Steinhaus Keller

5 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

801 Central Ave, Ste 15
Hot Springs, Arkansas, 71901-5315
United States

(501) 624-7866 | map

Formerly Hot Springs Brau Haus

Added by champ103 on 10-19-2008

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by champ103:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is the best place I found to have a beer in the busy downtown area of Hot Springs. The atmosphere is great. It is below an old brick building. There is a large area for people to sit and eat, along with a rap around bar, and a nice beer garden.

All they had were lots of German and several Belgian beers. The highlights for me were Ayinger Celebrator, Aventinus, and most the Weihenstephaner beers. I can't say that what they had was hard to get or unique, but you can't got wrong with three of the top 100 beers on this sight. The only beers they had on tap were Spaten, and they seemed to be the big sellers at the place. There was a bike rally going on the same time I was in Hot Springs. I thought it was funny how all the bikers came in asking for Coors, and the bartender saying "sorry we don't carry that." The response was always "this place wont last long," and they turned around and walked out. Another aspect I like was the fact that they had very little advertising on the walls. A couple of Spaten or Celebrator mirrors, but that was it. The food was great German fair, and they had correct glassware and temps. The bartenders were knowledgeable, and friendly. This would be my regular spot if I lived in Hot Springs.

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Photo of ubenumber2
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Stick1300
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Absolutely love this place. I've been a regular patron of the Brau Haus for the last two years and it's easily one of my top three bars (if not THE top). As others have said, it's not your typical Arkansas bar, but that's what makes it so enjoyable. You don't have to deal with wave after wave of bikers and bros looking for bottles of ___ Lite. It's not super modern and you won't be catching the game on any big screens, but you can drink some good German beers and enjoy an evening with friends.

The selection isn't massive, but it is respectable and you won't find most of the available brews in ANY other bar in town. I tend to stick to just beer, but the food has always been good when I've found myself in the mood.

Even better than the beer is the veteran bartender, Bret, who is both knowledgeable and passionate about beer. He's the type of bartender than will remember your name and your drink preference (as well as what you should try next). Ask him to tell you a dirty joke, you won't be let down.

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Photo of jazzbone
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

What a great place all around. Great atmosphere, good beer selection (especially for Arkansas), and good authentic German food. The biker story from a previous review doesn't surprise me. And unfortunately, that's the attitude of the majority of "beer" drinkers in Arkansas.

Luckily for Brau Haus, most of the Arkansans coming in won't be beer enthusiasts, because they don't have just an exceptional selection of brews. A good selection, but nothing out of this world. The great service also adds some points to this one.

Regardless, it's great place to enjoy some great German food and, of course, German beer.

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Photo of darrwk
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This is definitely the best place in Hot Springs. Claiming to have the largest selection of German Beer in Arkansas (a claim I don't much doubt), there is a decent amount. My only complaint is that I would like to see more taps. I went to a tiny German restaurant in Dallas and there were four times as many taps and 1/3 the floorspace or tables. The atmosphere is fantastic, authentic German cooking (the chef barely speaks English and has a thick German accent), great service and accordion and tuba on Saturdays.

Another funny story similar to the previous reviewer's. We went with a guy who'd never really had good beer before and he asked for a miller light. The bartender asked "are you serious?" and when he persisted, he grabbed a glass and filled it with water.

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Steinhaus Keller in Hot Springs, AR
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