430 First Ave N, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540144.980809 -93.273298
Neighborhoods: Warehouse District, Central
Some people don't know what they're talking about – no this isn't a ritz ville bar, its a funky basement bar with darts and pool. the crowd is definitely college, which i admit i am. if you're into stuffy cocktails and not having a good time this place isn't for you. and if you ever see how crowded this place gets, you'll know why some of the more "picky" members on here chose to rate it poorly. the place is packed and they've only got what 3 or 4 bartenders? they do a d*** good job if you ask me, i've never had a problem with politeness! the food is amazing and goes perfectly with a pitcher. wednesday nights are 8 dollar all you can drink mugs on pretty much everything. if you're into the college scene and don't feel like going to a place where suits feel like a requirement this is definitely your place to kick back and have a blast. free darts and pool are a plus too :)
Not So Happy "Happy Hour"!!! – My husband and I went to brother's on 10/6/08 and we instantly felt uncomfortable as if we had just walked into a time warp and landed in the jim crow south circa 1962! we proceed to find a clean seat to sit in and we even told the bartender that most of the seats were dirty which she brushed off and claimed it was water. any ways she barked at us to see our identification which we showed her then she asked for our order but when two patrons returned from smoking she quickly ignored placing our order to fill their new order! she also made our drinks wrong after we explained how we wanted them! she was rude and nasty (blonde short and petite) we will never return.
Can't beat the Lunch prices! – I went to brothers for lunch yesterday with a coworker. We went about 11:15, the place was EMPTY!! But, we still tried it. Small menu, with cheap prices - $2.95 for a burger and chips. I thought maybe the burger was an extra small one, but it wasn't! It was very good - cheaper than eating at the cafeteria at my work! We only drank water, but between the two of us our bill came to a whopping $8 - can beat it! I'll be back - often!!!
A good time & great Happy Hour – Last weekend I went with some friends to Brothers. The bar was full, but not too crowded. The Happy Hour specials were great, 2 for drinks (except Martinis) and ladies' Martinis were $1. The appetizers were all on special, too. The crowd seemed a bit on the young side. The service was great. I definitely recommend this place!
College Crowd – Well, if you're in the 21-25 year old range, this is the bar for you. College kids and alumni hang out, play pool and drink, drink, drink! Very crowded on the weekends.
Cheap drinks, fun crowd, good times – Brothers is traditionally for the freshly 21 crowd, but no matter your age you can still have a good time there. The drinks are cheap, the crowd is generally relaxed, the music is good too. Friday and Saturday late evenings can get pretty crowded, but if you take advantage of their drink specials, you wont care much!
If you leave here sober, you shouldn't have come – Granted, I do fit the stereotype of 20-something guys who overwhelmingly frequent Brothers, yet my endorsement of this bar transcends the clientele. Let's be honest: most of us want to pick up a female when we go out, and most of us go home alone 90% of the time. Given that reality, why waste your time at an overpriced, ritzy bar with greasy late 20-somethings who came straight from work? If you want to get drunk, wasted, or sh*tfaced beyond belief, especially on a weeknight, come to Brothers. The music is great, the crowds are energetic and carefree, and the service is usually pleasant. And, hey, the girls who show up are usually pretty attractive, and more arrive towards the end of the night. Give it a shot. It took me a few times (and a few nasty hangovers) before I realized how much of a treat this place really is.
Packer backers will find a touch of the Motherland in this downtown cheesehead hangout. – In Short
The sign says Brothers was established in 1967. That's not the year the restaurant opened--that's the year the youngest of the founding Fortney brothers was born. The bar attracts a big college crowd with old signs on the walls, pool tables and video games, and a mile-long appetizer menu that features every deep-fried finger food imaginable. If buffalo wings don't do the trick, check out the lunch and dinner menu's soups, salads, burgers and wraps.
Very Rude, Never going back – WE went here with a party bus of people. We went in and everyone was having a nice time, one group memeber stepped out to have a smoke and then the doorman wouldn't let him back in because his shorts looked too much like sweatpants, they were leopard print high quality. They had already let him in once and said nothing and were very rude about the situation. We tried to talk to the manager who was also very rude and said he couldn't over rule the doorman,without even looking into it, and apparently thought it was better to lose 40 people and our business than just let him back in. I will never go back to this establishment and would recommend you stay away because if you have any problems there,no one will be the least bit concerned to help you.
Thursday Drink Night – Thursday night $5.00 drink all the beer you can drink. Awesome! The Chicks are hotttt! The atmosphere was peaceful and electric.
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