221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5545444.973014 -93.247541
Monday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 AM
Neighborhoods: University, Cedar-Riverside
I'll take Pittsburgh over this joint. – If I was at a dive bar in the outskirts of Pittsburgh, I'm fairly sure I'd still get faster service, cheaper beer and better food than what I recieved the last time I was at Preston's. The place was completely deserted and yet finding a server was like playing a game of "Where's Waldo?" Is that him/her? Nooo... How about now? No.... Oh wait, there's someone coming now, that must be him/her. No, again. And again. And again. No, every time.
We finally got a server. And then menus. And then drinks. (Hurrah! A reward for our Herculean efforts.) And then we ordered our food. And then we waited. And waited. And waited. Unsurprisingly, it wasn't worth the wait. Unless you enjoy waiting for mediocre bar food.
Overall, I'd take the bar in Pittsburgh, because Preston's is just the pits.
one of a kind atmosphere – I don't like those corporate chain bars. They are so predictable and boring. Preston's is one of those unique places you can consider a real find. I don't mind waiting a while for service on the patio. As a former server I understand that the walk in and out for the server slows things down a bit. I just like to have a good time in a non corporate environment. The fishbowls taste good and the drinks are strong, not those weak watered down kind they serve most places. I always have a good time at Preston's.
Will the waitress ever come??? – Just went to Sgt. Prestons a few days ago and it took 25 minutes just to get menus! There were maybe 8 tables on the patio with customers and 5 waitresses - and NO ONE came to our table!! We almost left it was taking so long, but it was a nice afternoon to sit outside. I had to actually go walk around and track down a waitress to get someone to come over. The food/drink service once I got a waitress wasn't too bad and the prices were decent, not but much of a bargain. The reuben sandwich was very good and the grilled cheese was interesting, but our fries were cold and our appetizer was very greasy. I know I'll be back because of where it is located, but don't go if you're really hungry and don't want to wait an hour to finally get your not-so-cheap food.
outdoors – In the spring, summer and fall, Preston's patio is the best place to go afterwork. The patio is very large and right in the middle of 7 corners Minneapolis. There is plenty of parking and it's easy to get around. They have a large selection of beers on tap and in bottles. For an afterwork snack, they have the best nachos in the city, but make sure you bring your friends, because they will easily feed four. They also offer free bus rides to events at the Metrodome. So getting around is easy.
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