My home away from home while in Dusseldorf.
Feels like walking into a neighborhood pub/tavern/dive back in the States but with an authentic German feeling. Neither 'Sam Malone' nor 'Cliffy' were there, but I believe Gunther and Klaus might occasionally make an appearance.
So what can you expect when you walk in to Zur Uel? I was there on a Saturday night, Sunday night and Monday night. In order, I'd share the words 'hopping', 'dead quiet' and 'friendly neighborhood pub' to describe each of those nights respectively. Yes, I should have tried different restaurants. Easy to say when you aren't jet lagged, or aren't working 16 hour days and getting 3-4 hours of sleep per night. Zur Uel was convenient to my hotel and in the Altstadt so shoot me!
Food? Not too bad. I personally have no issue with German food besides the fact that they seriously overcook vegetables. Can you boil/cook my carrots for less than 37 hours next time? I have finished teething so I think I can handle a little crunch! That said, one always gets a simple house salad to go along with heavy meat entrees, potatoes of some kind and bread.
Beer? Really enjoyed the Fuchsen Altbier. The locals should be proud of it. It's delicious and goes down easily. They bring it in .25 liter glasses and it is bottomless...beware though as it packs a punch. As others said, the beer fairies just never let you run out. The waitresses constantly swing by at the instant one's glass is on the last sip. It's like a drive-by beer shooting...you just sometimes don't know which direction your new beer came from, but it's foamy and delicious. The waitresses keep tabs on your totals by marking your beer coaster with a pencil and total you up at the end of the night.
Service? Germans get a bad rap on service. It is a case of a few bad apples spoiling it for everyone else and creating a stereotype. Trust me...service was solid and friendly on night #1 while it was crowded; and great on nights #2 and #3 when it was quieter. Super friendly, appreciated my effort (and we laughed about my destruction) of their language, and they coached me to improve my basic vocabulary and grammar, were my friends by night #2 and looking forward to my next visit to Dusseldorf. Faux friendliness? Seemed genuine to me.
Why only four (4) stars? CASH ONLY. I know it is not the custom to take credit cards in Europe and Germany in particular, but I genuinely would have spent more if they had taken cards. However, I was saving my cash for taxis which I needed desperately at times (like when headed to the airport.) So Zur Uel saved 3-4% on merchant credit card fees and it cost them 10-20% in a larger tab. Sounds like a NET loss to me. A loss for both sides.
Still suggest coming here. Say Guten Abend for me.
Nice setting on an old street in the Altstadt. They brew their own beer. The type is known as Alt. It's dark, not as sweet as the dark Bavarian beers, not as stout as a Guiness, and not as good as a Pils or Lager.
The food is adequate. The red cabbage had almost a gelatinous consistency. The Sauerbraten was anything but sour. The waiters were efficient but brusque. Nothing special.
Its the best brewery in Düsseldorf. Tourists as well as locals go there to enjoy a good, cold Füchschen which expecially in summer is so refreshing. The prices are fair enough.
Go inside and see the oldfashioned rooms with old paintings and much wood. Or stand outside and watch all the different people passing the Ratinger Straße.
Try the various meals, especially the sausages and meat plates, eg. with knuckles, blood sausage, Bratwurst and many other sausages Eat it with a salad or sauerkraut, fried potatoes or fresh bread. It goes very well with the beer.
All of my Asian friends liked it.
A nice alternative to the always way too crowded Füchschen on the Ratinger Str. I had a Wiener Schnitzel which was good (not outstanding though) and my company was also content with their food. The atmosphere is nice and the decoration is traditional and pretty. The service was also good, we had very nice waiters.
Very old-fashioned, very German pub. If you come on a crowded night (the night of a football game, for instance) it will be very crowded, and half the staff will be on yelling at people for walking into the wrong room duty. Like I said, this place is very German. On crowded nights, you're expected to share a table with strangers, but the locals are pretty friendly once they've had a few beers. The food is traditional to this region, and is pretty good.
Big, loud and not so pretty Brauhaus, cooking is plain and ok. But the Fuechschen Alt ist far the best Altbier of Duesseldorf, very smooth and not bitter.
Excellent. Basic decor and good solid German food cooked to an excellent standard. The Altbier keeps coming until you tell them to stop (or you are kicked out). Recommend the Haxe. Is crowded most nights, a mix of tourists and locals at the weekend, suits during the week.
Füchschen is a very good Altbier brewery that also serves food. Yes, it's set up to serve lots of people and they serve hot food later than other places, but if you come looking for the best German food, you could be disappointed. On the other hand, if you're not looking for gourmet food or the very best of German cuisine, but do want some very good Alt that you won't find outside Düsseldorf and solid German food at a reasonable price, Füchschen is a very good choice. Or you can just come for the beer, and then it's great.
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