There's nothing a good Bloody Mary won't remedy.
The Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis offers a little bit of everything, including the city’s highest concentration of dive bars just over the Mississippi River from the city’s downtown core. Spring Street Tavern straddles the line between dive bar and café, offering a dose of quality food to accompany the dive bars prevalent in the area without giving up its membership in that same club.
Mercifully, food service includes early morning breakfast (8 AM daily), perfect for providing some element of remedy to a night out in the neighborhood. A recent visit included sampling a wide variety of the offerings, and this reviewer slash drinker can attest to the healing power of sausage gravy over biscuits and any one of Spring Street’s eggs benedict varieties. The bar’s own web site and multiple online reviews make a strong case for the wings, the kind of tip worth checking out.
Spring Street Tavern is a bring green building that looks a little bit like an oversized storage container. Though Minneapolis weather can be a bit unaccommodating at times, the first visual element to the building is an expansive patio out front dotted with low metal tables. Inside, the green exterior gives way to a profoundly yellow interior, a large 360 degree bar occupying the center of the space. Diner tables circle the area, from tall tables up front to dedicated seating separated from the bar area by a low wooden wall.
That footprint in mind, this is the kind of place to catch a football game on a Sunday morning with a beer and a decent plate of food. The vibe inside is every bit the neighborhood dive bar Spring Street Tavern looks like from the outside. Brunch couples and groups of friends congregating around plates of eggs and welcome high-starch breakfast offerings is exactly what Spring Street should be all about and it turns out that aura is well-earned.
But like a true neighborhood staple, Spring Street Tavern serves many local needs, starting with early morning breakfast but extending into the night (kitchen closes at 10 PM, 11 PM on weekends). And if the late night food doesn’t grab you, maybe the late night alcohol will, the bar opened until 1 AM every night. Surprisingly for a neighborhood so rich in dive bars, the list narrows a bit when the hours stretch on, many dive bars nearby closing at 11 PM or midnight.
The wide range of purposes Spring Street Tavern serves underscores its neighborhood collection point status. Early morning Bloody Mary, late night pull tabs or another need in between, Spring Street Tavern fills the requirement of the moment not just by checking the box but by excelling. That so many online reviews showcase the food is no mistake, the range and sheer weight the perfect complement to drinking throughout Minneapolis’ Northeast neighborhood or simply ponied up to the bright yellow bar inside.