Are you looking for a fun night out with your mates combined with some good gastronomy and a smidgen of foreign culture?
Have you ever wanted to go to Oktoberfest but were short of funds? Well then strap on your lederhosen, polish up on some German phrases because this experience has been imported to Sydney in the form of the Bavarian Bier Café.
These German themed bars supply an assortment of German beer and schnapps, as well as some traditional foods and an atmosphere that will make any Australian feel like they are yodelling in the streets of Munich.
The idea came from John Szangolies the brain child of Lowenbrau Keller which is another great German style bar in The Rocks.
When you walk into the venue you instantly notice the long wooden tables reminiscent of the Bavarian beer halls, however with a more upmarket ambience. Adding to the German sentiment, are all the celebrated brands that have tents at Oktoberfest, including Löwenbräu, Hofbräu and Spaten.
The beers come in various sizes including the one litre steins that the Germans are world renowned for. However if your new to German alcohol the bar offers a "Pure Bier Flight" which is a 200ml sample of their top brands. This beer connoisseur's establishment even caters to the social supervisors, offering unlimited alcohol-free brews to the designated driver of a group of five people.
As the website reminds me they are "not only about bier in Bavaria." The menu seems to be borrowing dishes and flavours from neighbouring Italy, Austria and Hungary. The menu consists of the traditional German foods such as your schnitzel and sausages, although every visit should include a giant pretzel and slice of their delectable apple strudel.
If this article wets your appetite, I recommended going for your first visit on a Tuesday as they host a weekly Giant Schnitzel and Schnapps challenge. While there are several locations around Sydney, I believe on a warm night there is nothing better than taking in a nice cold beer as well as sites of the dazzling Bondi Beach.
I finally tried this place last week and came away pretty impressed. So many beers to try, but not enough money in my wallet or brain cells left in my head to try them all! Overall, it was a good night with the hearty meals on the menu perfect for this time of year.
By Tim Falk - senior reviewer Friday, 1st of July @ 01:47 am
I have to agree, always a fun night out with some friends and with a wide range of beer and food there is invariably a new option to try each time.