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Republic - 7 Corners

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

15 Reviews
Reviews: 15
Visits: 48
rAvg: 4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 104
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

221 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55454-1054
United States
phone: (612) 338-6146

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @republicmn

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Place added by: TastyTaste on 07-03-2011

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Reviews: 15 | Visits: 48
Photo of jera1350
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

EDIT:

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. (1,462 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Republic is an excellent recent addition to the Twin Cities beer scene. It has a classic beer bar atmosphere with a nice long bar, intricate stained glass work, and large dead animals hanging on the walls. It also has one of the best patios around. The service at the bar is some of the most knowledgeable beer wise I've come across anywhere. They not only know the beers they serve well, but they know craft beer as a whole well. They also know beer and food pairings. More importantly they are willing to share their knowledge in a friendly, respectful manner. The service on the patio is some of the slowest I've encountered anywhere. It has taken up to twenty minutes for me to get a single beer on the patio. Last time I was there my group left after waiting fifteen minutes without any of the three servers acknowledging us. The food is top notch. The local sausages are amazing. The burgers are good too, and a great bargain at $5 during happy hours. As for the beer, they carry a wide variety of styles from mostly local breweries. I would say they have one of the best selections of local breweries in the Twin Cities. The only complaint I have about their beer selection is that it doesn't change very often. This is something that usually causes me to visit places less frequently, but the selection at Republic is so well chosen that I still go their often during none patio season. If I'm in the area and the weather is nice, however, I'll most certainly be across the street on Town Hall's patio. (1,510 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

One of the best beer selections anywhere - over 88 beers on tap and a dozen ciders. The food is bar food - burgers, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, sausages and so forth and it is decent. (187 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

An excellent craft beer destination with interesting and varied gastropub food offerings.
Long bar with a multitude of tap handles. Very nice wood and brick interior with lots of beautiful stained glass panels. Outstanding variety of beers and ciders, with many world class (e.g., St. Bernardus ABT 12; Triple Karmeliet; La Trappe Quad) and limited beers on tap. A fairly up to date lists of taps is available on their website. Flights available. (449 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of Fluffheady
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

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. (275 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I have always enjoyed the place. They have a large amount of taps and the I have always found the seasonal rotation to be high quality. They seem to get a lot of limited release kegs.

Great food deals during happy hour.

With this right across the street from Townhall, makes it one of the best beer locales in Minneapolis. (324 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We had the pleasure of visiting Republic while we were in town interviewing for residency positions at the University of Minnesota. This place happened to be across the street from our hotel, and after some quick research, we discovered it was recently labelled as one of the “Top 100 Beer Bars in America”!! We, of course, had to experience it.

Again, located immediately across the street from our accommodations, we were able to easily access it via a brief walk. Parking garages were close, and easily accessible as well, but were not free. You came through the front door into an open space, met first by the long bar on your right that stretches the length of the pub, and six to eight high-top tables lining the wall to your left. The bar, which seated 20-30 people, was loaded with 100+ taps, flanking either side of the bartender’s space, and included ciders and meads in addition to a vast, and well-planned, selection of craft beer. Wine and liquor were also available, and tended to be local offerings. The beer menu was organized by style, and contained many local beers in addition to classics from around the world. We were particularly excited to see their “Minnesota IPA” section of the menu, which helped shape our night, for certain. We ended up ordering four beers to sample, splitting them all. Two were off this local IPA list, while the others were Minnesotan stouts, from across their great state. It wasn’t until our first bathroom break that we discovered the true size of Republic. Walking to the end of the bar revealed an expansive seating area, including another ten to fifteen high top tables, and a larger traditional dining area split into another two longitudinal sections.

The whole establishment held onto a darker "English pub" vibe, and was decorated with glowing red candles and beautiful low-hanging stained glass lights. Specials for appetizers, beers, and the daily cheese were written on large chalk boards posted around the bar. Wrapping around the topside of the bar, amidst an ornately carved wooden ceiling and crown moulding, where inlaid stained glass windows that allowed the lazy afternoon sun to brighten the space with a bit of color. There were no televisions and, at least at 4 o'clock on this Saturday afternoon, it seemed like a quiet place to catch up with friends.

We arrived just before happy hour began. Happy hour was from 4-6pm and 10-12pm, seven days a week. We actually thought it was really cool that they did this twice a day, allowing you some late-night deals for some nightcaps or fourth meal. It boasted discounts on every beer, and special prices on several food items, so what’s not to love?! We ordered cauliflower-feta fritters, homemade chips and guacamole, the daily cheese board, and mock duck tacos. As 50% of our party ate vegetarian, the selection of meat-free items was highly appreciated. Everything was delicious and was brought to us seemingly within five to ten minutes of the order by a very friendly and beer-savvy staff. Dishes were well portioned, although we did need a few more slices of baguette to aid us in eliminating the cheese. We happily ate, and the bar area and restaurant rapidly started to fill around us as the night wore on. We decided to get a last-minute train to the Minnesota Wild hockey game, but otherwise would have stayed perched at our corner of the bar all night long. We even tried to get back from the game in time for another pint and some mock duck tacos to-go, but were sadly disappointed when we arrived past the kitchen’s closing.

Overall, Republic was a great place to go. The décor was unique and comfortable, and the restaurant was clean and well kept, all wrapped in an inviting, warming, and friendly atmosphere. Should we end up matching here in Minneapolis, this place will most surely become a standard. (3,880 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
4.28/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Huge improvement over Sgt.Preston's, which was here in the past. Good riddance to yet another vomit soaked college bar. Atmosphere is good, only knock is when there is entertainment, it can be hard to stop. With 40+ taps, the selection is awesome. The selection can be a little static, but at any point in time I can find new brews, and beers of any style. The food is simple, and doesn't break new ground, but it tastes good and the price is right. THB on the same corner makes 7 corners a competitive market, but this is a good place. (536 characters)

Photo of DaveAnderson
2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Republic has a fair number of taps and passable food. But having 50+ taps is no guarantee that the selection is interesting, and that is one area I found disappointing. I can think of a few others nearby with fewer taps by half, but better lists.

More troubling to me is their absolute refusal to list serving sizes on the menu. I deserve to know what I am ordering, and Republic would rather force me to ask my not-entirely-certain server about each one than allow me to read the information on the menu. It is exactly equivalent to not printing the price on the menu. I would give less than 1 for service if that were possible. (630 characters)

Photo of sacrelicio
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (1,849 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,970 characters)

Photo of kjb32812
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

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. (254 characters)

Photo of accordselux
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (1,600 characters)

Photo of notabear
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Huge selection of taps with a handful of rotating/seasonal brews. Happy hour is great, the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is the opposite of divey (a plus for me). (170 characters)

Republic - 7 Corners in Minneapolis, MN
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.