Bavarian Beer Cafe
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 11
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4
3.03/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Part of a group of Bavarian Bier Cafe's that have spread throughout the East Coast of Australia over the past 7 years. The original venue which has since been joined by sister venues in O'Connell Street (also in the Sydney CBD), Chatswood, Bondi Beach, Parramatta, Crows Nest, Entertainment Quarter / Moore Park, and Manly in the greater Sydney area.
All cater towards tourists and business people and York Street is more about the business people being right in the Sydney Central Business District. The bar girls with tight blue low buttoned shirts probably has something to do with the clientele.
Flashy inside, low light, tonnes of wood & a central marble topped bar. Long bench tables & booths to dine at. Bar seating and tall tables to sit and drink at. All looks corporate, so not real cosy or relaxed. Seems to be more like a place to drink at after work and at lunchtime.
Service is painfully slow, with the whole glass washing rigmorole before pouring. Two staff with not many to serve, yet it seems to take forever and seems rushed. No beer knowledge, just serve and take cash.
Beer range is all German/Austrian. 10 on tap including Spaten Oktoberfest making an annual appearance. Otherwise there are Hefe & Dunkel Weissbiers, Low / No / Dark & Pale Lagers for styles coming from Paulaner, Thurn & Taxis, Lowenbrau, Spaten, Stiegl, Hofbrau & Franziskaner.
The bottled range has pretty much the same styles but with the addition of Salvator & beer from Hacker-Pschorr. No Rauchbier on the menu, or Kolsch or Altbier etc.
Pricey place, expected given the fitout, location and who it caters towards. Prices are generally $7.50 for 300ml pours, $11 for 500ml glasses & $21-$22 for 1 litre steins.
Good place to introduce new people to common German beer styles done well. Not the greatest representation of German styles. Handy location for good beer, but pricey and only go if you plan a long stay as getting a quick beer is generally out of the question.
11-07-2012 00:18:42 | More by MrKennedy
3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Visited the York Street establishment late on a Friday lunchtime. place was jumping, with long tables celebrating birthdays or mergers or acquisitions... I don't know.
The barmaid was very accomodating, particularly when I produced a couple of vouchers for free drinks. Didn't mind a bit, in fact offered me a pen to fill in my details... chance to win a beer tasting... cool....
The bar literally has a glass ceiling.... all the different glasses & steins needed for the various brands. A couple of blokes came in and ordered 1 litre dunkelweissens each.... the look on their faces said everything when the barman lugged over 3 or more kilograms of glass & fluid.
The range of brewers is fairly small: Franziskaner, Lowenbrau, Spaten, Kulmbacher. Hefeweissen, dunkelweissen, pilsener, lager. And the stuff on tap generally had a bottled counterpart in the fridge. There were several types of fruit-flavoured beers also, "for the ladies" apparently...(mango for example).
Most beers come in three sizes...300, 500, 1000 mls. The full litre costing either $17 or $18, depending on contents.
I think the beer is served a tad cold... aromas are a bit restrained until the latter half of the glass.
I didn't try any food, but the place was packed, so I think this place must have some culinary merit.
Pork belly, schnitzel, sausages, strudel, all you'd want from a Bavarian restaurant..
I'll eat next time, and maybe try a tasting flight.... worth the visit. I might try the Manly Wharf sibling next time also.
*** Edit 25 April 2007 ***
Dropped in on a Saturday night for a couple of beers with a mate. As we sat there, the fire alarms went off...first the warning siren, then the evacuation siren.... the staff just looked at each other and kept working. Eventually, somebody in the kitchen realised that something had to be done, so we all evacuated out onto the street.
Fire brigade came and went, and back in we trudged. For our trouble they shouted us some schnapps.
Whatever.... but it concerns me that the staff do not know how to behave in an emergency. Sure, it turned out to be a false alarm, but that's not the point...
08-25-2006 21:31:09 | More by vancurly
3.55/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Beautiful surroundings - an old stone building gutted then redecorated in an open style modern minimalist fashion, but with some references to the past with thin corinthian columns throughout. Large central island style bar is surrounded by bench style tables and some booths. A lot of polished wood makes the place very loud when crowded.
6 beers on tap when I was there - a few from Lowenbrau, a Spaten and the Fanziskaner hefe and dunkels. You can also get a set of 250ml samplers which are quite convenient if you want to try all the beers (especially with some friends to help out). A small selection of bottled beer is also available.
Food is solid German/Barvarian food, comes in big servings and is of high quality.
11-30-2005 11:33:53 | More by hefevice
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Nice big open restaurant/bar, with a good selection of German beers on tap, some of which I haven't seen anywhere else in Sydney.
The waitresses are very friendly and the service was generally pretty good. I had the selection of char-grilled sausages with sauerkraut, which was really good.
Beer comes in sturdy clinkable steins (up to 1 litre), and the atmosphere is generally jovial. Can get pretty noisy, but it wasn't packed even on the Saturday night I went.
Ends up being pretty expensive, so watch yourself. Those giant steins aren't free!
10-10-2005 02:59:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
Bavarian Beer Cafe in Sydney, Australia
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