Gasthaus...: Have a Bier or zwei
From Dusseldorf to Tecklenberg, one commonality in Westfalen is the good bier...and the establishments they're served in...The Dortmunders are all great...(though there doesn't seem to be as many as there used to be) ...Warsteiner is from this Lande,as are many other fine brews...Deutschers and bier are generally a happy pairing. Its a way to get to know folks as well . Germans aren't as generally English fluent as the Nederlanders.-At least in the non-touristy areas I'm more familiar with ...But "Ein Pils,Bitte" is a good start...Most places have no problem with you keeping your coaster or Bier deckel as a souvineer ...and occasionally you can find a place that'll make you a nice deal on that cool bier glass...anyway ..whatever town/city you're visiting there will be at least one Gasthaus /Bar ,and whether you speak Deutsch or not ,you should have a bier or Two ...
Dress Code: The establishments themselves vary from small neighborhood bars to some fairly upscale places...The trend seems to be in lovingly restoring and decorating older establishments to create as nice an atmosphere as possible ,maybe so one will stay for more than one ...Bier has a long and storied tradition in the region, I had the pleasure of working one summer in a brewery in Hamm (Kloster) with a history in the 100s of years ...There was a pride and craftsmanship evident throughout the brewery,each employee was given two "coins" a day and a personal mug ...which gave access to the bier that would go in kegs...wow
Imagine that ...encouraged to drink on the job.
Best biers I ever drank ...Unfortunately in some strange vision of urban planning the brewery was torn down and Kloster Bier lives no more, other than as a niche dark beer made by Warsteiner. One hopes this trend of mergers and consolidation (which by the way is what happened to US beers,and we know how quality was affected here.) doesn't swallow up all the fine small braueries in Germany.Related to:
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Mezcalito: Student Mexican bar with great Margarita
Located close to the Oldtown the Mezcalito offers the best Strawberry-Margarita in MG (or even in Germany, I've been in many German cities but never drank Strawberry-Margarita like this)!! Nice Mexican styled bar. Many students go there to meet friends. So there are a lot of younger people age 16 to 30, the average is around 23.
On Wednesday, 21.00, is student party, you have to pay an entrance fee (I think 2,50 €). Other days are Friday and Saturday.
Dress Code: Everything is possible.Related to:
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Shiva Longe: Exotic restaurant/ lounge in Mönchengladbach
In an old framework house in the middle of the oldtown just opened this lounge. A China restaurant has been in the house before and the new owners kept as much as possible in the exotic Asian style. With a few changes they made a stylish place out of it. The fingerfood is wonderful, the atmosphere very nice and you also have the possiblitiy to eat there from 6 p.m. on every day except Monday (and the card looks good).
Dress Code: Dress how you feel.Related to:
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An Crannog: Irish beer and food in Oberhausen
A huge Irish pub in the artificial Centro Park. The pub is beautiful but a bit artificial as well as it looks almost too nice. Food is great here - especially the Irish brown bread served with Irish butter!
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