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Bryant-Lake Bowl

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Bryant-Lake BowlBryant-Lake Bowl
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.67%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55408-2846
United States
phone: (612) 825-3737

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bryantlakebowl

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(Place added by: tavernjef)
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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

2-26-04
Back before he added BLB to the Beerfly Database, tavernjef and I discussed this, and he said, "does it belong? After all, it's a bowling alley." Well, he answered his own question when he added it, it is and it isn't, it was once, it still is, and it will never be just that again.

There are still signs of BLB's past, like the Grain Belt and Pabst signs outside, but that will never change, despite the makeover that Kim Bartman gave it over a decade ago. Now, it's easier to say what the BLB isn't, rather than what it IS. As for me, up until recently, I could say that I've done everything you could do there but drink wine and bowl. Then, I tried to bowl, and, really, let's forget about that. What have I done? Seen plays, monologues, comedy, films, heard jazz, pop, rock, ate a bunch, and drank aplenty.

The staff is almost uniformly great, and I've rarely met a dud in that department. Consider yourself lucky if you're at the bar, and get Dan at your service. The bar features only wine, and plenty of beer, no liquor, but we care about the beer, and what beer! No huge conglomo-brews, lots of locals, the best of America's micros, always some Bell's and Belgians, lambics, and even gueze, and every time I visit a surprise of two. Something always changes, among the 24 taps, and plenty of variety among the bottled selection.

The food menu is eclectic, and always good, ranging from vegan to bison, and fish and more, and ranging inexpensively in price.

Best yet, nestled deep in the Hipster Central neighborhood of Uptown Minneapolis, it really is a great meeting place for all manner of folk. Be ye white or black, rich or poor, gay or straight, hip or square, upwardly mobile or working-class stiff, it doesn't matter, as long as you like good beer or wine ...or not! I once saw Dan deal with a smelly ragamuffin looking for Bud, and he presented the olfactorily-offensive man with a bottle of PBR and a glass and
I watched the man pour it out contemplatively and slowly savor it from the glass. Now, that's a good beer bar, where even the lowliest can seem like a connoisseur!

...7-22-05, update
On my latest visit, last night, I had the pleasure of speaking to Dan, who still rocks the bar. Highlights among the tap beers included rogue Brutal Bitter, Delirium Tremens, Mojo IPA, Two Hearted, and others..had my first Double Diamond...alcohol has been added, for those who need their Cosmos and double scotches, as well as sidewalk seating for the nicotine-addicted. Still highly recommended.

Photo of mentor
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Wow. This is about the coolest place I've ever visited. It's a pub with bowling in the back and a threater through a side door. The establishment is located south and west of downtown Minneapolis, not far from 35W. Parking was difficult to find...I wound up parking in the lot of the gas-station next dor (with permission from the attendant). I went in expecting bowling lanes with a bar that offered crummy beers and fried grease as food. Instead, I walked into a small dining area with a bar to the left. Through the dining area is a host table (could be for seating, I didn't ask for a table) that opened up a bowling lane for me and directed me to the rental shoes. The establishment has a comforatble and rustic big-city feel about it...not granola...not yuppy...just...down to earth. Creative...positive. Relaxing.

The bar had perhaps 20 beers on tap, with so many good offerings that I was disturb I wouldn't get to try everything I had an interest to try. Although Prima Pils was available on tap, I went for the Bell's Two-Hearted. It's just such a fantastic beer I have to have it whenever I get the opportunity.

Anyway, I met up with a couple other BAs, we got a lane, and we bowled a couple games. While we were playing, I noticed people entering a door on the other side of the bowling alley. Apparently, they had tickets to the show in the theater that was through the door. Also, while I didn't order any food there, I did have a good look at some of the dishes that were being served up and they looked quite tasty. I didn't look at the menu, but I wouldn't be surprised if they offered organic dishes. This place is really cool.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Hipster Heaven.

Or at least it was, about 5 years ago or so. Why? Because the place has character. Housed in a bowling alley (and bowling, by the way, has become cool again too), this place has a lot of charm. When you're at the bar, you will most likely have to sit at one of the little tables alongside the windows or sit at the bar. There is a lot of soft, dramatic lighting and wood paneling.

The service is great. Every time I've been here I've had a friendly server who was very accomodating.

The tap lines are pretty impressive (especially for a bowling alley). There are at least 20 different beers on tap, and most of the time, you can get at least one or two rarities. All of the time, they support local domestic microbreweries, and it's almost certain you will find Summit, James Page, Bell's, etc... in addition to some smaller breweries as well. There are also some Belgian style beers in bottles.

Although the selection is not that impressive, it is constantly rotating. Every couple of months, a couple new beers will rotate through.

Definitely give this place a shot. You'll be charmed by it.

Photo of truthbrew
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A fun place to get a great beer. While this place can be crowded, loud, and smokey, their generally excellent service paired with bowling and a large selection or beers (at least for the TC area) put this near the top of places to go. Generally it is pretty busy, but tables turn over pretty quickly. Food has also been excellent, though on theatre nights it can be a little slow so order right away.

When visited in Dec-03 they had Bell's Two Hearted, SN Celebration Ale, Bell's Batch 6000, Anchor Porter, etc... on TAP, not even mentioning a large assortment of bottled beer (trappist ales, Cantillon, etc...). They run a nice happy hour after work and street parking is generally available and free after 6pm.

Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This multiplex of fun has it all from live music, small one man plays, and of course bowling. Oh yeah some good beers to choose from as well. One of the best places to bowl and enjoy an actual Belgian beer. You just don't see that at any other bowling alleys, ever. At least not in my experience. Ya bowl, ya drink, ya eat, its great, stay late for some of the bands or small plays being put on.
I like going there to bowl and drink, some of the music bores me a little, I can only take so many garage bands who make there CD's from there Mac's, but every once in awhile you get some real kickin' - groovin' music. The food is pretty good as well.

Choices of beers run through a small assortment of micros such as the Bell's line with some being on tap, along with Summit, Anchor, and Anderson Valley. A small selection of stouts and porters, all varying from the UK, Germany, and the US. A few Mexican beers and some marcos and then the Belgians of just over a dozen lambics, dubbles, and whites to choose from. Wow. They beat out alot of small town liquor stores. Albiet the service their can really linger depending on how busy the place is, but they're always nice and quite interesting to talk with.
A pleasure to visit for something a little different from the ordinary bar/pub scene. Check out the website, it has all you need to know.

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Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, MN
93 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.