Small version of what an actual german beer hall looks like. All wood, I like it. Selection is rather dull, lots of big german breweries. I only found one draft of something I canít easily pick up any day. Food menu looked interesting. Prices on everything seemed about 20% higher than my belief it should be. Bartender did not seem particularly happy that I ordered 1 small glass and left. If I really want a German beer in a wooden bar then I will come here.
One of three german beer taverns owned by Chris Navarra, the other two being Prost! and Feierabend. Beer selection is fairly decent if youíre in the market for mass-produced german lagers. Theyíre strongly themed establishments, yes I get that. From the decor and food menu you can tell that itís their primary calling card. On a Sunday afternoon the place is completely empty. Yes they have the giant liter sized steins, yes they charge a bit of cash for them, and yes they offer a very brief and somewhat authentic german pub menu. Youíll find sausages and more sausages, along with a few smoked pork items and of course the ubiquitous german pretzel...made most famous in this particular city by the ill-fated Kingdome. Oh from the days of sipping a luke warm Rainier beer out of a plastic cup with your soggy yellow-mustard soaked pretzel at the dome...to a chain of german themed pubs serving re-heated pretzels out of their galley sized kitchen. Yes I saw their kitchen, no it does not inspire confidence. Examining the menu more closely one can realize that every dish, every plate, and every bowl are of the type that can easily be unwrapped from the fridge/freezer and popped into the nearest micro-radiation unit. Yes my friends, even the pretzel I ordered..when the restaurant was completely empty and the kitchen was obviously not busy at all, came hot on the outside and stone-cold on the bottom. But besides the disappointing menu (this is about the beer anyway!) there is a nice macro german selection featuring the likes of Hofbrauhaus, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, Franziskaner, Paulaner, and Ayinger. They also play soccer on the television, and the converted picnic table seating can be very cozy.
Excellent selection of beer all in correct glassware. The food is quite good, and like I remember from Germany. The space has a very high ceiling and can get loud, but itís nice with enough people in it.
German, not quite but it will do. Food is a little expensive and are more interpretations than the real deal. Schnitzel with oregano is not that authentic. The bar is really open with a high ceiling. It should be cozy but it is kind of cold. The draft beer selection is probably the best German beer selection in the city. They need a beer garden.
I mean itís kind of good. If you want the entire catalog of the super commercialized german beers, ie fransiskaner, hacker pshorr, paulaner. it was 9.50 for 1L for pretty much everything. so every city has one of these uber german places and this slightly cheaper than the chicago varient...how gay do you have to be to listen to the fleetwood mac song songbird? If you like german beers, go here, otherwise go anywhere else.
Very much gives you the feeling of an old continental beer hall, given that youíre on a busy one-way street a brief walk from UW. Picnic tables, highboys, longish bar, darts, and a few Americanisms--flat screen tvs and plenty of back-lit beer signs.
The lineup is essentially the same as Prost; itís clear that theyíre sister establishments. Identical menus, taps, menu items, right down the line. If youíre in the mood for some wurst, a pretzel, saurkraut, that sort of thing, itís done *very* well. But there are literally ~10 things on the menu, counting the pretzel.
Noisy, but neighborhoody and friendly. Definitely more of a college/young alum crowd than Prost, though, and some may want to consider that when making their selection.
jredmond (277) New York, New York | January 12, 2007| Updated May 8, 2009
Visited this bar while staying with a friend in Seattle. They serve boots of beer which are delightful