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The Parrot's Cay Tavern & Grill

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6 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1149 36th Ave S
Grand Forks, North Dakota, 58201-7213
United States

(701) 795-4053 | map

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Added by GNBrews on 06-29-2008

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Parrot's Cay is a very interesting little place that we stopped at after a UND hockey game. Not a standard beer bar that I visit while travelling--very much a local joint. Evidently, they have very good wings--pictures all over the wall for something related to it. Didn't investigate--being a vegetarian. Beer battered onion rings we had were good. Pull tabs in the corner weren't too weird, but the blackjack table beside the pull tabs was a new feature for me in a pub. Whole place has a grungy bowling alley feel--but not alley. For the beers that were there--30 or 40 taps--they were very well served. I had a New Belgium Skinny Dip on draft special, which was good. For a committed beer geek, odds are low that you'll find something new here with the range on the lighter, low key end of the beer spectrum. Service was by whichever bartender/waitress was available, and we fast and friendly making this a pretty cool local place for a well served craft beer.

Checking out the facebook page, evidently they do Firkin Fridays and there seems to be a pretty rabid wing following and a Wingfest.

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Photo of bheilman
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Found out about this place through the site. I went on a Monday night around 6 pm and the place was packed. I walked around a bit searching for a place to sit and almost left but someone else finished as I was headed for the door. They probably had 20-30 beers on tap. I'm not sure what they had in bottles but it looked like they might have had a fridge full of some stuff. I would say half the taps were crappy american light beers or corn-laden stuff. They did have a couple of summit beers,and some other craft beers from Colorado (I know I saw Fat Tire) and California. Maybe a Sam Adams or something like that in there too. So anyway, not a great variety, but I wouldn't doubt it is the best in Grand Forks. I did hit up another place in the fork (Green Mill, just found out it was a chain, but it did have a decent draft selection) that had maybe 4 relatively local/unusual beers, but Parrot's Cay had more variety. I was a little surprised about the blackjack table and still not sure if they were gambling for real money or what was going on. The service was great in that they kept coming by and checking on me. It was poor in that one of the three people checking on me had no idea about the beers they had to offer. She made up for it by being attractive. The food was fair, nothing great, but not overpriced either. It was burger night, I think they were a dollar or 2, but I went for the cod sliders considering I can get a burger anywhere. I'd like to go back to this place with more time and maybe a seat at the bar so that I could have a better idea what was available. Just to clarify I had two Summit's, the Maibock and I think a winter beer.

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Photo of dbONE
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Now things are a bit different in North Dakota compared to California. Our selection of beer is second to none, so I didn't know what to expect. This place is just of Washington Ave in a small center behind the car wash. As you walk in there is a hugh tv by the door so everyone gets a view of who comes in. You could barely see the bar from the smoky haze that filled the room. It was monday night so the football fans were out and the place was packed. I guess it was $.99 burger night too and the kitchen looked like they were working hard. Standing at the bar you get a look at the slim tap selection (big for Grand Forks), Rouge Nut Brown, Blue Moon, Summit EPA and Octoberfest and the usual bud, miller, coors stuff. The bottle case was covered with stickers so I only got a glimpse of the mexican beers, PBR and some Leinenkugel selections. I guess this place has the spiciest food in town and if you eat an order of the wings called 15 you get your picture on the wall and a t-shirt commemorating it. After the game the place emptied out fast leaving it damn near smokeless and cozy. The Summit Brewing beers were wonderful, the Octoberfest was malty and full of flavor. The EPA was my favorite though, a great balance beer, I must have had 6 of them. Over all in Grand Forks this is really the only place to go for something other than the mass-produced stuff. You might find a tap or two around, but for now the town is limited.

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The Parrot's Cay Tavern & Grill in Grand Forks, ND
Place rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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