The Muddy Pig

The Muddy PigThe Muddy Pig
The Muddy PigThe Muddy Pig
Bar, Eatery

162 Dale St N
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102-2028
United States

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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Visited on a Tuesday at about 5:30pm. Sat at the bar. Quiet and slow.

V - Cassic beer bar that has been ridden hard and put away wet. A open and light bar but one that would be dark at night. Clean enough. 4
Ser - A towny bar in my opinion. Jeff was nice, attentive and friendly but at shift change the bartendress ignored me. 3.5
Qual - Clean glassware and no complaints otherswise, 4
Sel - Excellent number of taps, good local selection but also good variety across U.S. as well as some good international bottles. 4.5
F - Had the chicken cordon bleu. Good but not too far above average - 3.75

Aug 12, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This is a neighborhood bar with a classic old pub vibe that specializes in American craft and Belgian Beers. They have been operating since 2002 and claim to be the Twin Cities' original craft beer bar. Their menu combines upscale bar food with bistro style entrees. They have 48 tap handles that change frequently. The offerings usually include a delightful mix of local, regional and national craft beers supplemented with some very fine imports.

Jan 19, 2015
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Wendigo from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

My favorite place to grab a good craft beer. Very nice selection on tap that constantly changes. Very good food for a bar at a reasonable price. I've never had to wait for a table and all the servers are knowledgeable about whats on tap and in bottles.

Jul 18, 2013
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recoveringmormon from Vermont

4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My go-to place when the Happy Gnome was too packed, the Muddy Pig offers a similar wide selection of beers (though only 48 taps to the Gnome's 76). Also they generally had a better selection in bottles to make up for fewer taps. Food is certainly a bit more down-to-earth, more bangers & mash and chicken nachos as compared to the Gnome's duck confit and rabbit rillette, but still somehow the nachos were classy nachos. Generally I would come here if I had a group larger than 3; lots of great beers and atmosphere without the wait.

Jul 16, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Game in on a Sunday night as the Vikings-Packers game was ending. The bar room with the TVs was pretty packed. No one was in the other room, and they allowed us to sit in there. Great looking place. The second room looks like an old pub hall. The beer/drinks were high quality. (My father-in-law got a great Martini at a great price). Good quality beer. Nice selection with a good deal of local/Minnesota brews. The staff was very friendly. I always snoop around a beer bar that I haven't been to and they kept asking me if I needed help. They were quick to answer all questions we had. We didn't have time to try any food since we had reservations at The Happy Gnome. It was fun to watch the crowd change from a sports bar crowd to a beer nerd crowd after the game ended. All in all, it was a cool place to have a drink.

Jan 29, 2013
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JamesMN from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great old building in St. Paul. Wood paneled walls make you feel right at home. An ever changing selection of at least 40 beers on tap and hundreds of Whiskeys and Scotches. They also have a great menu and delicious food. The beer list on their menu is always kept up to date and they also have a little paragraph written out about each beer including IBUs and ABV. Very knowledgable staff and good service. They also sell their tumbler glasses for a swift $3 a piece if you're looking for a souvenir. Definitely a place to seek out if you are ever in St. Paul.

Aug 26, 2012
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davey from Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -30%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

Have been coming here quite a bit since I've moved to the city. Laid back in the afternoon but becomes quite crowded in the evening. All ages represented. The taps are a little above average, with lots of range; surly, weyerbacher, odell, schell, great divide, avery, and seasonals.
The only problem I have with this place is the bartenders. I've always had terrible service at the bar. It doesn't matter what time, or how busy they are. They're very slow, and rarely social. They just seem out of it, and party'd out. On several occassions, my friends and I have ordered beers and the bartender get side tracked and forget to bring them to us. Just shitty service.The waiters and waitresses are great though.

Jan 07, 2012
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Lewbacca from Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

The first thing you will notice is the parking, or the lack thereof.

The interior is like an old English or Irish pub, which is nice, but it could use some updating. The table and chairs we sat at have seen better days and were covered with the filth and crumbs of quite a few patrons before us. Even the menus were low rent.

The service was lacking. It took at least 10 minutes for anyone to notice we existed. The couple that walked in before us had drinks and had ordered food before our waitress ever came to our table. This was at 1:00 in the afternoon and there were maybe 10 people total in the bar.

Needless to say we did not order beyond the first round and the appetizers.

The one positive note, they have a vast selection of beer and spirits.

Dec 26, 2011
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.14/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Strolled in at around 4pm on a Saturday. A couple patrons at the bar sitting. The bartender looks like he just rolled out of bed and came to work after a long night of partying. The beer list was long but not very impressive, I had trouble finding anything that I really wanted to have. Asked about Surly Darkness and he said they didn’t have it and not sure if they would get it. Ok, moving on. I settle on Great Lakes Nosferatu as I haven’t had one in a while. My girlfriend grabs a Farm Girl. The bar looks old and a little dingy. We end up meeting some friends who have little kids and we move to a back room to get to a more kid friendly area. I would say this is not really a kid friendly bar but hey, they weren’t my kids. The waitress was really nice and kept checking up on us. We never ordered any food but it looked and smelled decent. If I were in the area, I would just go to The Happy Gnome, better atmosphere and beers on tap.

Oct 31, 2011
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Moon2Goddess from Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am in love.
My dear friend has made numerous treks to Minneapolis to hang with me, and I finally went to her part of town to visit The Muddy Pig, and boy am I glad I did!

The Muddy Pig has a typical old bar appearance, nothing fancy, lots of wood, booths or stools and outdoor seating. I was particularly charmed, however, by the board games and lovely Trappist banners hanging above the bar. I ordered a Salmon salad, which was inexpensive and tasty.

My love affair with the Pig began when I sensed that it is Cheers in real life. Five minutes after sitting down, a man walked in and the staff and crowd at the bar called out to him that he needs a hair cut, he responded by pretending to leave in a huff and actually walked out the door! After roars of laughter, he returned, a couple of guys rubbed his head and they sat down for a brew. That set the tone for everything else; the bartenders strolled from behind the bar to interact with their regulars, one woman in particular had infectious laughter, other customers had fun playing yahtzee and person after person of all ages, shapes and sizes came in saying hello and adding their voices to the jovial, gentle crowd.

Most impressive, was that in spite of the good relationships staff and customers had, our waiter was super attentive. None of this-staff hanging out and talking to each other while ignoring the customers kind of crap- which I find all too frequently in some places. He handed us a black binder which contained the list of 46 imported and domestic tap beers, and 50 bottled beers, complete with full descriptions. The tap list included Rodenbach, Koningshoeven, Young's and Meredsous, plus Goose Island Dominique and Avery Salvation to name a few. The bottled list had all the Trappist breweries, Cantillon Kriek and De Troch Framboise. And here is the kicker, I paid $5.45 for a tulip of Rodenbach on tap!! I have been charged more for a bottle of Schells Dark at a bar! (side note: that is so ridiculous considering that a 6-pack of Schells cost less than $8!)

We heard several good tunes playing while there, and felt very comfortable and unrushed. I can't wait to go back, it is a special place to spend time with your best friends.

Sep 08, 2011
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ForWhatAlesYou from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Another gem in the Twin Cities. Maybe the one that started it all. This was the original joint from the guys who brought us The Happy Gnome, Buster's on 28th, and The Hanger Room, etc.

The beer selection here is very diverse and ranges from rare Belgians to many hard to find local brews. Great rares and stand outs from all over are represented on their list. Also, I like the way they divide their beer list. Not just by style or place of origin but by flavor profile/style.

The food is okay. Definitely not up to the caliber of the Gnome or Buster's but decent. The olive tapenade was good but over salty. Made it hard to enjoy the Fulton Sweet Child O' Vine (amazing beer).

Service is okay and the atmosphere is a bit more sports bar than pub but I like it overall.

If you've never been, then go. It won't disappoint.

Aug 08, 2011
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pioneer13 from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I love this place! Really good beer selection that is always being updated with the seasons. Bartenders was knowledgable and helpful with selections and didn't try to b.s. me when he didn't know or hadn't tried a certain beer.

Food is average, but do NOT come here for the food. The beer is why you come. Don't get me wrong, I'd still rate it above most other pub grub.

Cool atmosphere which I guess could have potential to become crowded, and as a result, noisy, but I got two seats at the bar with plenty of elbow room.

I wish there was more room because I prefer it over the Happy Gnome, which is several blocks away.

May 09, 2011
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Checked this out in St. Paul after hearing about this place through Ba. There are lots of taps of high quality brews including Surly Furious and Abrasive plus 2007-2011 Stone Old Guardian Ale (interesting!) plus a solid bottle selection. Full bar, so they also have wine and booze. Food seems to be solid, typical pub fare but slightly upscale - no fried food. Service is never over bearing but friendly. Atmosphere is excellent, lots of dark wood with plenty of cozy booths to relax. Good tunes and a friendly, non meat market, non frat boy/girl crowd. This is definitely one of the better bars in St. Paul, whenever I go the annoyance factor is very low. If you’re in St. Paul and want to go to a decent bar, this is the place.

Apr 25, 2011
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TheDudeRules from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Been here numerous times. A great place to have a craft beer. They get just about everything your heart desires. It borders on a very trendy street/part of St. Paul. Definitely a can't miss.

It is a toss up between here and The Happy Gnome. I give the edge to The Happy Gnome, and here is why. Muddy Pig is always very crowded. A lot of the times it's very hard to get into the front door and when you do it's elbow to elbow. I fear if they ever have a fire. Reason number 2, this may deter for some and not for others. It is a very liberal hangout. Take that statement for what you want, but the atmosphere is very liberal laden.

Apr 20, 2011
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corcoranjc from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This is a great place...the beer selection is arguably the best in the Cities, the bar is attractive and the service is good.

My one beef is that it always is pretty crowded and can get quite loud and can feel pretty tight. I often wonder why I don't go there more often, but when I go I tend to feel a bit sardine-esque.

To be fair, I have been to the Pig only a handful of times and the times have mostly been on the weekend. I've heard that it is more manageable crowd-wise during the week or earlier in the day. I visited for their Belgian Beer Fest a while back and was pleased to get the opportunity to try a number of excellent beers I would not find on tap elsewhere.

Feb 17, 2011
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sacrelicio from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Decent place, used to like it alot more until i went there a few times. Nice pubby atmosphere, old books, old beer signs, lots of wood, etc. Board games round out the experience. Not only a TV or two, that could be good or bad. The service isn't really that great, one guy wandering around on a busy night, not really trying all that hard. He did give me a free shot of bourbon on my birthday though, so worth an extra .5. Selection is pretty great. Food is OK, sort of bar food plus some OK entrees. Value is pretty good, decent prices.

Jan 19, 2011
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UMNbeerhunter from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

The Muddy Pig is interesting. They have a wide variety of good beers that draw you in but the beer is really the only draw. The food is pretty much your typical bar food with a few entrees and semi interesting appetizers. The look of the bar is a mix of good old boy neighborhood bar and Roadhouse. Most of the tables, chairs, and booths have been beat to holy hell. The bartenders are cool to talk to and the wait staff that I have seen are good looking and friendly. I will give the pig this they have a great patio. Ride your Harley on down and park out front to have a beer on the patio with your friends but eat somewhere else.

Jan 07, 2011
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mousefool1 from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Muddy Pig is my favorite Twin Cities bar. The atmosphere is casual and there's no drama. You can be yourself and nobody is trying to impress.

The beer is great - one of the best selections you'll find in the Twin Cities and always rotating. They have some of the best Belgians available and devote around 10 (of their ~40) taps to IPAs. Outside of Belgium they generally focus on midwest beers. The Muddy Pig gets a lot of seasonal/special release beers and has a weekly cask beer available.

In addition to beer, they have one of the best scotch and whisky menus I've seen. The food varies from OK to great - get the nachos, quesadilla, and cuban sandwich. To me, the perfect bar.

Dec 23, 2010
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sbbrennansteve from Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My first impression of the place...A great line of trophy taps. I just moved to Minneapolis/St Paul area. This is the first place with strictly good-great beer on tap. My high feeling about the place was taken a few notches down as soon as the bartender (hipster looking guy with glasses) incorrectly corrected my pronunciation of Lagunitas. As a former bartender, I know it's sometimes hard to understand an order if the customer pronounces the beer wrong. But this guy was about as cold as a toilet seat and he was wrong. So a place that hires bad employees like that arouses suspicion. Next, I ordered an Eel River IPA because they had the tap on display. The waiter didn't inform me that they didn't have it, and instead brought me an Eel River Belgium. Moral of my story, a great beer bar should have equally great employees who are knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to beer selection. The first time is not my last time at the Muddy Pig. But they can't think their sh*t don't stink and hire employees who lack knowledge of beer.

Apr 04, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I had been meaning to visit this place for awhile now. After the hunger for a Cuban Sandwich and a great beer, I decided to make it happen. This location is very easy to get to(2 minutes off the freeway) and parking is ample. The restaurant has a somewhat cozy feel to it, and very friendly staff. Great list of brews both on tap and in the bottle. The large chalkboard seems to be kept up to date as well. As far the Cuban Sand, it was awesome!! Overall this is a must stop, go for the food and stay for the beers.

Mar 10, 2010
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MPLS from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Out of all the times I have a low key in St. Paul this is the establishment I find myself frequenting the most.

Historic looking bar that really is a neighborhood bar before it is anything else and that makes for a very relaxed atmosphere. There is the bar in the center of the main room with an addition room attached to it with multiple tables. There is nice deep seated booths that encompass the bar.

I do not recall how many taps this place has but it has to be 30+ and they are always changing it up. They have a focus on some Minnesota locals which is nice and get some of the more obscure beers from Summit. The bottle list is equally impressive and I have shied away a tap offering every now and then.

The food is great, though slightly pricey for what it is. It's strength is high quality items, but with limited options. This helps with sometimes indecisive nature.

The service like most places is hit or miss, but overall I have always had some frustration with many of the bartenders, not the servers. They have been a little abrasive from time to time, especially

Feb 09, 2010
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mdwalsh from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stop two of our tour de beer. Very fun. Bartender was very friendly and helpful, and the other patrons were nice to talk to. Did a beer flight, which is always nice, and they had fantastic selection. Menu was up to date but lacked descriptions. I apparently fit right in with the regulars, which I took as a compliment. Beer was a good temperature and they had very nice glassware, which was a plus. I had a sandwhich and chips, all very good. This is a place I will go back to for sure, and being as it was so close to the freeway, another great bar, and so easy to find, I will recommend this one to anyone looking for a pit stop in the Twin cities.

Dec 06, 2009
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brewanddrink from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

It is a beer nerds place. It has no watered down chick beer, it is all deep flavored micro brews. It has a lot of local Minnesota beers like Summit, Fulton and Surly. I had the nachos while i was there and they were great, just enough salt and spice to make you wanna another beer.I started with the summit 90 shilling Scottish style ale that was reddish brown with a nice head full of aroma of earth notes which also shows up in the taste accompanied by heather. Then moved to the New Belgium fall wild ale which opens with the floral, earthy notes of fall itself and has Schisandra berries which are known as the five flavor berry. I also got the chance to try the IPA from the new Minnesota brewery Fulton. The IPA named Sweet Child of Vine and full of hops and malt for a balanced taste that you would expect from a veteran brewery. Great selection and great atmosphere.

Dec 05, 2009
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The atmosphere at The Pig is really cool. Rustic and old, it has a warm and cozy classic feel. Small outdoor secluded patio also. Over 30 beers on tap and every Wed. they come out with a new beer on cask. Friendly, knowledgeable staff gave me some samples of beer to try before I bought a full one. Made some excellent suggestions on beer as well. Didn't eat here. Prices seemed a little high on some of their beers. Not sure if they have a happy hour, but would be a great place to go regardless. I would go back again simply for the beer selection.

Aug 23, 2009
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Froth from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is an exceptional place, one that anyone should feel lucky to have in their hometown/place of residence. The atmosphere is quite fitting for the neighborhood and the city - it is perfect for sampling the wide variety of offerings. Favorite recent experiences include some limited availability regional brews: Furthermore's Thermo Refur and Lift Bridge's Minnesota Tan. On any given visit, there are at least eight intriguing options to try (with such limited time and $ to do so). The Belgian Beer Fest last September was phenomenal, and I believe they plan a repeat performance this year.

Jul 07, 2009
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