Muddy Waters recently moved and has reopened with a full food menu and great craft beer selection in addition to their great coffee house beverages and snacks of the previous spot. It’s located directly across the street from The Herkimer just 1/2 a block north of Lake Street on Lyndale Ave in Uptown. The front windows open up in the summer months and the inside has a nice airy feel to it. A good sized bar with the beer taps clearly displayed for the imbibers. Along the side of the building is a small alleyway converted for outside seating that catches the direct sun only a couple hours a day and has nice overhead strings of light for the evening.
The Lowry is the newest of the Blue Plate Restaurant Company venues and recently opened in Uptown Minneapolis. I dropped in around 7pm on a Wednesday a week after they’d first opened to have a beer and dinner. Parking is a bit of a pain in the area as it’s street parking only although they do provide free valet parking after 6pm (sorry but I don’t care who your drivers are, I’m not trusting them with my car). The parking lot alongside the restaurant was empty except for a single car but is owned by Scottish Rite Temple and not open for Lowry customers. They’re trying to work out something with them but as of now it’s off-limits.
Inside vibe is a bit of a classic diner with a modern touch. It was packed and there appeared to be at least 3-4 groups of people waiting for a seat. I was able to snag the only open seat at the bar and was quickly greeted one of several bartenders working the bar area (the bar isn’t very big but it was plenty busy behind the counter). With over 30 beers on tap there are plenty of great craft brews to choose from. Part of my reason for dropping in this night was that they had a cask of Summit 25th Silver Anniversary Ale. I was informed sadly that hops had plugged the hand-pump and it wasn’t available (of course by the time I’d gotten home their Facebook page reported that it was flowing again). I grabbed a glass of Surly Furious and took a look at the food menu.
I dropped into The Public House Minneapolis the other night (Monday August 8th) for their opening week celebration. The event listed on their Facebook page was a Crispin and Fox Barrel cider sampling. Decent location on Washington Avenue just a block from The Loop Bar and a block from that to Deja Vu if you want to see strippers before or after. Nice open doors in the front with concrete adorning the floor, side bar area and pillars. The small 6 person granite bar was full along with about 5 small tables. After almost an hour many of the tables filled up and the noise level got loud enough that one would have to raise their voice to talk to others at their table. The concrete floors, open area to the kitchen and open ceilings don’t help to suppress the noise and most likely amplify it. The concrete structure also means cell phone service is hard to get inside but they do have free wifi.