Brauerei Früh am Dom
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3.41/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Whilst in a very touristy location this is still quite a nice Kölsch bar. Service was extremely attentive and after giving the impression that we may not have actually been tourists but locals it became even better and from our calculations we paid the locals’ Kölsch price and not the inflated tourists’ price. The Kölsch is nice and the decor is too however if you want to escape tourists I would look elsewhere.
11-12-2013 11:27:18 | More by clintbrimson
3.69/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4 | $$
Better to have a late lunch than none at all. Fruh am Dom has a very large biergarten in the front, but on a sunny and warm Saturday, all the seats were taken. No problem, we'll just head inside and sit at one of the wooden tables. It's roomy inside, and high ceiling also give that inpression.
Right off the bat, we were given a 200 ml of Fruh Kolsch. Don't expect to find any other beer, as it's the only beer served. Like in Dusseldorf, at Cologne's kolsch houses you are given small glasses of the house beer and are automatically served another one as your glass runs dry until you tell them to stop. Later on we decided on our lunch. I helped myself to a very large serving of boiled pork kunckle, which was so big it could have fed two people. Eike was really enjoying his asparagus soup and nibbling off of Daniella's entree.
One of many good spot in Cologne to hit for a beer in a good atmosphere. Oh yeah, the house beer is pretty good too.
05-26-2013 16:52:51 | More by DoubleJ
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Service is not bad, it's just always busy. Try to get a table on the ground floor if you can as the atmosphere is better. I find lunch to be more fun than dinner. The Fruh is always fresh and flowing - be sure to "abuse" your Cubis as local tradition dictates. Basically, be rude to the waiter in jest as that is the expectation - sometimes they dish out better than they get :-)
The steak tartar is nice and the cheese selections are very nice. There's a lot of traditional German food on the menu. I also reccommend getting a cask for the table if you group is a little bigger - or just thirstier as this is fun to tap the keg, a lot faster for refills, and just fresh as the day is long.
11-08-2011 18:27:47 | More by sim0n17
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I think this must be most BA's first stop on a Kolsch tour, as this so close to the Hauptbahnhof.
We visited in Summer, so most of the drinkers were outside on the terrace soaking up the sun.
It was the day of the 3rd place play off in the World Cup - Germany vs Uruguay, so atmosphere was light hearted and football focussed!
Service was excellent, very Kobe-like, not much chat, just taking the order and bringing it out.
The kolsch is certainly fresh and of good quality from the wood.
I had the Halven Hahn - A slab of gouda cheese, butter, and a rye roll, with mustard - the classic Koln snack! My drinking buddy had the 3 spiegeleir mit speck, bratkartoffeln und salad. It didnt stand a chance.
Selection is of course Fruh Kolsch, but thats expected, its their pub!
Value is more pricey since close to the Hbf.
Overall, a very enjoyable visit!
07-15-2010 10:18:28 | More by seanyfo
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
I stopped here while traveling throughout Europe. I love Kolsch beer and was reccomended this place by many Germans. This place had great location, beer, and good service.
As stated before the proximity to the cathedral is nice and it is a must visit for anyone going by or to Cologne. The inside has a nice feeling as it was crowded with both the townspeople and tourists. The service was a tad slow but I realize it was because it was so busy. The only thing I remember about their food was it was larger portions. I do remember the Kolsch was excellent. This place was big with a nice authentic feel. It was somewhat pricey, but well worth it.
01-14-2009 20:57:33 | More by cagocubs
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
A classic just around the corner from the Catherdral and a five minute walk from the train station. Back in the fall of '97 I ate a nice wild game meal (boar?) and in 2007 stopped by quickly while on business.
One of several world classic pubs in Cologne and Dusseldorf, very different than Munich and the south. Kolsch beer is easy to drink for any beer drinker. Unique beer, glasses (.2 L) and waiters (called Kobes).
Huge place, packed with people, not too touristy but a little more expensive b/c of proximity to station and cathedral.
01-02-2009 03:17:38 | More by jdlarkins
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a must visit place when in Kolin.
There was indoor an outdoor seating, we chose outdoor. The place was packed but we managed to immediately find a seat. We ended up sharing the large table with some nice business men.
The service was brisk, which I did not expect. The customary .2 Liter glasses were used. With the quick execution of marking my coaster and constant replenishment of beer this seems to be the way to go. The Kolsch was wonderful. I have never had such a fresh Kolsh that was so well done. Of course, you only had that (and I believe and Paulaner wheat bier) to choose from...soo you better like it.
The food was simply prepared and wonderful. We had some light apps consisting of freash vegtables and cheese. Well done to say the least.
Overall, this was a great place to spend any length of time. You can not go wrong here.
11-27-2008 14:55:08 | More by ndolover
3.85/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I arrived late one Sunday morning and didn't leave until that evening...
Fantastic atmosphere; very traditional brauhaus that seems like it hasn't changed since its opening. Despite its location just next to the Dom, the place was packed with locals; only a few tourists to be seen.
The service was excellent; the köbes were always there with fresh glasses and were quite friendly. I was drinking with a few regulars though, so this could have been exceptional.
As with any brauhaus in Köln, the selection was limited; hard to fault them on this.
Definitely my favorite place to have a kölsch in Köln.
09-20-2008 21:04:27 | More by philipquarles
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
We had a wonderful time here on our last night in Cologne after a month. It was hunting-game season so they had all of the seasonal meats available, as well (Nov-Jan if I recall?).
The ambience is very much authentic. They have a good number of dining-rooms, and the restrooms are downstairs but worth the trip down the lovely staircase whether you need to use them, or not!
Waiting for a table during pre-Christmastook some time. Service was impeccable overall, however.
Beers are of course outstanding-- one of the top Kolsch's of Cologne. There's also a gift-shop next door, which sells various gift-packs of their Fruh beer and many other items.
If you can't find the place readily, go to Starbucks and look across the walkway ;-)
My favorite incident here was when I was puzzled by one of the seasonal-game items on the menu. I thought I'd tried all of them during the month, but I'd never seen this one, so I ordered it. When I was served, I asked the server (who spoke very little English) what it was. He thought, he paused, then he laughed and said, "BAMBI!" Yes it turned out to be baby-deer!
03-29-2008 00:03:27 | More by therica
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
It was a foregone conclusion that we were going to visit this place!
Its a massive establishment, that seems to be very well run. As soon as you walk in the door, there is a area where the Kolsch is poured from the barrels. This is good fun to watch (tapping, and special lift for the barrels) and you can buy your beer there and then standing up. It's a bit of a tourist attraction, but an understandable one that is done well by Fruh.
The beer is very solid (fruity style of Kolsch), and the building is quite nice, and a bit windy/confusing with all the different rooms / restaurant areas.
The beer was a little expensive compared to other Koln pubs/breweries at Euro 1.55 for 0.2cl. Next door there is a shop that has some nice Fruh souvenirs amongst other things - I picked up a pair of cufflinks shaped like Fruh bottle caps.
01-15-2008 16:11:13 | More by foles
Brauerei Früh am Dom in Köln, Germany
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