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Bavarian Beerhouse (Bar, Restaurant)

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The Arches, 9 Crutched Friars, City of London, London, EC3N 2AU
Cuisine: German Average Price: £10.00 - 30.00
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Bavarian Beerhouse Review

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Best for: Dancing, singing and drinking in The City of London. Cheese dip and huge pretzel.

Great: German beer, waitresses in dirndl outfits, Oompah band singalongs.

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of German food. Or specifically German sausages. The only time I’ve visited Germany (Berlin, though, not Bavaria) I avoided the row upon row of restaurants selling anaemic sausages after a bad first night experience (read: vomiting on the pavement outside the hostel) and survived on pretzels alone.

German beer, on the other hand, tastes great. Not ideal for my waistline, but absolute wonders for my sparkling wit and conversation. Hence I came to the (perhaps unfair) conclusion that Germans do great beer but not-so-great food. No biggie, great beer features highly on my ‘reasons to visit a country’ list. That, and the architecture, of course.

It was with a little trepidation, therefore, that I visited the Bavarian Beerhouse Tower Hill. It was hard not to associate a German establishment (selling German sausages no less) with my previous horrors. Pros: German beer; cons: frankfurters. But a bit of research before my visit told me that the waitresses wear traditional German dirndls and an Oompah band plays every Tuesday to Saturday during the Oktoberfest period (and occasionally throughout the rest of the year). Those two nuggets of information saw my frown turn upside down. There is nothing quite like a good old bit of German entertainment.

The Bavarian Beerhouse Tower Hill is no frills fun. Think Eurotrash, bratwurst and litres of freshly spun, golden German beer. In two pint mugs. For a five foot nothing female, like myself, two of these massive mugs of beer only do the trick. Unfortunately, the food was akin to the food I avoided on my trip to Berlin – pale, ill-looking sausages, and lots of them too. Thankfully, my boyfriend (who not only loves German beer but also eats anything, regardless of texture or aesthetics) agreed to sample the goods whilst I got on with the important stuff: lots of drinking and subsequent dancing on tables to the thumping tunes of the Oompah band.

The decor of this basement restaurant/dining hall is kept to a minimum. We were seated at the edge of a long banquet table, where, as the night progressed, people joined us. As the night progressed even further, giant mugs of beer were chinked together and friendships were made for the night; our best German sing-along buddies, whose names we would forget in the morning (a little side-note: this kind of behaviour is encouraged, we weren’t raucously drunk and inappropriate. Honest. The more people singing, dancing and making good German times the better, in my opinion).

The entire bar is furnished solely with long, foldable wooden tables and the walls are painted beige. It’s pretty drab, but the bright colours of the waitresses’ dirndls (think tacky German softcore porn) do wonders to cheer the place up. Tip: the more beer you consume, the less you hear the dreadful Eurotrashy pop that is filtered through speakers before the Oompah band come on.

The food is, well, German. A fair number of starters, mains, snacks, taster platters, and dessert are on offer. Although there aren’t many options for vegetarians. That said, the cheese dip and huge pretzel was great. Just don’t count the calories. My boyfriend hoovered up his sausage starter, but by the time his sausage main came along (a huge platter full of different kinds of German sausages – shudder) he had decided, like me, that the beer was the way forward and food took a huge backseat. Cheers to that! Clink clink.

Even if you’re not really a fan of German sausage, it's the German fun at Bavarian Beerhouse that you need to be a fan of. My ‘reasons to visit a country’ list is pretty similar to my ‘reasons to visit a restaurant’ list – great atmosphere, cheesy entertainment and lashings of great German beer all feature very highly. Which is why I’ll definitely be going back.
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Food

Traditional German & Bavarian food from Starters to Desserts are important for the authentic character of the Bavarian Beerhouse. All meat, pretzels and bread is imported from Germany. The food menu features Bavarian specialities such as Pork Roast, sausages and Sauerkraut, meatloaf, Schnitzel (escalope) and much more.
Monday's and Tuesday's special is "Schnitzel Madness" (choose from 10 types of Schnitzel with a pint of German beer for £15).

Updated 26/01/2012

Drinks

The drinks menu includes German beers such as Erdinger, Loewenbraeu, Warsteiner, Kaltenberg - served in Steins. There's also Schnaps (Jaegermeister, Obstler) and wine.

Updated 18/01/2012

Bavarian Beerhouse Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Friday: 12:00pm - 1:00am
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 12:00pm - 1:00am
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm    

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Special offers, discounts and deals at Bavarian Beerhouse

The Bavarian Beerhouse has a range of special offers to choose from, e.g. "Schnitzel Madness" on Monday and Tuesday. See website for details.

Updated 26/01/2012

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