Zum Pfaffen: "Beer 1" Cologne Nightlife Tip by BarryG01

Cologne Nightlife: 61 reviews and 73 photos

Beer drinking in Koln is a very different kettle of fish compared to British beer drinking. In England we are used to seeing as many as a dozen hand pubs on a bar with a range of ales, lagers and stouts that come by the pint.

In Koln, most bars serve up only one kind of beer, and that comes in dinky cylinders. Having said that, the local 'kolsch' is generally excellent and you usually enjoy the benefit of table service.

And in another twist, the Pfaffen does not have a bar! We came tripping in and headed straight through, looking for a bar, and ended up having to scoot aside as a barrel came rolling through. They tapped the barrel there on the floor and began frantically syphoning off the beer. Basically, you grab a table and the waiter's attention. He trots over with a tray full of kolsch and slings a batch around. He'll keep them coming all night , if you like, whilst running a tally on your beer mat.

It's a beautiful place with stained glass windows and chunky wooden furniture. It was very busy Saturday night, but we came back for a quiet Sunday lunchtime tipple. The food looks good as well. Highly recommended!

You can buy me beer here!

Open 11am until 1am, closed Mondays.

Dress Code: One of the smarter pubs, but there is no doorman.

Address: Heumarkt 62, 50667 Koln
Directions: The Heu-markt is below the town hall, on the southern fringe of the Aldstadt (old town). It opens out onto the busy main road leading off the Deutzer bridge
Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 15, 2004
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