This post wasn’t originally intended to be all about burgers and beer – but as I started writing this I realized they all had a common theme. The following three places I visited are all at the top of my list for favorite spots in Minneapolis. I highly recommend each place.
This place is seriously one of my new favorite places (I know, I have said this more than once). There is something about the vibe I really like – the well-dressed crowd (staff and customers alike) and the fun, busy atmosphere keeps me coming back again and again.
Two great things you need to know: they brew their own beer and they have amazing customer service. As a service industry veteran, I am always pleased when I have exceptional customer service each time I visit.
Another fun thing, I don’t know if they do this every night, but one busy Friday night as we were waiting for our table we were offered *free* snacks and a server came by frequently to take any drink orders while we waited.
Here’s the breakdown of happy hour:
$4 Freehouse taps
$5 select wines
$4 rail cocktails
$6 Freehouse featured cocktail
$5 select beer bites
I highly recommend this place – especially once summer hits. The patio is lively and fun.
PS. As a marketing/advertising junkie – the branding is amazing. It’s clean and very eye-catching.
A newbie to Northeast, they originated in North Dakota. Word on the street is this Northeast establishment is expanding and you’ll see more popping up around the metro within the next year.
Because they are a newer place – they don’t have the proper licenses yet to hold “happy hour”, but this place is worth a visit.
Two great things you need to know: If you are craving a good burger and beer, this place serves just that. Literally. They also serve a huge variety of craft beer that’s always changing – you can try something new each time you visit.
Something fun to try: a beer flight – they range from $8-$9 and you get five to sample, it’s always fun if you aren’t sure what types of beer you like.
This place is on the smaller side, so I suggest going during the slow hours. It will give you a great opportunity to get to know the friendly staff and have attentive service.
Surly Beer Hall
I thought I loved Surly before I went to their new destination brewery. Wow was I impressed. The food was beautiful (it was like eating art), delicious and reasonably priced.
I had the Surly Burger – it was so good I forgot to take a photo! I am pretty sure the sauce they use is what makes the burger.
Two (sort of) great things you need to know: Plan to spend some time there. It’s still such a new place, so there is usually a wait. It’s great though, they have a station where you can order beer while you wait. Second, the seating is community-style, so you can meet fellow beer lovers. It’s a great time because you’re surrounded by great food, great beer and great conversation.
If you are looking for a quiet, more intimate setting – I don’t think this is the place to go, unless you are there during off hours. (late at night or midday).