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Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

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Brit's Pub & Eating EstablishmentBrit's Pub & Eating Establishment

25 Reviews
Reviews: 25
Visits: 46
Avg: 3.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403-2405
United States
phone: (612) 332-3908 | map

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Reviews: 25 | Visits: 46
Reviews by kbaker91:
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3.3/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Finally getting around to reviewing this place, as I have been there a few times in the past. Stopped in yesterday (Easter Sunday) with my wife for a couple pints after brunch.

The place itself is decorated to resemble a London pub, with Premier League matches on the 'telly' and Anglo memorabilia on the wall. On a nice day, the sidewalk patio on Nicollet Mall is lovely. Brits also features a great upstairs outdoor patio area with lawn bowling as well.

The clientele varies depending on the time of the day you visit. Afternoons are mellow, with patrons relaxing enjoying a pint. Weekend evenings turn this place into a clusterfuck, packed and sweaty, almost impossible to get a beer or hear any sort of conversation.

The beers are pretty standard for a British-style tavern. Tetley, Fullers, Old Specked Hen are some of the brews/breweries featured (besides the obligitory Bass, Guinness, Harp, BMC). The only two American 'crafts' available (Colonials as denoted here) are Summit EPA & Goose Island IPA. Expect to pay $6 for an imperial pint.

Did not eat this trip, but have had the old English menu war horses in the past (bangers & mash, fish & chips, shepard's pie, etc). All were decent, but not worth going out of your way for.

Service is good if the place isn't busy, scarce when it is.

Overall, your impression of this establishment will vary depending upon which time of the day you visit. If you want a mellow tavern to relax and have a couple pints, then definitely stop by in the afternoon. If you are looking for that mellow environment in the evening on a weekend, avoid this place like the plague, as it turns into a pickup joint for the frat-boy crowd.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Josholson666
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

In terms of selection, this is the typical British import line-up (which is kind of disappointing, considering they're successful enough to throw in a little something a bit more interesting) and then some locals...good vibe and the lawn bowling in the summer makes it stand out.

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Photo of jrsaffert
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It has a decent vibe, a reasonable selection and some nice scotches. Its a good location to rest your feet. The sidewalk tables are nice in the summer.

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Photo of lonewolfcry
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Brit's Pub is one of those eating establishments that has a great reputation with a wide range of people. It seems everyone has been there one time or another.

As a beer geek destination, it doesn't really hold up. While Brit's does have 20 taps by my count, they are the basic UK bar line up: Speckled Hen, Guinness, Newcastle, Boddington's (maybe the prettiest poured pint ever), Strongbow and the like. I noticed locals from Fulton and Surly as well on this trip.

For many, Brit's is the stop when going to Orchestra Hall for a show. Today, that was my excuse to have a couple of pints while Gloria prepped with One Voice for the opening concert of Chorus America, which was a great concert for those who like choral music.

For today's stop, I started with the Fuller's London Pride on cask to go with a true British feel. It was tasty and well served. It's the only cask engine, but at least they seem to be handling the cask well from this sample. I had a cask of this at The Blackfriar in London, possibly one of the coolest pubs in the world.

Next was a glass of Stella Artois, the Budweiser of the EU. A better beer than Bud, but it is a ubiquitous beer much in the same vein. However, SA likes to maintain a more sophistcated profile, so I guess that's why there's a separate tap for it. The website, as with most macro websites, was relatively useless in telling me why, but the video of the 9 step process to pour a chalice of SA (SA's word--they are fussy about that as well) points to how serious they are to have a well poured beer. Or, at least how serious they are about making it look like SA is a high end product. When I asked the waitress what it did besides keep it ice cold, she shrugged sarcastically and said "nothing".

I didn't eat here tonight, but have generally been very happy with the food and service at Brit's. The beer is well served and the place is cozy and a generally a great place to have a chat. Besides the less than adventuresome beer list (though true to their marketing), the only other negative I've had with Brit's is that the bar seems to smell funny to me. Not sure why--spilled beer stank maybe, but a minor detail and it seemed less pronounced on this trip. I don't go out of my way to drink at Brit's, but I'm perfectly happy when I find my there, pint in hand.

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Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment in Minneapolis, MN
83 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.