Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne
Beer Available At Gaststätte Max Stark (arranged by most recent)
Päffgen Kölsch 91
BMMillsy (93) Florida | August 30, 2014
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped on while on a short visit to Cologne to get some authentic German experience. Not easy to find, but when we did we sat right down at a table inside for a late lunch (nearly 2 pm) and were quickly served the Kolsch without even asking. So that’s nice. Ordered the Weiner Schnitzel and it was as expected. Only one beer of course, and the waiter was giving me a hard time when I had yet to drink my whole beer before ordering food. Just having a little fun with me. Overall worth visiting away from the tourist destinations. Not sure how to make the overall score higher, since I can’t give any more points for the selection. But better than a 50 overall, despite the selection.
Fin (636) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 28, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This place was 5-10 mins walk from the main station & the hustle & bustle of central touristy Cologne & for that it seemed a million miles away from the atmosphere of some of those central bars. It was a great sunshiney dad when me, dad & Barry visited here on Friday the 28th March 2014. The beer choice was just Kolsch but was the excellent Paffgen. This place occupied a corner plot in a largely residential area a number of the brass cobbles inset into the pavement a short walk from here suggests that this is an area where a number of jews may have lived around the time of WW2 as these brass cobbles list the details of Jewish inhabitants taken from here and where they were taken to. Anyway I am going off on a tangent back to pub/bar or indeed restaurant. Spartan but very smart with more modern wooden tables and decor some would say aesthetically pleasing. As you enter the bar/serving area is straight ahead, this is a one roomed bar but it did have a small raised area off to the right. Service was excellent and whilst we didn’t eat here the food did look exceptionally good and reasonably priced. It was buzzing without being full, a nice cross section of people types and ages. This really is a very good bar and well worth the short walk to get to.
brim (8) , Australia | November 12, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 13/20
Had a few, enjoyable, very reasonably priced Paffen Kölsch here with halver Hahn and Kölsch kaviar, of which both were also very good. Service is very attentive, the bar has a nice traditional feel to it and it’s far enough away from the city centre that you feel as though most of the time you would be the only tourists in there.
deanso (334) the Hague, Netherlands | September 10, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice friendly place close to the train station. I was there on a sunday night so it was quiet quiet. Nice atmisphere
hobsch (57) Cologne , Germany | July 22, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
If you want to have Päffgen Kölsch in a rather non tourist setting go here. Food is very reasonable priced and far ahead of the mediocre Brauhaus stuff you get served in the rest of Cologne. Only problem is that they accept reservations only until 6pm. So arrive early. Highly recommended. Location is very close to Hauptbahnhof and Dom.
MikeKeller (28) Kemi, Finland | August 29, 2012| Updated September 16, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Nice low-light atmosphere at the wednesday evening. The place was packed with locals obviously enjoying their time at the place (laughing loudly) as were we. Great kölsch, tasty food and nice staff. Reasonable prices too.
YULbier (250) Montreal, | May 15, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Tiny resto-pub serving extra-fresh Paeffgen from "cask". Very popular among locals, so arrive outside of the mealtimes if you want sit. 1,50 euros for the glass of kolsch. Enjoyable.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 11, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
More modern place outside of the city center, but well worth the effort to seek it out. Their Päffgen Kölsch from the wooden barrel is as stunning as it should be, and the food menu is more inventive than the typical brewery pub (chicken hearts were very good). The place was packed for dinner, which made for a pleasant atmosphere, and the long tables filled with strangers help conviviality as well. If you are looking for a trendier place to have dinner with the wondrous Päffgen Kölsch, this is your restaurant.
3fourths (1367) Boulder, Colorado | June 21, 2006| Updated April 20, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
This place rocks - wonderful food we had for lunch, the bratwurst was made properly, cooker properly, tasted fantastic. The atmosphere is also nice... it’s a neighborhood eatery with a medium sized bar against one wall, and on my visit I saw basically no tourists - we were the tourists, so we got the stares. One of my goals when traveling is to find the places where locals eat and drink, so I enjoy being stared at - it means I found what I’m looking for. Service was great, they even gave us an English menu to help us out, not something we asked for.
pivnizub (478) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | July 24, 2005
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Max Stark is not a large Brauhaus; it looks like a cleaner, light and modern version of the old (and unfortunately retired) Lommerzheim; one cozy room, half panneled, two columns in the middle, high ceiling, typical Brauhaus-tables, friendly staff.
Instead of a classical wooden Paeffgen-barell they use a plastic-covered steel-cask, but don’t be afraid, it’s understood that the Päffgen-Kölsch is excellent here !
For those, who are keen on good food, here’s the right place: this pub is recommended in the german edition of the Gault-Millau gourmet guide ! Everything on the menu is freshly cooked and home made, no convenience or preserved foods are used (even the good french-fries are hand-made !). It’s understood, that this typical "Kölsch Gasthaus" offers mainly local dishes, e.g. "Rhenish braised horse-meat marinated in vinegar", but during the saison excellent chanterelles with pasta are highly recommended....!
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