The other relevant specialty bar in Zürich besides The Alehouse. Located in a less posh part of Zürich behind the station, this place was once trailblazing and still remains so given the lack of other option. Cash only upon our visit but apparently temporary so. Friendly service and interesting locals. More regular look to it than usual in Zürich. About half a dozen of taps with the likes of BFM, Bierfactory and Dry & Bitter. An okay selection that would invite casual drinking if not for insane Zürich prices and the prices seemed to be a tad steeper even than at Alehouse despite less posh look and neighbourhood. Draft selection include one really bad beer in my opinion which is criminal almost at these prices. Selection is just not that impressive. The bottle selection is decent but nothing amazing and at eye bleeding Zürich prices aka 25 CHF for a Struise Black Albert. Overall just decent but enough bit lower priced boosting option to just chill and not enough crazy stuff to entice going broke.
If there were ying and yang bars in a city it would be this and The Alehouse. Both good, but for completely different reasons. Small pours, make sure you specify or you will get a regular size. Wifi and a well curated but tiny tap list. All on chalk boards so squinting at my age and lots of questions. A good bottle list is where it shines, but of course crazy prices where it suffers. Staff was nice and ambiance is nice with a great indoor/outdoor vibe. Definitely more trendy than The Alehouse which is good and bad. Again, a must if in Zurich but you are likely to prefer one to another, I like them both. They also ask for tips which sucks.
My first visit after the management changes a couple of years(?!) ago. The bar now mostly has very hip selections of beers ranging from local (Storm & Anchor) to foreign (Verzet, Omnipollo, etc), selection seems to overlap somewhat with the offerings of Beersnmore (bottleshop). Other than the taps, there are also quite a few bottles on offer. Bartender did let us sample from the taps before committing to a pour but the smallest pour is 2.5dl, which is a little too large for my taste when it comes to 10%+ abv beers. The place itself felt pretty great, the interior is friendly, the bartender was pretty knowledgeable and seemed genuinely interested in providing everyone with a beer they would actually enjoy. About half of the bar is devoted to seating for two people each at tiny tables, so definitely a good place for one-on-ones. When we were there, the crowd was pretty well behaved and quiet, which I like. Prices are pretty steep, maybe a tad higher than other craft beer places in Zurich but certainly not much. Growlers are available, which is sadly pretty rare in the area.
I will definitely come back again, as this seems to be a good place for afternoon hangouts.
My first visit and brought some friends along wanting to introduce them to the world of beer beyond lager and.......F&%KING tap take-over. The only beer was some stange stout/porter that we all did not enjoy at all. The staff and atmosphere were great, but the beer was a total disaster. Will re-rate after a return visit when the bar is functioning as it should. I understand the point of a tap take-over, but there were abandonded, almost full, glasses everywhere.