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Poor Richard's Commonhouse

Poor Richard's Commonhouse

Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Normandale Lake District, Bloomington
  • Don't forget it is Thanksgiving Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Craig T.
    "... in the past and the bartenders and staff make me feel at home. One of my favorite..."(2 Tips)
    Tim V.
    "Happy Hour specials from 3-6 are worth the trip."(6 Tips)
    Michelle L.
    "Beer Pong Sundays at 9pm! Be there by 8:30 to sign..."(2 Tips)
    dan R.
    "Sassy Lassy trivia on Wednesday nights at 9pm."(3 Tips)
81 Tips and reviews
  • happy hour
  • burgers
  • chicken wings
  • great value
  • beer
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  • Tim V.
    Tim VernonJune 21, 2013
    New ownership for over a year now. Put a lot of money into it to fix the previous issues. i.e smell New chef, new menu, all very good. Happy Hour specials from 3-6 are worth the trip. Staff is Great!
  • Katie
    KatieMay 31, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The burgers are amazing. I'm seriously missing the captain crunch chicken but the food is good all around. The bartenders are great. The servers (Nikki and Mitch in particular) are great. Love PR's :)
  • Craig T.
    Craig TebbeJanuary 16, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    This bar smells like lotus petals on a spring morning. But, seriously those days are far in the past and the bartenders and staff make me feel at home. One of my favorite bars around.
  • John R.
    John ReposaJune 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Food is great and servers are extremely friendly and if you come enough they actually know what you eat and drink. It's truly the place where everyone knows your name.
  • Julie J.
    Julie JJune 21, 2013
    Went there for happy hour last week--absolutely no smell!! Friendly staff, busy happy hour, great new patio furniture! Taco Tuesday is the greatest idea ever!
  • Niki M.
    Niki MussellJune 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    I have been working here for over a year now, and I could not be more proud of the improvement since the change in ownership. This restaurant is is definitely somewhere you need to be! Come visit!
  • John R.
    John ReposaJune 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Tina the server is amazing and always takes care of us. She actually cares about the customer and makes us feel at home. A++++++++++
  • Gerardo O.
    Gerardo ObietaJune 13, 2014
    World Cup happens every 4 years, it's a huge event. I was expecting to watch the game with average food and beers. But seriously, no audio on TVs? 80% of customers here are watching the game! No cool!
  • Craig T.
    Craig TebbeJune 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Kelly, Arash, and Hannah gave me the best experience. The service and bartenders are incredible. My home away from home.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BantaMarch 24, 2013
    Second time we've been here....enjoy the Reuben's!! And guys don't have to give up glancing at sports TV's when they go out to dinner... Nice atomosphere!
  • Alexandra J.
    Alexandra JensrudJune 12, 2012
    Monday at 10 is trivia. If you're not up for trivia and a really loud atmosphere, choose another venue. Otherwise, great service and food.
  • Erin K.
    Erin KJune 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Love all the staff! Tammy, Chase, and Jocko are awesome bartenders! Proud to call PR my home bar.
  • Chelsie P.
    Chelsie PeliJune 3, 2013
    Friendly atmosphere and fun staff! Lyssa is the best!! I recommend the calamari!
  • William M.
    William MoundJune 3, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Good , fun, safe atmosphere. Some of the best specials around..staff is amazing.
  • Allison H.
    Allison HanleyJune 1, 2012
    If you want to redeem the specials, make sure to talk to the waitress/bartenders before checking in!!
  • Destinee R.
    Destinee ReinhardtFebruary 12, 2013
    Bloodys are tasty! Get one with pepper & cilantro infused vodka! Mmm
  • Jacob E.
    Jacob EdholmJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The best bar staff around! But this place has a serious problem with mold and just overall terrible smells as a result. The fresh paint hid it for a while, but it is clear the owners just don't care.
  • Todd H.
    Todd HuttnerJanuary 10, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Really? A sports bar in Minneapolis suburbs when the Gopher B-ball team is ranked #8, hockey is ranked #1 and they DON'T HAVE THE BIG 10 NETWORK???
  • Donovan W.
    Donovan WFebruary 20, 2013
    Place looks awesome. Food was fresh and solid. Great lunch spot.
  • Nick H.
    Nick HalversonJanuary 30, 2012
    The nachos with chicken are great and large (served on a pizza sheet)
  • Doug H.
    Doug HamlinMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is fantastic. It's like someone rolled up an Applebee's, Olive Garden and TGI Fridays all in one.
  • DJ H.
    DJ HazelwoodApril 11, 2014
    Great wings. Pull tabs are a plus. Good atmosphere.
  • Todd H.
    Todd HuttnerFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    This place REALLY wants to be an American Legion post: bar bingo, meat raffles, $2 burgers, karaoke & beer pong!
  • Ross N.
    Ross NippoldtMarch 8, 2013
    Try the crime brûlée. It is to die for.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SheaNovember 12, 2014
    Say Hi to Tina! And the Blue Cheese burger is amazing!
  • Sharma K.
    Sharma KFebruary 16, 2012
    They honored the drink with a cosmo and awesome live music.
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BowlesJanuary 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Try their Bison Chili. It is awesome!!
  • Rene C.
    Rene C.December 12, 2010
    Cool place otherwise, with awesome happy hours. They just need to get their 4sq shit together.
  • Jess
    JessDecember 16, 2011
    The spicy vodka pasta was suprisingly excellent..
  • Troy W.
    Troy WasiloskiJune 21, 2013
    Great food, great service. Beats anyone else in bloomington!
  • Todd H.
    Todd HuttnerJune 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Check out the best-looking happy hour staff in Bloomington!
  • Eric S.
    Eric StateMarch 9, 2014
    Great beer but they don't have bud light on tap? A little weird
  • Mike T.
    Mike TMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    As I walked in I was overcome by the smell. It smells like charcoal and burnt hair. But the food was delicious!!!
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BowlesFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the wings with the their new jerk sauce!
  • john n.
    john nielsonApril 7, 2011
    Sam Adams mussels for Happy Hour. can't go wrong - with some cheap Stella's, of course
  • William M.
    William MoundAugust 8, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Des chutes is amazing. Good atmosphere !!
  • Signe A.
    Signe AndersonJanuary 29, 2012
    The food is awful, the cocktails are worse and the place smells terrible. The only saving grace is the free entertainment provided by our awesome, drunk waitress and the hilarious people watching.
  • Ed K.
    Ed KohlerJanuary 30, 2011
    What the all you can eat brunch special lacks in quality, it makes up for in quantity.
  • Joe H.
    Joe HaenFebruary 5, 2012
    They honored the special for me on a crown on the rocks. I can't afford another one though...
  • Avery R.
    Avery RowellJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Get to know bartenders and staff. They're the shit!!!
  • Mallory B.
    Mallory BerglandJuly 19, 2012
    good food, but slow & forgetful service. I think our server was new, but it really was a poor experience.
  • Joshua Y.
    Joshua YernbergMay 9, 2015
    First time here, & both the bartending staff & serving staff,...rude af! Guess they don't want money spent, cool with me. Won't be back again FRFR!!!
  • ryan l.
    ryan libsonSeptember 26, 2010
    It's pretty much Majors with a paint job, if you liked Majors you'll be OK. I sort of expected a decent beer selection due to the name- not so much.
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SMMSeptember 21, 2010
    Baked wings or the Pot roast! Great HH too!
  • dan R.
    dan RyanSeptember 30, 2010
    Sassy Lassy trivia on Wednesday nights at 9pm. Good times
  • Cori K.
    Cori KApril 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Wednesday is $1 Burgers from 3-6(?)!
  • Steven P.
    Steven POSTLEAugust 22, 2012
    I agree about the barnyard smell but recently went there on Aug 22 and it seems like they've done something about it. Smelled fine.
  • Shelby B.
    Shelby BuckJanuary 22, 2013
    The chili is great!!
  • Chuck H.
    Chuck HoleySeptember 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food and awesome service.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LindholmDecember 4, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Beer Pong Sundays at 9pm! Be there by 8:30 to sign up! Run by Candice and myself :)
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BowlesFebruary 9, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you like things hot...ask for the ghost pepper sauce.
  • Tim C.
    Tim CourteauMarch 31, 2012
    Bring your oxygen mask, it stinks like manure in here :p
  • Mark v.
    Mark von OvenApril 23, 2011
    The special says ANY drink. In capital letters. Make them honor it, as they will try to tell you it's only for certain drinks. Not a good start Dick.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MendozaApril 14, 2012
    Bar has smelled like sewage water every night for at least the last year I've been coming.
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GreenApril 2, 2013
    It's the only bar that still plays Anne
  • Noe H.
    Noe HurtadoNovember 2, 2013
    Great bar staff
  • Molly J.
    Molly JoSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Probably my fave place to go :)
  • Rene C.
    Rene C.December 12, 2010
    they're a bit clueless about the special. Although they did honor it, not really for any drink, though. Lame.
  • Tony S.
    Tony SaldinJanuary 29, 2012
    Grab the $3 drink special
  • Scott S.
    Scott SpadyJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Things have been fixed with the new owner.
  • Mitchell T.
    Mitchell TonakJune 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They have HOT waitresses here. Yummy
  • MLinnea
    MLinneaMay 16, 2012
    Been here for 15 min.. No waitress yet
  • reid r.
    reid robbinsMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great drink specials. Reid Robbins Court Reporting
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn SteenOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    They didn't give me the $3 drink special for checking in even though I asked for it.
  • Sara J.
    Sara JohnsonApril 29, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Commonhouse openhouse Thursdays 10-11pm free beer!
  • Nick H.
    Nick HalversonJanuary 30, 2012
    The special is no longer in effect.
  • Tats 0.
    Tats 0201October 12, 2012
    It is now safe to enjoy bev's again. No ass smell!!!! It's gone!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SchroederJanuary 11, 2012
    Nice bar... smells funny
  • Mike S.
    Mike SossinMarch 17, 2013
    Try a plunging attack
  • Greg S.
    Greg SwanSeptember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It turns out Poor Richard is actually Middle Class Dick.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HinkerNovember 26, 2011
    It totally smells funny here. Been here twice-smells totally bad.
  • Jody L.
    Jody LindnerFebruary 10, 2013
    Food was good but the service wasn't that great.
  • Megan D.
    Megan DerkeyMarch 26, 2012
    Disgusting, I would never go back here for lunch. Smells like a bathroom!
  • Scott N.
    Scott NelsonApril 7, 2011
    Good food, but the service is slow.
  • Annie F.
    Annie FullertonMarch 17, 2013
    Ehh it's okay
  • Rob D.
    Rob DeMarsOctober 23, 2010
  • Sean
    SeanFebruary 26, 2012
    Crap service tonight, don't waste your time here!
  • Kasey S.
    Kasey SkalaApril 13, 2012
    Service leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Rob M.
    Rob MehtaNovember 21, 2012
    Not that great.
  • Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie YorawayFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The smell is awful in there. :(
  • Robyn A.
    Robyn AlkireAugust 11, 2012
    service sucks, food ok nothing special
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