Brauerei Früh am Dom

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Am Hof 12-18
Köln, 50667

+49 221 2613211 | map

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Andreji:
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Well its a nice north german environment to have a kolsch and have some schwein. The Fruh beer haus is located just off the Dom- Köln's world famous cathedral, and within its old germanic house exterior holds a bierhall like environment of abundance, feast, and, of course, beer.

Though the only beers going around are 20Cl glasses of Früh Kölsch and 33Cl bottles of Früh Alkoholfrei. Poor selection but, then again, it is the Früh place, why should they offer anything else?

Service is festive and proper, although not speaking good german gets you into a bit of trouble.

The food is particularly excellent. Typical german dishes, both rhine and bavarian, are excellent quality and tasty, plus a beer companion makes them ever better. Worth coming, sure. for dinner, very festive.

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Photo of He_was_a_wise_man
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of wc94wc
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I think this place gets a bit of a bad rap for being touristy, I'm sure it is a nightmare at certain times, but we were there on a relatively slow Tuesday evening and it was great. The building itself is very cool, multiple underground levels in old cellars, you can sit at the bar and watch them hoist a new barrel into place and tap it every 20 min or so. Service was good and the kolsch was our favorite or the three breweries we made it to in the city.

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Photo of jonesry09
1.98/5  rDev -46.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1 | food: 3

Fruh is a tourist trap mixed with a sports bar.

The Kölsch isn't great but there is a decent vibe in there if you like being around other tourists. The food is "meh" and your better off walking another couple blocks to get an overall significantly better experience.

Go to say you did, but don't have high expectations.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Anacross
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Taillon75
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of Randyarchy
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Service was extremely slow in an empty pub. Nice view though.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The beer was average with not a very good selection and the place was packed with a very young and pushy crowd. They had a Kolsch that was actually pretty good and the place is located near some decent shops and a quaint area, so it was a mixed bag.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Riik3
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of clintbrimson
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of sim0n17
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

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Photo of cagocubs
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of jdlarkins
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of ndolover
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Brauerei Früh am Dom in Köln, Germany
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