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2.64/5 rDev -31.3%
Mediocrity in a beer bar:
I love cask beer...i am in town a short while , so researched this place on the web, upon arrival, no cask beer as advertised,
"We are out of the cask and the manager is not here so we can't do another, as its to complex"
train your Firkin Staff!
08-21-2013 22:43:18 | More by xmorgan
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
Located in a conflux of small businesses in an otherwise quiet residential area, The Groveland Tap readily stands out during the hours when most folks are home watching Must See TV.
I've visited this place often enough to recognize it as a better than average neighborhood bar, and yet I don't visit very often out of preference for establishments possessed of a quieter atmosphere.* Having said that, The Groveland isn't a big place, and is elbow-to-elbow seven nights a week.
The interior is really quite inviting. Along with two-tops and a dozen or-so larger tables you'll find plenty of the high-backed booths for which Midwesterner family restaurants still seem to be identified with. It's not quite dimly-lit, but apart from some accent lighting the neon signs seem to be the brightest light source in the place. In truth, the Groveland is part sportsbar, part neighborhood family restaurant, and the balance is just about perfect. Likewise, the focus on beer is evident from the numerous promotional items, tin-tackers, light sconces and other breweriana on display. And for those Craft hobbyists who are new to the "Saint Paul beer crawl", it's probably worth noting that The Groveland is stumbling distance from the Ale Jail.
The food is all-around 'good bar food' with a better than average selection of menu items. Portions are reasonable, rather than "family style". The service is excellent -- and quick; I counted 70 heads on a "May-like" Wednesday night in March, and the five servers kept the pint glasses full and the food arriving hot.
I keep hearing about the late night Happy Hour, with most draughts around $3.50 or so after 10 PM (my night has usually wound-down by then), and indeed there was an up-swing after about 9:30, with dozens of college-aged adults making their way in as families with children and grandparents finishing their meals before 9.
The most notable feature of this place is the "bar/hallway" that separates the front room from the back, and it is a true logjam. There's room at the bar to comfortably seat a dozen people, but -well- you know bars: there's always a dozen people standing, carrying on conversations : )
There's a pool table in the back room that I've never seen in use! It's usually so busy in here in the evening that you can't enjoy a game without spilling someone's drink. Ah well.
Altogether --and there are certainly great options these days-- The Groveland Tap is worth a visit for those who don't live in the area. If I lived in the area, I'd be here almost nightly!
EDIT: I felt it necessary to bump this up a little, as 40 taps + bottles and cans should surely earn it better than a 3.55!
*I'm "old", and don't enjoy shouting : )
B.A. indicates 30 taps, but I believe there are now 40.
Website features an "updated" list which wasn't updated when I visited, although the chalkboards on-site were up-to-date.
03-22-2012 15:38:34 | More by Chaz
Groveland Tap in Saint Paul, MN
88 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.