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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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slander

New York

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...

12-16-2009 16:11:06 | More by slander
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

01-01-2007 23:51:34 | More by woodychandler
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John_M

California

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.

11-27-2010 18:00:52 | More by John_M
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

05-26-2008 08:33:53 | More by Deuane
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +2%

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
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-24-2014 02:21:14 | More by zeff80
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jera1350

Minnesota

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.

09-09-2012 03:25:05 | More by jera1350
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mynie

Indiana

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.

10-27-2008 01:31:04 | More by mynie
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

06-25-2010 21:00:55 | More by drabmuh
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%

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