Old German Beer Hall
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Reviews by granger10:
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
Seems like what a traditional German place would be like, atleast from what I've read and heard about. Bar in the front and about 5 long picnic style tables in the back. A few tvs, not much else. I've been here a few times. Beer is really good, seems to be really fresh. Much, much better than Hofbrau out of the bottles. Selection is a bit weak since they only offer Hofbrau and only have like 4 or 5 Hofbrau beers, but what would you expect. Food is decent. The specialties are better than their other offerings. A touch pricey except when there's weekly specials. Good service, very friendly. An overall nice atmosphere.
09-07-2006 22:03:40 | More by granger10
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3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
Was only in Milwaukee for a couple days during the end of last month. Loving beer - and especially German beer - as I do, I had to check this joint out. Was going to hit up Usinger's across the street as well, however, I got caught up in the cheese bar on the corner - but that's another story!
Ok, so, upon walking in you're met with a very long, somewhat narrow room with very high ceilings. The back half of the room has all tables, while the front half of the room has the bar to the right - a quite long bar - fits maybe 15-20 people. Maybe 100s of mugs on shelves on the back bar - mug club. Random German schwag everywhere. Proprietary Hasselhoff memorabilia - a Knight Rider lunchbox...
I can't help but compare this beer hall to (not so) arguably the worst "German" bar in Philly. Where OGBH has things right here are 1) only German music playing, 2) only German beer, 3) much German schnapps in stock, 4) soccer on TV (I'm assuming often)... aside from these points, OGBH does seem to be targeting a comparable audience - party-folk just wanting to party - nothing wrong with that.
Had a decent smoked brat on a pretzel roll and a side of potato salad that smelled like a penny arcade. Turned out the food was free - part of some early, happy-hour like deal. You have to grab your own silverware though, from a nearby kiosk. never saw that before. Bartender was friendly. Beer was good - basically served and presented college bar style. This is a spot where you check your BA OCD-ness at the door.
Great thing about this particular strip of bars on this particular street (Old World 3rd St) is a bit of a German bent in most of them AND the fact that if you're headed to a Brewers game (which I was), you can, with the purchase of at least one drink, get a free shuttle ride to and from the ballpark. These shuttles sell alcohol on board.
Couldn't tell you what this place is like at night (my guess was raucous, frat-tastic), but during the early evening it's a fine enough, low key joint to get a brat and a couple tall beers in. Check it out if you've never been.
08-04-2014 20:50:44 | More by Bouleboubier
Old German Beer Hall in Milwaukee, WI
89 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.