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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: 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 Bells seasonal; and five Belgians. Nice! The eighteen (18) bottles ranged from Red Strip and PBR to Unibroues 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.
01-01-2007 23:51:34 | More by woodychandler
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
10-15-2006 03:42:06 | More by FightingEntropy
4.14/5 rDev +0.2%
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!
05-18-2006 21:15:15 | More by ndekke39
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
04-21-2006 15:39:28 | More by dfried
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Yes, it actually a cafe, and the run of taps seem a little out of place here, but I couldn't complain. The ordering process was at a counter, no waitresses (which seemed a little odd). Selection was very good. Maredsous, two Surly's, Youngs Double Chocolate, Maredsous, Summit Oatmeal Stout, Rush River, Bell's Two Hearted, and several more. We didn't try the food, but it looked like cafe food, sandwishes etc.. We had a couple pints of Surly Furious, and they were in the $5 range, which is a little high, but not unreasonable, this place is almost designed as a "beer with your lunch" than a place to go drink for a few rounds.
04-16-2006 13:18:25 | More by TastyTaste
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
[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.]
03-18-2006 23:07:06 | More by spoots
4.31/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Upon walking into the Acadia Cafe the first thing that went through my mind was, damn this place is small. There is a small counter where you order, and some tables and booths on the wall opposite the counter. After a little exploring I found the stage area where everyone in the place had flocked to watch the show going on. The beer selection is great; twenty-four taps with a wide variety of styles, a nice mix of import, craft, and local, and no crap. Overall, this is more of a Tuesday night or weekend afternoon bar, but whatever the time the beer is still great.
03-12-2006 17:25:16 | More by KarlHungus
4.13/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
09-07-2005 03:11:44 | More by edbeered
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
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!
12-30-2004 08:42:34 | More by feloniousmonk
Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
92 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.