Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by mynie:
3.6/5 rDev -15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$
The facility is gorgeous. I've been to facsimile beerhalls before, along with a wide range of bierstubes and sausage huts, but none were anywhere near as charming, decor wise. There are a pair of gigantic dining halls that could each easily host a wedding reception and then a bar area that's the size of your average gastropub. I ate in the bar area and so that's what I'll focus on.
It's bricky. The building is genuinely very old, by American standards, and most of the beer-themed decor was vintage and in no way tacky. (Some pubs are turning into beerfly versions of Applebee's and this, thankfully, was not one of them). Lots of windows. The pub is sort of narrow, and it has the pleasant feel of a well maintained cellar--in the hot summer heat it was very cool and nicely humid--but the windows let in so much light that it's almost like you're in a beer garden even though you're not.
There is a beer garden, though, and it's pretty spectacular. You're on a roof downtown with a nice view of the surrounding skyscrapers. Indy's not exactly an architectural Mecca but it's still kind of nice to be surrounded by big buildings while drinking.
Aside from the atmosphere, everything else is kind of middling and really pricey. 20 oz drafts cost you 7-8 bucks (and if you're drinking outside that beer will come in a plastic cup!). The pub food is much more reasonably priced than the restaurant's, but it's still a little on the steep side and, well, not all that great. I don't eat meat, but my companion said that his sausages were only okay. My ladyfriend and I split a couple of pretzels and a cheese plate and neither were much to write home about. Again, nothing was *bad*, but for German fare it wasn't worth what we paid.
The staff was medium attentive, not beer-retarded but also not super knowledgeable. There were about a dozen beers on tap, all of them German aside from Sunking's exclusive amber. Nothing super fancy--Bitburger, Erdinger, Hofbrau--but there were three Weihenstephan taps and that's always a good thing.
07-06-2010 17:01:36 | More by mynie
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4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Great place to eat authentic German food and drink good German beer. Service is great, food is great, and prices are reasonable. Beer menu could use some Belgian additions as well as some more American brews. Other than that, I would go back again in a heartbeat.
10-18-2013 18:42:47 | More by Matthewpakula
The Rathskeller in Indianapolis, IN
94 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.