, Summit Oatmeal Stout, Rush River, Bell's Two Hearted, and several more. We didn't try the food, but it looked like cafe food, sandwishes etc.. We had a couple pints of Surly Furious, and they were in the $5 range, which is a little high, but not unreasonable, this place is almost designed as a "beer with your lunch" than a place to go drink for a few rounds.

Photo of spoots
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

[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.]

Photo of KarlHungus
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Upon walking into the Acadia Cafe the first thing that went through my mind was, damn this place is small. There is a small counter where you order, and some tables and booths on the wall opposite the counter. After a little exploring I found the stage area where everyone in the place had flocked to watch the show going on. The beer selection is great; twenty-four taps with a wide variety of styles, a nice mix of import, craft, and local, and no crap. Overall, this is more of a Tuesday night or weekend afternoon bar, but whatever the time the beer is still great.

Photo of edbeered
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I'm not sure what to think about the Acadia Cafe. It is an interesting hybrid-a coffee shop with 24 beers on tap and an impressive bottle selection-but is it a bar? No, because it doesn't have one. There is a collection of formica tables on an unfinished hardwood floor, a brick wall, unfinished ceiling rafters, with a spinning fan. Like most coffee shops, there is a counter at which you place your order. Once you have ordered(and paid for your meal/beer), you then sit at one of the tables and wait for your order. When you are finished, you bus the table yourself.

The food is very good and the desserts are fantastic. The closest thing to a macro are a couple taps of Leinenkugels, otherwise there is an impressive collection of imported beers and micros, including Fullers ESB, Delerium Tremens, and Lake Superior Mesabi Red.

That said, this is not a bar(despite what the counter guy said about striving for a "pub" atmosphere). There is no common space(i.e.bar)where one can interact with other customers and staff. If all you are interested in is a beer with a few friends, or a quiet night out by yourself, this place serves admirably. If you are looking for interesting conversations with the person on the next barstool, then go somewhere that has one.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Sometimes I can be the solitary sort with little use of the hurly burly social whirl found at most noisome taverns. Sometimes all I ask is a little peace and quiet, a respite from the groan of the drunken masses or the risk of getting bumped into by some bumbler, tossing his pitcher of PBR all over my antique tome. Yeah, I'm that rare specimen that wants to go to a mellow parlor and read a book, with a fine ale in hand. And within walking distance, too, would be helpful, for many and various reasons.

The Acadia opened up in 1998 and was 6 blocks away from me then, and is the same now, from the opposite direction, now that I've moved. A nice little coffee shop with good food, nothing too fancy, just appetizers, salads, sandwiches, etcetera, nothing beyond what a simple kitchen can handle. And they started out with an impressive selection of beers and wines, Three Floyds, and Unibroue and others, though I rarely found myself there in the drinking hours, and as the years wore on, their sign went from "choice beers, classy wines" to "cold beers, classy wines", sometime due to the lack of choice, as distribution suffered, and I didn't weep too loudly, as I merely visited for the coffee and sandwiches for lunch...until an odd thing occurred, only a few months ago.

First they had one draft line, offering Bell's Oberon Ale, and then, next thing I know, I hear they have 24...24??? That's a rare number around here, but for a coffee shop? (There's no bar seating, you take your drink to your table, or chair.) Ah, I forgot something...some years ago, the Acadia added a theater, for performances of music, drama, comedy, every type of performance, etcetera...me, I had no idea how much use they had been making of it...every single night, just about, folk, rock, jazz,and everything, right here at this odd little downtown corner, and if the clientele for the music is hip enough to dig it, the beer selection is there for them, too. Very well considered, mostly craft-beer driven, Summit Oatmeal Stout, Lake Superior, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, and good imports, Fuller's ESB, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Beamish, Paulaner, and top-notch Belgians, Maredsous, Delirium Tremens,... oh, and I almost forgot Aventinus! Aventinus! On-tap, at the corner of Franklin and Nicollet, of all the places in the world,...and the proper glassware, as well, for those brews that merit it.
And not a bit of macro-crap, though they get close to it, with Leinenkugel's Amber Light, but they're trying to hit all tastes here, and do it well.
I hope enough downtown workers get wind of the fact that such a sweet selection sits right on the bus line, or that the art school crowd knows that the best beer around is in their backyard, or that the young yuppies who will soon file into the new condos around will get hip to this line-up of exceptional beers.
The bottle selection has gotten smaller, as it should, since the draft line-up covers all bases (really, why Blue Moon, when they have Wittekerke?) ...service is always good, though food is rather limited, though their commitment to selection in such an unlikely locale is so commendable...did I mention Aventinus yet?

Anyhow, it's freezing cold, with snow drifts about every avenue, yet I merely have 6 or 7 blocks to travel to find a glass of an Abbey Dubbel to match my Rabelais, and relax, with only that crazy old, bald guy who talks to himself, to contend with...that's just as close to heaven as I can hope for!

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Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
92 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.