Bar Abilene

(612) 825-2525

1300 Lagoon Ave S, Minneapolis, MN | Directions   55408

44.949470 -93.296089

Open Hours

Mon. - Sun. 4pm - 2am

 
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Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

Price: $$

Tags: Bar Scene, Celeb Hangout, Date Spot, Happy Hour, Late Night Dining, Online Reservations, Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Romantic Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Uptown, Calhoun Isles

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Menu
Buffalo Chicken Wings, Chipotle BBQ Chicken Wings, Teriyaki Chicken Wings, Black Bean Goat's Cheese Dip, Artichoke Quesadilla, Tableside Guacamole, White Bean Hummus, Cast-Iron Mac and Cheese, Southwestern Bruschetta, BBQ Chicken Quesadilla... more

Reviews for Bar Abilene

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Manager and Staff are Worthless – So i just moved from chicago and wanted to go out for a good time. i stop in and have a few drinks, dance with a beautiful girl, and try to mingle. i order a couple rounds of shots and drinks spending a couple hundrend. never pay cash, the staff wont bring your change back. i ask what time bar closes and manager says 1 on thursdays but will give you time to drink your drinks if you order another round before 1:00am. yeah not the case. i order a round another $70 bucks or so and at 1:02 they kick me and my new found friends out. so just wasted all that cash. they are crooks and very unfriendly. dont go there.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

YUK! What a difference a year or two makes. – This used to be one of my favorite places to get great wings and inspired margaritas.

Not so much anymore.

Made a special trip last night only to find there were NO chips and salsa, the wings were straight out of the frozen food isle and the sliders were uninspired. My margarita consisted of juice and a tequila shot.

The manager was not interested in my complaints. Will never go back and will make sure I let all my friends know they ruined a great restaurant.

SO not worth the paid parking to go there.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Good food nice atmosphere – I have enjoyed Bar Abilene the past few years. Great guac. and burgers. Fun crowd. Good drinks. I especially liked their happy hour specials this past summer. Half price anything always works for me. I like sitting outside and watching the folks go by.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

A bar/restaurant for everyone – Everything here is pretty good, but not great. Good food, good drinks, and a decent staff. It can get crowded later at night, but that can be a good thing depending on what you're looking for

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Disappointed – After making reservations for 10:00 pm for a party of 15 on a Wednesday night, they decided to close the restaurant at 11:00 pm. As the website said they closed at 2:00 am, we asked why they were closing so early, they stated because of the crowd. Since we were pretty much the only group in there, they felt it necessary to close down. I wouldn't have had a problem with this, however they should have at LEAST let us know on the phone, before I had made the reservations for 10:00.

Some of the group came in at 9:30 (before the reserved time of 10:00), instead of waiting at the table they had reserved for us they decided just to go to the bar and order drinks. They would not let them order anything at the bar if they were there for reservations. The group explained they were half an hour early, they continuously said that they had to sit down at their reserved table and just wait for the waitress. We did this multiple times just to get a quick drink, only to be turned away.

The staff didn't know much about the menu at all. I had seen on their website that it was $3 margaritas on Wednesday, when I had asked about that they stated there was no such thing written like that on their website. Of course when I looked at the website the next day, it didn't exist and I know it was on there before.

Unfortunately their guacamole was VERY good, but I will not be returning to support this restaurant. Based on how we were treated and how they clearly did not want our service, there is no way a restaurant like this will be able to stay in business for much longer.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

They close down the outdoor seating, why? – Went here to sit outside and have a drink. They close down the outside seating after about 10. I asked why, they said crowd control. Humm, I wonder why all the other outdoor patios are open, is the staff here really that stupid that they cannot control outdoor seating? They serve $1 Dos X's on a Friday night, too bad you have to drink it inside on a perfect summer night.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

I decided to take my girlfriend to Bar Abilene because they are famous for two of her favorite things, guacamole and margaritas. She always makes guac at home so I trust her opinion, and she said the guac was the best restuarant guac she has had but it could have done without the roasted garlic. Personally, I loved it. We got there around 11 on Friday night, paid $9 for parking across the street. It wasn't too crowded at all when we got there, but of course that would change after midnight. We took our seats at a booth that was both out of the way and in the mix - if that makes sense. Service was prompt and everything was delivered to us very quickly. Decor was chic and inviting, but I was surprised to see the TVs both displaying a Fox Sports Net fishing show, it was so out of place it was comical.

Almost everything (including the Margaritas), was priced between $7.95 and $12.95. The tequila list was extensive, with one shot flights ranging from $6 to $8. Most of the margaritas came in regular glasses with cubed ice, which was a little surprising. I tried the Tejas and the Dirty Rita, and they were both sub-par. The Dirty Rita was supposed to have a "splash" of olive juice, but it tasted like it was 1/4 olive juice, 3/4 margarita mix. My girlfriend had the Margarjito (sp?) and the Green Iguana, both were better than the two I tried, but none of them were anything to brag about. After we finished the $9.95 guac we ordered some real food. I tried the bbq shrimp tacos. Unfortunately, they were probably the worst tacos I ever had. I love mexican food and I'm usually not very picky, but I only managed to finish 2 bites of one. For $9.95 for only two small tacos and a little beans and rice, I was a bit dissapointed. My girlfriend had the tortilla soup, which again was underwhelming.

Luckily, a few things were half off because of happy hour, so we didn't spend as much as I thought we were going to. All in all we had four margaritas, two entrees, and an order of guac for $50, about $25 less than it otherwise would have been.

If you like tequila and you like guac, this is a cool place. It also seemed to be a pretty good place for singles, although the crowd started to get a little "fratboy-ish" as it got later into the evening. If I ever go back, I won't be eating anything but the guac and I'll probably skip the margaritas and sample more of the extensive tequila selection.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Friendly Staff, Great Deals – Some nights the bar has 1/2 off wine & appetizers. The taquitos aren't the best but the other appetizers are really good. The staff is super friendly & the atmosphere is really nice. They play a good mix of music also! I would definitely recommend this restaurant/bar!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

"Holiday" Brunch – I've been a big fan of Bar Abilene in the past. Love their Margaritas, and other food items. However, Today I was quite disappointed. It's father's day. We decided that we would go there for brunch. The food was good, Glassware was dirty though. The wait staff was professional, quick and attentive. My disappointment came in when we got the bill. $15.95 per person for a normally $12.95 brunch. They had their normal sign up outside saying "$12.95 all you can eat brunch". So we took it. Only to get our bill and see they added three extra dollars per person. We did ask the wait person we had if they had different items for brunch today. They replied.. "I don't know" As far as I could tell, it was their normal brunch. So, We talked with the Mgr. he was not polite or professional at all. His reply to it "It's a holiday". Um, Yes.. it's father's day but no where have I read that it costs more on holidays. Plus, they had their normal $12.95 sign outside the door. Bait and switch tactic with no apology or care in the world. He would not answer any questions on if the food was different or anything. Just kept on saying it's a holiday. We told him he needs to remove his sign today because it's not correct. Every person in there was scammed as far as I'm concerned today. I didn't like the way he treated us, nor did I like his comments on "It's a holiday" and leaving it at that as if we should know although their sign says differently. I don't appreciate businesses taking advantage of people in this way.

Food is normally good, Stay away during holidays that fall on a sunday.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst food and service!!! – The food was horrible and it was topped off with terrible service. I would never go to that bar again.

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Won for:
Happy Hour (2009)
Margarita (2005)
Nominations Nominated for:
After-Work Bar (2008)
Outdoor Bar (2008)
Outdoor Bar (2007)
Margarita (2006)
Outdoor Bar (2006)
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