Bavarian Bier Café

3 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

2/5 W Esplanade
Manly, NSW 2095

+61 2 9977 8088 | map

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Added by dwarbi on 09-25-2005

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Photo of drtth
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75

Great location, especially relative to the ferry dock, but the food and beer selections were a bit limited.

Service was just OK, and the servers seemed poorly trained on what beer there was.

At the end, decided only to have a single beer and move on to look for food and beer elsewhere.

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Photo of norwichboy
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

A bit of a treat to unexpectedly find this place when got off the ferry to stay in Manly. It's in a prime position overlooking the beech, and is modernly and stylishly fitted out (apart from the big statue of a Berlin bear in Bavarian lederhosen by the front door, which we can forgive). Turning up at 7pm on a Saturday night, it was packed out inside, and there were a lot of reservations, so we had to sit outside - seems advisable to book on weekends. It is more of a restaurant than bar, with the expectation you're here for dinner - I'm not even sure if you can just come for drinks. Most of the people around us tended to come for something to eat and then go rather than show a particular interest in the beers.

The beer selection was surprisingly limited. Lowenbrau and Spaten as a couple of lagers on tap, with Oktoberfest versions available as well (until end Oct), plus Franziskaner Hefe as the highlight. There were few additional beers in bottles - just repetitions of the tap beers, Franziskaner Dunkel and another couple of German beers. A bit disappointing really, but at least I got to try everything.

Service was a little hard to evaluate as our waitress was on her first night, but seemed pretty average. The place is staffed by many different non-Australian accents - working holiday visas, presumably - and I would't expect to be having any beer conversations with the staff. Our waitress told us she didn't drink beer.

Food was standard German fare in various combinations (sausage, sauerkraut, red cabbage, schnitzel, pork belly), actually quite authentic, even including pork-knuckle (Eisbein) as a special. Inside you can see a large open plan kitchen which sadly reveals everything stuck in bain-maries along the front ready to be slopped out onto plates as soon as it's ordered. As a result food arrives within moments of ordering it, in our case before even received our first drinks - a bit of an irritation. Big tasty servings, $25 a pop.

All in all, not a bad night out, but now I've drunk their entire selection in one evening, I wasn't sorry I didn't have time to visit it again.

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Photo of vancurly
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This is the sister establishment to the Bavarian Beer Café in York Street, Sydney.

It is very well located, near the entrance to the Manly wharf, so is able to catch a lot of passing trade. This location also gives it the benefit of some nice views across Manly Cove. Not bad on a sunny afternoon.

That being said, drinking Oktoberfest beer in 90F degree+ weather is a bit incongruous. It's difficult to reconcile bratwurst, sauerkraut, sand & seagulls. But, we're here for the beer, not to complain about fish out of water, so to speak....

I had the pleasure of taking my family, with two children under the age of four. So I was not able to truly experience the place (if you know what I mean). Even still, we tried some beer, some food, and went away reasonably happy.

But... for 1300ml of beer, two adult meals, and two children meals, we paid $87 AU. This is a little bit steep.

I had a Bavarian platter, including Pork Belly, Schnitzel, three different kinds of sausage, sauerkraut & red cabbage....for about $25 from memory. It was good, and went well with the Spaten Munchen Helles.

As for the beer, well, I was very disappointed to learn they had NO Franziskaner... none, nein, nichts. i.e. no Weissbier at all. For an establishment that serves 2-3 varieties from only 4 brands, it is a big problem if they lose one of those brands, and particularly the wheat beer ??? Get your act together guys.

At least it is October, so I asked the barmade what Oktoberfest brands they were serving. "I'm sorry but I don't know, I am new and they haven't trained me properly. I'll find out for you"...which she never did. Hmmm...she was right.

Needless to say, I enquired from another staff member, who advised Spaten and Lowenbrau were the Oktoberfest biers available.

I finished off with the Spaten variety, which was a nice way to round the meal off.

All up, worth a visit, but as with the Belgian equivalent, it's not somewhere you could afford to visit daily. If you COULD, I recommend you save your money, and fly to Europe and experience it first hand.

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Bavarian Bier Café in Manly, Australia
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