Sporty's Pub & Grill

Bar, Eatery

2124 Como Ave SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414-2581
United States

(612) 379-8407 | map
sportyspub.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.91
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
5
pDev:
9.21%
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Reviews by KarlHungus:
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

When I heard Sporty's had Saga on tap I decided to check the place out. Inside jokes aside Sporty's is a nice bar. I like the interesting feel of the place. A lot of places try to be too much to too many groups of costumers, and fail at it all. Sporty's tries to be a lot, and does well at it. It's a college bar, a neighborood bar, a dive bar, a family friendly bar, and a bar you can get drunk at. Needless to say, the patrons are eclectic.

Tap wise they have ten, but they are well chosen. One is BMC, and one is PBR. The other are a nice mix of unique craft. (I'm drinking Hopslam as I type this).

Service has been good the few times I've been in: friendly, attentive, knowledgable.

The food is good too. They hand make it all in house, and it's some of the better bar food I've had in the Twin Cities.

Feb 07, 2016
More User Reviews:
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Josholson666 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dec 09, 2015
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Dave2234 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Self-proclaimed dive bar; won't argue. Limited tap handles but some good stuff, the time I was there it included Founders Breakfast Stout, Bigfoot, and a couple others that escape me but I recall thinking "oh, those are nice."

The white chicken chili was really, really good. Made with garbanzo beans, that's new to me.

Nov 24, 2014
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mholm815 from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Aug 15, 2014
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Sporty's is located in a quieter residential neighborhood with which University of Minnesota students are no doubt familiar. Yet despite its location it’s not a “college bar” per se. The regular clientele includes older adults who are longtime-neighborhood residents, some young families, some 'hipsters', and some working-class folks, so nobody should feel out of place. And despite the changes made from "The Sportsman's Bar" to Sporty’s, it has always felt less like a big city bar and more like a small town dive.

In the youthful vernacular of the 1990s, Sporty's is a “chill” place, and yet there were changes afoot for quite some time. Former owner Joe Radich had worked tirelessly to bring the place into the 21st century (adding a full-liquor license along with a major renovation to the physical space) and an expanded ’upscale’ menu complemented these changes. Longtime regulars might remember washing free tacos down with 3.2 Summit Extra Pale Ale, and there’s still a degree of thriftiness present in the excellent “student special”. Likewise, the last couple of times I was there I enjoyed a brat and a tap of PBR for $5, during a Minnesota Vikings game. They also have raffles, Facebook contests, and other fun giveaways.

We're here for the beer of course, and six or more of the ten taps are devoted to Craft Beer at any given time. There’s some thought given to the selection of the taps, too. Recent tap selections have included Satin Solstice, Arrogant Bastard, and Southern Tier’s Pumking. Sporty’s also offers sampler flights of their tap beer selection, placing them in good company among the burgeoning Beer Bar scene in the Twin Cities.

The selection of bottles and cans favors imports and specialty brands, everything from Paulaner Wiesn to Corona! A final thought on the beer selection: in the late 1990s the best tap was 3.2% Summit EPA, and while EPA is still a regular tap offering so is Bell's Two Hearted Ale.

Service here has always been prompt and friendly, and this place isn't so big (or busy) that you'll ever feel ignored; On most nights it’s more likely that you’ll be able to have a nice, quiet chat with the bartender or a drinking companion.

For many years Sporty’s advertised itself as a "dive bar", and while the food is now of the ‘pub grub’ variety, the quality and execution is on-par with your 'average Minneapolis beer bar', so that's not bad at all. And let’s face it: a pulled pork sandwich with hand-cut fries and garlic mayo is preferable to the Heggie's and beef jerky you’ll find at most dives. Nowadays it's a “Dive Bar with Class.”

Edit/Note:
In 2012, Sportsman's / Sporty's ownership changed for the first time in 14 years. The good news is that the beer selection has maintained, and perhaps even improved. A couple of slight changes (maybe even improvements?) have been made to the menu as well, but the place is just as fun -and as "divey"- as ever. Great place!

Dec 11, 2013
Sporty's Pub & Grill in Minneapolis, MN
Place rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 5 ratings