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Hofbräu Berlin

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5 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 30
Berlin, 10178

+49 30 679665520 | map

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Added by BlackHaddock on 03-11-2013

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
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3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

Impressive new build a stones throw away from AlexanderPlatz: seats 2,500. Smartly decorated in a Bavarian Beer Hall style: they have spent a lot of money on it. I’ve visted the orginal in Munich and the fake one in Las Vegas, this compliments those two nicely.

The name gives the game away beer wise: my Original and Dunkel were lovely, others in my party had Weisse beers and I didn’t notice any glasses not emptied. They do a huge ’Eat as much as you can Sunday Brunch’ and we attacked that with gusto. Very good value if you’re hungry. Our serving bloke was old but helpful and didn’t hang around, but got the beers swiftly without any problems and patiently waited while I sorted the bill with 12 other drunks!

A lederhosen couple of guys played drinking music as we ate and drank: it looked like the’y be joined or taken over by a larger band later in the day/evening as the gear was laid out ready. Couldn’t stay for a night session, but it looked like it would have been fun.

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Photo of Jakeberger
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of pthread1981
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

So at this point I've been to Hofbräu locations in Munich, Bremen, and Berlin, and Berlin is my least favorite. I'd say you go here if you are in Germany and can't make to to Bavaria to see the real thing, but otherwise I wouldn't bother. It's in a bit of a tourist trap part of the city, and the beer really isn't that good or interesting. Go explore some of the new breweries, or if you want traditional beer styles hit up one of the smaller Eschenbräu.

That said, I don't want to sound too down on it - the atmosphere is definitely where this place shines, and in a sense it captures a bit of the feel of being in the tents at Oktoberfest when it is busy - the place is packed and loud with bunch of boisterous people and there's (sometimes) a live band playing. You don't as I recall get anyone dancing on the tables in Berlin but you can't have everything I suppose. The place is large though and that definitely is key in capturing a bit of that atmosphere.

The beer is pretty pedestrian. It's neither great nor bad, and the selection is what you are going to expect from a place like this. You can get a Maß, which is fun.

The food here is in my opinion the worst aspect. The selection isn't all that exciting, and honestly I think the quality isn't as good as the other locations I've been at. If you want schnitzel in Berlin go to Felix Austria instead.

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Photo of DirkNachbar
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Wheatafficianado
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Because we couldn't make it to Munich we settled for the Munich experience while in Berlin. It really was like stepping out of one city and into another. We were there a bit early so it wasn't getting wound up until it was about time for us to leave. I'm not sure it could quite rival the real thing in Munich anyway, but that just because it is like any knock off...without the real thing it will always have a somewhat contrived atmosphere. But really, the food and the beer was everything you would expect and there was plenty of it. I would of course recommend going to Munich first, but I was very happy to show the rest of the family what the Bavarian experience was like. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in Berlin.

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Hofbräu Berlin in Berlin, Germany
Place rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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