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Groveland Tap

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Type: Bar, Eatery

1834 Saint Clair Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55105-1641
United States

(651) 699-5058 | map

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Added by poopypine on 05-28-2009

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by mothman:
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I just checked out Mike's (mjryans) review on the groveland and it seemed fairly accurate as we were there at the same time.

Pretty sweet bar. I counted about 30 taps and as mike said they do have cask. They had the Goose Island Imperial Series that night, which included Matilda, Nightstalker, BCS, and Imperial IPA. They also had all the Summits on tap (that were in season). $2.25 for a pint after 10... you can't go wrong. I went with the Oatmeal Stout.

The bartender was very friendly and funny. Definitely glad that we sat at the bar. Service was great. Always got what we wanted pretty quick.

My buddy Tom got some food during happy hour or late night, some perogies, and they were very good for appetizers.

I gotta say, if you come when they have there specials, then the Value is rated $, but otherwise it is reasonable and gets $$.

Great place and worth a visit. Fun atmosphere and great people.

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Photo of cfitzsimmons
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A locals bar and definitely a favorite among students at the nearby colleges. Old photographs and memorabilia on the walls and a game room in the back which includes a pool table. Seating inside is limited but the tap list is superb--30+ beers. Lots of the local beers from Summit and Surly, but also a generous selection from other states that is always changing. Best to go during happy hour when most pints are around $3. Great place to go for beer if you are in the neighborhood!

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of will1256
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

It has an old fifties bar ambiance. They have about 35 tap handles with an excellent selection. their food is mostly bar food done very well. Crown is mostly neighbors with some students thrown in.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of MikeC1959
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of xmorgan
2.64/5  rDev -32%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

Mediocrity in a beer bar:
I love cask beer...i am in town a short while , so researched this place on the web, upon arrival, no cask beer as advertised,

"We are out of the cask and the manager is not here so we can't do another, as its to complex"


train your Firkin Staff!

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Photo of Chaz
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Located in a conflux of small businesses in an otherwise quiet residential area, The Groveland Tap readily stands out during the hours when most folks are home watching Must See TV.

I've visited this place often enough to recognize it as a better than average neighborhood bar, and yet I don't visit very often out of preference for establishments possessed of a quieter atmosphere.* Having said that, The Groveland isn't a big place, and is elbow-to-elbow seven nights a week.

The interior is really quite inviting. Along with two-tops and a dozen or-so larger tables you'll find plenty of the high-backed booths for which Midwesterner family restaurants still seem to be identified with. It's not quite dimly-lit, but apart from some accent lighting the neon signs seem to be the brightest light source in the place. In truth, the Groveland is part sportsbar, part neighborhood family restaurant, and the balance is just about perfect. Likewise, the focus on beer is evident from the numerous promotional items, tin-tackers, light sconces and other breweriana on display. And for those Craft hobbyists who are new to the "Saint Paul beer crawl", it's probably worth noting that The Groveland is stumbling distance from the Ale Jail.

The food is all-around 'good bar food' with a better than average selection of menu items. Portions are reasonable, rather than "family style". The service is excellent -- and quick; I counted 70 heads on a "May-like" Wednesday night in March, and the five servers kept the pint glasses full and the food arriving hot.

I keep hearing about the late night Happy Hour, with most draughts around $3.50 or so after 10 PM (my night has usually wound-down by then), and indeed there was an up-swing after about 9:30, with dozens of college-aged adults making their way in as families with children and grandparents finishing their meals before 9.

The most notable feature of this place is the "bar/hallway" that separates the front room from the back, and it is a true logjam. There's room at the bar to comfortably seat a dozen people, but -well- you know bars: there's always a dozen people standing, carrying on conversations : )

There's a pool table in the back room that I've never seen in use! It's usually so busy in here in the evening that you can't enjoy a game without spilling someone's drink. Ah well.

Altogether --and there are certainly great options these days-- The Groveland Tap is worth a visit for those who don't live in the area. If I lived in the area, I'd be here almost nightly!

EDIT: I felt it necessary to bump this up a little, as 40 taps + bottles and cans should surely earn it better than a 3.55!

*I'm "old", and don't enjoy shouting : )

B.A. indicates 30 taps, but I believe there are now 40.
Website features an "updated" list which wasn't updated when I visited, although the chalkboards on-site were up-to-date.

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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A group of us tried this place out this weekend and had mixed results. We got there about 9PM on a Saturday night and it was nothing like I was expecting. The front room seemed to be an older crowd followed by a long hallway which held the bar leading to a packed back room filled with the younger crowd. It was virtually impossible to get back there with how many people were crowding the bar. They had a good beer selection (40+ choices) including Summit Oatmeal Stout which I was excited to try. The food was reasonable but their burgers were a bit small for the price. It appears to be a "locals" type place as everyone seemed to know the wait staff who were very attentive and friendly. While I wouldn't avoid it in the future, I definitely won't seek it out again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I stopped by Groveland Tap for lunch a few days ago. It was my first time there, and I was quite impressed. I really like the divey atmosphere. I like the character of the long thin area where the bar is located, but dislike how the taps are fixed to the bar instead of behind the bartending area. The beer selection is good. Thirty some taps with only one macro. They didn't have many rare taps, but with thirty some craft options any BA is bound to find something interesting. The food was alright. I had the Cajun Lucy, and was satisfied with it. The fries it came with, however, were way too salty. Service was quick, and polite. Prices were about average. I was there during happy hours so most beers were priced at $3-4 which would be great for a full pint of beer. However, both beers I ordered (Harriet Westside, and Bell's Two Hearted) came in a twelve ounce tonic glass so I really don't see the value of there happy hour. Overall, I would probably frequent Groveland Tap quite a bit if I lived in the neighborhood.

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Photo of aboucher0319
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

At first glance, the tap appears just an average bar. Some high back booths, a bar, some games, a pool table, and some high tables in the back with bar stools. Unfortunately, their new layout (as opposed to the more spacious feel of the old one) feels cramped.

The food is good. Burgers and fries (the cajun fries I'd say are a little better than good) and wings, so traditional bar food.

Then, you get to the beer. You peer down the bar at their 35ish draught handles and cannot help but give them some beer respect points. With most of the Summits on tap (including the oatmeal stout...thumbs up there), some Lagunitas, Surlys, a couple of O'Dell taps, Flat Earth, Delerium Tremmens, and more, you can't help but stare at the chalk board beer manus and take your precious time choosing.

Great place in the Twin Cities to go for beers. Love it, and will be frequenting often.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I have only been here on Tuesdays in the early afternoon when their happy hour is going on. The happy hour hoes from 1100 to 1600 or something that close where 95% of their taps are $2.50 a pint. It is a true neighborhood bar and doesn't seat a ton of folks. Service is fine and the food is bar like foods - burgers and such that are flavorful and filling.

During the HH, the appetizers are cheap too so it is a great hangout during weekday afternoons. Not a sports bar so expect to talk with your friends. TONS of taps and bottles from Buf Light to Delerium Tremens and all in between. Worth the trip.

Also, it is near to the Ale Jail so you cannot beat that.

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Photo of oner0002
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I finally moved back to the Cities last week and ended up 6 blocks from the Groveland Tap. I never bothered coming to the Tap since I used to live near Stub n' Herbs and Town Hall.

Anyway, I got here Sunday evening and was very interested to see a very big beer list including one cask beer, Schell's Hopfenmaltz, Delerium Tremens, Surly/Summit and some others. You can go to their website for updates.

The food was good, but nothing special.

But, seeing that I can stumble home from here, I'll be hitting the Groveland frequently.


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Photo of Beerking721
2.95/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

I had heard a lot about the Groveland Tap from friends so when I was in St. Paul last week, a buddy of mine and I stopped in. It was mid afternoon and the place was surprisingly busy IMO for that time of day. We were told to sit anywhere so we decided to walk through to see the whole place. The "resturant" section is up front with a bar section in the middle (you walk through a hallway of sorts) which is next to the kitchen and then a "game room" type setting in the back. We grabbed a booth back up front and ordered a couple Surlys. The service wasn't very quick and it took a while to get our check. Pricing was decent but what really ruined the experience for us was the moldy/deep fried/funky stench that permeated the entire place. This odor was so distracting that all we wanted to do was leave. Not good. The atmosphere was dark. I don't know of any reason that I'd be back. In fairness... the beer selection was good so I won't take anything away from that.

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Photo of jjanega08
3/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I just got back from the Groveland Tap. The line to get in was about a half hour long... I have no problem with that I guess. Decent beer bar on a weeknight I suppose there may be people there and they were doing a food eating challenge type thing there so people we wanting to get in.

The bar has a huge chalkboard with tap beers on it. The taps are plentiful however they aren't that impressive. Mostly just regular stuff that I can find anywhere. They did have some more unique stuff on it but nothing really too special. They apparently have a beer on cask at all times as well which is cool. The wall is lined with tap handles and they don't serve liquor just beer and wine so they do care about their beer I guess.

From here things went down hill a little bit. Our waitress was the worst I have ever experienced. She had a snobby attitude with our group. She focused on tables around us asking how their food was and how things were going however not once did our table get checked on. The food was subpar as well. It was what I expect from a bar I guess. MPLS and St. Paul have great food at bars and in order to compete you gotta do good stuff. This food was average at best.

As the group was getting ready to leave I told the waitress that I would be paying for my bill and my girlfriends at which point she told me she was going to just put it all on one bill and let us figure it out. I only had two beers and I don't think anyone else had more than me but if we had why would she tell us to figure our own bill out? Isn't that her job??? So we figured it out and she ended up charging one of my buddies for 30 extra bucks that he didn't order so we had to talk to the manager and get it straightened out... Total confusion and BS as far as I'm concerned. A few times when we tried to figure things out she rolled her eyes and sort of brushed off what we had said. Totally rude.

I really wanted to like this ber because it's close by and has a nice tap list but I will no be going back. Tiffany's bar is closer, they always have something to interest me on tap, and they are most appreciative of their customers. Avoid the Groveland Tap on busy nights I was treated second class and rudely.

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Photo of kbaker91
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited the Groveland Tap with my wife and two of our friends after dinner elsewhere Friday evening. It is located in a nicer section of St Paul, in an area with several local colleges within walking distance.

The tavern itself is somewhat disjointed: The front room is a table and booth area; the bar is further down the left-hand side - where it almost feels like it is in a hallway between two larger rooms; the larger back room has a pool table and barstool seating.

Making up for the weird feeling of the tavern's layout itself is the clientele. It is composed of a nice mix of older local neighborhood residents and students of the local schools. A birthday party of sorts was happening in the back area where we were seated, and the party almost insisted that we join in the festivities. It was all good fun.

The beer selection is pretty solid. All Summit flavors were present, as well as several other craft breweries (Lagunitas, Dark Horse, Surly, & Tyranena are four that I remember). Other reviews below show 30 taps, which sounds about right from my memory. Definitely enough different breweries & styles to keep any palate happy.

The service was good; polite and timely without being pushy. The server knew her beer and was able to keep up with the busy back area for the most part.

Prices were fair; our party had 7 beers, our tab came to around $28 total with tax.

Overall: nice place, nice location. The awkwardness of the building layout itself is overcome by the good beer selection, clientele, and the good service. Will definitely hit Groveland Tap again if in the neighborhood.

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Groveland Tap in Saint Paul, MN
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