Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne
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Päffgen Kölsch 89
bytemesis (561) Sunnyvale, California | June 16, 2015
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
I had high hopes for this place based on the reviews. It is actually quite small, with a main dining room consisting of a couple of large tables and a few smaller ones around the rim. The bar room has some standing tables and a few small sitting tables, along with a short bar more for the staff to congregate around than for customers. The place was full at 9PM on a Tuesday, but I managed to find a standing table. The server spent 99% of his attention on the large tables of loud laughing Germans, walking right past me three times with a tray full of Paffgen before I finally stopped him and he begrudgingly served me. Food smelled solid, but I didnt try anything. Prices about standard for the city.
sic1314 (478) Leiden, Netherlands | February 2, 2015
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
OK, it’s overrated for the selection,but it is a cracking little place. The fact it has Paffgen doesn’t hurt though.
BMMillsy (112) 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 (729) 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 (361) 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.
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