The "Kneipe" is apparently independent (not bound to a brewery group) and serves a selection of session beers that is above local average (not counting the Altes Maedchen Braugasthaus, which is located nearby). I enjoy the fact that they sometimes have Gröninger Hefeweizen on tap. However, don’t expect rare gems or above-average food. I like the ’alternative’ feel of the place and of the crowd. On the other hand, they do not take the smoking ban seriously, which is a serious drawback for me. Luckily, there is always the possibility to relocate to the adjacent backpacker’s bar/restaurant with its tiny beer garden in the back (they have an absolutely delicious Pinkus Pilsener on tap). Fritz Bauch still remains one of my favorite beer-drinking places in the area, at least when I don’t feel like going to the more upscale Altes Maedchen.
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 8/20
Tavern with a beer selection above local average. Most of the guests are matured punks; dresscode: black. Drawback: what they serve as food. Plus factor: when finally kitchen is closed (around 10 p.m.), the smoking ban is lifted.
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Houba (21) Hamburg, Germany | June 24, 2011| Updated July 11, 2013
Firmly ‘alternative’ bastion in the rapidly gentrifying Sternschanze neighborhood. Charmingly traditional bar food; small, but carefully chosen selection of (session) beers. Service could be more attentive, and as the night wears on, the smoking ban occasionally turns into a mere suggestion. Still my favorite go-to Kneipe in the area.