Radegast Hall & Biergarten

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28 Ratings
Radegast Hall & BiergartenRadegast Hall & Biergarten

Type: Bar, Eatery

113 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, New York, 11249-3923
United States

(718) 963-3973 | map

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Added by gwong on 12-06-2007

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Reviews by Mr27:
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Great beer and great food. Loved the atmosphere and the prices aren't too bad. You can enjoy a liter of great german beer for not such a bad price. My only complaint is that the last time I went the waitress was very rude and snotty but usually the staff there is a lot nicer. I would definitely recommend this biergarten and would say that it is a must try if your in brooklyn.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Radegast is one of the older biergartens in the NY/NJ area (Williamsburg, Brooklyn specifically), going back over a decade I think. It's a great looking place with a lot of charm. There's wood and brick and steel and it feels old and authentic. It's got a great following, and brunch is a very big thing in Brooklyn, so don't be surprised to find babies in strollers there. The other times it's busy is on weekend nights when the youngsters come out, of course that's everywhere!

They've got great beer, and unless they've updated they've got 12 taps that are mainly German with the occasional Czech, Austrian, and Belgian beer mixed in. You can buy it in pints (@$8-10) or liters (@$15-19) and they've also got 50+ bottles available as well. They also do beers from the barrel, although I've never been there for that.

The food is pretty decent, and I was about to say it's kind of hard to mess up German food, but I think that really only applies to wursts, to do the other dishes right can take some finesse. The prices are high but it's New York, there's no getting around it.

Finally, one of the best things about Radegast is its location - there are just so many other places within walking distance (NYC walking distance that is!). I'd give you a list but that's easy to find. It might be older and easy to forget, but you really should give it a chance.

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Photo of American_Hawk
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of HaoleToYou
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of banger7
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of MMarkMelly
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Best Place to Meet People Off of the Bedford Stop. Excellent Austrian Dunkleweizen.

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Photo of DRDAries
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Aside from Monk's Cafe in Philly, I found a recommendation for this place in GQ of all places. Actually was a big factor to visit the east coast of the US.

Radegast is right on the corner of street and has the Biergarten motif even on the front facade. Large, large garten and seating area that is open yet mostly covered from any rain. Long German tables all over offer plenty of seating for any size crowd. There are a few tap stations and food stations in the garten area aside from the main (and also huge) bar counter so you can get served faster by the enthusiastic and knowledgable staff. They even had a polka band going around the place playing on tables. The whole inside is old style German/Europe with brick and concrete floors and walls giving an authentic feel and look to it.

If you have been to German beer bars before you know the selections and Radegast has a great array of German and Belgian selections of all types. Tried the pretzel as well and was not disappointed. Just a great overall experience and if you have a day free in NY go to Brooklyn/Williamsburg and spend an afternoon embracing your inner German. Also hit Brooklyn Brewery a few blocks away.

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Photo of sirsteve42
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of maltyhops
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

The location was great - easy to find for a non-new yorker/brooklyner. Went on a Saturday afternoon and although it was crowded we found seats in the communal table in the biergarten. Food - I had the bratwurst and the pork sandwich - the wurst was very good but the pork was better. My friends got the wiesswurst and a cheeseburger - GREAT BURGER. They let you know that it takes a long time to cook - thick and perfect mixture. HAd nearly all the beers that I like - I had a HB Oktoberfest and my friend had the Weihenstephaner Vitus (wish they had the hefe).

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Photo of luddy83
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I visited about a week ago and thought the place was fabulous! Great German beers, great wurst, an oompah band, a good crowd, and a positive buzz. As it was busy it took a few minutes for the server to notice us but once she did she was very pleasant and helpful. It was the beginning of their Octoberfest celebration (we were there about 1 PM in the afternoon). The crowd was diverse: old, young (babies), hipsters, neighborhood regulars. Overall, I strongly recommend a visit.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This spot is one of my favorite Williamsburg destinations. A beer garden bringing me back to my experiences actually visiting Germany. This is the authentic atmosphere - they have an indoor room and an outdoor garden. Inside, the appearance is classy and old world, with appropriate low lighting from chandeliers. Outside, there's long Oktoberfest style wooden tables and exposed brick. If you're going for brunch, arrive early, like 11ish, because it will get crowded. The food's excellent - they have what you would expect - sausages, bratwurst, potato pancakes, pretzels. There's a main menu and a separate one for the grill station outside. As for the beers, they have a tap menu with a dozen or so selections, and a rotating list of special European craft beers. The bottle list is exceptional with 50-60 different varieties. Of course the specialty is with German beer, but they also cover Belgium pretty well. Last time I went I got the Schlenkerla Marzen Rauchbier and the Leipziger Gose. The prices are a bit high, but consider the experience you are getting. I have no idea what people are talking about in regards to the service. Then again, like I said, I prefer to arrive early before it gets too packed. This is a must see for BA's in Brooklyn.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Exceeded my expectations to find a "good" beer garden during our NYC visit in 10/2010. We visited on a Friday night, great place to stop in for some food after happy hour at the close by Brooklynn Brewery a few blocks over.

Impressive selection of authentic German brews as I expected during Oktoberfest season. Quality of the beer was acceptable with appropriatte galssware. Service was attentive, timely and regular as needed.

Atmosphere in the garden/patio area was impressive with large old word tables, large scale open air lattice, plent of room for festive social seating with newly made friends/patrons.

Food was impressive and exceeded our expecations. Food was reasonable price but the beer was a bit on the pricey end.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went to this place about a week ago on a nice sunny saturday afternoon for a few beers and some great weather.

The Biergarten section is very nice and lit with sunlight during the day and dimmed lanterns at night. Really nice wooden fest tables all family style with very friendly patrons. You can sit next to who ever, whenever and have a great conversation. decent selection, nothing over the top. Lacking on the draft side which is why i go to biergartens, for the fresh draft beers. They had only 1 maybe 2 lagers, (Hofbrauhaus is all i rememebr) but suprisingly they had vitus and some less well known hefeweizens on tap which was great for the summer. Prices i believe were $7 for half a liter and $13 for a liter and maybe $18 for a pitcher so overall a bit pricy but still doable. The servers were German and the service was as expected in german bier halls, dismal. But, i have to add that our particular server was friendly the one or two times she came over without having to flag her down. Thats just the nature of the beast at these places and i give this an above average service at a biergarten all things considering. The food was excellent, i had a bratwurst in a pretzle bun with the works. It was excellent. I would go to this place again for sure. For dinner you can go to the dining area that is off to the side of the biergarten or you can get some basic sausages and bar food in the acutal biergarten. Your pick, but either way its a great experience and worth the stop if your in brooklyn.

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Photo of wcintula
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I had a great time at this place. I ended up here having taken part in a mustache contest(runner-up for creepiest). So I arrived early for the awards ceremony and decided to sit down and have lunch. The food was delicious (beef tartare) and I drank a few awesome huge delicious beers. By the time of the awards ceremony the place was packed shoulder to shoulder(and it's a big place) with people having a great time. This factor adds points to atmosphere, but the place is still nice when empty with it's high ceilings and and communal tables. I love this place and it's been too long since I've gone back. Gotta go.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Grabbed an early dinner here last year.

The Bier garden is nice. Tall ceiling, old brick, wooden bench seating, well lit with natural light.

The "normal" bar area and seating is also just...big...but somehow cozy. The bar itself is huge, the ceiling is tall, everything is dark wood and looks a bit musty. Everything is fitting to the theme, quite nice.

The beer selection consists primarily of German and Belgian selections, served in appropriate glassware. It was hot, I had a Pilsner, I was pretty happy with that.

Im giving the food a 5, because I only had one thing and it was great. I got the steak tar-tar which was served with a raw egg and a sliced baguette for spreading. It was simple, fresh, excellent.

Everything sounds good right? Oops, the service was pretty bad. I felt like I had to fight to order my food, fight to get another beer, fight to get the check, fight for the guy to even come and get the check! It wasn't even that busy, pretty pathetic.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Went here on a Sunday around lunch time. We got to belly up at the bar where a great bartender name Sean made sure our pallates were fully satisfied.

The place itself was warm and cozy with wood, just as I would imagine a tavern in the Black Forest to look like. The side room off the bar was lined with long wooden tables, reminiscent of bier tables at Oktoberfest. All the wood was tastefully worn... and at 1 pm on a Sunday, the place was crawling with beer geeks and families alike.

The beer selection was german-focused, but there was a respectable range of belgian beer as well. All was served in the appropriate glassware and at reasonable temperatures.

While we didn't try any food, the tasty aroma of freshly cooked pork wafted through the air... a good sign.

I hope to make it back soon and try some of the food.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Popular and fun spot in beer rich Brooklyn/Williamsburg. Large, alot of brick walls, dark wood, high cielings, heavy and long wooden benches. Quality Germans on tap, German and Belgian bottles. Had a tasty dunkle weise on tap. As well as an octoberfest or two. German food including a regular menu and a place in the rear of the bench filled room to get a sausage, some kraut and soggy fries. Feels like a German beer hall, which is not a bad feel to go for. Quality place for a fun beer and food experience.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

By the time I stumbled upon the hall I was drunk. The pub crawl backed me into a corner. I woke up, leaning on a large, wooden harvest table... a gigantic mug, filled with a dunkelweizen. Snitzel lay in a bed of saurkraut in front of me and a band gets dirty on the waltz. Large, simple, satisfying; traditional? I don't know...haven't been to many German beer halls. Large mugs yet twice the price of a pint, not tricking nobody. Gotta return for a second reading...when my senses are more intact. Definitely recommmend it.

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Photo of slander
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

You know what Williamsburg needs? Okay, besides a Ranch 1, a train that always runs, a flatbread Baker, and Phil's imaginary bar. Yep, a German beer hall (I knew you'd guess it right at some point). In that place there on North 3rd, that's where it's going to be. And then the talk starts. "Owned by the same people who own that place in Astoria". Really? Because that place is so prison block backyard and this place is so not. That place is (like) a Czech and Slovic school and social club, and this place is a German beer hall, so did somebody just make that up, or what? Next. "It's built in an old candy factory". Maybe, I don't know, I didn't see the machine they used to make never ending gobstoppers tucked away in a corner so that may be made up too. What else? Oh, I know. "The roof is on hinges and retracts". Yeah, we'll get to that one later...

Absolutely madly packed like a new Williamsburg anything. I was thinking that they were going to need some settling in time and then I'd probably need to be on their doorstep on opening one day to see what's what here, and even then, it's pretty hopping pretty quickly. Good open room holding a beautiful figure 8ish wood bar set off to the right seating upwards of 2 dozen. Glassware at both ends and on bar islands, and a tiered triangle to one side holding booze, glassware and bottled beer selections running around the top on all sides. The set up may be aesthetically pleasing but it's kind of a pain in the ass as you have to walk around all 3 sides to view all the bottled choices. 4 booths and tables to one side of the door, 4 tables in an elevated area to the other side, and bar counters down past there adjacent to the bar in small nooks trimmed nicely. Plank wood floorings, dark wood lowers below spongey beige painted uppers, decorated with framed non standard Euro beer pics throughout, plus portraits, and inlays with bottles. Ceilings arched over fat wood beams, vintage chandelier lighting, spots and ceiling fans above. Wines and steins on tall wood shelving on the inside walls above shelved glassware to both sides of the service area from the side room, the entrances to there doorways forward and beyond the bar.

The side room is done up old brick walls with half shuttered tall narrow windows on the outer wall, and walk up access to the service window. Long beer hall tables thick and sturdy (these ain't piddly plastic tables) running back to a small food grilling area for wursts, burgers and the like to the rear. Also a handful of potted trees, a bit of brewery signage, wall mounted lamps, and an arched windowed ceiling that was said to open on hinges. We are actively debating it but I don't care what anyone says, that roof doesn't retract or otherwise. Got around to asking serving person who said they'd be installing one as such in March, but it's well into April now and nothing yet.

13 taps, nearly all German (Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weisse, Gaffel Kolsch, Radeberger Pils, Hofbrau Lager & Okto, Hacker Pschorr Weisse, Erdinger Hefe, Spaten Okto) & Czech (Krusovice Lager, BrouCzech, Pilsner Urquell) save a single Austrian (Gosser Pilsner) and Belgian (Dentergems Witbier), spread across 2 towers of 4 each at different points of the bar, and a tower of 5 across from there in the service window. Drafts are available in litres and ½ litres.

Roughly 3 dozen bottles, broken out on a list by, no, not by country, that'd be easy. Try again. Style? Yeah, that'd be a good idea, so no. Try again. I guess it must be alphabetical by brewery name, right? Wrong. Get this. The bottled beer list is broken out by distributor, the single most useless sorting criteria to someone looking for a beer next to date of brewery opening or longitude/latitude coordinates. I just can't imagine what they were thinking there. Who is this helpful to? I mean, who says, "I only drink beers that Manhattan distributes", right? Anyway, on opening, they had 3 dozen or so bottles, and nearly all of them Eastern Euro, and then a half dozen Belgians. That's since changed up to a nearly even split between Eastern Euro (Schneider Aventinus & Edel Weisse, Schlenkerla Helles & Marzen, Franziskaner Hefe, Spaten Optimator, Veltins Pils, Pinkus Ur-Pils, Uerige DoppleSticke, Dinkel Acker, Einbecker Ur-Bock, Kostritzer Schwarz, St. Michaelsberg Keller, Jever Pils, Augustiner Brau Maximator) and Belgian (Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet, Gouden Carolus Tripel & Classic, La Chouffe & McChouffe, Grimbergen Blonde & Dubbel, De Dolle Ara Bier, Westamlle Tripel, Malheur 10, De Koninck Ale, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Regenboog Woystyntje, St. B. Tripel, and 3 from Lindemans). Also, nearly 2 dozen wines, most available by the glass.

Beers are fresh and the servers in their traditional German garb seem fairly knowledgeable in helping you choose a beer. Comfortable for even the largest crowd and the bathrooms smell like bubblegum. Good way to spend your Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went on a Monday night, my first stop in this foray to New York City. If they were looking for a German beer hall feel, I think they got it perfectly. Long sturdy wooden benches in the hall part, Hafbrau House liter mugs, and plenty of German food (albeit self serve). The service was good, the beers on tap were all german and craft, from what I could tell. The other half of the bar was more traditional bar setting, but I really didn't venture over there. I liked this place quite a bit, a quality beer bar in Brooklyn that deviates from focusing on American or Belgian beers. Worth a stop if you have some time in Williamsburg.

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Photo of plaid75
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Located in Williamsburg, right across the street from The Levee. The facade resembles a stereotypical German chalet (with a beer garden attached that is).

The interior featured a main dining area that opened up to a huge oblong bar toward the rear. High wood beamed ceilings added to an airy atmosphere.

The draft list included about a dozen or so German offerings of varying styles. All beers were served in proper glassware and available in half liter or liter sizes.

The attached indoor beer garden was the high point of the experience. A get in line mixed grill type box lunch menu is available (various German and Polish sausages) to be eaten and any one of at least a dozen long upscale picnic style tables. The interior of the beer garden was sort of rustic meets industrial - an apparent Williamsburg spin on the German classic.

The prices were excessively high, especially for the beer and they have a bad habit of not filling your glass or pitcher to the top. The waitstaff was very stoic, but perhaps that is all part of the German experience.

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Photo of elinash
1.88/5  rDev -51.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

I was excited to find Radegast, and I was initially impressed by the exterior architecture, which is unlike any other building I've seen in Williamsburg. Upon entering I walked to the bar and perused the taps and bottles. They only had about 10 taps, but the bottle selection was fairly extensive, covering German and Belgian beers in equivalent numbers. I waited at the bar for a while, and eventually received a menu. I ordered a Krusovice Schwartz and in a minute I received a light colored lager. Perplexed, I asked the server what he gave me, he said Krusovice and walked off. Knowing that this light beer was not what I ordered (and also not what I was in the mood for) I waited for him to come back around. He said: "oh, you wanted a dark beer?" I said: "I want what I ordered." He returns and hands me a dark beer of some sort and walks off. I spend some time trying to figure out what it is and when I ask him he remarks: "it's one of these" (one of the 4 dark beers, not all lagers, on draught). Needless to say, I'm irritated, but it gets better...A different bartender decides to throw a bottle cap in my direction. He claims it was an accident, or he was joking. Another 10 minutes goes by and he does it again! When I ask why, he says he was trying to wake me up?!
PS. I think my mystery beer was Brouczech Dunkel. It was pretty good.

IN SHORT: THIS PLACE IS AWFUL. I've never been treated so terribly at a restaurant or bar in my life.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

So the first time I went to Radegast, I think they were about 4 days into being opened. I've never scraped my plate so many times to get all the residual sauerkraut into my belly. Apparently, in almost three months, a few things have changed; and a few have stayed the same.

Decor is nice. A bit too clean though. I mean, sure clean is good. But as my roommate says, there is that Disneyland factor. Look at those ridonkulous outfits the women are wearing. Sheesh.

Quality is fine. But the service is weak. I kind of feel like you are on your own here. If you want something, you very well may have to fight for it. Routinely the 'tender would roll around our area and never even acknowledge our presence to see if we needed anything. The whole indifferent attitude put us off enough that we felt it was time to leave after two beers. It was basically the same vibe I had felt on my first visit, but I chose to not be concerned about it then.

Good selection of stuff here with it leaning heavily towards what you would expect. But there is plenty more here that will keep most people happy.

The first time we were here, the kraut was so amazing. Now? Nowhere near the same. The first time it was like the kraut gods were smiling down on us. Now I basically forced myself to finish it.

Not really sure what's going on here, but I probably won't be back to find out.

Man. For some reason I suddenly want a panini at Wells. Now that's consistency.

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3.88 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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