Republic - 7 Corners
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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
2.73/5 rDev -33.6%
No idea how this place could be ranked in the T100 in the U.S. Beer selection was average at best but certainly not anything extraordinary or impressive. To top it off, the bartenders were extremely disinterested. Will not return and would not recommend.
05-24-2014 23:31:13 | More by kjb32812
3.05/5 rDev -25.8%
Decent place that has some good potential. I love the atmosphere - classic long oak bar, very nice dark pub feel inside, no TVs, kind of reminds me of a North Woods hunting lodge or ski chalet. The side rooms have a muted artsy feel that I like. One of my favorite bars in terms of atmosphere and one of the few bars that I can cozy up to by myself.
The selection is good, not extremely impressive, but solid, with lots of local and regional beers from Harriet, Fulton, Bells, Founders, Surly, Tyranena, Central Waters, etc., and several from other parts of the country like Stone, Alaskan, and a few Belgians. Nothing out of ordinary, mostly standard offerings, but a nice wide variety. The beers are served fresh and in clean glassware. No complaints there.
Their main weakness is that the service ranges from average to bad. On a normal day, they serve at a medium slow pace, even if business is sparse. I just always feel like I'm waiting longer than I need for everything. I also had one of my personal worst bar service experiences of my life at the Surly Five release party. Several bartenders were behind the bar moving about as slow as you can imagine while the place was packed and hopping. Patrons were annoyed, obviously, as it took forever to get a drink, but no one was being obnoxious or anything like that. Bartenders started being rude to customers and muttering nasty comments under their breath. You never EVER do this to your customers. The rudest, most obnoxious customer needs to be treated with respect and class, even if they are being kicked out.
The food is pretty good pub fare with reasonable prices. The fish and chips was delicious and the buttermilk fried chicken wings were good as well.
Overall, the place is pretty good and has the potential to become one of the premier beer establishments in the Twin Cities.
01-30-2012 08:06:18 | More by sacrelicio
3.86/5 rDev -6.1%
This one is the original. They have a really cool beer list, and a great food menu. There is a cheap and delicious happy hour menu. We had walleye balls, which were great. The decor and woodwork is outstanding. Any person would be proud of owning/operating a space like that.
11-25-2013 00:06:54 | More by Fluffheady
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
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
Republic - 7 Corners in Minneapolis, MN
91 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.