Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne
Travlr (1324) Washington, Washington DC | September 6, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
So the suit next to me drank enough to completely cover every inch of his table with empty glasses, then he went back to the office. This is a one beer bar, a good example of the style.
3fourths (1270) Boulder, Colorado | June 21, 2006| Updated April 20, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
The interior of this building is so neat. Down a few flights of stairs and through a few oddly shaped rooms you arrive at the grotto bar, as I was calling it. Looks like you’re sitting inside a cave or a bomb shelter, but there’s a nice big flashy bar next to you, serving the Fruh Kolsch out of a barrel. Waitresses were nice (and cute), and the atmosphere was jovial. Here’s a tip: don’t use the pay toilet downstairs, just go back to the front door and go upstairs and use the one near the dining area.
t0rin0 (1130) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 3, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited twice, once in summer 2009 with family and again in September 2012 with chinoskillzian and womencantsail.
This is right across the way from the cathedral (hence the name am Dom). It’s a very popular place but it’s also very nice. As mentioned the building is in a great spot, where you can get a view of the cathedral as you drink a beer and if you want, talk with the other patrons as you’ll undoubtedly be sharing a table with people that you don’t know. Both visits saw nice weather but on the first I had good service where as on the second one the service was bad. That’s what you get for paying your servers better by rolling the tip into the bill. If you’re young and not dressed in expensive clothes they’ll treat you like crap. Also, kolsch prices are higher than alt prices despite being served in a smaller glass. Even if you get a crappy server go check out the inside of the building, it’s neat.
brokensail (755) Orange County, California | October 3, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Total tourist trap right by the cathedral and museums. A bit more expensive than the other places in town and probably the worst of the beers. Worth it for a quick beer/tick, but not someplace I’d hang out at for very long.
Braudog (697) Hampton, Virginia | August 14, 2005
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
I must’ve drank about 90,000 1/2 liter bottles of Früh Kölsch between late 1999 and early 2002 ... and I lived right down the hill from the Bitburger brewery. This was one of my favorite brews. Unfortunately, the tap room right in the center of the crowds in Köln is always super crowded. But you gotta go if in town.
Dogbrick (658) Columbus, Ohio | June 11, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
(Visited 11/2011): This brewpub is near the Cologne cathedral in a heavily trafficked area.
The interior opens to a small service area where you can order beer from a barrel at a short bar and stand there and drink it. Past that area is the dining space, and they have a cellar as well.
Früh has exactly one beer available, their Kölsch and it is decent.
Service was about what you would expect at a crowded tourist spot. I walked up, ordered a beer, got the beer and drank it and that was it.
I did not try any food on the visit.
Overall this is an easy spot to drop in and check off a Cologne Kölsch style bier, but I would not put it at the top of the list of places to seek out.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | June 9, 2007
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Old, dark basement that feels like you’re entering history. A nice setup. Obviously being so close to the cathedral, the patrons were mostly a bunch of tourists (so was I). The Kölsch is frankly thinner and less tasty than most, but being right by the Hoptbanhof, you may want to stop by anyway.
BeerandBlues2 (584) Hanover, Maryland | March 9, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
A nice stop in Cologne, very close to the cathedral and Roman-German museum. They serve one beer, straight from wooden kegs, and it is quite good. The food was some of the best we had in Germany. Service was better than most other places.
Theydon_Bois (534) The ’Sham, England | May 11, 2013
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited on Friday 26/04/13 around 4.45 pm.
A stones throw from Gaffel Am Dom and the Hbf so ideal if you have a 30 minute change of trains for a quick beer fix.
This bar is set across 3 floors, ground, upper and cellar and also has outside patio seating which was full of smokers, the inside was relatively quiet in comparison.
Tiled floor with wooden tables and chairs, fairly trad interior, stone walls adorned with a few nic-nacs.
The service was prompt and the waiter friendly and spoke good English.
A few people were eating and the food looked good. Seemed to be a mix of tourists (it’s right by the cathedral) and local workers.
Just the one beer in the form of their own kolsch.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 11, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Great terrace setting overlooking a fountain. Service was uninterested, which is common for touristy places. Food was bland as well... At least the Kölsch was pretty good; not a standout in Köln, mind you, but still better than expected for this establishment. I wouldn’t make this a priority when visiting Cologne (Malzmühle and Päffgen would be tmy top 2), but it makes for an easy stop near the Dom.
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