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Stub & Herb's

Not Rated.
Stub & Herb'sStub & Herb's
BA SCORE
97
world-class

91 Ratings
Ratings: 91
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.57%
Taps: 32
Bottles: 51
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

227 Oak St SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414-2908
United States
phone: (612) 379-0555

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(Place added by: JohnBierman on 05-18-2007)
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Reviews by beerwolf77:
Photo of beerwolf77
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Another must stop on my recent trip to the twin cities.

My friends and I walked in and immediately grabbed four stools at the bar. The bartender was already asking us what we were interested in before I could even get my jacket off. That's the way I like it. Of course I had trouble deciding with all the great beers to choose from. While I was looking at the beer list the bartender was helping my friends make descisions. He gave them samples of several beers which I always think is awesome.

The bartender was super friendly and chatted with us throughout most of our night.

The place has a nice corner bar vibe combined with phenominal tap list.

I will make this a regular stop from now on when in the area.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TooGood
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Awesome tap list always and often unbeatable beer prices on some terrific brews. If heading to any Gopher games this is a must stop!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -43.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of gatornation
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stub and Herbs had the atmosphere of a aged pub in a trendy location, featuring an above average tap list and one of the best music selections I've experienced in a long time. Bartender was boring, slow and depressing, and a below average happy hour takes away from an awesome pub. The company surrounding my party was superb and makes me interested in what a busier night would look like. One to check out but until I investigate further it is not a pub I will be frequenting.

Photo of AnalScubaHive
3.49/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located in Stadium Village - it's the best bar in the area. But, that isn't saying much still. Full of kids who don't know how to drink but it's stadium village so it's pretty quiet (in the summer, during the school year, ultra annoying). Cool lighting and seating - ol' fashion bar aesthetic.

The bartender gave me a free drink for not having any belgians in stock and he gave my friend a free beer since he was in the service.

Pretty good selection for the area. No one matches at least for a few miles.

But the people... Gah...

Photo of KayTeePee
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My favorite Beer Bar. Rotating taps, and lots of them. Great Grub - Fries are out of this world, pretzel buns are fantastic. Burgers and Buff Chix Sammy are mouthwatering.

Busy on Gopher Game Days.

Reagan the bartender is a boss. Waitress that use to be there looked a lot like T. Swift, which was nice.

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stub's is my favorite MN beer bar. They have a ton of rotating taps, beer savvy staff and they make a mean burger. Have had the opportunity to go there' for multiple release parties for things like Darkness and KBS among others. Their atmosphere is definitely that of a college bar but as long as you aren't expecting a fancy place, it is a lot of fun.

Photo of ndolover
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Located in Dinkytown on the UM campus. This place is a top three beer establishment in the university area. However, if you are going to UM game this is a the place to go PERIOD.

The downtstairs is creepy, don't go there. The service is prompt and friendly. The food is stadium fare, but overall is good.

However, the beer is the real star here. They have a good selection of popular or hard to find kegs of craft beer. They have special events like DARKNESS EVE. Clean taps and lots of volume ensure fresh beer.

If you are in the MN University area, this is a must hit.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.76/5  rDev -37.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stub and Herbs is a college bar with good beer. Thus, the clientele consists mostly of college kids who have discovered good beer. The upstairs area is inviting enough, however, the basement area is dingy and creepy. Something about it just screams date rape parlor. The beer selection is top notch with a wide variety of styles including malty beers, hoppy beers, wheat beers, and Belgian style beers. Within the past year they have stopped carrying the rotating rare/unique beers they used to. Prices have also gone up in the past year. They used to have some of the best prices in town, but now they have some of the worst. Most of the beers they charge $6 for can be found elsewhere in town for $5 or $5.50. Service is good for the most part, and generally pretty knowledgeable about beer.

I'm rating the quality of Stub and Herbs so low due to the fact that they have received numerous food-safety violations from state food-safety inspectors. I'm certain that most, if note all, dinning establishments receive some violations. However, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported last spring (April 30th to be exact) that of 771 food-related businesses inspected Stub and Herbs had the eighth most violations including nine critical violations and 22 total. The Star Tribune article listed some of Stub and Herbs violations, and the one that stood out to me was "person in charge not knowledgeable." How am I to believe they have corrected their problems when the person in charge doesn't know what they are doing? For this reason I will not eat at Stub and Herbs.

Photo of Moon2Goddess
3.95/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5

Stub & Herbs has the weirdest and grossest bathroom I have had the displeasure to use in a very long time. Down the semi steep steps to the creepy basement into a disgusting meeting room with low ceilings, 20 year old carpet and mysterious doors. The bathroom itself is cold, damp, dark and dirty. Icky, for real. BUT, I did not got there to use the bathroom.

My first experience was over two years ago with my boyfriend and his buddy. We played darts and pool in their game room, which is spacious, has abundant natural lighting and we had a fabulous time. The food was basically a heart attack, or at least heartburn on a plate, but if you have enough to drink it is palatable. Great 2 for 1's on beers, which my company unashamedly took advantage of.

My next experience was at the bar to try some of their GREAT on tap selection--that night I had Mercenary, and Sublimely Self Righteous. The bar area screams dive-bar, a little too dark and grungy for my liking, and no where to set my purse, but the bartender was super nice, gave me lots of free samples and was having a great time changing up songs overhead. The waitress sang "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" with me which made my night. Located on the U of M campus, there was a lot of juvenile flirting-lets hook-up kind of activity going on, which I could do without. I told some damn guy not to buy me a beer and he did anyway, so I walked off and left it on the counter. The food at the bar...how can it put this delicately...you want 10 bucks for an- I swear to god- artificially flavored spinach artichoke dip that looks and tastes like something I made when I was 9? And you give me ridiculous generic artificial crackers to dip? Dude, do you have any pride at all?

But alas, the reason why I will return to Stub & Herbs (aside from a very pleasant game room experience) --- excellent tap list. Frequently rotating taps, from Southern Tier, Goose Island, Avery, Stone and Founders to name a few.

Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Probably about time a put in my two cents after becoming a semi regular customer of the place over the past few years. Been lucky the last few times to nearly have the place to myself. Which is great, as they have board games set aside to play with your group while drinking the afternoon/night away. For when it gets busy, its busy as hell. Nuff said.
Depending on where you sit makes a bit of difference in lighting as there's dark lit booths in the middle, yet full window lit booths on the other side, which are all surrounding a standard square bar with about 4 to 5 seats on each side to sit. Then there's the back room which is made up mostly of tables and games. Plus a small patio out back for nicer weather. There has been a number of times however, when I've been in at slow times that it smells far too much like your average floor cleaner and the tables are damp from recent towel wipings. Same with the bar being damp. Needless to say, its unappealing. Dry them off please.
But Service here is pretty outstanding, very friendly and knowledgeable about all the great beers, specials, and overall staying on top of getting you your food and beers. When busy, they struggle a bit to keep up, but what place doesn't. Yet, even when busy, most times, I've still had pretty solid service for how busy it was. Heather is my favorite.
Awesome selection and turnover of speciality beers, with a ton of rotating taps of nearly every micro brewery that MN has available. Surly, Founders, Southern Tier, Alaskan, Flying Dog, Stone, Bell's, New Holland, and more. Perhaps a couple Belgian beers from time to time would help boost their selection right off the roof. Yet, its impressive when they get the special events going. Like nothing but Flat Earth with infusions of all their beers taking over all the taps. Or the Surly Darkness party. Wow! Great beers on-tap for those things! All with pretty damn good prices for what's offered, both on the beer and the food.

Overall, its a great establishment that knows how to keep anyone in the beer know very happy.

Photo of zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I stopped in here with my family on New Year's Day around 1pm. It was pretty empty, but I figured most people were still sleeping off the previous night (plus it was about 2 degrees). Atmosphere is fairly typical of a college-area eatery. Beautiful bar and a nice collection of growlers and other bottles are on display. Beers were all high quality. They offer flights of 5.5oz sample. A great option when confronted with numerous taps that are new to you. I had Schell's Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale, Summit Unchained Imperial Pumpkin Porter and a Flat Earth Tripel. All well-done beers that were worth a try. I also had a pint of Brau Bros Scotch Ale. The food is good but a little greasy - fries and onion rings, especially. My Bacon, Turkey Avocado sandwich was great and everyone else with me liked their food, too. Prices are pretty good. The one downer of the trip was that Surly Smoke was on the menu but the keg had kicked the previous night. All in all a great place to visit. The taps were so good that I didn't even ask about the bottle options!

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located right off of campus, S&H looks for all the world like an old breakfast diner that has now been converted into a pretty impressive beer bar. The place boasts that it has been around for some 40 years and it's easy to believe. The dining area looks as if it has been around for a while, though if anything that just imparted an even more relaxed vibe I thought. This place is fairly good size, with a fairly large wrap around bar area in the middle of the place. Looked like they had around 6 or 7 TV's as well, turned to various sporting events on this particular friday.

The beer selection here is pretty damn good, with something like 30 different beers available on this particular day. The selection ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous, and included things like Grain Belt premium, Schell's firebrick and hopfenmalz, as well as GIBCS and Odell's IPA. Really seemed like they were trying to offer something for everyone at S&H.

Service here was OK. I gather this place is largely staffed by students from the U, and it appeared as if they were often more interested in socializing with one another than checking on customers in the dining room. This lead to an occasional short wait from time to time, but otherwise everyone was polite and pleasant.

Food here was pretty good I thought for what it was. There is an emphasis on pub grub here, but I have to say that what they do serve is still pretty darn tasty. We got the yummy blue balls (couldn't resist the name - turns out they're just hamburger sliders with a bit of blue cheese stuffed inside), as well as the stuffed jalapeno burger. Both were well prepared and as already noted, quite tasty.

Overall, I thought this a very solid place and I would stop by here again in a heartbeat. The only thing that kind of surprised me a bit was the pricing. On the one hand, I appreciate the fact that you can order beer here in a variety of sizes (for most beers). Generally, you can order a 7 ounce pour, a 12 ounce pour, a pint or a pitcher, and I think they have 4 different price points (there are numbers next to the beers on the menu, which correspond to the price list at the bottom of the menu). While I like that, the bad news is that a lot of the beers are really pretty spendy. A 7 ounce pour of GIBCS was $7, while a 10 ounce glass was $10. I think a pint of Odell's IPA was likewise in the $6 range. Granted, if you don't mind drinking grainbelt premium and/or Schell's Firebrick, you can keep costs down considerably here.

All that aside, and as already noted, this is a very solid place and one I'd likely visit anytime I'm in town.

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Stub & Herb's in Minneapolis, MN
97 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.