Town Hall Tap
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
4.95/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
It is hard not to compare Town Hall Tap with its mother brewery Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery so I'm not going to bother in trying. Besides, I think comparing and contrasting might be beneficial to people who have been to the brewery, and are interested in visiting the tap.
Town Hall Tap is much smaller than Town Hall Brewery, but the atmosphere is more inviting to me. It has much more of a neighborhood bar feel to it than the brewery does. The old beer signs on the walls are nice, as is the large mirror behind the bar. The two garage doors are sure to be nice when opened on a warm day, and I imagine would give entire place a patio feel. The music they play is very eclectic which I like a lot. The neighborhood Town Hall Tap is in is on the nicer side, and street parking is free and plentiful which sure beats the ramp and metered parking at the brewery.
Town Hall Tap carries four regular beers brewed at Town Hall Brewery: Dortmunder Lager, Marmalade Sky Pale Ale, Masala Mama IPA, and Parkway Java Porter. They also have two or three rotating selections from Town Hall Brewery. That makes six or seven Town Hall beers on tap at a time. In my experience Town Hall Brewery usually has eight or nine of their beers on a any given time so Town Hall Tap doesn't lag all that far behind. It should be said that the tap does not regularly carry Town Hall Brewery's infused beers. In addition to Town Hall Brewery beers Town Hall Tap also has eighteen or so solid craft beer taps from other breweries, and two to three casks options. The selection of these taps is among the best I've seen in Minneapolis, is constantly changing, and always has some harder to find stuff.
Service at Town Hall Tap is considerably better then at Town Hall Brewery. When sitting at the bar the bartenders are always present and available. They have always been able to answer any question I've had about any beer they service whether it be a house beer or a guest beer. When seated at a table or on the patio the wait staff has always been very prompt, friendly and quite knowledgeable. Food has always been arrived promptly and at the right temperature.
I consider the food at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery to be one of its major attractions. I would go there simply to eat. The food at Town Hall Tap, to put it nicely, has a long way to go to reach that level. Their menu is much smaller than the brewery's with a half dozen appetizers, a few burgers, a few sandwiches, and a couple salads. (Since I wrote this review they have expanded their menu slightly. However, it still remains a small menu, and everything I originally said still applies.) I'm fine with the smaller menu as it is a small neighborhood bar. The problem I have is with the execution of the menu. The burgers, although decent, are not nearly as good as they are at the brewery. The Pork Wings, however, are mouthwateringly excellent, and Rag Top Fried Chicken Sandwiches are both really good.
Overall, I will go back to Town Hall Tap if I want a good beer in a good setting. If I want a good beer and good food I'll head to Town Hall Brewery.
04-15-2011 15:08:23 | More by KarlHungus
4.78/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Once we walked in my girlfriend and I were greeted nicely and sat down at the bar right away. It was a very relaxed setting that was extremely inviting and warming as we both felt right at home. Loved the open face to the street with the garage style doors wide open to the patio to allow in the beautiful weather. The quality was excellent as was the service. The tenders switched while we were there but both were very helpful and informative and quick to address conversation about beer and the like. Selection was massive and I wish I could have stayed to try them all (no time plus a 6 hour drive the rest of the way home). I ordered a sampler featuring: English Summer Ale, Thunderstorm, Hop Index, and a beer from a guest tap - Lift Bridge Chestnut Hill; all were very refreshing and tasty. Masala Mama lived up to its following and I enjoyed it the most. We didn't try the food as stopping here was a last minute decision and we had already eaten. As far as price goes I felt it was a bit much but I may be comparing that to the place I go regularly here in Omaha. Overall I was very impressed and will make an attempt to stop every time I'm in Minneapolis.
08-10-2011 06:08:35 | More by antlerwrestler19
4.63/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is an extension of Town Hall Brewery. Well know for their craft beers.
A. It's a very nice "uptown-ish" bar, with a nice relaxed feel. Booths, high-top tables and bar eating are available. A very relaxing place to go for just a beer, or for dinner. No dress up needed,
Q. Although they can't brew their own beer (due to MN law), they carry a full line of Town Hall Tap only beers brewed at the main location. They also offer a nice line of craft "Guest Beers" that always make a nice addition. It's always great beer and good food.
S. I've never had any less than the best service here. The servers are always very attentive.
S. There is a great selection of Tap specific beers supplied by Town Hall Brewery. The list of Guest Beers is great. And being that almost all of the beers are only available at the Tap, it keeps things interesting.
F. The food here is great. I personally love the Ragamuffin Fried Chicken Sandwich. I have yet to have something bad here. The price is a bit high for what you get for some items.
V. The beer options are great. The price is fair for any normal brew pubs. Some items are a bit high in price. The brie cheese curds are overpriced for the 8 pieces you get. But overall the place is very nice with a well suited selection off food and brew.
07-30-2011 04:17:42 | More by MBrausen
4.55/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I like this place, I come here about every other week. I like seeing the rotation of guest beers on tap, and there's plenty of standards by which to educate myself. The food is fancier than bar food: in particular I like Pete's Cabin Burger, mixed with wild rice and mushrooms, and when I ask for mayo on the side (for my fries), it's a seasoned variety that's even more delightful.
One of the bartenders in particular is exceptionally attentive and affable without being pushy. Clearly he knows his beer, as does the other bartender I've seen, but the one distinguishes himself as endeavoring to become a host. I appreciate that.
I don't like holding a venue responsible for its constituency, but I don't enjoy the constituency here. The locals are fine, the families that come in and the people settling down for conversation, but occasionally there's a hipster influx that, initially, made me question whether I was in the right place. Regardless, it's easy to block everyone else out and focus on my food and beer.
I don't think it's awesome they tack on a $2 fee for a gluten-free bun for the burgers, but my wife appreciates the option and they chose a good brand to go with, Udi's.
02-19-2013 04:37:30 | More by sxoidmal
Town Hall Tap in Minneapolis, MN
96 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.