Bauer's Brauhaus

very good

12 Ratings
Bauer's BrauhausBauer's Brauhaus

Type: Bar, Eatery

45 W Slade St
Palatine, Illinois, 60067-5028
United States

(847) 991-1040

// CLOSED //

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am - 1:00 am

Added by emerge077 on 02-03-2011

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Michael914
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of PatrickG
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

I've been wanting to hit this place for a while now since it's about a 5 minute drive from my house but for whatever reason just never made it here. Anyway, it wasn't what I was expecting, which isn't a bad thing. I was expecting more of a restaurant but it's definitely more of a pub type place. There's bar and a few tables. I didn't eat but the menu is all German food and looks interesting. Someone with us ordered the giant pretzel and it is huge. They've got a good selection of German brews but also have a bunch of IPAs and some domestic brews for the less adventurous drinkers.

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Photo of rather_rhythmic
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of maxcoinage
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Kestrel452
3.75/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a great place to go with friends if you want to get a good meal and a couple beers. The selection is pretty good, they even have an Oktoberfest style beer offered year-round which is superb (Spaten Oktoberfest). Usually not overly busy except during holidays. The only area it could use some improvement on is service, as I often have to wave down the server in order to get a refill. Other than that, the food is great, the drinks are great, the German beer pub style atmosphere is cool, and the place is kept clean. Definitely one of the better places to go to in Palatine.

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Photo of adxss
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If there is such a thing as a german sports bar, this is it. It's in the downtown, a short walk from train and music venues. Food is good german fare, but popular items sellout fast. I will say that the cooking is on the contemporary so the food isn't overcooked and drenched in gravy like many ethnic restaurants. Great beer selection. Nice bavarian style interior with german music. The cafe is somewhat separate from the bar, so you don't have to dine with the big games right in your face if you'd rather not

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Photo of crossovert
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is in a shopping/eating district in Palatine.

It is an un-assuming place from the outside but is nice on the inside. Feels a bit like a German bar. They do have quite a few beers in liters, some were decently priced, others a bit expensive.
The tap list was all German beers and one craft beer, it was a Bell's product, didn't see which. There are about 20 taps and they are all solid. There is a bit more craft in the bottle selection. They have some good IPAs like Stone, FW Double Jack and some other good ones.

The food is good but pricey. A small thing of currywurst and pommes was 6.00$. But it was good. The carrots that they put on the table for free are pretty good. The service is good.

Overall quite a solid German restaurant.

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Photo of latackbeer
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I love a place where I can get some Weiss Beer on tap!! Been the place to go recently, the inside is really cool plenty of places to sit or stand around with your friends while enjoying a Liter!! Have not yet but really want to try a boot just scares me on the deposit if I break it!!

Have not had the food yet but from what I hear it's good. The only thing that bothers me is how long it sometimes takes to get a drink since there is only one bartender even on busy nights. Even though I have to wait a little longer it is worth a stop!!

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Photo of Ninjabrew
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Great little place with tremendous food! Their beer selection is good and they seem to know their stuff with regards to beer. Great place to kick back and watch a game too, with great sandwich's and appetizers you don't have to eat a large german meal, but you certainly can. Last thing is the finish of this place, they really built it right and made it look authentic. Make sure you hit up Dobby's while you are in Palatine, they are a great place to get your beer for home, the selection is outstanding and so is the staff.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Finally stopped in here yesterday after missing out on many opportunities before (damn this procrastination of mine!). Place was pretty empty (it was early afternoon), so I just bellied up to the bar. It's nice in here, with some dark-ish wood accents and a clear German vibe. Most of the beers available are of German descent, but they've also got a few taps off to the side dispensing some other brews (Lagunitas, Half Acre, Capital, and Metropolitan were there this day). I ordered a few beers while watching the Cubs-Cards game on one of the three TVs above the bar. The bartender was attentive and helpful, and seemed to know a bit about the suds he was pouring (he even noticed my pronunciations of the beers evinced a German background...I always like when they notice...). This could have been from the lack of other activity at the bar, but he seemed genuinely amiable and whatnot throughout my entire hour-long stay. I didn't try the food this time, but hearing that sauerbraten was indeed on the menu means I have to come back again soon. And with some nice prices and a good smattering of German brews, I have no real reason not to come back, especially considering the amount of time I spend in the neighborhood at Nellie's and Dobby's. Damn, I enjoy this area...

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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Occupying the spot formally held by Christl's German Inn, Bauer's can best be described as a German Pub. The space is small, but the interior has been totally reworked since Christl's and is now much more thematic, with dark woods, some animal heads on the wall and some large candelabras overhead. Bauer's is really too small a space to say it is divided in more than one area, but there is a distinct bar to the rear of the restaurant while the tables are more to the front.

As to be expected, the beer leans to German selections and are available by the 1/2 liter and full liter. Spaten, Hofbräu, DAB, Radeberger were all available as a selection of pilsners, hefe's, and Dunkels. Bottles tended to be German centric, though Bauer's does offer up a few American craft beers by the bottle and on draft as well. During my visit they had on Lagunitas, Stone IPA, and Daisy Cutter.

Both service and food seemed to be hit-and-miss. Our server was quite slow and seemed overwhelmed by the whole experience, which I can only say is problematic because we went at about 5:30 on a Saturday night and the restaurant was not that busy. Beer knowledge was pretty far off (she described DC as an IPA). Food was okay. My wife's schnitzel was great as was the spaetzle, but my sausage platter was lackluster with overcooked kraut and homemade sausages that were insanely salty. The pretzel (supposedly imported from Bavaria) was pretty good, being served with two different mustards and a side of beer cheese. However, at $8 for a pretzel, I am on the fence about whether or not it was worth the cost.

Overall, Bauer's has some true potential. At this time, the menu is fairly small, with a blend of bar food and German favorites, though it is my understanding it will eventually grow to include many more German dishes. When that will be is anyone's question as, despite having been open for just about four months now, they are still considering themselves to be under a "soft opening." Hopefully both service and food will improve in that time, as I am eager to give them another try, but not that eager to actually go back.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Bauer's is a newer bar in Palatine in the former space of Christl's German Inn, a stone's throw from Dobby's, Emmett's, and Durty Nellie's.

Bauer's offers traditional German beer and cuisine, in a rustic, cozy setting. Outside there's a bright red slat roof with a 2 headed black eagle perched on top. German flags appoint the corners, and colorful painted flowerboxes decorate the windows. Inside it's a fairly small, cozy T-shaped space with worn hardwood floors, bar to the right, seating up front and booths along the back wall. There's a lot of intricate woodwork and authentic decorations around the place. Lion heads were carved into the corner of the bar. Small, ornate wooden shelves high on the walls display porcelain painted beer steins, wood carvings, and other germanic knick-knacks. Folk paintings were hung along the exposed brick walls. Some unusual taxidermy hung on one wall, a pair of goats and an enormous (and bizarrely animatronic) moose head. The back bar was ornately carved dark wood, with a trio of inset flatscreens playing lacrosse and rodeos.

Service was friendly, they offered a few samples and recommendations. Waitresses wore custom dirndls, and used classic tin serving trays to bring out liter mugs. The giant $8 pretzel was shared between 3 people with a trio of sauces. The menu had some lighter German bar snacks (fried cheese curds too) as well as a full offering of specialty lunch & dinner entrees.

Beer selection was German focused, with a nice variety of styles including Pilsner, Dortmunder, Dunkel, Hefe, Dunkelweisse, Doppelbock, and several seasonal Maibocks (Capital, Hofbrau). German imports from Ayinger (Jahrhundert-Bier), Weihenstephaner, Hofbrau, Tucher, Spaten, Radeberger, Steigl, etc. American craft included Ebel Weiss, Resistance IPA, Lagunitas Maximus, and Batch 19 pre-prohibition lager.

The experience here was nice, it felt authentic and relaxed. The beer selection isn't huge, but the German niche is a unique one for Palatine. For a bigger US craft selection, there are several options within walking distance...

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Bauer's Brauhaus in Palatine, IL
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