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McGoon's Taxi Co.

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5 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

7 2nd St SW
Rochester, Minnesota, 55902-3017
United States

(507) 288-8130

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Added by KeefD on 07-01-2008

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by chitownclark:
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2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Excellent value. A young person's after-work hang out. Not a bad vibe. But after 8pm, everyone goes home and the place is deserted. Tap selection today included Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot, and six mega-brews for $4.50. Lengthy bottle list included two IPAs, and selections from Bells, Boulevard, ODell, and Founders.

All in all, I'd choose The Tap House on 3rd St SW as my go-to beer bar in downtown Rochester. But McGoon's on 2nd St SW, a block futher north, would be a decent and cheap second alternative.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jera1350
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Tonight's evening of fun and laugh's was my first visit to this downtown location since it was O'Neill's Pizza Pub. In fact, until an invitation by friends for dinner and open mic night, I avoided going into the old place where we spent so much time waiting for Dan's heart transplant.

Walking in, it's hard to recognize the old place when I walked into McGoon's for dinner. A themed restaurant like Friday's down to the taxicab menus, it's a very friendly and cozy place to chat and drink. Limited drafts on tap and different from what is listed online. Something to be said for how a server pitches a tap list, ending with the "dark and bitter" Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale, which was the best on the list. It seemed obvious that he wasn't a fan of hops, but it's nice that they have at least one hoppy beer on tap for those of use of the persuasion. Oddly, in spite of having been to Lagunitas on vacation earlier this month, Undercover is as a draft is missing from my list. Sticking with Lagunitas for the night, the draft upstairs at Goonie's seemed a bit brighter than the tall I had downstairs. No specific problem I noticed; both were served just fine.

After finishing a very good dinner, we headed upstairs to Goonie's Comedy Club for open mic night. All stand up comedians, each on a tight time limit. An interesting mix of veteran comics with several on stage for the very first time. Going in with relatively low expectations (because I had no idea), I was pleasantly surprised by how often I laughed out loud. Most of the comics were good (or tolerable) and only a few that I would have been a good opportunity to get a drink, especially since there's no cover. A diverse crowd trickled in through the show until nearly full at the end and seemed quite merry.

Greek Veggie Wrap and potato salad
I found the night interesting, not just for the laughs, but to see the developing skill of each of the comedians as writers, especially the younger performers just starting out. I half-jokingly credit much of I initial knowledge of writing from my days as a bouncer during Comedy Caravan at Nick's, a nightclub on the levee at Purdue. Bored at my post since no one fights when drinking Long Island Ice Tea for a $1.75 while listening to top comics on the circuit from New York to LA. As a communications major, I took the time to analyze the structure of humor, much of which ended up in my "writing buddy" format that I use to teach freshmen. Tonight's open mic night was a flip side of this old practice by seeing budding comics as opposed to the professionals at Nick's.

McGoon's and Goonie's is an amusing diversion with good beer and food and more than a few laughs for a Thursday cheap date night, plus I would be optimistic that the full weekend comedy shows would be worth the price of admission. While I was slightly disconcerted underneath from my personal history with the space, it was a great time that helped me erase ghosts of my past. While not a beer bar per se, there's a couple good drafts to while away an evening with in good humor, upstairs or down.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/07/mcgoons-taxi-co-rochester-mn.html.

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Photo of wapcap
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

An average place to go. The food was so so, and the beer selection was even less so. The atmosphere was nice, and it seemed like it was a place to visit when in Rochester. It would fit well for the younger college crowd.
I was disappointed that they did not have more Minn. brews, specifically Surly or any others. If I am back in Rochester, this would not be a place on my list to be sure to visit.

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Photo of Greggy
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I visited McGoonies today after work. I was in dire need of a brew to unwind. When I entered at 1:45 the bar was empty and only 1 group was in the small dining area. The bartender/server on duty offered beyond exceptional service. He was knowledgeable about the beer to boot. The taps aren't anything crazy. I think there was 6 total with the highlights being Summit Horizon Red and Left hand sawtooth. Happy hour is half price taps so bonus on that. I ordered a spinach salad which came with strawberries, blackberries, walnuts, blue cheese, purple onion slices, strawberry dressing on the side and a hot roll. This was the small portion I ordered which I think was only $3.95. For that price this salad was plenty big and was delicious. Overall the beer selection isn't huge or even crazy but based on the fantastic salad and the fantastic bartender server, I will be back.

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McGoon's Taxi Co. in Rochester, MN
Place rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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