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Town Hall Tap

Not Rated.
Town Hall TapTown Hall Tap
BA SCORE
97
world-class

42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.47%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 7
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4810 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55417-1009
United States
phone: (612) 767-7307

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @townhalltap1

Notes:
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(Place added by: kbutler1 on 01-12-2011)
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of Greggy
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%

Townhall tap is definitely one of my go-to bars. I find myself at the tap at least a couple times a month. The atmosphere is pretty solid at the tap. During the summer it's excellent with the walls pulled up and the restaurant open to the street. Even in the cooler times, the room makes for a comfortable and enjoyable hangout. The music can be hit or miss but that's not a huge deal breaker for me.

The Quality at townhall tap has been pretty good. I have yet to have a beer there that wasn't quality. The townhall offerings have all been very good quality.

Service is what I would expect from a craft beer bar. Most of the staff knows there stuff although you'll have hit or miss situations when the server knows very little about the beer. I was told one of there seasonal's was like a corona (I think it was a pale ale). Overall, service has been good, though and they're always prompt to fill my glass. One excellent thing I've noticed is they'll very kindly ask bar patrons if they'd mind scooting over to accommodate larger party's. Nice touch there.

Selection is ok at the tap. They have 4, I believe, standard house offerings at all times. The dortmunder is always excellent after a long day of work. The Masala mama always delivers and the coffee porter is sure to please. In addition to these are many seasonals from Townhall. These rotate often and are very good. Try the smoked hefeweizen! One major gripe I have is that although townhall has another 10-15 guest taps at all time, there is a poor showing of local beers. We live in an area populated with so many breweries yet I never see them on tap. It's frustrating for me to see so many beers from thousands of miles away when breweries less than 100 miles away get no ticket to the show. Please change this Townhall Tap! Support local craft beer! On a more positive note, however, is that Townhall tap always 3 cask offerings on and they've been excellent.

The food is always good at the tap. The staples for my fiance and I are the deep fried pickles (2 thin slices w/ cream chees and panko breading). It's served with a Jalepeno/blackberry chutney. Very good. The Hidel burger is excellent and they've had no problem hitting my requested temps when I'm in. What I do think needs to happen is changes in the menu. I'm pretty sure it's been the same for 9 months. Oh yea... pork wings. Try them!

The townhall tap is a pretty good value. The house beers are a great deal. Something like $5.50 for a 20 oz pour. Good deal there. The food isn't expensive either.

Overall, I love townhall tap. I hope to see a changing menu and more local craft beers on tap in the future which would really elevate this good bar into an excellent bar.

Greggy, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of kbutler1
3.98/5  rDev -10%

A satellite restaurant of Minneapolis Town Hall this establishment is located on 48th and Chicago. They redid the restaurant that was there and did some really nice custom woodwork to give the place a really nice bar atmosphere. You'll see some familiar faces working there if you ever were a regular at Town Hall. There beers are all brewed at the main brewery but they feature some that are different than TH, like the Parkway Java Porter that is one of my favorites. Their food menu is also different that TH with more along the lines of just sndwiches and burgers. They have several (I think 4) taps strictly dedicated to ciders. They also have sevaral rotating guest taps and a cask line. Some of the servers still seem pretty new so the service isn't always the best but I think that will improve with some time.
Overall, this has become a nice bar to pop in and have a beer and food at.

kbutler1, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of MNBeer1017
4/5  rDev -9.5%

MNBeer1017, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Made a stop here on a Friday evening around seven and the place was packed to the gills. Standing room only and even that was a bit scarce. Very cool interior with beer memorabilia all over. Dimly lit which I like. A good variety of guest taps, I believe about 10 in all, one cask line that had Summit Oatmeal Stout (why not a TH brew?), three Town Hall seasonals and four year rounds as well. A nice variety of beers overall. Didn't try the food and really didn't get to experience service full on as we didn't stay long due to the high volume of people. I think I prefer the good old regular Town Hall, but this is a nice neighborhood joint and a place I will have to visit again.

jera1350, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -9.5%

48th and chicago on west side of chicago st

A spin off from the original MTHB..is town hall tap as you walk in a beautiful bar on the left side is adorned with a huge mirrored carved oak mantel with taps lined up in the rear..on the right side are pub tables and booths,,stained glass and lots of beer memorabilia hang on the wall..wood floors thru-out,and 2 big garage doors that will open when the weather is nice

service was good as this was lunchtime but still the place was 75% full.all the brews were listed on two different chalkboards must have been close to 20 taps.1 cask, about 8 mthb brews,and several guest taps..a nice selection

food was good but not great..we had burgers and wings ..i like the food better at MTHB ..but its still good and im here for the beer first so not an issue

Overall a great looking bar with a good tap list ..its a place close to the house and will be going there many more times

gatornation, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev -9.5%

MattXT, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%

The beer is top tier which should surprise no one. Besides the Town Hall beers, there where many other options, both foreign and domestic. They started serving local beers so I saw Surly, Summit, and Brau Brothers on-tap. Also three hand-pulled ales available.

Service and atmosphere can be hit or miss. My latest visit was very disappointing. Too many screaming kids for my tastes. Better to come when the families are not around. The service varies from good to poor. The food is very good and the kitchen seems well run, too bad this great food is left to die a slow death in the pass-through. This last time I know my order sat there for over 10 minutes. Had the pork wings, the wings were just barely warm and the fries were a touch soggy. Not the kitchens fault I was served this. Could not even comment because the server never bothered to come back and ask me how it was. Bad form.

Prices are about what I expected considering the location and quality of beer and food.

If they could get the front of house figured out, this would be one of the best establishments in the metro.

morimech, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%

Visited here on 2011-11-17

It took a minute to find this place. I drove right past it with GPS navigation turned on. The signage isn't good and it is sandwiched between some other stores. I was able to park in the street.

This is a small, unassuming place with some great beers. I happened to be here during their 1-year anniversary week and so got to try some speciality brews. Most noteworthy was the Cherry Infused Wee Heavy.

I had the veggie burger and salad for dinner. The burger was fine but could have had a bit more flavor and crispness. The salad and dressing were good.

The layout is basically one fairly large room with the bar in the center and tables around the walls.

The location is pretty convenient to the Western suburbs and the airport is nearby.

It's a nice spot although I like their brew pub downtown more.

Tucquan, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Sludgeman
4.2/5  rDev -5%

Visited on a Sunday night. Slow at 9:30. Looked just like regulars in the place. Sat at the bar.

Vibe - A townie bar if it wasn't known all over the US by BAs. Dark and worn inside. The place has windows and a garage door that open up the entire bar to the street/sidewalk and a small outdoor patio. This time of year it was wide open and inviting. Patio closes early though during the week – did not get to sit outside :-( Overall a great old fashion bar in an old fashion town but with a new twist. 4.25

Service - Friendly. Bartender was appropriately distant. 4

Selection - Good house beers and a good selection of guest beers. 4

Quality - Different glasses, temperature was good, three beer engines. 4.5

Food – I ate the Heidelberg burger. It was great! Fries were crispy - 4.25

Price - 20oz house beers for $5.50 fantastic compared to DC and NY. Two big beers and a burger and fries for about $20 (excluding tip) was excellent. - $

Sludgeman, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.2/5  rDev -5%

Enter Town Hall Tap. Its like a smaller cozier version of THB. Beautiful bar and beer related stuff on the walls. Small dinning area that makes for an intimate setting.

This place hits it right on the head for me. You still get the same great beer as you do at the THB but they really stepped up the game with their food here. The Walleye with jalapeno tarter sauce is excellent.

Selection is from THB beers so of course great but they do have a few guest taps. Good selection though.

Food is I have said above much better then the average bar in the Minneapolis area.

Value is great. If your in south Minneapolis get to this joint , a real gem.

UMNbeerhunter, May 04, 2011
Photo of coldriver
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%

Visited for dinner and brews on Friday August 30. The outdoor streetside seating looked very appealing but I headed inside to get a better view of the taps, chalkboards, clientale, etc. They have two front garage doors that were open to the street anyway, so it still felt like being somewhat outside. The place was pretty full but no waiting list. The crowd seemed to be pretty local - groups of friends, families, young couples, etc.

I had two flights of four each - one with regular beers (all of which were great including Masala Mama, etc) and one with seasonals (a bit dissapointing with a Kolsch, an Amber, etc). But overall the beer quality was excellent and the food and service were good as well. This is a nice neighborhood bar/restaurant but if you're visiting the Twin Cities for beer purposes I'd recommend skipping this and going to the main Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery instead.

coldriver, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Powderhornphil
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Powderhornphil, Jun 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

TooGood, Nov 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Alpar, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

SlightlyGrey, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

hardy008, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of oner0002
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Here is the review I wrote when the Tap just opened in November 2010.

The Tap is an outpost of the Town Hall mothership in Seven Corners.

Space: Pretty cool, alot of vintage beer signs and an old bar Pete found at some antique store. The coolest thing is that two of the front windows are garage doors with glass so come spring, they can open them for a view of the street and a "patio" without going outside.

Beer: There are 10+ guest taps on right now which include Old Rasputin, Anchor Steam, Boddingtons, Youngs Doub Choc, and 21st IPA. The real story is this. The exclusive "TAP" beers are the Marmalade Sky, an Orange IPA and a Coffee Porter made with coffee roasted up the street. They also had the usual Masala Mama IPA and the Dortmunder. However, Mike said they were thinking of switching the Dortmunder out with the Saaz Pils for the Tap. They had 4 seasonals on and as of now they were the blueberry porter, Triple Threat, 3 Hour Tour and Eye o' the Storm, a honey ale. (Nov. 2010)

They had 3 cask pumps, but all the equipment has yet to arrive. There is also some new glassware, all the TH beers are served in Imperial Pint glasses and all the guest beers are served in their proper glasses (when available). The Imp Pint glasses are sweet, I may have to buy a couple.

I didn't try the food, but it looked good.

Deals: No growlers yet due to previously mentioned on BA laws. No Pint Club freebees, but you will get your $0.75 off. No word yet on happy hours. No liquor either.

Verdict? A very nice addition to the area! If you live down in the Longfellow ... or even in the South Metro, this should be a stop on your list. It is closer for me to ride the bike to the mother ship so I'll be there most often. But, a great ambiance (did I spell that right?), plus windows that open, plus TH beers? Sounds good to me!

oner0002, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Town Hall Tap is a very neat little establishment. The dimly-lit building is exactly the atmosphere I look for in a beer bar. The walls are clad with beer-related items, and makes for an old-school feel. One of it's advantages is the location. Unlike the original establishment, parking is free and easy to find.

Aside from just Town Hall Brewery offerings, there is usually at least one cask offering and a good selection of guest taps and bottles. The menu isn't huge, but there are many unique appetizers, along with burgers and sandwiches, all reasonably priced. The food alone is better than the typical bar norm, and the fries are out of this world!

Having gone there on a rainy Monday afternoon, it wasn't very crowded and the service was quick and quite good. The staff is friendly, and make the patrons feel welcome upon entering. For those that haven't been here, I recommend checking it out. I know I'll be stopping in whenever I'm in the area.

WYVYRN527, May 09, 2011
Photo of ssimpson89
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%

I arrived at about 4:30 on a beautiful fall Wednesday afternoon. I was tempted by the tables outside, but was by myself so I chose to sit at the bar. It didn't matter much as the two large garage doors on the front of the building were open to let the fall air in.

The atmosphere was city neighborhood laid back, which I prefer. I was in the Twin Cities on business and made the trip specifically to try Masala Mama. It's a vey solid IPA that I was glad to be able to try, but I was more impressed with the welcoming vibe of the bar. The bartender was really cool, I think his name was Rolf. I also tried Marmalade Sky APA which was good. Rolf suggested the Java Porter and he was right on, what a great beer.

As for food, I had the Jalapeño cheese stuffed pretzels, which were awesome. The best part was it was happy hour so I got out of there for less than $20. It was an enjoyable few hours. I highly recommend it.

ssimpson89, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%

How to grade this? It's a bit more moneyed and hip than the main location, and therefore the place's vibe didn't quite coincide with my own. It still felt friendly and all, just not as overwhelmingly friendly as the downtown pub.

They seemed to have a wider selection of guest taps but not quite as large a selection of Town Hall taps. There were no firkin beers when we stopped by, either. But, still, you could drink Masala Mama, and that's very important.

The food is even better than Town Hall's, which is to say it was frickin' amazing. Several veggie/pescetarian options, all of which actually had flavor. They were packed but the waitress, host, and bartender were all very friendly. And, really, there's not much to say about the tap that can't be said about the regular Town Hall. I'd still check out the main location first, but this place is pretty slick.

mynie, Jun 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Dwarven_Ale, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

LeeW, Mar 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

mothman, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

DaftPatrick, Jun 22, 2014
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Town Hall Tap in Minneapolis, MN
97 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.