Went here on a local derby footie afternoon, and both Dortmund and Cologne colours were seen, sometimes in the same ring of people, so the atmostphere was crowded and noisy, but characterful and with a friendly vibe. Place is kinda shabby, but I like dim shabby places, again, there’s lots of character here. Not sure I can justify any more that 2 points for selection - it only has 1 beer. However, the beer is in absolutely tip-top condition, and was the first kolsch I’ve had which actually had some character that identified its non-lager recipe. Seeing the wooden barrels still in use, and the efficiency with which the staff pour and serve is marvelous. Food looked good, and was certainly popular, but I didn’t eat myself. Prices very friendly. Pay-as-you-go (rather than mat tab) didn’t offend the staff, so that kept things easy. Glad I visited, but I’m not sure there’s much to draw me back.
Visited this place on a Friday noon (1-2pm). It wasnt full but there were people eating and drinking. Small restaurant with nice ambiance and nice yard next to it with tables and seats for when the weather is good. I didnt try the food, I only had some Paffgens which was what I needed after work. Very good service, fast and kind. They let me sit at a table even without ordering food.. which didn’t happen in other similar places even if they had free tables.
Very glad we made the effort to visit Gaststatte Lommerzheim. Fantastic opportunity for a genuine Kolsch drinking experience. We didn’t eat there, but had we been hungry and I wasn’t vegetarian, there were some very big chunks of meat being served for 10 - 12 euros. If you need an reason to persude your family to leave Koln tourist central to come here it’s only a 5 min walk from Koln Triangle which has a 360 degree roof top viewing 29 stories for fantastic views over the city and beyond.
Highest rated place in all of Cologne. Of course only one beer on tap, but it is the best of the Kolschs at least. I hear the food was good, but we stopped in after dinner, so I don’t know myself. The place is small and a bit cramped, when we arrived at after 10PM there were about 20 people crowded outside, smoking. Inside we actually found a table, but the second the smoking crew came in it was packed. Unlike Max Stark, the service here is actually solid; Paffgen flowed freely. This is clearly a favorite haunt among the locals; I guess they are trying to get away from the touristy beer halls on the other bank, but the lack of outside seating, coupled to the raw heat generated by so many bodies in such a small space, made this a bit uncomfortable to me.