Taps: 20 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
Ok, Sweeneys is not a dump, and it isn't a "hipster" hot spot. It's an old St Paul bar with food that while not "foodie" per say, certainly is leaps and bounds above McDonalds (or any other crap food chain). They have a pretty decent beer selection, around twenty or so lines that rotates frequently. Mostly craft with about four Summits and a few others staying constant. They have a daily happy hour that features $3.00 Summit
beer and .50 cent tacos (the tacos aren't mind blowing, but for fifty cents a pop they are a steal). Service can be a bit, ahem, poor at times, but Sweenys isn't unique here. Douchey bartenders and servers abound these lovely towns of ours, especially in popular joints who I guess do just fine regardless. They do serve beer in the patio in plastic cups. So fucking what. They aren't throw away keg cups. No, they are thick walled sort of pop cups I guess. The reuseable type. Pretty muck exactly what Town Hall used for years on their patio. And, and they have a very nice patio. A very nice patio. A patio where people smoke and drink and throw their butts around. It happens. Not a beer destination, but of you live in the neighborhood it's a fine place.
05-21-2013 07:22:45 | More by mjryan
2/5 rDev -48.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 1 | $$
Specifically went here for the outdoor ambiance. It was littered doubly over. Trash strewn about ala cigarette butts everywhere and hipster douche bags. Outside bar was not open. It was pretty busy so drinks took awhile to get. When they did arrive the beers were served in hard plastic water type cups. Yuck. The food is subpar bar food. Literally Fast Food would be more enjoyable. The tap list was ok. They had about 20 things on tap. The only saving grace.
I'll sum it up. Offer showers for the hipsters and take out the mop bucket once in awhile and you may be on to something there. Until then the place is a dump. Avoid it. Two blocks down is Muddy Pig and it is leaps and bounds better.
07-27-2011 00:23:10 | More by TheDudeRules
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Used to go here a lot in college and made it back on, coincidentally, the first day of Craft Beer Week. Well, great day to be in there as a bunch of the crew from Summit (including the founder/owner) were in there tapping a Gold Soveriegn Ale firkin. They had plenty of Summit on as well as Bells, Left Hand, Anchor Steam as well as Alaskan White. Yumm on the Alaskan as it just arrived here in Minny this month. Cold evening, but could still sit outside as they had the fireplace crackling and the patio bar was alive and kicking. Food is good for pub grub. Nachos are very tasty and enough for the whole table. Bartenders and wait staff were knowledgable and friendly.
One unfortunate feature is the men's room redesign. Room for two to pee and if you are unfortunate enough to be at the left pisser and the door opens you can have an audience as the entire back part of the bar could see you in midstream. Also, if someone is using the handdryer, it is right above your urinal and it can feel a little awkward. If you suffer from stage fright wait for the toilet stall to open because this restroom has the worst design I have ever seen.
05-18-2011 02:03:22 | More by pioneer13
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited last week with a buddy. The atmosphere is really cool here. We walked in from the back and discovered an amazing courtyard complete with multi-level seating with a huge outdoor fireplace and striking painted beer murals on the walls. Once inside, there was a classic/historical feel to the place. Just the perfect feeling for a place I would want to spend the afternoon! Old brick walls, antique bar, antique signs on the walls, wood floor... you get the picture. The ladies working were friendly and provided nice service. We had a couple Summit Octoberfest beers and tried the Cowboy Burger with Cajun fries. Everything was really good. Tap selection was more than adequate and the beer was fresh. Nicely done Sweeney's! I'll be back.
08-22-2010 13:51:09 | More by Beerking721
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Sweeney's is a friendly neighborhood tavern located just south of the Selby/Dale intersection in St Paul. Old-school wood throughout the place gives the bar area a healthy sense of character. A great patio area is located out back, a can't miss when the weather is nice.
Service is always friendly, willing to give samples of new beers/drinks or make suggestions on the beer list or menu. The bartenders also are generally willing & able to converse about most subjects if the place isn't too busy. In a word, the service is unpretentious, unlike other beer bars in this area of town.
The beer selection is nothing to write home about. 15 beers on tap. My most recent trip here this weekend they had four Summits, two Bells, a Left Hand, a Sprecher, Hamms, SNPA, Anchor Steam & the rest your usual suspect macros. $2.50 on all Summit pints & $.50 tacos 3-6PM daily is a fairly decent happy hour special.
The food is average pub fare, good but nothing new here.
Overall, a great place to have beers and enjoy both a nice bar area & patio. Not a place to go out of your way for the beer selection, however. Basically, if you want an unpretentious atmosphere with decent but limited beer selection, this is your place in the area.
04-28-2009 16:43:30 | More by kbaker91
Sweeney's Saloon in Saint Paul, MN
88 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.