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Town Hall Tap

Not Rated.
Town Hall TapTown Hall Tap
BA SCORE
95
world-class

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.71%
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:
None, yet.

(Place added by: kbutler1 on 01-12-2011)
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -15%

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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 mynie
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%

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
Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of KarlHungus
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

KarlHungus, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

SlightlyGrey, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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 hardy008
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

hardy008, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

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 Alpar
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Alpar, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

mothman, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

bumchilly25, May 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

mmulebarn, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

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 coldriver
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%

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 ssimpson89
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

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 Pug
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pug, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

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 MattXT
4/5  rDev -9.3%

MattXT, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of kbutler1
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%

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
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

MNBeer1017, Dec 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

warpig372, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Powderhornphil, Jun 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Bunuelian, May 21, 2014
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Town Hall Tap in Minneapolis, MN
95 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.