221 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis
Hours and Details:
Daily, 4-6 p.m.
$3 Domestic tap beer
$3 House wine
$3 Rail drinks
$3 French fries, Chips & Guacamole
$5 Burgers (grass-fed beef or turkey)
$5 Fish tacos
This newbie in U-Town has a killer patio and tons o' taps, but does it pass muster with the Hot Dish?
Venue: How can you resist the stuffed animal heads in the barroom? Yes, they took over Sgt. Preston's, which may depress some old timers, but Republic certainly didn't make it a glitzy spot. The decor is still mid-century cabin and the outside seating remains unfussy. What they have done is up the ante on the food and drink, featuring local ingredients and lots of craft beers, while keeping intact the chill prices and mellow vibe that suits the university crowd.
Verdict: The happy hour reflects those positive changes and keeps it simple by making all the drinking specials $3. The Jack Tone house wine is fine (big pours) and by all means have a cheap rail if you must, but the true bargain here is the beer. When they say domestic, they mean Rush River, Surly, Left Hand, Deschutes and many more lovely brews. Basically anything from the good old U.S. of A. is discounted, so feel free to enjoy a Fulton, Flat Earth or Dave's Brewfarm. For a paltry $5, a grass-fed burger or pair of scrumptious fish tacos (they keep the piece of tilapia whole in each one) will complete your cheap, simple and good happy hour experience. Our only complaint is that it has no late night counterpart -- but that's rather greedy of us, seeing as it's already a daily deal.