Bar, Eatery

918 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403-1805
United States

(612) 333-7268 | map

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djhowell from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Apr 30, 2015
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Sep 02, 2016
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Josholson666 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Dec 09, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

2.64/5  rDev -31.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2

Been here a couple of times before events nearby. Usually you will have no trouble finding a seat. The beer selection is good. There are much better places to eat nearby.

Oct 30, 2015
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Feb 24, 2015
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Jlabs from New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Oct 27, 2014
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pinksky21 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

MacKenzie's Pumpkin Jack Hard Cider is my favorite fall beer ever! Very spicy and sweet at the same time. It's a dessert in a glass!

Oct 26, 2014
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millelacsmark from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Oct 19, 2014
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jarrgal from North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Aug 23, 2014
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warpig372 from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

Aug 14, 2014
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jun 28, 2014
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MNBeer1017 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Jun 15, 2014
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treznor from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

May 20, 2014
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4000qtrap from Missouri

2.65/5  rDev -31%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Visited midweek and it was largely empty. Nice patio out back. The food was average, but the service was poor and the waitress did not know her beer at all. However, beer selection was OK though they struggled to keep everyone in the loop as far as what was actually on tap versus what was on the menu.

Note: Decent option if you are at the conference center.

Jun 26, 2013
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garylite from Connecticut

2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

So you know how Cracker Barrel tries to fool you into thinking its an old country store the first time you go in and you quickly realize it is full of fake crap made in China. This place does much the same thing as it pretends to be an edgy bar with soul. This is as far away from Tornodo as McD's is from Luger's. The exceptional rating given here must be due to the fact that it has Surly on tap and I suspect without it and O'dell's the rating would take a nasty fall. Speaking of nasty the bartender has made it clear to me on several occasions she is happy with that discreptive. This isn't the cool edgy nasty either. This is the I don't give a crap variety. Speaking of crap. How bout the food, all my friendly tender could say is the pizza is good. Well I think the cardboard disk it was served on likely had a better flavor profile. Do yourself a huge favor and get your Surly at another bar in town. If you want a true MSP experience with great food and an even greater selction of Beers go to Town Hall Brewery grab a pint of Masala Mama on cask and a fresh hot cheese filled pretzel or a muy bueno burger.

Dec 06, 2012
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A- It has Scottish decor, but that's about the extent of the Scottishness. A couple of tv's and some arcade games gives it a sports bar like feel. The 90's music is a plus though.
Q- They have a variety of glassware which is always good. Everything was served properly as well.
Ser- Very friendly and knowledgabe about their beers. Service has a tendency to be slow to very slow, which is my only critique of service.
Sel- Heavy on the IPA's but there is a decent variety of beers on tap with many different breweries which is a plus.
F- Food is decent by sports bar standards. Thai chicken wrap is one of my favorites.
Food is inexpensive, beers are a little spendy but it balances out.

Aug 22, 2011
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augievikings from South Dakota

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Went to MacKenzie's for the first time before a Twins game in July. We have walked past this place several times without stopping, but I saw a previous review and decided we should check it out. Very nice selection of beers, particularly higher ABV IPA's and more of a local selection, including Surly and Fulton. Some Belgian choices (Chimay, Duval) in bottles. For downtown Minneapolis, it probably has the best selection of craft beer that I have seen so far. The service was adequate, but it was 3:00p.m. and we were about the only people in the bar.

Aug 01, 2011
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Moon2Goddess from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

MacKenzies is my "reward for actually going to the health club stop." Convenient location, so small you almost walk past it. The bartenders and wait staff are incredibly friendly, fun and helpful. Its small size creates the cozy, unpretentious atmosphere that I truly appreciate. You can stop by if you are dressed for a show or all sweaty in your jogging clothes, and you will feel equally as comfortable. On any given day, it is easy to strike up a conversation with the people next to you, laugh your asses off and order another. I also enjoy the 90's music variety playing overhead, and exploring the jukebox.There is a secret patio you cannot see from the street, with an incredibly eclectic gathering of patrons, and the occasional roadie guarding the tour bus for performers at the Orpheum, although I prefer the front patio for maximum people watching. But the best reason to go to MacKenzies is the beer selection: On tap this summer I had Backwoods Bastard, Jubel 2010, and Abyss just to name a few, this fall the Cashew Nut Mountain and Pumking were favorites. They change up their taps regularly and have some nice tasting events, and they treat their regulars with extra care.

Jul 16, 2011
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PokerGod from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

This place is my brother-in-law's favorite hangout. He live in NE Minneapolis, and it is nearly impossible to visit him, without the standard trip to MacKenzie's. That is to say, I'm not complaining. I've always found the atmosphere pleasant and have never found the service lacking. A 24 tap selection is certainly nothing to sneeze at either. We've always seemed to meet a variety of interesting folks there. Located right next to the Orpheum Theater, there is frequently a crowd right before and after any show, and the type of crowd present in the bar can reflect the audience of the show greatly. Not much for food there ever as far as I can tell, pretzles, peanuts and usual bar snacks only. Local beers such as Summit and Surly can always be found along with some imports and fun fare. Without a doubt, worth checking out.

Jun 27, 2011
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slander from New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Last hurrah Minneapolis Tuesday in case you're wondering. Presently, we're wait, there it is, was, now past, we just passed it, behind us now, back there, and growing further farther back there, stop yelling at me, I can't turn anywhere anytime soon yet but I'm on it. We turned somewhere sometime soon, funny lot parked around the corner and walked up to meet Stu Bob barside. I'm pretty sure he's not a Stu Bob but in fact a Jeff, with a not silent and oddly pronounced "E" on the end like "Leffe"; that's what Witzel said anyway, or that's what I'm saying Witzel said anyway...

Deep & narrow but the sky is the ceiling as the better part of the second floor is absent, with pinny fans up high. Long "L"ish wood bar with a black inlayed piece and a copper foot rail off to the right. 4 taps on a small tower on the bar and another 20 in a row on the barback counter with pint glasses on ice in a bin below them (please don't ever use one of them on me). Stacked glassware and booze there on mirrored panels below 3 arched colored stained glass panels, a large one on center and smaller ones to both sides. Mugs club mugs lining above & dangling below, and shelved on the end over wine on its side over hanging glassware wide. Wide wood slat wall behind the bar and big brick throughout otherwise. Brewery placards & mirrors on the wall behind me and mounted neons above. Strung Bud flagging & Corona blow ups dangling overhead, and Guinness, Harp & Smithwicks pub signage dealt on a pole. Framed maps of Scotland to the rear with signed Broadway Orpheum Theatre play posters lining above and flatscreens in the corners.

5 shorty square tables adjacent to the bar & a few Guinness barrel tables up front in the windows, with a pair of electronic dartboards off to one side. A Schell Kilt King & Queen of the month board sits above, holding a digital countdown to the new Kilt King & Queen. I have no idea what this means. And out front, a small pen with 3 street side tables. A kitchen area located just past the bar, and some video games (Big Buck Hunter, Phil's Golf Game Live & '09 Live, a Simpsons Pinball machine) to the rear. Door there runs to a partially canopied rear patio with a dozen+ tables running the perimeter sharing benchage and a ½ dozen tables & some bar hightops in the center. Upstairs perch holds an 8 seat "L" shaped bar to the rear with darts adjacent (that might explain the netting; it only takes one time for a dart to, well, you know). A dozen tables, some hightop, some not running the length of the side towards the front, with framed Gilroy Guinness prints along the way. A lone ping pong table up there; keep the ball on the table or head downstairs to lay chase (although more likely... game over).

4 and 20 beers ago, I come into this bar... 24 taps in all, 2/3 of which are mostly micros mostly regional (Summit Kolsch & EPA, Surly Bender & Furious, Schell's #7 Roggenbier, Octoberfest & Grain Belt Premium, Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout, Founders Centennial IPA, Bells Octoberfest, Capital Autumnal Fire, Boulevard Tank 7 Saison, Blue Moon) although some not (Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale, Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale, Grand Teton Double IPA), and the other 1/3 are fine imports (Ayinger Octoberfest, Belhaven Scottish Ale, Carlsberg Beer, Stella, Guinness, Harp, Amstel Light, Strongbow Cider). Started with the Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout (just lovely), and then had the Schell's #7 Roggenbier (did not suck) & Surly Bender (oaty brown = win!), all were in very good shape.

And 40+ bottles coolered below. Lots of mac action there but about ¼ of them micros (Founders, Dark Horse, Bells, New Belgium, Tyranena, Surly, Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas), and a few good imports (Duvel, Affligem Blonde, Koningshoeven Quad, Maredsous 10, Leffe Blonde).

Their tag line is "An American bar with a Scotch flavor", and we'll blame that on the whole meh import side of things here as the micros are solid for the most part. I could definitely do some time here going through that side of the tap list in greater detail if I had to or had time to. Beer was fresh and clean, no problems there, and service server served, dealing us samples of things he felt we should try as we hadn't asked for them. Although I suspect it gets Soccer & Nascar mad here on the weekends, it was comfortable enough on this Stuesday afternoon.

Dec 30, 2009
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kbaker91 from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.5

This is probably the closest & easiest to get to 'good beer' tavern to where I live in the near NW Suburbs, therefore I end up here quite often (2-3 times monthly). That being said, this place is pretty hit & miss. Most of the time, I have had perfectly pleasant experiences here, with tasty beers & fine service. Other times, the rotating selection of taps & the service leaves much to be desired. Again, 80% of the time, the service is great, but that 20% of the time leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The tap selection is generally good, but sometimes they fill too many lines with 'psuedo-craft' beers from Widmer, Red Hook, etc instead of superior selections from Bells, Tyranena, etc. I have heard rumors of good food, but have never been there when a cook actually is working, so all I have ever seen offered are frozen pizzas & the like.

Overall, I recommend this place to anyone looking for a generally quiet place to hang and grab a decent brew when downtown MPLS.

Feb 05, 2009
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After not ever going to McKenzie's, in spite of being downtown for various activities, I went two nights in a row: Surly and Furthermore nights. If downtown, I tend to go to Rock Bottom down the street, but McKenzie's is a good alternative.

Very simply, the range of taps is good, and a nice place to sit. The crowd seemed to be younger and hipper than me, but that doesn't take much. I did find a couple new taps that I had never had (besides the S and F that I was there for), which new stuff is my reason for going to a pub. If someone suggested McKenzie's for a place to meet before show, etc., I'd accept in a heartbeat, no problem. I'd even order food again, which the pizza I had was very good and there are several other vegetarian choices to explore in the future.

Overall, a good choice. A very nice bar, well decorated in a old brick building that has a lot of character, and good choices of beer that were all well served. Not a problem going here, especially for future beer activities that gaurantee new beers.

Jul 23, 2008
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DanK222 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

What can I say...
This place got me through college. When I first discovered Mac's in 1997, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. They were one of the few bars in MPLS at the time that had delicious beers and more than 4 taps. But it was the Anderson Valley IPA that won me over. Not only did they have an IPA on tap, they had one of the best IPA's at the time on tap. Not to mention some of the tightest and newest pinball machines in town. The Guinness is poured to perfection too. If you're looking for a bar that has a club atmosphere, then you're in the wrong place. Mac's is the kind of bar you decide you're going to have just one and the next thing you know it's last call. If you can make it past the sometimes snooty wait staff. (Seems like they have their own rules when the owner's not around.) Then it's the perfect place to have a couple beers with a few friends. The patio makes it that much better too.

This has always been my "Cheers". As long as I can get a Surly Furious and multi-ball in the same night, I'm happy.

Jul 22, 2008
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supercolter from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

A very decent beer drinkers bar. Atmosphere is very good, with lots of seemingly knowledgable individuals. A lot of homeless people around though and it was kind of distracting. Quality is very good. Lots of locals including Surly and some imports such as Belhaven.
Service was ok, but there were 5 of us and we were tipping pretty well. The bartender just wasn't that excited to help and he didn't know what they had. He had to keep checking the card to see what was in stock. Selection is good. Not as much as like the Gnome or Pig but what is there is a good variety. Its a bit pricey for beers 6-8 dollars for most, but not too bad. I would recommend this one.

Jul 18, 2008
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ckeegan04 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Dropped in on Friday afternoong during a break from the conference I was in town for. Only 7 other people at the bar. Nice dark pub feel to the place. 24 taps of some local stuff and other crafts. No macros on tap, only bottle. Had some Surly Furious and Victory Prima Pils while I was in there. Bartender knew his stuff and was happy to make recommendations. The people in there all knew each other and knew the bartender which gave it a nice local feel. Real convenient location if you are downtown.

Apr 14, 2008
MacKenzie's in Minneapolis, MN
Place rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 34 ratings