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Town Hall Tap

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

4810 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55417-1009
United States

(612) 767-7307 | map
townhalltap.com

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Added by kbutler1 on 01-12-2011

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
51
pDev:
7.45%
 
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Photo of KarlHungus
4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

It is hard not to compare Town Hall Tap with its mother brewery Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery so I'm not going to bother in trying. Besides, I think comparing and contrasting might be beneficial to people who have been to the brewery, and are interested in visiting the tap.

Town Hall Tap is much smaller than Town Hall Brewery, but the atmosphere is more inviting to me. It has much more of a neighborhood bar feel to it than the brewery does. The old beer signs on the walls are nice, as is the large mirror behind the bar. The two garage doors are sure to be nice when opened on a warm day, and I imagine would give entire place a patio feel. The music they play is very eclectic which I like a lot. The neighborhood Town Hall Tap is in is on the nicer side, and street parking is free and plentiful which sure beats the ramp and metered parking at the brewery.

Town Hall Tap carries four regular beers brewed at Town Hall Brewery: Dortmunder Lager, Marmalade Sky Pale Ale, Masala Mama IPA, and Parkway Java Porter. They also have two or three rotating selections from Town Hall Brewery. That makes six or seven Town Hall beers on tap at a time. In my experience Town Hall Brewery usually has eight or nine of their beers on a any given time so Town Hall Tap doesn't lag all that far behind. It should be said that the tap does not regularly carry Town Hall Brewery's infused beers. In addition to Town Hall Brewery beers Town Hall Tap also has eighteen or so solid craft beer taps from other breweries, and two to three casks options. The selection of these taps is among the best I've seen in Minneapolis, is constantly changing, and always has some harder to find stuff.

Service at Town Hall Tap is considerably better then at Town Hall Brewery. When sitting at the bar the bartenders are always present and available. They have always been able to answer any question I've had about any beer they service whether it be a house beer or a guest beer. When seated at a table or on the patio the wait staff has always been very prompt, friendly and quite knowledgeable. Food has always been arrived promptly and at the right temperature.

I consider the food at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery to be one of its major attractions. I would go there simply to eat. The food at Town Hall Tap, to put it nicely, has a long way to go to reach that level. Their menu is much smaller than the brewery's with a half dozen appetizers, a few burgers, a few sandwiches, and a couple salads. (Since I wrote this review they have expanded their menu slightly. However, it still remains a small menu, and everything I originally said still applies.) I'm fine with the smaller menu as it is a small neighborhood bar. The problem I have is with the execution of the menu. The burgers, although decent, are not nearly as good as they are at the brewery. The Pork Wings, however, are mouthwateringly excellent, and Rag Top Fried Chicken Sandwiches are both really good.

Overall, I will go back to Town Hall Tap if I want a good beer in a good setting. If I want a good beer and good food I'll head to Town Hall Brewery.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of pat61
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

This is a wonderful neighborhood place that sells beer from the Town Hall microbrewery. Its a very casual, friendly vibe. They feature 8 of their beers, 4 nitro taps, 4 ciders, 3 cask beers, 8 guest casks, and 10 bottled beers. They serve a wide variety of bar foods - sandwiches and things deep fried. You go here for the beer - the food is a little better at their brewery downtown and the downtown location has more outdoor seating but this is still very nice.

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Photo of timlyon
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The beer is top tier which should surprise no one. Besides the Town Hall beers, there where many other options, both foreign and domestic. They started serving local beers so I saw Surly, Summit, and Brau Brothers on-tap. Also three hand-pulled ales available.

Service and atmosphere can be hit or miss. My latest visit was very disappointing. Too many screaming kids for my tastes. Better to come when the families are not around. The service varies from good to poor. The food is very good and the kitchen seems well run, too bad this great food is left to die a slow death in the pass-through. This last time I know my order sat there for over 10 minutes. Had the pork wings, the wings were just barely warm and the fries were a touch soggy. Not the kitchens fault I was served this. Could not even comment because the server never bothered to come back and ask me how it was. Bad form.

Prices are about what I expected considering the location and quality of beer and food.

If they could get the front of house figured out, this would be one of the best establishments in the metro.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TooGood
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ssimpson89
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I arrived at about 4:30 on a beautiful fall Wednesday afternoon. I was tempted by the tables outside, but was by myself so I chose to sit at the bar. It didn't matter much as the two large garage doors on the front of the building were open to let the fall air in.

The atmosphere was city neighborhood laid back, which I prefer. I was in the Twin Cities on business and made the trip specifically to try Masala Mama. It's a vey solid IPA that I was glad to be able to try, but I was more impressed with the welcoming vibe of the bar. The bartender was really cool, I think his name was Rolf. I also tried Marmalade Sky APA which was good. Rolf suggested the Java Porter and he was right on, what a great beer.

As for food, I had the JalapeƱo cheese stuffed pretzels, which were awesome. The best part was it was happy hour so I got out of there for less than $20. It was an enjoyable few hours. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of coldriver
4.21/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited for dinner and brews on Friday August 30. The outdoor streetside seating looked very appealing but I headed inside to get a better view of the taps, chalkboards, clientale, etc. They have two front garage doors that were open to the street anyway, so it still felt like being somewhat outside. The place was pretty full but no waiting list. The crowd seemed to be pretty local - groups of friends, families, young couples, etc.

I had two flights of four each - one with regular beers (all of which were great including Masala Mama, etc) and one with seasonals (a bit dissapointing with a Kolsch, an Amber, etc). But overall the beer quality was excellent and the food and service were good as well. This is a nice neighborhood bar/restaurant but if you're visiting the Twin Cities for beer purposes I'd recommend skipping this and going to the main Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery instead.

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Photo of mmulebarn
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of warpig372
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of blue-dream
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Josholson666
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Pug
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited here on 2011-11-17

It took a minute to find this place. I drove right past it with GPS navigation turned on. The signage isn't good and it is sandwiched between some other stores. I was able to park in the street.

This is a small, unassuming place with some great beers. I happened to be here during their 1-year anniversary week and so got to try some speciality brews. Most noteworthy was the Cherry Infused Wee Heavy.

I had the veggie burger and salad for dinner. The burger was fine but could have had a bit more flavor and crispness. The salad and dressing were good.

The layout is basically one fairly large room with the bar in the center and tables around the walls.

The location is pretty convenient to the Western suburbs and the airport is nearby.

It's a nice spot although I like their brew pub downtown more.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of kbutler1
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A satellite restaurant of Minneapolis Town Hall this establishment is located on 48th and Chicago. They redid the restaurant that was there and did some really nice custom woodwork to give the place a really nice bar atmosphere. You'll see some familiar faces working there if you ever were a regular at Town Hall. There beers are all brewed at the main brewery but they feature some that are different than TH, like the Parkway Java Porter that is one of my favorites. Their food menu is also different that TH with more along the lines of just sndwiches and burgers. They have several (I think 4) taps strictly dedicated to ciders. They also have sevaral rotating guest taps and a cask line. Some of the servers still seem pretty new so the service isn't always the best but I think that will improve with some time.
Overall, this has become a nice bar to pop in and have a beer and food at.

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Photo of MNBeer1017
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of AnalogErik
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Greggy
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Townhall tap is definitely one of my go-to bars. I find myself at the tap at least a couple times a month. The atmosphere is pretty solid at the tap. During the summer it's excellent with the walls pulled up and the restaurant open to the street. Even in the cooler times, the room makes for a comfortable and enjoyable hangout. The music can be hit or miss but that's not a huge deal breaker for me.

The Quality at townhall tap has been pretty good. I have yet to have a beer there that wasn't quality. The townhall offerings have all been very good quality.

Service is what I would expect from a craft beer bar. Most of the staff knows there stuff although you'll have hit or miss situations when the server knows very little about the beer. I was told one of there seasonal's was like a corona (I think it was a pale ale). Overall, service has been good, though and they're always prompt to fill my glass. One excellent thing I've noticed is they'll very kindly ask bar patrons if they'd mind scooting over to accommodate larger party's. Nice touch there.

Selection is ok at the tap. They have 4, I believe, standard house offerings at all times. The dortmunder is always excellent after a long day of work. The Masala mama always delivers and the coffee porter is sure to please. In addition to these are many seasonals from Townhall. These rotate often and are very good. Try the smoked hefeweizen! One major gripe I have is that although townhall has another 10-15 guest taps at all time, there is a poor showing of local beers. We live in an area populated with so many breweries yet I never see them on tap. It's frustrating for me to see so many beers from thousands of miles away when breweries less than 100 miles away get no ticket to the show. Please change this Townhall Tap! Support local craft beer! On a more positive note, however, is that Townhall tap always 3 cask offerings on and they've been excellent.

The food is always good at the tap. The staples for my fiance and I are the deep fried pickles (2 thin slices w/ cream chees and panko breading). It's served with a Jalepeno/blackberry chutney. Very good. The Hidel burger is excellent and they've had no problem hitting my requested temps when I'm in. What I do think needs to happen is changes in the menu. I'm pretty sure it's been the same for 9 months. Oh yea... pork wings. Try them!

The townhall tap is a pretty good value. The house beers are a great deal. Something like $5.50 for a 20 oz pour. Good deal there. The food isn't expensive either.

Overall, I love townhall tap. I hope to see a changing menu and more local craft beers on tap in the future which would really elevate this good bar into an excellent bar.

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Town Hall Tap in Minneapolis, MN
Place rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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