Were on the way to Leverkusen and put in a lunch stop in this brewpub. The brewhouse is really impressive, big, open, light and old-school, I enjoyed the atmosphere and interior a lot. Food selection was nice with some good hearty German stuff. Prices were okay, but little bit too expensive, though I’d say the lunch price for having "todays lunch" with a beer / soft drink etc of your choice for 6 € something was pretty fair. I had the onion soup with cheese-bread-topping, which I just loved. Selection of beer was rather low: There were the Hell and Dunkel and also the seasonal: Maibock. Good thing is, that you can buy the bottles for home directly there. Any 0,5 l swing top-bottle was 1,40 € with 0,15 € bottle deposit. Really, really fair when I think of other brewhouses which sell bottles....The staff was really nice (es wird geduzt!), fast and efficient. Really funny that the waiter warned me of the Maibock being a "strong beer" ;-) Would go there anytime again for drinking another seasonal.
Very large brewpub with a beer garden in front of it. It’s divided into several different areas, but the old swimming pool area is its centre and it’s very large and spacious, quite unique I’d say! The interior is quite clean and modern, not really the traditional "Brauhaus"-style, but inviting nevertheless.There is a shop as well where you can buy beer to take home or bread made from spent grain ("Treberbrot"). As far as I remember, they have four different beers on tap including the occasional seasonal, plus a few more from bottle, all for solid prices. Didn’t try the food, but it looked decent and was not expensive at all. Since it was rather empty on that Saturday noon, I cannot complain about the service as it was quick and friendly. Not only worth a visit because of the unique setting, and I would come back for the seasonals at least!
Surprisingly large interior in an old swimming pool. Inside the pool is a separate bar with tables and around the pool are tables on two level. The vessels are visible in the back behind the pool bar. A bit loud, but it has a charming ambiance.
Visited on Sunday early lunchtime, 28/04/13.
This took a little bit of effort to find as the nearest ’Danglebahn’ station was closed so we had to navigate off map for a bit!
Set in an old swimming baths this brewpub is rather splendid visually speaking and unique compared to any other I’ve visited.
4 levels make up this cavernous venue, one big room being presumably the former pool area about 4 steps down from another large area, then there are balcony levels looking down on the main floor. There is also a large outside garden.
The decorations were modern and stylish, almost like being in a 4* hotel in terms of the entrance and carpeted areas.
The service was great and we had a friendly young waitress who spoke good English. We explained we had to be in and out in 30 minutes as we had more beers to tick elsewhere and she came back after 10 with our 2nd round and the bill.
Beer wise there were 2 on tap, Weizen and Dunkel - pretty medicore offerings but at least they were cheap in comparison to many places. We also took a couple of bottles away with us.
The place was pretty dead when we rocked up at 11.30 but was starting to fill with Sunday diners as we left after midday.
Nice place, worth a little detour if for nothing else to take in the civic splendour of a Victorian era swimming baths converted to a brewpub!
Check out the cheeky murals in the gents too !
Unexpectedly large place, ready to host the oktoberfest celebrations. Unfortunately the waitress I had the misfortune to meet is an ass, pretending not to speak a word of English to start with, and just plain unbearable. Get rid of this non-service minded people!
Nice brewpub in the Center of Barmen. Biergarten in summer in front of the building. The pub itself is very large, but nice atmosphere. The service is friendly and the food improved within the last years! Beer as well, but I think it depends on who is tapping... :)
Parking possible on the large square next to the pub, but not free.
In a former swimming hall, nicely done. Apart from swimming, there are also references to the Schwebebahn (the "hanging tramway"). Food is more or less standard Brauhaus fare, beers are variable. The Helles was more of a hopped orange juice, while the Dunkel was quite allright.
A nicely refurbished old swimming hall with quite some character. Service is a bit slow, but therefore friendly, prices are ok, didn’t try the food. The selection was good compared to a lot of places around here (had 3 beers on tap and 1 bottled), though the beers are hit-and-miss. We had a nice session here, so the experience was quite enjoyable.
Huge beer garden in the middle of Wuppertal, an otherwise boring German city with little charm. The building used to be the town indoor swim hall. The main seating area is huge with two balcony levels with tables. The bar is where the pool used to be. Outside there is room for hundreds and hundreds of people in the summer beer garden. The food was OK - very traditional German stuff. The beer is unfortunately the weakest part of the whole experience.