Mad Capper Saloon & Eatery
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 37
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Mistofminn:
4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Fourth of July, 2009. I'm in Stillwater, MN to see the firework show with some friends from high school. Need a place to stop, so we chose this place.
Atmosphere is great. Lots of friendly locals and live music. Not to busy, not to crowded. Lots of decorations on the wall, and a private booth upstairs which we nabbed as soon as we got there. Quality was great too. Nothing was sub par.
The service could get a little better, but I understand it can't be easy to be a server or bartender on the 4th of July. Still, our server not only screwed up our order, she charged me for a drink I never got, and also gave me the wrong tab at the end of the night. Other than those minor slip ups, she was very friendly. The bartender, while also friendly, didn't know his beer as well as I'd like.
Selection was excellent and blew me away. There taps constantly change but when I was there they had 2 Bells, WildDevil, 2 Surly, Maredsous, Tripel Karmeliet, Red Hook, Sierra Nevada, Lift Bridge and much much more. A large bottle selection was also available.
I hate to say it, but this place was a bit expensive. I paid for myself and my girlfriend, and ran up a $50 tab. I had a great time and will come back again, but pay attention to prices please.
07-08-2009 05:18:51 | More by Mistofminn
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is my go to bar and grill this side of St. Paul. Friendly service and a great beer selection both on tap and in bottles. The food is pretty good too (I really like the burgers) and who can pass up free popcorn!?! Great location and service, the people really know what they're talking about. They have a regular event schedule with release parties and the like, so I find myself down there a lot. It's definitely a local favorite, but welcoming to outsiders, too. Did I mention they have a great beer selection?
02-05-2010 23:02:26 | More by happilysurly
United Kingdom (Wales)
4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by for Lumberjack Days and to try the Spiced MN Tan from Liftbride.
I really liked this place. The atomosphere was great. A really neat looking bar. Reminded me a lot of town hall. The service is pretty good there. The employees are friendly and talkative.
A fairly good selection for the size of town stillwater is. I didn't expect too many taps, but they did have enough to satisfy me.
The prices were pretty fair I think, at least it was for the beer I got.
I will definitely go back if I am in the area. A very fun place to be.
08-04-2009 22:12:34 | More by mothman
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Stopped in on the Sunday before the big Lumberjack Days event, and there was a steady stream of patrons throughout the afternoon.
The space itself is as welcoming and comforting as my favorite oldtime pubs*, and features ancient moulded-tin ceilings, an antique back bar, and enough dark wood to impress those who demand it. Its a spacious feel overall, and the high ceiling is accompanied by walls festooned with both vintage and contemporary breweriana (note: the jumbo Double Diamond mirror is gone, replaced by smaller mirrors and plenty of neon). This sense of spaciousness might strike some as cavernous on a sunny afternoon, but it was none too dark and none too cold, and this last fact helped us ease into several brews and a couple of appetizers. Given the feel of the place it should come as no surprise that the menu doesnt stray from the American traditional / pub grub mainstream, but on the other hand the beer menu does - more on that in a bit. Seeing as wed enjoyed a big breakfast earlier in the day we opted for appetizers and werent disappointed, in fact the customer service aspect here was quite good: apps were served hot and quick-like, along with a second portion of salsa when we made our way through the first dollop too quickly.
The last time I visited the Mad Capper their best craft beer on draught was Summit EPA, and while its still here boy, how the selection has changed! With New Hollands Mad Hatter (natch) alongside two selections from Bells and an offering each from both Summit and Surly, Id say that Midwest regional craft enthusiasts have a friend or two behind the bar. Other draught selections included Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Maredsous, and Redhook Blonde. The bottled selection was equally good, with Victorys Golden Monkey, Boulders Hazed and Infused, and Surlys Bender (in cans), among others.
Although the wine and spirits selections werent anything to write home about, they werent limited to knockdown/budget brands, either, and if theres one thing I know its that a higher quality beer selection tends to prefigure the implementation of a higher quality spirits and wine selection (at least in terms of beer bars).
If I lived close enough to be a regular (and was a snob), the Classic Rock on the jukebox would be the only thing keeping me from becoming a regular, but as it stands Im no Current-junkie, and the brews and tunes complimented each other rather well in an unpretentious, burgeoning beer bar environment: Ill definitely be back!
*Neumans in North Saint Paul, Bullwinkles in Minneapolis.
07-24-2007 22:43:20 | More by Chaz
Mad Capper Saloon & Eatery in Stillwater, MN
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.