Stub & Herb's

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Stub & Herb'sStub & Herb's
BA SCORE
97
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98 Ratings
Ratings: 98
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 32
Bottles: 51
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by oner0002:
Photo of oner0002
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Gonna have to put in my 2 cents for good ol' Stubbies after going there for lunch today and finding a bunch of NEW local breweries on tap. I had the Saison (good) and the Fresh-Hop (not hoppy enough) from the Lift Bridge Brewing Co. from Stillwater, MN and saw something called the Mantorville Brewing Co from, you guessed it, Mantorville, MN, but didn't try their Amber. There were also a few new WI brewers and well, damn I forgot to photocopy the beer list ... y'all will just have to go there yourselves to see.

More User Reviews:
Photo of couchsitta
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Only thing I didn't like about the place was the dungeon bathroom that gave fear to possible transgressions against my person.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Grreat beer selection. Service was prompt. Reminded me of my college years but with better beer by far.

Photo of TooGood
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Photo of gatornation
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
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 -20.3%
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 +14.2%
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 -2.1%
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 -9.1%
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%
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 -9.8%
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%
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 +2.7%
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 -5.3%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a regular stop for me when I'm in Minneapolis for business. The selection is excellent, made up of mostly Midwest beers I can't get in Seattle, my home. The first time I was here, Jon offered me sample after sample (and even let me choose the tap replacements when two tap were killed). I had a Founders Imperial Stout, Surly Furious, Surly Coffee Bender, and Flat Earth pale ale the first time I was there. Everytime I returned the taplist has been varied and wonderful.

It's a college bar, however, and it gets loud (and some of the patrons obnoxious) in the evenings and on weekends. But, there's always a game on the multiple TVs (which is a plus for me, just to be clear).

The burgers are OUT OF THIS WORLD and worth the price of admission. If I lived in Mpls, I'd come here just for the burgers.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stub and Herbs is a great campus bar that gets away from the typical college bar theme of having only mass produced beers on their menu. Being a student at the University of Minnesota and beer lover Stub and Herbs is my favorite after class hangout when I'm looking for a tasty brew on campus. The selection is defiantly far beyond the typical college bar with a solid list of bottles and a great rotating selection of Taps from some of the best in brewing including Lift bridge, Bells, Surly, and Sierra Nevada. Food good and I enjoy their burgers all the time to soak up some of the hoppy goodness that I have just consumed.

Photo of jrallen34
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stopped by here twice during the Darkness weekend festivities. The first the night was during the Darkness release party and then I decided to come back to give an accurate review because the beer list for the party was different than a normal night. For the party a pretty sick list, the regular list is average. Its got lots of MN beers but nothing special, I was pretty bored. The atmosphere is so-so, a total college bar, nothing spectacular. The crowd is young with beer people mixed in. They do have several promotions mixd in which is cool, but again geared toward the college crowd. The bartenders seem to know a decent amount about beer, the servers know very little, a mixed bag. Neither offered very good suggestions.

A decent beer bar that probably gets a little too much pub. If I was in college I'd love this place. Worth stopping by but if I lived here probably would only be a once in the blue moon stop.

Photo of backfat
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped at this place during darkness day weekend extravaganza. It was selected because of the amazing stout line up it was having on tap pre-darkness day. We rolled up to surly and were having such a great time at the tasting table that we weren't even going to stop here until someone informed me that they had bourbon barrel plead the 5th on tap. Thirty minutes later we were thirty minutes too late. :( Apparently that was the first keg to go...someday. BUT the bartenders we nice enough to let me know what they thought of it (even though they were very busy) so I just lived through them. Asked a bartender when the oak aged firkin of dry hopped? darkness was going to be tapped and was told to 'chill out dude. 5 minutes' not realizing it was 11:55 their time and that he had probably been asked that 37 times, I kinda felt dumb. The darkness firkin was great and was gone in 15 minutes. Everything we tried was in flights so it was perfect for everyone to try just a bit of the high ABV stouts and whatnot. We got bourbon barrel odell stout, avery mephistopheles, goose island nightstalker and vintage BCBS, BA gonzo, and old raspy nitro. The selection was great. Prices were a high but expected for such beers.
So, the actual bar is non-smoking as far as I could tell. A loud and busy upstairs and a quiet and vacant downstairs where the bathrooms are located. Crowd was college aged except one crazy lady that sat right next to us, wasted off miller lite. Haha, makes the night more memorable. Anyway, all and all a great place bringing some great beers to the city.

Photo of blackie
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A fairly quick ride on the bus with Sir Lou put us across the river and basically at the doorstep of Stub & Herb's, a local joint that pretty clearly caters to the University set - and by sheer chronology gets the honor of my 200th beerfly...hurray beer travel!

The barroom is obviously aged and seems to have been there quite awhile. It smells somewhat of dirty mop water, and keeps a thin patina of grime built up over the years. Not quite sure whether I'd call it a dive, but a couple taxidermied animal heads could secure that designation.

It's quite large - there's a main barroom with a 4 sided bar and booths along the windows, with a pool/game room directly adjacent, and some sort of party room downstairs - which is where you'll find the restroom, or at least that's where I ended up.

Selection rates high - lots of local selections in keeping with their recent declaration to pursue that course, including nearly all of the common Surly beers, and smaller pour sizes available. Great place for out-of-town beer tourists to hit, for sure.

Service was fine - the bartender was friendly enough and quick to replace an empty with a full.

Photo of pdoran10
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Ah stub and herbs how i love how much you have changed into a craft beer bar, since i used to go to you four years ago for Gopher's hockey games when I was in college.

the atmosphere varies. at times at night and thurs. - sun. you can get a bit of a loud college party crowd, which isnt always great for a craft beer bar, but other times the atmosphere is calm and friendly. mixed bag here.

the service here is generally knowledgeable but not always the quickest. helpful friendly people.

almost everything on tap here is simply excellent or interesting. i have been a few times and always found myself saying "oh cool that's on tap" really excellent beer selection.

the food is nothing special, mostly standard bar food, but will give extra points for them on occasion having delicious cookouts and BBQs.

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

hit up Stub & Herb's on a Saturday night for a few hours and practically had the place to ourselves - odd.

there was a large banner promoting this as the 12th best place to have a pint according to a BA poll.

Stub & Herb's was located just across the river in the University area - long walk to town hall but not impossible. the building looks a little run down and the interior clearly shows the effect of years of university-area drinking.

the taps were nice - all the Surly offerings (furious, bender, cynic, bitter brewer) were on, a handful of flat earth and brau brothers taps, lift bridge, goose island, summit, schells. There's a definite local preference and the selection definitely worked for us.

the juke box was one of those e-friendly ones that is pricey - luckily the whole LCD Soundsystem catalogue was on sale for 1 credit, instead of the usual 2.

service was strong - not any real beer chatter but very attentive

we didnt eat - looked like bar food but after being at 112 eatery, we were very full

Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A real must if you are anywhere near the twin cities area. AWESOME beer selection that rotates pretty frequently. The bar itself is right down by the U so it gets a little trashed from all the college students and people coming through for games, etc. The bathrooms are just awful. The food is typical bar fare. But WHO CARES?! They have an amazing beer list and host some really cool events. Very knowledgable staff.
As of late I have heard they are focusing more on local offerings than other out of state beers. I see this as both a positive and negative in terms of the special beers they might not get from out of state brewers but either way I still will support them.

Photo of Durge
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

An innocent looking old school corner bar and grill on the edge of downtown Minneapolis this place rocks. As others have testified, this is the local haven for all things BA. Outstanding selection ranging from DIPA's to Belgian tripels and a cask stout. Taps numbering about 34 including the aforementioned cask which was a sinfully delicious Bell's Expedition stout (awesome). The place is definitely old school college turf with that neighborhood bar touch. This Wednesday night during July was pretty quiet which suited me just fine. Friendly prompt service and a very good Cajun chicken & bacon sandwich just put it over the top. The atmosphere is conducive to easy banter among patrons as you sit along any of the four sides comprising the copper clad bar. Met up with 2 nice BA's to make the night thoroughly enjoyable. A modest array of televisions, a pool table, ample table and booth space. And the coups de grace, a trough style urinal. But for the beer discriminating folks among us, the brews are awesome. Several classics like the one of a kind local Surly's Furious and Bell's Two-Hearted but lots more of the classy odities like Flat Earth's Northwest Passage and Goose Island Sophie. I like that they seem to favor exotic brews from the locals like Surly and Lift Bridge, Schell's and Summit, Brau's and Fox Barrel with many different styles represented. And every beer I had was entirely fresh and tasty. Awesome. The bar tender was a young, friendly guy with solid beer knowledge. Considering the positive food results, I can't imagine another place to take honors over this place, though I have great respect for the Muddy Pig and Happy Gnome in nearby St. Paul. Don't miss this place if you relate to the corner bar/college hangout atmosphere and impeccable beer choices! It doesn't hurt that the music selection was classic and obscure 50-something special. Nice. I'll be back.

Photo of pwoods
4.16/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped here the night before Darkness Day. They were having a college party in the room/area near the bar and I could see this place being infested if turdballs, but the beer geeks dominated the important part of the place. Nice center bar with plenty of seating around. Lots of taps kept things interesting even though they put on mostly RIS's for the event(not complaining). Not sure if they have bottles or not. They put on some big boys, too. Omar ended up calling someone at the brewery to bring over a keg of Darkness, but they also had Lienie's Big Eddy, a cask of Oaked Cynicale, a few other Surly's, and just a bunch of greatness. They were completely slammed and the service was still pretty good. And you could tell the bartenders knew a pretty decent amount about what they were serving.

Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visiting on a business trip.

A - Reminds me of any average bar in any average state. TVs, high tops, a bar, and a back patio. Nothing special here. Lots of college kids.

Q - The tap list, the food list, the service, and the quality thereof, represented a focus on quality. Fantastic.

Serv- The gal handling my table forgot about me for a while. She rewarded me with a free Southern Tier Javha - I'll get over it. Everything else was on the mark.

Sel: Top notch tap list. Locals: Surly, Summit. Out of market, Southern Tier etc.

Food: Good 1/2" burger. Tasty as heck.

Price is right on target. I will be back.

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Stub & Herb's in Minneapolis, MN
97 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.