09/18/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Pretentious, somewhat snobbish, and higher-priced than most of the bars in the immediate area.
Good off-street parking.
No TV, no sports: this is NOT that kind of crowd.
The menu is mostly limited to a few sandwiches that the bartenders make themselves, with a few special items on certain days. Hit-or-miss.
Unlike most of NE Mpls bars, this place is decidedly non-working class (even anti-working class) and oozing the kind of phony hipster vibe more commonly found Uptown. It's either artistic yuppies nursing their $3 PBRs while acting stuck up, or it's middle-aged professionals sipping wine and keeping to themselves. Think of the cliquish art-student crowd from your high school days, along with older people who want a downtown vibe without the downtown prices.
The staff is painfully conscious of the client?le they want to cultivate, and if you are not it, they will make you feel unwelcome or just ignore you.
The ""patio"" is on the sidewalk of University Ave, nearly an arm's reach from the heavy traffic.
Some of the bands are interesting, but it's all very artsy stuff (not rock or blues). Get there early if you want to sit, because the bar itself only seats about a dozen and the booths are few and quickly taken.
I am baffled by people who describe this place as ""friendly"". I have been there eight times and never seen anyone talking to anyone that they didn't come in there with. Half of the place is looking down their noses at the other half, while the other half returns the favour. It's ""friendly"" in the way that a clique is friendly among themselves.