Stationed a few blocks from Grand Central, this raucous second-story beer hall channels Munich’s historic (and highly commercialized) Hofbräuhaus. The suds all come from that famed German brewery, long communal tables make up the bulk of the seating, and dirndl-sporting waitresses weave through the throngs balancing sloshing steins and comically oversized platters of plump sausages and doughy pretzels. It adds up to a good approximation of the real Oktoberfest experience—touristy, loud and pretty damn fun. The tangible absurdity of the place breeds a when-in-Rome conviviality, fueled by live sing-along polka tunes and the sound of heavy glassware bashing against the table. Fair warning: It’s hard not to keep eating and drinking long past the point when your stomach has flown the white flag.
|Venue name:||Bierhaus NYC||Contact:|
712 Third Ave bet 44 & 45
|Cross street:||between 44th and 45th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30am–12am; Thu–Sat 11:30am–2am; Sun 12pm-12am|
|Transport:||Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central|
|Price:||Average drink: $8. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
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From off the street it doesn't look like much, but up the stairs to the second floor opens up into a large room with high wooden beamed ceilings and large wooden communal style tables and benches. If you're looking for a taste of Germany in Midtown Manhattan look no further then the Bierhaus for their authentic style German food and German beers. Most of all I like Monday nights 6:30pm-11pm (no cover) for their live Jazz band and swing dancing. To top it off there's a tastefully done performance by a burlesque dancer who playfully prances around the room shaking her tail feather. Doesn't get more entertaining then that on a Monday night in Midtown East.
Head upstairs from 3rd Avenue and enter Bavaria, New York style. Long wooden tables for communal eating, and mostly drinking, happens each day. A large selection of beers to choose from in the half liter, full liter, or boot sized double liter. The waitresses wear their Bavarian garb and the food includes wursts, pretzels, and schnitzel. There is an outdoor patio as well, if you want to remind yourself that you are still in midtown Manhattan. Prost!