Williams Pub & Peanut Bar
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. But then other times, well, you’d rather go to a place that has free popcorn, peanuts, and more than 300 different bottles and 75 taps on the beer list. Uptown’s Williams Pub & Peanut Bar is that place. It’s been around for more than 50 years, and certainly doesn’t put on any airs about being a simple jeans-and-T-shirt kind of stop. It also hosts a kick-ass daily happy hour (Monday-Friday 4-7pm and Saturday and Sunday 12-7pm), offering different beers by price via a color-coding system to make ordering easier. And if you’re a gamer — in the non-video sense — there’s a wide array of games at the lower level bar, including Big Buck Hunter, darts, pool, and even one of those annoying-but-really-addicting claw machines.
Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
When Northbound was opening back in 2012, the owners offered potential investors an opportunity they couldn’t pass up: free beer for life in exchange for a $1,000 investment. Since then, this place has received nods from the likes of USA Today; Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives; and even… us. It now offers patrons four year-round beers brewed in-house, as well as four rotating seasonal brews. And unlike a lot of taprooms in town, it has a heavy whiskey selection (because even beer snobs need to switch it up every now and then).
Lyn Lake Minneapolis
This spot is a coffee shop by day, craft beer mecca by night. It’s known for having a great selection of seasonal brews and sours, and offers more than 30 beers on tap, ranging from Hamm’s and PBR, to Indeed and Steel Toe, and a sizable amount in bottles and cans. Honestly, there’s never a lack of options at this place. Stop by during the warm weather months to check out the outdoor patio, which opens up to the street.
Pat’s Tap is a little bit of everything: it’s a skee-ball club, a gastropub, a dive bar… an adult version of Chuck E. Cheese’s. But aside from all that, it’s a place that only serves beer in a can, as laid out in the “canifesto.” Supposedly, serving beer in a can protects the drink and keeps in the freshness. But don’t think there isn’t a lot offered. Whether you’re looking for blondes, pale ales, wheats, or gluten-free brews, you’ll have no shortage of options to choose from. Hell, even if you aren’t a beer person, you can still cozy up with a cocktail, mocktail, or a glass of wine.
Pig & Fiddle
50th and France
Pig & Fiddle, the sister shop of equally praiseworthy Muddy Pig in St. Paul, specializes in serving craft beer, offering 36 ever-changing draft lines, many of which tend to skew Belgian. It’s a popular spot for beer and food lovers alike, as pairing dinners featuring local breweries such as 612 and Lake Monster happen often. Enjoy your beer at the bar, or outside on the quaint patio after a day of shopping. Just don’t get too confused by the bathroom situation after a couple of pints: “boar” is for men, and “sow” is for women. You’re welcome.
Best Beer Halls in Minneapolis – Breweries
Inbound BrewCo is a craft brewery and taproom in the North Loop of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The taproom is spacious and filled with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Kids are welcome, and we have two craft sodas on tap for them (and for your gluten-free friend). Dogs are also allowed in the taproom, both inside and on the patio. You are welcome to order in food or purchase from the food trucks that park outside Best Beer Halls in Minneapolis/Twin Cities area.
Fulton Brewing Company
Minneapolis’ first taproom brewery just across the street from Target Field. Easily accessible by LRT and bus. Now you can pair your favorite Fulton beers with food from our Taproom Kitchen-headed up by Executive Chef Scott Pampuch.
Indeed Brewing Company
Its diverse offerings are anchored by its flagship Day Tripper Pale Ale, and rounded out by seasonal and experimental brews, as well as the Wooden Soul series of wild, sour, and barrel-aged beer.
Well-known locally as an engaged and community-oriented brewery, Indeed has two lively taprooms, open five days a week and home to Indeed We Can, the company’s employee-driven charitable giving program, which donates 100% of taproom profits to an employee-sponsored local nonprofit every Wednesday of the year, Minneapolis #1 Brewery.