Prestons Urban Pub

★★★☆☆
  • 221 Cedar Ave S

    Minneapolis, MN 55454

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  • 612-338-6146

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To the previous post... If you weren't involved in the conversation with the two women, you should keep your statements to yourself. To anyone who has been to the corner, here is what separates the patios... 1. A waist high fence with planter boxes around the whole patio. 2. The entrance to the patio is 40-50 feet away from Chipotle's patio. 3. Different umbrellas. 4. Different chairs and tables. 5. A sign on the side of the building (a completely different building than that of Chipotle) that states "Preston's Patio Rules"... Obviously not the same patio as Chipotle.
The two women could have resolved the issue by moving to the right patio. It would have taken 30 seconds. We don't let our customers sit on Chipotle patio and eat our food, and we also don't allow outside food to be consumed on our patio. I would believe that is an industry rule from McDonalds to a high end restaurant.
All the employees were civil and polite when asking them to move, which should have been enough.
On a side note, the "muffin top girl" is 8 months pregnant!
Thank you to all the customers we have and to the new ones to come. Preston's Mgmt

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★★★☆☆

To the previous post... If you weren't involved in the conversation with the two women, you should keep your statements to yourself. To anyone who has been to the corner, here is what separates the patios... 1. A waist high fence with planter boxes around the whole patio. 2. The entrance to the patio is 40-50 feet away from Chipotle's patio. 3. Different umbrellas. 4. Different chairs and tables. 5. A sign on the side of the building (a completely different building than that of Chipotle) that states "Preston's Patio Rules"... Obviously not the same patio as Chipotle.
The two women could have resolved the issue by moving to the right patio. It would have taken 30 seconds. We don't let our customers sit on Chipotle patio and eat our food, and we also don't allow outside food to be consumed on our patio. I would believe that is an industry rule from McDonalds to a high end restaurant.
All the employees were civil and polite when asking them to move, which should have been enough.
On a side note, the "muffin top girl" is 8 months pregnant!
Thank you to all the customers we have and to the new ones to come. Preston's Mgmt

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My colleague and I had lunch here one fine Friday afternoon. What a mistake we made. We spent what was supposed to be a working lunch watching the wait staff and owner argue with another table. Forget the poor quality food and service we received, I am so appalled at the owner's behavior that I will never go back. Two women, also having a working lunch, mistakenly sat in the Preston Pub patio section though they had purchased their food next door from Chipotle. A server came out after they unwrapped their entrees and began eating and asked them to move. Caught off guard, because there is NO SIGNAGE and it really does look like shared seating across about four different restaurants, the ladies explained they didn't know the property was specific to the resaurant and that, since they had begun eating, they would wrap up lunch in ten minutes and be on their merry way. This did not fly with the muffin top waitress and after she inarticulately argued with their response and raised her voice, she stormed off the scene. About 3-4 minutes later, a gentleman approached them and made a fuss. The ladies stood their ground and politely said they would leave soon, but just needed a few minutes to finish up and also stated that next time, they would be sure to sit in the proper areas (whatever those were). Next, the owner approached the ladies. Mr. Preston in the flesh and, despite another professional explanation from the ladies, he picked up their food, hopped the fence and relocated it to a 'designated Chipotle table'. Trash. Trash. Trash. With grace and respect, the women wrapped up and left without saying a word and leaving their unfinished food to be eaten by the birds that had immediately flocked to it. With all the restaurants in this location, this should be your very last choice and only if you're on the brink of starvation.

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★☆☆☆☆

My colleague and I had lunch here one fine Friday afternoon. What a mistake we made. We spent what was supposed to be a working lunch watching the wait staff and owner argue with another table. Forget the poor quality food and service we received, I am so appalled at the owner's behavior that I will never go back. Two women, also having a working lunch, mistakenly sat in the Preston Pub patio section though they had purchased their food next door from Chipotle. A server came out after they unwrapped their entrees and began eating and asked them to move. Caught off guard, because there is NO SIGNAGE and it really does look like shared seating across about four different restaurants, the ladies explained they didn't know the property was specific to the resaurant and that, since they had begun eating, they would wrap up lunch in ten minutes and be on their merry way. This did not fly with the muffin top waitress and after she inarticulately argued with their response and raised her voice, she stormed off the scene. About 3-4 minutes later, a gentleman approached them and made a fuss. The ladies stood their ground and politely said they would leave soon, but just needed a few minutes to finish up and also stated that next time, they would be sure to sit in the proper areas (whatever those were). Next, the owner approached the ladies. Mr. Preston in the flesh and, despite another professional explanation from the ladies, he picked up their food, hopped the fence and relocated it to a 'designated Chipotle table'. Trash. Trash. Trash. With grace and respect, the women wrapped up and left without saying a word and leaving their unfinished food to be eaten by the birds that had immediately flocked to it. With all the restaurants in this location, this should be your very last choice and only if you're on the brink of starvation.

Pros: None

Cons: Unprofessional staff and bad behavior

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I've been here around 20 times, so I speak from experience. I am a 25 year old student attending the University of Minnesota. My review will mainly address the night scene.

Sargeant Preston's is a very unique bar. The women who work there are all hot, but I have never received a snotty comment from one of them. Usually the crowd consists of 21-30 year olds, some students but just as many not. The drinks are reasonably priced, and their Fishbowls are amazingly well mixed. If you haven't tried one or you've gotten a cheap version in the past from another bar, I suggest you try theirs. It's a good deal if you are with a lot of people, and it's always fun to see who can finish one fastest!

The atmosphere of the bar is relaxed during the cold months, but off the hook in summer. This place will be packed wall to wall on weekends in the summer, and the huge patio outside seats another 100 or so people. There is a dance floor, more like a platform, where you can get down to the awesome mix of songs they play. Anything goes, from ACDC to Daft Punk. They will play a song for you if you request it, which is always good to start the night off right.

The food there is excellent, especially the sandwiches, if you happen to be there during the day. As I mentioned before the outside patio seats a lot of people and would be good for anything from dates to business meetings. The traffic isn't so bad in seven corners, but you still have the feeling of being in the heart of the city since it is only blocks from downtown.

I've been to Blarney Pub, Dinkytowner, Envy (pretentious crowd of posers), Brothers, Aqua, Annex, Drink and many others. If you are into the hardcore club scene and want to pretend you're someone you're not, downtown Minneapolis has plenty of clubs for you. If you want to hang out in a place where the women are just as fine but don't act like stupid bimbos, this might be the place for you. It is an awesome bar and you will never feel out of place!

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★★★★★

I've been here around 20 times, so I speak from experience. I am a 25 year old student attending the University of Minnesota. My review will mainly address the night scene.

Sargeant Preston's is a very unique bar. The women who work there are all hot, but I have never received a snotty comment from one of them. Usually the crowd consists of 21-30 year olds, some students but just as many not. The drinks are reasonably priced, and their Fishbowls are amazingly well mixed. If you haven't tried one or you've gotten a cheap version in the past from another bar, I suggest you try theirs. It's a good deal if you are with a lot of people, and it's always fun to see who can finish one fastest!

The atmosphere of the bar is relaxed during the cold months, but off the hook in summer. This place will be packed wall to wall on weekends in the summer, and the huge patio outside seats another 100 or so people. There is a dance floor, more like a platform, where you can get down to the awesome mix of songs they play. Anything goes, from ACDC to Daft Punk. They will play a song for you if you request it, which is always good to start the night off right.

The food there is excellent, especially the sandwiches, if you happen to be there during the day. As I mentioned before the outside patio seats a lot of people and would be good for anything from dates to business meetings. The traffic isn't so bad in seven corners, but you still have the feeling of being in the heart of the city since it is only blocks from downtown.

I've been to Blarney Pub, Dinkytowner, Envy (pretentious crowd of posers), Brothers, Aqua, Annex, Drink and many others. If you are into the hardcore club scene and want to pretend you're someone you're not, downtown Minneapolis has plenty of clubs for you. If you want to hang out in a place where the women are just as fine but don't act like stupid bimbos, this might be the place for you. It is an awesome bar and you will never feel out of place!

Pros: Friendly atmosphere, reasonable prices, great food, awesome music, public parking directly across the street

Cons: You might find yourself going out to the bar more than normal

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Sgt Prestons was nothing special to begin with (unless you are just there to get drunk on fishbowls), but they had a pretty good $5 lunch special and their sandwiches were affordable and good. My coworkers and I used to go there all the time. The last time we went, the menu had changed. They took away the burger I order, the sandwich my coworker ordered, and the $5 specials were gone. Our waitress was new, and she hadn't even known what we were talking about when we asked for the special. We stayed anyway, which was a mistake. My coworker could still get her sandwich, but the items on it were a $1 extra so it was $2 more. She got ice cream instead. My patty melt was supposed to have fried onions. It did, a single onion ring. Another member of my group had a chicken quesadilla. What the menu failed to mention was that the chicken was extra. He was charged $10 for it. Despite being one of only two groups (one of which was a fishbowl drinker group at noon!), service took over an hour. We were appalled when we got the check. If Sgt Prestons thinks its going to make more money by increasing the prices and overcharging guests, it is mistaken, because they just lost a group of regulars, and by alienating more they will just lose more money. We will to the Corner Bar from now on.

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★☆☆☆☆

Sgt Prestons was nothing special to begin with (unless you are just there to get drunk on fishbowls), but they had a pretty good $5 lunch special and their sandwiches were affordable and good. My coworkers and I used to go there all the time. The last time we went, the menu had changed. They took away the burger I order, the sandwich my coworker ordered, and the $5 specials were gone. Our waitress was new, and she hadn't even known what we were talking about when we asked for the special. We stayed anyway, which was a mistake. My coworker could still get her sandwich, but the items on it were a $1 extra so it was $2 more. She got ice cream instead. My patty melt was supposed to have fried onions. It did, a single onion ring. Another member of my group had a chicken quesadilla. What the menu failed to mention was that the chicken was extra. He was charged $10 for it. Despite being one of only two groups (one of which was a fishbowl drinker group at noon!), service took over an hour. We were appalled when we got the check. If Sgt Prestons thinks its going to make more money by increasing the prices and overcharging guests, it is mistaken, because they just lost a group of regulars, and by alienating more they will just lose more money. We will to the Corner Bar from now on.

Pros: Fishbowls for drinking college students

Cons: No specials, menu changed, prices increased, charges for extras

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I went to go close my tab at the bar and they basically told me that the tab was already closed and my card was gone. They gave my card away to a complete stranger and did nothing to correct the manner. The bill that showed up on my card was around $50 when I ordered 3 beers. Hmmm.... rating this bar, all in all terrible service. They like to give away your identity with a smile and then decide to ignore your requests for an hour while serving other patrons of the bar. The manager has not returned my card, or calls, and I am appalled that this could happen at a place that I trusted with my personal bank information.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to go close my tab at the bar and they basically told me that the tab was already closed and my card was gone. They gave my card away to a complete stranger and did nothing to correct the manner. The bill that showed up on my card was around $50 when I ordered 3 beers. Hmmm.... rating this bar, all in all terrible service. They like to give away your identity with a smile and then decide to ignore your requests for an hour while serving other patrons of the bar. The manager has not returned my card, or calls, and I am appalled that this could happen at a place that I trusted with my personal bank information.

Cons: identity theft

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I have been going here for years to watch football games & Preston's does not disappoint for drinks. However, my last visit there I witnessed a man coming out of the bathroom stall, not bothering to wash his hands, and then walk back behind the grill(can see the kitchen from tables) and start making food for people. I watched him closely the entire time and he definitely DID NOT wash his hands. As a patron & someone who used to work in a restaurant in college, I am disgusted.

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★★★☆☆

I have been going here for years to watch football games & Preston's does not disappoint for drinks. However, my last visit there I witnessed a man coming out of the bathroom stall, not bothering to wash his hands, and then walk back behind the grill(can see the kitchen from tables) and start making food for people. I watched him closely the entire time and he definitely DID NOT wash his hands. As a patron & someone who used to work in a restaurant in college, I am disgusted.

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FISHBOWLS are the most amazing drinks ever. Too bad they don't have mini fishbowls anymore, you need I think 3 people for a full sized one, people kept stealing the little bowls. Great crowd, NICE patio, and awesome food. Lunch is really good. Came here with a wedding party after the ceremony, before reception and it was a lot of fun, we even saw another wedding party! Great stop for a party bus.

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★★★★★

FISHBOWLS are the most amazing drinks ever. Too bad they don't have mini fishbowls anymore, you need I think 3 people for a full sized one, people kept stealing the little bowls. Great crowd, NICE patio, and awesome food. Lunch is really good. Came here with a wedding party after the ceremony, before reception and it was a lot of fun, we even saw another wedding party! Great stop for a party bus.

Pros: People, Location, Food

Cons: parking

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you can't beat the patio or the fish bowls plus the best looking wait staff on campus
if you have'nt been here you are missing out on a college classic my parent's came here 20 years ago and loved it and I do too.

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★★★★★

you can't beat the patio or the fish bowls plus the best looking wait staff on campus
if you have'nt been here you are missing out on a college classic my parent's came here 20 years ago and loved it and I do too.

Pros: patio, waitstaff, service

Cons: not enough room

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We were here with a group of 6+ which apprently included an automatic %15 gratuity. That is fine. What is not fine is the waitress not telling us about it and actually circling our total with a pen several time and in the process, scratching out the part on the tab where it showed that a gratuity had been added. This waitress was going for a double tip and she wasn't worth %15 to begin with. I have always thought Sgt. Prestons to be OK, but I won't be returning after this.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were here with a group of 6+ which apprently included an automatic %15 gratuity. That is fine. What is not fine is the waitress not telling us about it and actually circling our total with a pen several time and in the process, scratching out the part on the tab where it showed that a gratuity had been added. This waitress was going for a double tip and she wasn't worth %15 to begin with. I have always thought Sgt. Prestons to be OK, but I won't be returning after this.

Cons: Deceptive Waitstaff

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Interesting decor

Cons: Inconvenient parking, Uncaring waitstaff, Weird smell

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: outside seating, happy hour specials

Cons: slow service, slow service, crowded

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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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★★★★★

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.

Pros: location, outdoors, variety of beer

Cons: a little pricey

 

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