St. Paul >Food & Dining > Gopher Bar
241 Seventh St E, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510144.951074 -93.088557
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lowertown
Forget all the bad reviews about this place. – Being from Mobile Alabama I know a hole in the wall when I sit down and drink in one. I also think if your going to a bar "to drink" a hole in the wall is the best place to do so. When I moved up here the first thing I learned about "going out drinkin" was most every time you had to go to a restaurant/bar. Not at this place! They are rude when you walk in, they are rude when you walk out, and they are rude when your drinking. My kind of place!! As far as their lame ass hot dogs go? YUCK! And thats JUST how bar food SHOULD be! If you want a meal with your drink then go to a Chilis or something! They even have Rebel Flag hanging on the wall for all to see weather you like it or not! I love this place, and if your a biker, drinker, sh*t kicker, or just someone that wants a "real" bar experience then you will love it as well. The first time I walked in and sat down the bartender asked me "What in the f*ck do you want?!?" PRICELESS!! Dont even read the other reviews. They are obviously written by folks that have belts that match their socks, and shouldnt be in there in the first place! Two thumbs up! "And I know good bars!"
Might want to think twice – The Gopher Bar is sort of your iconic craphole bar, and it lives up to this standard in every way. You'll want to scrub yourself clean after touching any surface and I think the food quality is questionable for the cost, but it's a down a dirty recipe for a nice buzz and a full stomach. The coney islands aren't all they're cracked up to be...don't order two of them expecting a flavor orgasm. It seems like their only gimmick to get people in the door so they just keep making them..
Not a good experience – right from the get go and me unsuspecting anything profane, get blasted with some degrading charmers that no one has dared to call me - ever.
It gets worse with the name calling and his prize word becoming overused. At first I wasn't sure the guy wasn't avfeabile minded drunk, or ignorant non account, stupid person doing odd jobs -- no this is the owner calling me names. Any way, I was going to do some major overhaul on this guy plus some piece of work he has forva bartender. There seems to be a waitress that willngive workna try- seems nice but not very fast. I asked her where the ignorant ds was so I could shape him up a little. She got a little nervous but I was excited to be back in the trenches working my way through life.
The guy ses that I don't understand his schtick and backs off a little with more offensive language in front of everyone including women.
I'm leaving for certain withoutbbuying avthing but atvthecsame time i ant to rip him a new ne. He calls me over to chat explaining he was a copter jockey in nam 1st cav. I was think he would have been a LT and I could pull rank on him and chew him down to warm air off a terd.
Coney dogs were. No good but I'm not sure they may have been altered with the bodily fluid of the waitress.
Bad time, bad food and got pissed off at the same time.
Place is dirty, drab, just plain embarrasing for the unaware.
Hevcan go hang out with bar room intellectuals.
I'd just as soon wait outside one night to help him learn language.
He called me names over and over again that no one else evercdared to try. I'll never go back there again and I'm from out of the area- no need for mevto stay mad.
The coney's used to be good, but they're not anymore... – We hadn't been to the Gopher Bar in awhile, and we went there before heading off to a Winter Carnival 2011 event. I can't begin to tell you how disappointed we were!!! We were anticipating beefy dogs covered in homemade chili... THE WAY THEY USED TO MAKE THEM. What we received were very small dogs in a huge bun that had been dipped in a little chili and had a lot of cold cheese on it. GROSS! This place needs to adhere to their slogan ("Shut the f--k up") and get back to making chili dogs the way they used to... so people keep coming back!! Until they do, we're just going to go to DQ. (does that tell you anything????)
Complete gimmick – The GB is a great place for its atmosphere - no question about that. And hey, the connies aren't bad. But they're over $4 each and they're the size of my index finger. Common. Its a hotdog. Everyone thinks there's some secret ingredients, etc, and it cracks me up every time. You'll eat 3 hotdogs and get a can of pop. All food comes on wax paper with plastic silverware. Not even a plate. And if you order 3 of them you'll be paying $20 after tax and tip.
guarenteed, his food cost is .25 cents for each one.
So if are looking for 3 hotdogs with meat sauce and some shreaded cheese and onions (all of which are for sale at Costco) for $20, dine on.
Sorry, had to say it.
Coney Dogs – Been a while since I went there to try the Coney Dog. I won't be back. That's for sure. I don't mind dives once in a while, but something needs to be good. Nothing was, the afternoon I visited. From what I have read on this place, the owner is arrogant to. Why give an arrogant person my $$. I gave the bums that hung around there in the 70's more then I want to give this owner. Was fun throwing a cig out the bus window and seeing the bums scramble for it. A dive and the Coneys are not good either..
Best cony dogs in town. Not for the young and impressionable. – The Gopher Bar is the kind of joint you love to go to but you don't take your friends there because they might not understand the lure of the place. It's an old dump with an extremely limited menu although they have added fish and chips and chicken fingers lately. Smoking is no longer an issue since its been outlawed. The conies and the fries are as good as you can find in this country. It's cash only so bring the bucks and enjoy a real trip.
This funky St. Paul dive has gone to the dogs. Literally. – In Short
It doesn't get more offbeat than this: there's a framed Stars and Bars behind the bar, an old-fashioned cash register and a wall-mounted rotary phone. Not to mention the deer antlers strung with Christmas lights (even in June) and the photo of a long-graduated Gopher hockey team clad only in jockstraps. It's all about the Coney Island: dressed with chili, mustard, neon-orange grated cheese and chopped onions, and cradled in buns grilled to crunchy perfection.
The Greatest Bar in St Paul – Check your manners at the door, and leave the plastic at home. This bar is rustic and rude but serves the best coneys and the stiffest drinks this side of a Frat party. Evening menu turns into the Chili-dog nazi- We got dogs and chips!! Good thing they are fantastic. This is the home of the coldest beer and the hottest bartenders (the ladies I mean) You are liable to see the owners johnson at least once per visit if he is off duty. If you are P.C. this is probably not the place for you. If you like to do multiple shots and wash them down with more shots your home free.
Wow is this a dive – Where else can you find dusty severed animal heads and tacky christmas lights all year round. The Gopher bar. Home of the best chilli dogs that Minnesota has to offer. Unfortunately that is all they offer. Still it is worth the visit.
This place can best be described as a joint or a dive. It is small and smoky and everything is well worn.
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