2021 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540544.962097 -93.291703
Neighborhoods: Calhoun Isles, Lowry Hill East
Very disappointed – I have never written an online review of a bar or restaurant, and shy away from reading them because I feel that people that have had a bad experience are more likely to review an establishment. I had been to Lyle's maybe two or three times before tonight, but had never sat at the bar. Tonight, I sat at the bar with a friend of mine who is a regular. First, I had to wait over ten minutes to get a drink, despite sitting in a stool right at the bar. I was completely visible, yet the bartender skipped over me three times. I am a bartender, so I always give the benefit of the doubt, because I know I make mistakes and it can be a tough job. Once I finally got a beer ordered and delivered I attempted to order two tacos for myself and two for my friend. The bartender proceeded to argue and chastise the verbiage that I used to order our food, bickering about the difference between an order vs. a single taco. I apologized for my naivety, and tried to explain in simple language that I wanted two tacos for myself, and two for my friend. Between 10 and 15 min. later multiple taco orders were delivered to other patrons. My friend and I got the bartenders attention questioned if the recently delivered order to other patrons might have been ours, at which point be responded that he hadn't ordered us tacos because,"you guys refused to order right." I was completely taken aback by this and immediately and without hesitation burst out, " Are you f***ing kidding me?" In response, he grabbed the door staff and immediately had me kicked out of the bar. My friend went with me as he was just as surprised and utterly offended as I was. I intend to go back next Monday afternoon (5-12) and issue a formal complaint with management against this bartender (who is middle-aged, wore a ball cap, and had a bit of a mullet). I have never been kicked out of a bar in my life. I am stunned at this bartenders complete lack of professionalism and dedication to serve his clientele.
Can't get in the door?! – It's not illegal to have drunk people IN the bar.It's illegal to serve them.Went with 5 friends last night and the guy at the door (fairly tall with brown hair), refused to allow my friend into the bar because he thought she was too innebriated to be allowed in.Wouldn't have been so bad if he wasn't such a schmuck about it.Had a real bogus sense of entitlement about him.We had a great night and tipped heavily at the CC Club instead.Won't got to Liquor Lyle's again.
It's loud and crowded, but it's a Minneapolis institution. – In Short
This isn't a pretty bar. The tiled facade is neither retro nor antique--it's just old. It's not a trendy bar. The same Minneapolis locals have been coming here for ages and the crowd turns over only as new people move into the neighborhood. But it's this very lack of pretension that makes the spot so inviting for large groups of friends to crowd into the worn booths for cheap beer and conversation.
Good drinks, very crowded – Liquor Lyle's is a cheap place to drink. Through the years or so I've been going there to hang out with friends it's changed alot. The fun crew have all been fired. Just one still remains there and he is great. But it just isn't as fun as it used to be. The smoke is gone from the bar but walking outside make sure you hold your breath. Extremely busy in the fall/winter with students returning. Make sure you know what you want when you order and have your $$ ready, it's a fast paced place!
i always have fun here – I think the best thing about this bar is the jukebox. Simply great music. The crowd is fun and usually not full of those annoying, snotty girls. (At least when I'm there.) It's a good place to have fun with your friends. Yes, the parking lot is small, but you can easily park on one of the side streets and walk over.
#1 Bar in the Twin Cities – This is the place I would recommend to anyone who is just looking for a good place to be. There is always a different crowd and the specials are out of this world. Can't drink for that cheap anywhere in the cities...
Recruiting grounds for friends of Bill W – If you are an alcoholic but not ready for AA yet, come here and you'll be among friends. The absence of windows makes it perfect for sipping your gimlet at 1 PM on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.
get liquored up at Lyle's place – great looking crowd and very happy atmosphere,the service was fast as they could serve,and the drinks are real good!
Lyle's Liquor – Lyle's is not the place you want to take the wife and kids or your sweetheart for that matter but give a local bar its dues. The drinks are strong and cheep and its happy hour all the time (10am-1pm, 3-6pm & 9-10pm *every day* unlike stated in the review). Happy hour is two for ones on anything you want. There also is a small (about 15 spots and they fill up fast) parking lot in the back of Lyle's that was also left out of the review. The wait staff is very nice and personable (ask for Sara) but often over worked. I'm a regular there and live one a few blocks away so my opinjion is a bit skewed but I recommend it to anyone who likes to drink.
good – I like it because of the cheap drinks and there is plenty of space.
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