The Glockenspiel

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The GlockenspielThe Glockenspiel
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The GlockenspielThe Glockenspiel

Type: Bar, Eatery

605 7th St W
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102-3043
United States

(651) 292-9421

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of mattmarka1
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tbone64
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of ABVMVP
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Peder
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mjryan
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A German bier hall just a short distance from my humble abode. The building is ancient by St Paul standards, built 1887 AD. A year older than my place! Tall, blue, pressed tin ceilings. Jazz, Blues, Americana, pumped through the speakers. German lagers on tap, half liter mugs served in the breweries branded glassware. Kraut and sausages and such. Steins and murals and other German paraphernalia litter the place. In short, fucking awesome.

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Photo of Chaz
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

We arrived just in time for the Maitag "Weisswurst Breakfast." Although it was my first visit, it won't be my last.

My first impression upon entering on this bright, sunny morning was of an intimate bar area preceding a long, narrow dining room. I soon realized that the ceiling is quite high, lending the restaurant a stately, old world feel. No doubt the German decor added to the authenticity, but the patrons dressed in traditional garb for the event were icing on the cake!

The service itself was difficult to judge as the staff seemed overwhelmed by the turnout for the event. As indicated, we had arrived on-time for the 10 a.m.-to-12 noon event, but for whatever reason it took several staff members to seat us and take our drink order. Later, it took an inordinate amount of time to pay our bill after we had finished our meals, as our server was quite busy elsewhere (I took all of this in stride, while my girlfriend was somewhat less understanding.)

As we were here for a traditional breakfast we didn't look at the menu itself, but I'd taken a look at it (online) earlier in the week and it is anything but light-weight fare, and apart from the "Dirndl tee-shirts" worn by the staff this morning, Glockenspiel is all that I've come to expect from a serious German restaurant. On draught were plenty of the usual suspects (H/P, Spaten, Gosser) to choose from, and while I didn't see a beer list on this visit, if it's as good as the one posited online, both the Glockenspiel's bottled selection and pricing are better than average, and include several popular European imports in addition to German beers. And although I didn't see anyone drinking wine, I did see the "Schnapsmeter" making the rounds ; )

In terms of value I'd say that you get what you pay for and then some: the weisswurst was served with warm potato salad and a pretzel for $12.95, and included a complimentary beer: we enjoyed a Gosser and a Spaten Maibock with our meals. I rated this as above average because it was such a light meal, not to be unfair in my rating -- the next time I get a "bonus check" I will have Glockenspiel and its cuisine in mind!

Oftentimes it seems as if the German heritage in this town has been left in the past, and while there are other long-standing German restaurants in the metro area which offer comparable fare and their own unique setting, it is a blessing to have an establishment like this so close to downtown Saint Paul!

EDIT: As it was a busy morning and I had asked for a cup of coffee after we had finished our meals, our waitress offered it to me in a complimentary fashion for which I have adjusted the score.

Second Edit: Having now visited "The Glock" several times since my initial visit some years back, I have to add that it is a very hopping bar during the P.M. hours, and there are usually food and drink specials. I believe the bottle list was closer to 40 (42?) on my last visit, including a nice handful of Craft, Belgian, and specialty beers.

Service is consistent. These folks work hard but always seem short-handed, oh well, I can't be too picky, can I?

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is a neat place. Much different then most bars or pubs I've visited. Kinda castle-like, small with tall ceilings and german decor. It stands by its claim of being authentic. German lovin people go hog wild for the place. I don't care much for the food, german is not my thing, but what they have is pretty good. Brats and kraut and other straight forward german foods some of it pretty good and some quite spendy.They have alot of menu options that make up for lack in taste. Its nice to see a place stand alone without becoming an American sports bar. Good solid choices of regularly available German beers, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Weihenstephaner, some Belgians and the like, with seasonals offers as well. Now offering a special brew form August Schell Brewing made specifically for them. Very pleasant place to hang out at and doesn't get to busy.

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Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Ah, the continental Old World in St. Paul, Minnesota! Nice and authentic decor, beautiful bar and separate dining hall. Tall ceilings and guilding, polished brass, ginger bread decorations -- the works. At least 8 beers on tap, Spaten, Gosser, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, etc. in all their varieties plus seasonals. The selection is not huge, just authentic. This joint got me addicted to Optimator on tap. Plenty of sausage and other German entrees. Last time, I had a German "meatloaf', that while a tad "pink" was good and served with two kinds of kruats and a tart potato salad. Need an after dinner warmer? Well, order a nice and fresh tulip glass of La Trappe Quadrupel...I just like this place and what it tries to do.

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The Glockenspiel in Saint Paul, MN
Place rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 9 ratings