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Places to Drink in Bamberg
OK, so you've visited all the breweries and tap houses in Bamberg, but you have time left for more exploring. Luckily there are some very good pubs in town, many of which have the added advantage of serving beers from the country side.
One of the first places you should visit is Cafe Abseits at Pödeldorfer Str. 39. (Pödeldorfer Str. is around behind the train station) They have as regular draft beers both Mönchambacher Lager and Andechs Dunkel along with beers from some of the smaller breweries in the countryside (on a rotating "Beer of the Month" basis -- check the website for details). Cafe Abseits is also one of the few places in Germany where one can have the Aventinus Eisbock. It is about a 15 minute walk from the train station -- a bit out of the way if you are in the Altstadt, but well worth the walk. [map]
Another great place is Stöhrenkeller, Oberer Stephansberg 11. It is a cozy little pub on the way up the hill to the Spezial Keller. They serve the Kellerbier from Brauerei Eichhorn of Dörfleins and Keesmann Pils. On weekends they often will have a small keg from other area breweries. They stay open until 1am (or later) and so it is a great place to go for a nightcap after the brewpubs have closed (most close at 11pm). Open from 6pm. Closed Sunday [map]
Tapas Bar at Untere Kaulberg 36 is on the site of taphouse of the late Brauerei Röckelein. They have Mönchsambacher Lager on tap as well as the full range of beers from Brauhaus Schweinfurt. The terrace in the back has a wonderful view of the Bamberger Dom. Opens at 5pm and stays open late.There is bar in the cellar with live music and dancing.Well worth the beer and the view [map]
Technically the Bamberger Weissbierhaus (Obere Königstrasse 38) is a tap room for the Maisel Brewery. The full range of Maisel beers are available and it is much closer to the city center than the Maisel brewery. A nice biergarten in back is open during warmer weather. Hotels rooms are also available. (Closed on Sundays) [map]
Der Pelikan (Untere Sandstraße 45) has a good selection of beers and Thai influenced food. The Hupperndorfer Bier from Brauerei Grasser (in, you guessed it, Huppendorf) is both tasty and somewhat hard to find. They also have Mönchsambacher Weizenbier, Zirndorfer Landbier and even Guinness . There is a nice partially enclosed patio out back. They sometimes will have live music and a cover charge after 9pm on weekends. Open from 6pm to the wee hours (2am on Fri, 3am on Sat).[map]
Stihlbruch (Obere Sandstr. 18) has Mahrs "U" and Keesmann Pils on tap, but on Sunday there is a special treat -- they bring in a keg of the Landbier from Brauerei Otto Hübner of Steinfield ("Ottobier"). Even better, the first 30 draft beers sold are only €1! I was there one Sunday when business was slow and I drank €1 beer all evening. During the week they open at 7pm but on Sundays they open at 5pm.[map]
Spezial Keller (Obere Stephansberg 47) is connected by family with the brewery in town. They serve the Spezial beers but the view is worth a repeat beer, especially in the spring and summer.
The keller is open year round (opens at 3pm, weekends at 10am and closed on Mondays) with an indoor pub and restaurant. The view is so spectaular that on sunny days during the winter you will find people sitting at the outside tables. If you are in Bamberg from (roughly) May thru September a visit to the Spezi-keller is an absolute must. There is outdoor seating for nearly a thousand people and its often that full. On summer Sunday evenings there is often music.
It is a bit of a hike up the hill, but that just makes the beer taste better when you get there. The address is on Obere Stephansberg, but is more directly reached via Sternwartstrasse (Observatory Street after the 19th Century Observatory next door). Follow Obere Stephansberg up hill from town until you see the Heller-Trum("Schlenkerla") brewery. Turn left and continue uphill. Parking is very limited, so its best to go by foot. [map]
As you walk the streets of Bamberg you may come across a restaurant, Imbiss (snack bar) or Kneipe (pub) that serves an unusual beer. For example, on Obere Königstrasse, as you walk from Brauerei Spezial to the Bamberger Weissbierhaus, at number 34 is a restaurant named Weinstube Bodega. Looking for beer, one might walk past a wine bar, but in the window you will see they have beer from Brauerei Knoblach of Schammelsdorf on draft. They actually have a small (5 litre) keg that they keep in a small refrigerator underneath the bar.
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