Bar, Eatery

216½ 1st Ave SW
Rochester, Minnesota, 55902-3129
United States

(507) 289-0577 | map

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Rated: 4.13 by TooGood from Minnesota

Mar 10, 2016
Rated: 3.28 by fiveiron from Minnesota

Sep 01, 2015
Rated: 4.84 by BrewNoob1 from Minnesota

Jul 26, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by CareyWelder from Minnesota

Mar 05, 2014
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Reviewed by wapcap from Nebraska

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
An interesting place to visit while in Rochester. The atmosphere is right on with the city's. Sports are a big part of what they do. The attention and detail to local and regional brews, and their history seems important, as it should.
The burgers are supposed to be great, and it was good enough to go back for.
The selection of brews was very good, considering. I would say something for everyone including the hard to please craftbeeraficando
Jun 02, 2013
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Reviewed by FightingEntropy from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4
For years, I've driven by Newt's on Hwy 52 through Rochester and never took the opportunity to stop. In reality, it was vegetarian bias since it looks like a local meat-centric burger joint. In this case, it seems to have been a mistake.

Some teacher friends (thanks Scott and Heather!) are regulars (after school happy hour), so when several coaches got together here for some Sunday afternoon out-of-season socializing, Newt's feel like our local. Newt's is a fine pub with a very friendly feel and a solid beer list to keep you entertained.

Let's start with beer. Not recognizing what the 21st Amendment Dark could be, I asked and the server wasn't impressed with the beer. It turned out to be Brew Free or Die IPA, one of my favorites (I'm drinking it at home right now!) and not Dark at all. The beer list is respectable, especially for Rochester, so that's fine, but the staff doesn't seem to be overly knowledgeable of craft beer. But I'm use to Al at the Blue Nile as a guide, so maybe I'm spoiled. But the staff made up for it in friendliness, even joining in our group photo.

It doesn't say it on the menu, but Heather said she knew of others that ask for a Boca Burger on any of the main burger combos. So, I ordered the Shroom Burger with a veggie substitute, which was good and reheated well as left overs. While just a Boca Burger, it was still very good and something I couldn't make as well at home (an eating out food criteria for me). However, it would be great if that was listed on the menu so I wouldn't have to feel so high maintenance by ordering off the menu.

Ended with after lunch drafts of Alaskan Amber and Lagunitas IPA. Both were well served and the beer is taken care of well at Newt's. Inside information--a member of our group is related to the line cleaner of Newt's, so we know that it's done by someone we trust. And, it shows in clean pints that taste fresh. Taking a closer look at my list, I evidently visited Newt's back in 2001 and had a Mantorville Stagecoach Ale. My memory of this stop is vague, but it doesn't seem to mesh with Newt's North so I'm guessing I was at the downtown location (and the pictures online do seem to mesh with my memory). Newt's is not a beer destination for those out of state, but it is a great local bastion of craft beer.
Jul 19, 2012
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Reviewed by jera1350 from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Had to stop here on our way through Rochester after reading reviews on here. Have to say right off of the bat that the burgers are amazing! I had the Works burger and it was outstanding. I would go here just for the burgers. On to the beer however. They have five beers on tap. Bell's Oberon, Left Hand Saw Tooth, Summit EPA, Miller Lite and the other slips my mind. They had about 30 different bottle selections. Nothing mind blowing, but a few solid choices. With the selection they do have, I think they could eliminate some of the more common imports and replace them with some more american crafts. You will still be able to find something you like, guaranteed. Service was solid. Our waitress was very attentive, helpful and pleasant. The decor is early 80's, but has a cozy old bar feel and the place was busy with people coming and going around lunchtime on a Wed. I will say that it is tough to find this place if not familiar with the area, but it's definitely worth finding. Top notch place in Rochester.
Jul 29, 2010
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Reviewed by unclejimbay from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
"A nice intimate sports bar menu with a well chosen beer menu."
I have visted this place on numerous occasions (>24 or so) while travelling to Rochester for work. They have a great beer selection, knowledgeable staff, and great burger & wings type food.

Atmosphere is an upstairs neighborhood local bar, where most are regulars and newbies are in the minority. Patrons & Staff are all friendly.

Quality of the food and beer is above par in my opinion. Staff is knowledgeable of menu and beer. Beers lines are always clean and they always seem to include always moose drool & hennepin in the regular rotating tap selction.
Feb 03, 2010
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
You come here for the burgers...but then you realize that they've got a pretty damn good selection of brews that they rotate. Lately, they've had Hennepin on tap, which by itself should make you go there. Check out their website for an up to date menu and list of beers. But back to the burgers...they truly are addicting. Get the Works Burger and get ready for burger bliss. I would have given the food a 5, but they do have food other than their burgers. One time a friend of mine ordered the fish sandwich...he immediately regretted it and I still give him crap about it.
Attention must also be paid to the outstanding atmosphere. That is if you think that late 70's decor perfectly melding with late 70's and early 80's rock is outstanding...I do. Feels like you are at home and brings you back to your glory days. The bartenders are excellent and the wait staff is prompt and attentive. If you are ever in Rochester and are not a vegetarian, go to Newt's.
Sep 14, 2008
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Reviewed by KarlHungus from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Newt's is my favorite beer bar in Rochester. The location might be a little hard to find for someone who is not familiar with down town Rochester. It is located on First Avenue above City Cafe. You can access it by either entering City Cafe and then going upstairs, or through what looks like a fire escape in the alley next to the building. Once inside you are surrounded with a cozy East Coast vibe. The place is rather small, and at meal times it is usually full. The decors consists of old beer bottles, nearly all of which are micros or extinct regionals. There are also dozens of old photos everywhere. My favorite is one located near the door of an old brewery with a kid standing outside of it holding a bucket which I assume was filled with beer (after all that is where the term growler came from). The service I've received at Newt's has usually been good, ans is occasionally great. I have never had bad serve there. The beer selection isn't the largest in town. However, there is always something interesting on tap, and the bottle list has numerous quality choices. There only have five taps, but four of them rotate between Bell's, Left Hand, Ommegang, Sierra Nevada, and others. I think it says something about Newt's that I find their five tap selection more interesting than other Rochester bar's thirty tap selection. Newt's has the best burgers in Rochester. If you don't want to go there for the beer, go there for the food. My favorites are Marvin's Burger, and Todd's Burger. My girlfriend love the Peanut Butter Burger. All burgers are served with a pound of fries, and on Thursdays burgers are only five dollars. Honestly, I like their burgers so much that I usually get very upset half way through my meal when I realize that most of my burger is gone. Overall, the combination of great food, quality beer, really good service, and a hip vibe, that is beginning to seem less strange in Rochester, keeps me coming back to Newt's.
Jul 04, 2008
Newt's in Rochester, MN
Place rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 10 ratings