Pfaffen-Brauerei Max Päffgen
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United Kingdom (England)
3.86/5 rDev +2.4%
This excellent brewhouse is situated in the top north east corner of Huemarkt and is easy to find, being painted a distinctive 'orange' colour. Only a few tables to stand at on the outside, but a small beer garden at rear in a shared courtyard. The interior is marvellous with wonderful wood carvings, modern stained glass windows depicting the Carnival, the usual sanded tables with chairs and benches throughout. Not as much room as many brewpubs, but was always able to get a seat on the three occasions we went. No TVs, sometimes quiet music playing. We found the service good, and attentive, and most seemed to speak some English. In fact the waiters remembered us on our second visit, and made us very welcome and did not even need to be told what we wanted, and would bring 4 glasses of Kolsch for the two of us!
The Kolsch glasses here are very stylish - the usual 20cl tall glass, but the gold logo looks very good....and if you speak nicely to your waiter, he may let you buy one for 1 !
The Kolsch is very good, probably the 'sweetest' of all those tried in Cologne, but still fresh, very clean and easy to drink, served at just the right temperature.
The food menu looked very good, and also had English translation, and although we did not eat here, what we saw coming from the kitchen looked tempting.
As usual in German bars and restaurants you have to leave a tip when using the rest rooms! And, in common with 99% of German bars there is not a non-smoking area.
It is usual practice in Germany to give your waiter a tip personally when he tallys up your account, usually up to 10%, so round the bill up to the next 2 Euros. Do not leave a tip on the table, hand it to your waiter.
I think Paffen is probably my favourite of all the Brewhouses in Cologne, great atmosphere, classy but not snobbish, amazing interior and great beer. I would go here every alternate night if I lived in Cologne, and then Paffgen the next night... Though at lunchtime I would visit all the others!
There is a Paffgen Kolsch bar outlet just down the alley to the right that goes down to the river...
Visited August 2005
08-30-2005 13:15:16 | More by JohnW
3.59/5 rDev -4.8%
At the angle of one of the main squares in Köln, a nice old-looking building hosts this interesting brewpub. The place was almost empty when I went, as it was the mid-afternoon. I stood at a table next to the bar where they were serving the Kölsch directly from the wooden keg. Cool. The atmosphere is a little fancier than some of the other beer places in Köln, with some wooden sculptures in the entrance, but the style is pretty much the same as in the other place. Service was ok for the city, the table of waiters having nothing to do next to me being attentive to the level of beer remaining in my glass and quick to bring a new one. A nice stop, as the goal in this one-beer-city is to try all the places
07-09-2005 20:16:31 | More by tjd25
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
Pfaffen is located right in the Altstadt. Its roughly 300 m from the Heumarkt Haltstelle and is the tall orange building across the town square.
Pfaffen's atomsphere is typical of Rheinland brewpubs. Old sanded tables, standing tables, and wood decor galore fill the room. The place is very clean, orderly, and makes for a good drinking atmosphere.
Service was adequate but did not impress me. Incorrect drinks were brought twice and the bill was incorrect. No big deal but the waiters (kerbies) usually are very professional and flawless in brewpubs around Köln.
Pfaffen has some of the better Kölsch in Köln. Also they have a small wine list if someone at your table would prefer that.
The menu for food is large and from what I saw portions were large and the food was artistically decorated while still looking like food and not a piece of art.
11-12-2003 15:18:45 | More by allboutbierge
Pfaffen-Brauerei Max Päffgen in Köln, Germany
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.