Republic - 7 Corners
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Taps: 57 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Republic was a solid selection by a friend of mine on a recent trip to the Twin Cities. We needed to park in the parking garage across the street, near a hotel, but I was cool with that.
It looks like a corner pub from the outside, and, once inside, I got the same impression. However, we seemed to be the only plebs there; our fellow customers looked avant-garde and hipster chic. I guess the place is near a “theatre,” so I guess it serves as a watering hole before and after shows. There was a long bar, high tables along the wall, tables in the back, and at least one other overflow room behind the bar. (Based on the website, I think there may be an outside patio, too.) We sat in the bar area, where it was pretty dark. I almost needed to use the mood candle to read the menu.
The waitress gave us a few extra minutes to look at the beer menu, which was impressive. The beer of the day was Alaskan White Ale and the featured beer was Hop Slam. Any bar that serves Hop Slam immediately impresses me. Many of the beers were Midwestern, which I liked: there were beers from Brau Brothers, Bells, Capital, and Surly. My first beer was a Stone Smoked Porter, which I had only seen on tap at Pure Luck (RIP) in LA. After that I drank two Left Hand Milk Stouts.
My friends loved their food, and the spinach and artichoke dip with tortilla chips was awesome. However, the portobella mushroom sandwich I ordered was pretty pathetic; I inhaled it in a couple bites. The sandwiches and burgers did not come with a choice of sides, which surprised me; I really could have used some fries. (The fries, though, were on the menu as an appetizer.) When one of us asked for ranch dressing on a salad, the waitress told us they did not serve ranch. What?!
The atmosphere was pretty chill, the beer selection was good, and the food was affordable. If I ever visit again I think it will be more for the beer than the food, and I will definitely order the small plate of fries.
01-25-2012 18:10:51 | More by TheQuietMan22
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've been here three times in the last month.
The first time was an after-show drink with friends. The waitress was very attentive and patient with our group. The beer selection was great. The atmosphere inside was good- sometimes a bit dark with the colors and light level, but good for intimate evenings with friends and family.
The second time we returned was again for a quick drink. There is not much atmosphere outside, but it was warm and sunny and comfortable. Our server Emily was outstanding (as she was at the Happy Gnome and Stanley's). Selection was good again, but had not changed over as much as I thought it would in the few weeks we had been there.
The third time we came back was for a dinner. We came on Labor Day so the restaurant was fairly empty. Our server was very friendly and helpful, and checked on us often. The Surly Five was great and came in a good size portion. Food quality was good (sometimes on slow days restaurants don't put their best effort in).
My only criticisms:
The beer list doesn't change much, and there isn't a wider bottle selection. A few more rotating taps or bottles would be great, perhaps a 'cellar' of higher alcohol beers for aging.
The atmospheres conflict: the bar is great, but the hip hop music in the dining area conflicted with what I assume the owner wanted to set for the mood. I don't mind the music, but it just seemed to be dissonant with the surroundings.
The Fish & Chips were fairly salty- at first I thought it was the fries, but it was the batter on the fish that was salty as well.
I'd definitely go back and I plan to!
09-09-2011 16:40:57 | More by accordselux
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Decided to check this place out after a few beers over at Town Hall. Lots of outdoor patio seating. Moved inside after the ladies in our group got a little chilly. I think the decor inside is pretty cool. I will say that it was extremely dark inside however. Turn up the lighting a touch so I can see who I'm talking to please. I would say around 20 taps on hand with some very solid offerings. I think the list could use a touch more variety. Only one stout/porter on the whole list. Had an Avery Maharaja and a LaTrappe Quad which was served in its own branded chalice. Prices were fair. I don't know that they were the lowest in town, but they were not overpriced at all. Had some really good appetizers. Fries were very solid. Our waitress was attentive and provided us with good service. I wouldn't go out of my way to go here again for the fact that I would have rather stayed at Town Hall all night, but this place does make for a nice change of pace with their atmosphere and beer list compared to Town Hall. I would like to check out their happy hour however, as I hear it's really inexpensive.
Stopped in on Nov. 2012 and everyone at our table took advantage of the any three beers flight in 8 oz. pours for $10. That included Founders Backwoods Bastard and Breakfast stout, La Trappe Quad, Dragon's Milk, etc. Truly an awesome deal! I think they had at least one beer from every MN brewery represented also which was cool. Easy to drink local.
08-22-2011 00:54:06 | More by jera1350
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Housed in the former shell of Sgt. Prestons at seven corners in Minneapolis. They kept a lot of the old taxidermy from the old establishment, but removed the rest of the detritus of the former dive/party bar. 32 craft beer taps with the best prices you will find in the Twin Cities or probably anywhere. We wandered in during happy hour and were dumbfounded by finding $3 pints of Stone Arrogant Bastard offered, as well as $3 pints of the heavyweights of local, regional, and national craft breweries. Imports weren't included in this deal, but there are so many interesting tap choices that there is something for every taste. The $5 happy hour burgers looked good in that locally-sourced, free-range trend sort of way.
When happy hour ends, the prices do not go up that much and are easily the best you will find anywhere in town. $4-$6 for pretty much all taps. Service was fast and very friendly, this is definitely worth a stop back. I now have another reason to go to seven corners, besides my favorite brewpub across the street.
07-06-2011 17:02:27 | More by TastyTaste
Republic - 7 Corners in Minneapolis, MN
92 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.