My friend who lives in Zurich wanted us to experience authentic Zurich cuisine so she brought us here. We had to sit outside because the band that was playing inside was way too loud for any type of conversation to be held. (Side note, when I went to the bathroom, there was a woman in there, up front by the stage with a dog on her lap. The dog seemed to really be enjoying the music!)
The three appetizers were good, well except for the wings, but I am a wing person, so it takes a lot to impress me. We got the veal, it was really good, it was in some sort of creamy mushroom sauce. We enjoyed our time here, but I will warn you, it is expensive. 3 appetizers, 2 meals, a few Jack & cokes and numerous aperol spritzers, the bill was $385 swiss francs!
The location is great though, right in the heart of the city.
Probably one of the most expensive beer I have had. 8 CHF for a small beer, are you somehow kidding me ? Well, but it's close to the river side, so, that's a reason for high prices I suppose.
I only stopped there to take a short breather (and a beer) so I can't say I had an extensive experience but nothing does really stand out there. The place is nice if it's a sunny and you are seating outside (which is balanced by the prices). The service is average. You will overhear Swiss "stereotypical" music and other things like that if that's what you are into, why not ? But it's a bit loud to my liking.
I wouldn't have specific reason to go there (well, yes, if everything else is crowded) but I would not go on purpose. Don't really have any reason not to go, except maybe the "too stereotypical" taste.
Helloooooooooooooo tourist trap! Was the first thing I thought of when randomly stopping by here for a couple of beers with friends and nice hot Zurich day. Then, I further had my doubts when they told us they were going to charge us for the normal extra live music charge even though we were sitting outside not able to hear the music well. Despite this.... I ordered a nice half liter of Weißbier and soon my initial inhibitions began to melt away.
Why? Because this place isn't THAT bad... I went inside and they definitely have the cheesy music, beer flowing and however cheesy you might find it, if this drunkfest is your scene, then you might like it. Anyway, there is one reason why I REALLY come here and am not embarrassed to give a seemingly obvious tourist trap three stars:
Brätzel, Brätzel, BRAETZEL!!
If I'm at a bierhalle drinking beer and listening to happy accordion music, I want a god damn bretzel in my mouth!! So I ordered one without thinking of the consequence. And what was the consequence? Oh... nothing more than sheer mouthgasm when that soft and steamy morsel of bretzel first made contact with my unassuming bier soaked mouth. I immediately was shocked as to why this bretzel was so good. I swished the remains in my mouth trying to do an oral autopsy to discover what the secret was. Then, I was stopped by a panicking thought. HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM! There are three dudes here and only one bretzel!
Zwei brätzelen bitte!!!!
Aaaahhhhhhhh..... huere fein!!
I still have dreams, of the wet kind, when I think of sitting outside enjoying a nice beer and bretzel while watching all the fancy smancy cars drive by. If you don't like touristy places, you might turn flaccid here; but if you want a good piece of twisted dough with beer - give this place a try!! I still would probably sit outside because the inside festivities are a little too much for me unless I'm at Octoberfest. But if you want to act a fool, get super drunk, and act like a zoo animal (as one review so eloquently wrote) while eating a bretzel, this place might be for you!
Maybe it's all about who you're with and how little you know about a city.... But we had a fantastic time at bierhalle!!! Staff was amazing, we got drinks quickly and service without complication. The music was off the hook and everyone around us seemed to be having a great time. The only thing we ate here was an appetizer platter with typical "charcuterie", cheese and a pretzel. I love Switzerland for its carb-aholic ways! Again we went on a Sunday so the other weekend nights are probably crowded and less amazing... But who knows. It actually didn't seem that touristy, there were a lot of locals and even some older generations rockin out and dancing to the band.... We also came here with lifetime residents. All in all a great first night in zurich!
We were walking back to our hotel when the sound of German Music beckoned us. It was a weeknight , so the place wasn't very full. We sat and drank beer for a few hours and listened the the Austrian band play German beer hall music. Fun times!
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