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8th Street Grill & Tap House

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very good

10 Ratings
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
Taps: 44
Bottles: 10
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

800 Marquette Ave
Ste 107
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55402-2819
United States
phone: (612) 349-5717

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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 6
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Alpar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hardy008
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

on the corner of 8th and marquette ave in the midwest bldg'

the bar is on the corner with seating outside and big french doors that also open...then inside you will find a u shaped bar with plenty of seating they also have lots of table service.. the bar is medium lit with a few big screen tv's.. the tap list is good 32 they say but i did not count them..they had surly, dark horse, tyrenena, bells served in pint glasses , we were handed a menu with lots of pricey options we went with the hamburger and it was very good.. this tavern is a great place to hang downtown couple that with the amount of taps and you have a destination bar, i liked it and would gladly go back again

Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A- A dark bar, outside seating as well, and a number of tvs. The crowd tends toward the post-work 30 somethings.
Q- Beer seems fresh, you get full glasses, everything seemed clean.
Ser- Service tends toward the poor. Friendly but usually painstakingly slow.
Sel- Beer list is decent, not tremendous. A couple dozen but nothing that struck me as particularly unique.
F- Food is decent. The buffalo wings are on par with most bars.
The happy hours are a good deal and it's a good place to meet people for a drink. Not the best place in Minneapolis though, mostly due to slow service.

Photo of Moon2Goddess
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Eighth Street Grill has a convenient location and it's a great place to meet someone because you can spot the signage three blocks away.

The atmosphere varies depending on where you sit, the front patio is ok, but the side patio is partially covered by a parking ramp...not cool. Inside is a bit crowded, but it is very clean, with numerous big screens to watch soccer and other sports. Patrons are typically people who work in the city grabbing happy hour before they head home, or groups stopping by before a Twins or Football game. A visiting suburbanite crowd in other words.

Service...depends on the day. I have literally left the patio before because I got tired of waiting for someone to come out, and this was after popping my head inside to be sure they knew I was there! I have had other servers be very attentive on other occasions, once giving me a free pizza because they accidentally put onions on mine.

The beer list is decent, but not stellar, they have a few brown and Belgian ales that I like, and offer a lot of Happy Hour Specials.

The food is very good for bar food. They have some pasta dishes, sandwiches and pizza that are worth stopping in for.

Photo of Redrover
3.94/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was able to stop by and visit on a Saturday night. It had a pretty decent sized crowd.

The U shaped bar could use a bit of an overhaul. There are these panels above the bar that hinder sightlines and make it feel a bit claustrophobic. The dining room by contrast has a much more open feeling.

The bartender was very nice and provided prompt service. She was also giving out any requested samples, so bonus points there.

They have 32 taps and I thought the selection was pretty decent with at least 26 holding some interest for me. I had a fresh Surly Bender, Point 2012 & a New Holland Ichabod. You should have no problem finding something decent to drink. They have somesort of relationship with Point and I was glad to see 4 differnt offerings from them.

I did not try the food but guessing by the crowds, they are doing something right.

They have a fair number of TVs turned to college football. The slightly funky design of the barroom made for some awkward viewing angles.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

One block from my hotel so I stopped in for some beers. The place was pratically empty when I strolled in. Took a seat at the bar. The service was friendlly, quick and attentive. Being one of only three people sitting at the bar helps that. 32 beers on draft. Mostly Minnesotta and Wisconsin breweries. Some other craft, macro and imports there also. I would say 85% of their taps were either craft or import which was nice. Five Surly offering on draft.

The beers were $5 a pint but the Surly Coffee was $6 and served in a coffee mug thus giving me less.

My only beef was that every thing was served in a frosted glass. Even the coffee mug.

Photo of trentley87
3.94/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was staying at the Hilton for a conference. This place is only a few blocks away so the location was very convenient.

32 tap lines and $3.50 pints all Saturday make for a good combination. I got to try quite a few beers here that I don't see in Michigan like Summit and New Belgium selections.

Our particular waitress was very good. A grilled cheese came out slightly underdone and she not only got another one right away, but threw in an additional milkshake for that person. Always ready to grab another beer and actually knew her stuff about the beer selection on-site. Beers were a little cold but room temperature+time took care of that issue.

I didn't order anything but I tried the buffalo wings and a couple bites of the prime rib. Both were excellent. Value was also excellent, especially for the downtown area. $3.50 pints and a $16 14oz. prime rib are the best deals I saw during my whole stay.

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8th Street Grill & Tap House in Minneapolis, MN
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