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1892 German Bier Haus

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Type: Bar, Eatery

142 W Broadway
Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51503-4311
United States

(712) 256-9700 | map

Smoking is allowed.

Added by bditty187 on 01-24-2007

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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

1892 is the rebirth of Das Rheinland; it is located east of downtown Council Bluffs on Broadway (next to Bada Bing (I wish I was joking)). There is on street parking and parking in the rear too.

Nondescript exterior but once through the small passageway (it shares a building with apartments) the interior of 1892 is long and rectangular with high ceilings, and clean lines. The bar is to the left, tables in the middle, booths to the right, darts and pool table in the back. Lightly decorated in German themed pictures and beer related items; sadly, IMO, it doesn’t feel like a German bar but a German *themed* bar. I hope that makes sense. It could be easily transformed to an Irish or English pub. Maybe I am nitpicking.

I took a seat at the ultra cramped bar, not because it was small or busy. The beer towers dominated the space. 15 taps in all, at first I thought 6 handles were Warsteiner! It turns out the permanent handles have other beer pouring like Kong Ludwig, Hacker, and Spaten. The other taps were Paulaner beers and Bitburger and Köstritzer (funny that they serve Köstritzer as it was “on-tap” at Das Rheinland long after it wasn’t available in Nebraska so were they bootlegging or lying (*cough* lying *cough*). A massive chalkboard to the left of the bar lists all the draft beer.

It is cool they serve .25 liter along with half and full liters. They got boots too. Glassware is featured behind the bar.

50 beers in bottles, heavy on Wheats and Pils but there are some gems and couple oddball offerings. A few domestics too.

The food menu offers brats, schnitzel, rippchen, gulasch, and some Americanized dishes like burgers, wings, and (shudder) German nachos. The prices were solid. I tried the gulasch, it was good… very large portion.

The service was attentive and friendly, minimal beer knowledge it seems. However the owner was kind of an ass to his employees and cussed one of them out right in front of me. Charming.

Would I go back? Maybe... yeah, most likely. I would love for 1892 to get more draft German beers that are not available in Nebraska… I’m thinking Weihenstephan. The fact that smoking is allow hurts it for me. Still, this is great news for Council Bluffs, I hope it kicks ass! For Omaha BAs, it is worth checking out, IMO.

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Photo of bakoebel
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Photo of ex421
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

First off, this place needs to have knowledgeable beer geeks to work the bar, not just a random person. I walked in and asked if they had any Doppelbocks on tap and I got the most confused look ever. Sad.

The beer list was extensive and relatively cheap. I ordered an Oktoberfest beer (Spaten and Paulaner) on tap. A 1/2 liter was $3.50. Not bad. The lines might be a little dirty because it had a slight off-putting taste to it. Possibly the beer is old since it is April.

The bar is, as mentioned prior, a little corny and more 'themed' than anything. Could easily be transformed into something else.

When the place isn't busy, the wait staff/bartender is quick and attentive with drinks and food.

The food itself was decent. I had the goulash over spaetzle. Flavors were ok, somewhat muted, and I had the nagging suspicion that it wasn't 'homemade,' but I could be wrong. The wife had a hamburger and that was surprisingly tasty.

Would I return, yes.

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1892 German Bier Haus in Council Bluffs, IA
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