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The Bulldog Restaurant

The Bulldog RestaurantThe Bulldog Restaurant

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 4.95%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

2549 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55405
United States
phone: (612) 872-8893

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(Place added by: Chaz)
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

It's a dark u shaped bar with a patio and some other tables around. Nice of them to have Golden Tee. A bit too dark inside. The beers are fresh and served in appropriate glassware. They have a good selection with several Belgians, a few Surly, Bells, Sierra Nevadas, and several other. The service is good, and generally what I expect. The crew knows whats on tap, knows about their beer, and moves fairly quickly. The burgers are pretty good. French fries are decent. Prices are fair ($6 for Surly Smoke is a good deal and $10 per burger).

01-15-2012 01:10:24 | More by jsprain1
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

you walk thru the double door and a u- shaped bar greats you with a couple dozen taps seating around the bar or tables line the perimeter a on each side they also have some outside seating..its kinda dank and dark inside with a couple of small tv's some darts..the place could use some remolding..but you know something about the place is cool inside also..beer selection is great with many belgian offerings like piraat.delerium tremons,houblin,tripel karmeliet.moinette, and solid local and domestic offerings..did not try the food as we already had dinner but it looked ok..service was good they had a good beer menu book with flights available..we had a good time here and will come back again

10-09-2011 21:22:54 | More by gatornation
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $

The Bulldog is one of my favorite places to go in Uptown for beer and/or food. It is a small somewhat divey place that has enough class to keep it from being a complete dive. The beer selection consists of a couple dozen taps at least half of which are Belgians. The other half is solid local and regional options. They also rotate a half dozen of their taps out rather quickly usually with new releases and rarer stuff. The service has always been solid. Not all of the wait staff is able to discuss beer in depth, but they know enough to always pour the beer into the correct glass. The food is typical bar food with class. The burgers, dogs, and sandwiches I've had there have all been good. Prices are as good as you'll find in Uptown. The beer is priced about the same as you'll find around town, but the menu is very reasonably priced. They also have a nice happy hours, and good daily specials. You can't beat a free Bell's Two Hearted or Summit EPA with the purchase of a dog over lunch.

08-16-2011 16:17:18 | More by KarlHungus
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

My neighborhood bar. Small place with a patio if you feel like having a smoke or eating next to a bunch of people smoking. It has a cozy up north bar feel to it but the crowd is you typical mix of people for the uptown area.

Service is usually pretty good. It can get a little slow sitting at a table on the weekends but for the most part very prompt. Servers and bartenders for the most part know their beer and usually bring it to you in the proper glassware.

Selection is one of the best in the metro. Tons of belgian brews in bottle and a bunch of taps from all over. Highlights are Bells, Chouffe, Ommegang, Southern Tier, Surly, Chimay, Cantillon, Flying Dog, and Founders.

Mostly bar food but done very well. Burgers are unique, tasty and very well priced.

Value is really good here. If you come during happy hour you can get a bite to eat and a few beers for only $20.

05-03-2011 23:31:21 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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pdoran10

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

have been here a few times as it is a decent go to beer bar near my apartment.

a nice little cavernous bar with a lively friendly atmosphere. a bit small and the tables are a bit cramped together which is a bit annoying.

the place is a bit of a dive, with old tables, small tvs and a bit of an awkward layout. place could use a bit of work.

the service has always been pretty great here. one time our waitress stole us a bell's pint glass after we offered to buy one. the staff seems to do a great job even if they arent all overly knowledgeable about craft beer.

selection is pretty impressive as far as taps go, they have some nice ommegang and bell's rotating taps as well as some uncommon belgians. they have a buch of cantillion on the menu. they do not have cantillion though. both of their bartenders did not know what cantillon was...

the food is pretty darn good despite being pretty standard fare, they do some amazing sandwiches and excellent loaded fries. not just standard bar fare, they do food right here!

prices are reasonable no complaints here.

09-01-2010 04:28:58 | More by pdoran10
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Looking for a fun, little dive bar in Uptown? Then The Bulldog is your spot. Small bar that gets filled up pretty easliy after 5-6pm everyday. Several Belgian beers on tap and in bottle. Good tap selection, including Surly which you can't get at every bar in MN. Their bottle list is pretty extensive but I was dissappointed when I ordered Cantillon Iris and was told they didn't have any. If you are eating, go with a burger or hot dog, they are awesome! Service I have had from great to not so good, so relax and have a good time no matter what happens. Bell's night is always fun too. They have a nice covered patio for smoking but they also have tables out there to sit during the summer and fall days.

08-24-2010 22:04:44 | More by kbutler1
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smm

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$

I used to live half a block away from the Lydnale Bulldog and I'll tell you it definitely became an issue with my bank account.

Possibly the best conversion of an organic vegan restaurant into a beer and burger bar.

Although the food and drink is a bit expensive the burgers are outrageously good and addictive. If you can make it in for lunch you can find one of the best combo meals I've ever experienced: one of their delicious specialty hot-dogs and a pint of PBR, Summit, or Two Hearted for $5.

They have a very nice selection of taps and Belgian bottles, but there isn't much rotation besides the usual seasonals from Bells.

The service is somewhat hit or miss. I've encountered a variety of surly waitresses that seem to be having an awful day, and other times the service is just downright slow.

11-02-2009 16:18:39 | More by smm
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Finally made it over to The Bulldog. The last time I was here it was the old Mud Pie restuarant, which survives as a menu item as the vegetarian mud pie burger. The veggie burger was good, but not as good as my memory, at least that night.

The place was crowded and busy for the 1/2 price Belgian night. A range of good Belgians plus a few others that made it well worth the effort to get there. Koningshoeven Quad was on tap, and my first--a treat if you've never had it. St. Feuillien Brune and Triple were my other highlights of the night beside a range of others. All beers were listed and well explained on a sheet for the customer to peruse and make good choice from the explanations. I was able to point my friends in the right direction each time from the specific descriptions, which is really nice and makes it a better night for all.

I will definately go back for the well handled and served beer, and the good. While not my all time favorite place, I wouldn't hesitate to recommned it or return in the future when the opportunity arises, especially for a speciality event.

12-21-2008 22:13:16 | More by FightingEntropy
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gdnowicki

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Sitting at the bar, Pete was very attentive to our needs and beer knowledgeable to boot. Their Belgium selection is spectacular. First up was a Rodenbach; a Flemish Farm Ale. Just the way I like it, sour. That set the tone for the night. Don't plan on driving after getting your fill of the Belgiums. Stick to the bottled Belgiums as opposed to the on-tap offerings, they tend to be smoother and more complex given the additional conditioning.

I don't go to bars for food, so my impression is that what is offered is standard, burgers, etc. Had the Tillamook cheese burger with buffalo. A good burger but I've had few bad burgers in my life.

Local brewery offerings were limited, Surley and Rush River. But then, I've not found a Surley that I really like so I wasn't annoyed. Atmosphere was laid back and dimly lit. Patrons seemed to be friendly (MN nice). I'll return at least once more on this trip and will make it a regular stop on future trips.

06-15-2007 13:59:30 | More by gdnowicki
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dfried

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

The Bulldog, this place is pretty sweet overall. The setting is pretty average for a run of the mill mid-size bar/restaurant. Bar in the center, a few tables around it on each side, dim but not dark, plenty of elbow space but not huge and wide open. This place is on one of the main drags of Uptown in Minneapolis so the crowd is a pretty wide mixture of people, the 21-30 year old "Uptown Kids" are probably the majority, some of the 30-40 year old locals. It seems everyone from the patrons to the staff are pretty friendly and down to earth.

To the beer. This place is the perfect example of what I think we need more of in Minneapolis, and just plain every where in the U.S. They have a pretty limited bottle list, maybe 15-20, a couple macros, a few decent selections, nothing that we really jump out at an informed beer advocate. If I want a dank bottle of beer, I probably am going to get it for half the price at a liquor store. The reason to head up there is for the taps. Around 20 some lines, a few widely available but good ones, but for the most part they have a few offerings from many of the regional breweries, usually the breweries flagship beer, then some seasonals/rotating beers from them too. Anyone should be able to find something they like. Mainly session brews, but a few finer ones.

The food is on par as well with being a "good beer bar and restaurant" but not the other way around. They seem to specialize in dogs, which I have got many times and are pretty good, I think 8-10 different styles. Burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers as well. Much more original recipes/food than at chain bars, but nothing that will knock your socks off. I had the avocado turkey sandwich the last time I was there, and it was pretty good, sliced turkey, sliced avocado, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, and a roasted red pepper mayo with fresh kettle chips.

To the service. I have had great experiences with the service here. If you go there at 11pm on a Friday, you will have to wait a minute for a beer, but they are still pretty quick overall, its usually a non-issue. The waitresses/waiters are pretty attentive and friendly. During the day or average/slower night, they service has been outstanding. The bar tenders know a thing or two about most of the beers, though they may not dazzle you with insight. They are very friendly and treat you like a regular. After I finished that turkey sandwich and got my tab, the bartender grabbed my empty glass of Hopslam, refilled it halfway, and said it looked like I would be here another minute or two.

Overall, this is a great place to have as a neighborhood bar. Always some good beers on tap at a pretty good price, friendly down to earth atmosphere, decent food, comfortable patio. Not a must stop, or a seeker outer for travelers, but I don't think you would be disappointed if you did stop by either. Unless you were looking for Surly products which surprisingly they don't serve, oh well, screw it, get a Bell's and a dog.

03-28-2007 19:55:23 | More by dfried
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The Bulldog Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.