Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
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3.81/5 rDev -9.5%
Longstaff seems to have this place down pat, it was exactly like the way he described it when I visited. First off, make sure to have a map of the city. We didn't at first, and ended up walking a good mile or so to get there. Second, better brush up on your German, because not many people speak anything else. The best English I got was shoty at best, and it was from the tourist office. And the directions she gave me sucked! But I did manage to find it. Even though it's allegedly on Bergerstrasse, it's on the opposite corner where the street starts near the waterfront. Look for the Bell in front of the door. Inside, multiple little rooms with picnic tables. We went in the back room, with the barrel tables that had a more "Beer-hall" atmosphere. You can see the copper kettle through the window. An old elevator opens up, and a guy comes out rolling a wooden keg to the front room where another guy taps it the old fashioned way, with a wooden tap. Wow.
Even though the website suggests 3 Beers are usually on tap, only the regular Uerige was available the day I was there. Great stuff, I loved it a lot. Glasses were under 2 euros each, so I was glad to buy a few rounds to my family who humored me through the 6 hour plane ride, 2 hour car ride and 2 hour walk to get there. Save your change, because you'll need it for the piss-maiden. She doesn't seem to clean up after you, she just sits there and collects. As a Canadian, this was totally new to me, so the first time I tipped 1 euro, believe me she was glad to see me back the second time (the average people give is 0.25 euro). Tipping the waiter seems to be an abstract concept here as well. When I first offered him the tip he didn't seem to want it, but when I insisted he gladly accepted it and muttered out his best impression of "merci" about a dozen times. He deserved the tip, because even with the language barrier, service was super fast and efficient, very German-like in fact.
I highly recommend a visit if you're in the area. It certainly didn't have the tacky fakeness most other bars in the area had. This place was the real deal.
09-22-2004 22:33:55 | More by Goldorak
3.89/5 rDev -7.6%
Somewhat hard to find in Dusseldorf since it is on a different street from the other alt bars in the old city. Even some locals didn't know where it was - an Irish guy pointed me in the right direction though. As you walk in, there a seperate rooms, no bar to speak of except the area where they had a couple of wooden kegs on a raised platform while someone just filled glass after glass of altbier while waiters grabbed what they needed. We walked into the backroom where the floor was concrete and tables were made of old kegs. There was a fiberglass statue of an old man ejoying a beer and sitting on one of the benches. Once in a while they rolled a new keg from the backroom to the serving area. The beer glasses were small cylinders that held about .25 liters. They kept track of how many beers you had on the beer coaster and just kept bringing more until you said stop. Pretty cool.
10-01-2002 11:38:17 | More by Longstaff
Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei in Düsseldorf, Germany
93 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.