VARIOUS COUNTRIES

INCLUDING  ROME, ITALY,BARCELONA SPAIN,COPENHAGEN DENMARK, MALMO SWEDEN, DUBLIN, IRELAND, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA and ZURICH SWITZERLAND

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ROME, ITALY

As the capital of Italy, Rome has some of the most iconic buildings and tourist attractions in the world and is truly one of its great cities. The beer scene has improved a lot over the years, mainly thanks to micro-breweries opening up all over Italy, but you still need to know where to look, as most places are  still selling Peroni or Moretti. Below are some of the pubs I visited over a weekend. A lot of places tend to open later in the evening; if I have put no hours on the review assume the pub is open all day, but check on the internet first. Enjoy a great city! Visit February 2016.

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TRASTEVERE 

Ma Che Siete Venuti A fa , Via di Benedetta 25, Roma 00153

Web site http://www.football-pub.com/

This is a football pub, when I was there Roma was playing on the TV. The beers on draught were non-mainstream but they were mainly from un interesting Dutch and German breweries. I had a local beer, Trilussa Tavolot at 5 Euros a pint. Not sure why they have to have the door open on a cold February night!

John 6/10 visit February 2016

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Bir & Fud,  Via di Benedetta 23, Roma 00153

Web site http://birandfud.it/

As you walk in to this long narrow bar you are greeted by about 30 beer taps and 5 handpumps; as well as local breweries they also have beers from Schenlkra ( German)and Dupont ( Belgium). There is a eating area at the back. I had a Argo Kaori at 6 Euros a pint, which was good. Full of local, British and American beer geeks! Interesting range of local and international beers.

John 9/10 visit February 2016

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Birreria Trilussa, Via di Benedetta 19, Roma 00153

Web site http://www.birreriatrilussa.it/

This place, like the nearby Bid and Fir; has an impressive range, albeit on a smaller scale. This includes Moor from the UK, as I have had their beers before I try an So Hop at 6 Euros a pint. Small bar area at the front of the pub, a larger drinking area at the back. Not that warm, but loads of people drinking outside! Good beer, good atmosphere. Opens 1800 hours daily

John 9/10 visit February 2016

 

Brasserie 4.20, Via Portuense 82, Roma 00153

Web site http://www.brasserie420.com/

A bit of a trek to get to this pub. This said, the décor is nice and there is a fair amount of draught beer on tap. Beers are on the blackboard, covering most beer styles. Had a keller beer at 5.50 Euros. Service on the slow side; not sure why but was expecting more from this place. Opens 1900 hours daily.

John 7/10 visit February 2016

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Donkey Punch/ Nel Buco Del Muld, via Della Scala 33, Roma 00153

Another sandwich shop which sells Italian craft beer; it is close to the 3 pubs in Via Benedetta.  I asked for a good local beer from the friendly staff and got a bottle of  Ricetta Plu Rale, Winter Ale, which was a nice dark ale for 5 Euros. Mural of various rock stars on the wall is original . Got talking craft beer to Matt from New Jersey. 

John 7/10 visit February 2016

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OLD ROME

Open Baldwin, Via Degli Specchi 6, Roma 00186

Web site http://www.openbaladinroma.it/?lang=en

Modern pub with a good selection of beers on draught and bottles. Most seats are reserved, so I sat at the bar. I had a half pint of Daddy Wasn’t There ( a strong Belgian Ale)  at 5 Euros. Impressive display of large bottled beers behind the bar.

 John 8/10 visit February 2016

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Baguetteria Del Fico, Della Fossa 12, Roma 00186

Another Rome sandwich shop with a good beer selection,  I’d like to see this in the UK! Was the only one in here, but the beer Turbacci Coast to Coast at 5 Euros was good, as were the sandwiches. Friendly English speaking staff.

John 7/10 visit February 2016

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My Ale, Via Dei Cappellari  79, Roma 00186

Web site http://www.myale.net/

A small sandwich shop which has a good section of bottled craft beers. I had a Castelli Romani Pig Floyd at 5.50 Euros a bottle, which was good, but not as good as the sandwich I had, which was 5 euros! Good atmosphere, with friendly English speaking owner. Closed on Sunday.

John 7.5/10 visit February 2016

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NOMENTANO

Luppolo 12, Via Dei Marrucini 12, Roma 00185

Neat place to the North of Termini station which has 15 draught taps and 2 handpumps from local micros. Had one of the beers from the handpumps, Bi-du Confirme Porter at 3.50 Euros for 2/3 of a pint; it was good. Noisy student type of place, with the early Rock and Roll soundtrack popular with the young punters. Opens 1700 hours daily.

 John 8/10 visit February 2016

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COLOSSEO

Tree Folks, Via Capo D’Africa 33, Roma 00198

Visited this place at exactly the right time; it is having a Cask Beer Festival this weekend! There are 7 handpumps on the bar downstairs plus upstairs there are lots of barrels on racking with cooler jackets on. Most of the beers are from the UK, but manage to find a few local beers including White Dog TDS stout and Lochop Sorachi. Festival prices were 2 euros for 1 token, with 1 token for a sample and  3 tokens for a pint. Very busy, with lots of people drinking outside. Friendly staff. Opens 1730 hours daily

John 9.5/10 visit February 2016

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Brew Dog, Via Delle Terme Di Tito 80, Roma 00184

Web site https://www.brewdog.com/bars/worldwide/roma

This Brew Dog pub in Rome is in a strange location. The Colosseum is close by, but the way the roads criss-cross means there is no direction route and so not so many tourists find the place. Small pub with usual modern décor. A pint of Punk IPA was 6 Euros; the guest beers are served in 2/3 of pint. Opens 1800 hours daily

John 7/10 visit February 2016

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NORTH CENTRE

Lowenhaus,  Via Della Fontanella, 16,  Roma 00187

Web site http://www.lowenhaus.eu/

German pub to the North of the Spanish Steps. Unlike their English and Irish counterparts, there is no music or sports TV, so  it’s a truly German pub! Despite the pub name, Paulaner is the main beer here. Half litre of Paulaner is 6.50 euros and a pizza is 7 Euros, go figure! Nice pub, décor and atmosphere.

John 8/10 visit February 2016

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BARCELONA, SPAIN

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and is the capital of the Catalonia region in North East Spain. Tourist attractions including Sagrada Familia Church, La Rambla, Barri Gotic Old Town and the Port and Beach area. Like other wine countries, beer, especially craft beer, is slowly catching on here, making drinking more interesting here, than it was 10 years ago. Drinking places tend to be small in size. Whilst I have done my best, please check opening times on the internet, as there are a lot of different times showed for different places. Visited April 2015.

 

City Centre

Ale and Hops, Basse de Sant Pere 10, Barcelona 08003.

Web site- http://www.aleandhop.com/

Small modern bar where most of the drinking is done at the front, there is a back room but it looks like it is for dining. There are 10 beers on draught with 2 on handpump; only 1 beer is local. Had a Aktien Anno 1308 at 4.50 euros for 0.5l, which was a German keller beer. Friendly staff and a good atmosphere. Opens 1700 hours Monday to Friday, 1200 hours Saturday and Sunday.

John 8/10 visit April 2015

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Alt Heidelberg,  Ronda de la Universtitat 5, Barcelona 08007.

Web site- http://altheidelberg.net/

German pub in the city centre; it does the German pub deco very well. There are separate drinking and eating areas, with different prices for each. The drinking is at the front, with bar stools by the bar. What got me into this place was the interesting beer menu, with good bottled beers from USA, UK and Belgium. I had a bottle of Anchor Steam Beer at 4.75 euros and a pint of Pilsner Urquill at 3.20 euros (good value), also found time for a Bratwurst! Opens from 1200 hours daily.

John 8/10 visit April 2015

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Bar Mingus, Carrer Ataulf 8, Barcelona 08002.

Another small bar in the port area close to La Cerveteca; while small the place is not too busy. Décor basic with some skateboards hanging above the bar. There are 8 beers on draught from micros all over the world, plus 2 house beers; had a Mingus hop IPA at 6 euros. Beer was cold and very average. Opens from 1900 hours, closed Monday.

John 6/10 visit April 2015

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Blacklab Brewhouse, Place Pau Vila 1, Barcelona 08013.

Nice brew pub in a square close to Barceloneta metro station, in the port area. There are 4 of the pub’s beers on draught, plus beers from other microbreweries which are clearly written on a blackboard. Had a Black Lab 1480 American Pale Ale at 4 euros a pint, served with olives, and it was   a very nice beer. Large modern place with a laid-back atmosphere. You can drink outside, but the road was very busy. Nice place. Opens from 1230 hours daily.

John 8.5/10 visit April 2015

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 Biercab,  Muntaner  25, Barcelona  08011.

Web site- http://biercab.com/en/

This is a lively large place, with TV screens around the pub showing the 30 beers on draught, some local, some international and a few lambic beers. Excellent  choice of beers here; I had a De Ranke XX bitter which is hard to find on draught in Belgium, at 6 euros a pint. Friendly staff and a good atmosphere, seems to be a favourite place of Barcelona trendies, plus some tourists as well. Open- plan kitchen at the back. Opens 1800 hours Sunday and 1200 hours the rest of the week. Excellent place.

John 9.5/10 visit April 2015

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Brew Dog, Casanova 69, Barcelona 08011.

Web site- https://www.brewdog.com/bars/worldwide/barcelona

One of Brew Dog outlets around the world. As well as their own beers, there are also guest draught beers, including Cantillion ( at 6 euros for 0.25l, and 10 euros for 0.50l). Standard modern décor with more space than most Barcelona drinking holes. Had a pint of Punk IPA at 5 euros, about standard for Barcelona. Not too many people in at the time of my visit, on a Sunday afternoon. Opens daily from 1200 hours. Like the address!!

John 7/10 visit April 2015

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Cat Bar, Boria 17, Barcelona  08003

Wonderful bar which is cool for cats! Cosy atmosphere with low lighting and lots of bric-a-brac, including an old motor bike, old radio and a piano. There is also an upstairs drinking area. Like the paintings of cats on the wall ( you have to see it!). Good choice of 8 draught beers, served by friendly staff;  I had an Art Steam pilsner at 5 euros a pint. The sign outside says craft beer and vegan burgers. Opens from 1830, closed on Monday. Favourite place in Barcelona. Close to Jaume 1 metro sation.

John 10/10 visit April 2015. 

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 Cerveceria Luplus in fabulas, gran via de les Corts Catalanes 511, Barcelona 08015.

Place is on a busy main road. Not too many people in on my visit, which was Sunday evening, but  pleasant atmosphere. Modern décor with bright lights and football on the TV. Friendly Italian barman who wanted to know how I found the pub! Had a Bevog Smoked Porter which was 5.50 euros a pint, nice beer. Opens from 1230 hours daily.

John 7/10 visit April 2015

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 Fabrica Cerveza Moritz, Ronda de Sant Antoni, Barcelona 08011.

Web site- http://moritz.com/en/section/fbrica-moritz-barcelona

Brew pub in the city centre; very busy at the time of my visit. Whilst you can see the brewery, the beers are hidden away on the menu, and people are mainly eating here. As it was a nice day I drank outside; beer not too memorable as I didn’t  write it down!  

John 6/10 visit April 2015 

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Kaelderkold, Cardenal Casanas 7, Barcelona  08002.

Just of the busy La Rambla, close to Liceu metro station on L3. Only bar stools by the bar here, in décor of bright lighting. There are 15 draught beers from micros all over the world. I had a Tro ale session IPA at 6 euros a pint. Opens from 1230 hours daily. No real atmosphere at the time of visit.

John 7/10 visit April 2015  

 La Bona Pinta, Diputacio 433, Barcelona  08013.

Web site- http://www.labonapinta.com/

This place makes a Belgian brown café look large, but there is a room around the back. Really a beer shop with a bar. Some good Belgian bottled beers on the shelves, as well as some good bottled micros from all over the world. There were 4 beers on draught, had a Jubilaum pils at 2.50 euros. Close to Monumental metro station. Strange hours, Monday closed, Tuesday to Saturday opens 1100 hours, closed between 1400 and 1730 hours and opens Sunday 1800 to 22 hours.

John 7/10 visit April 2015

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La Cerveteca,  Gignas 25, Barcelona  08002.

Web site- http://www.lacerveteca.com/

Small bar in the back streets in the port area with mixed clientele. Dimly lit with bar stools around the side and wooden barrels in the middle for people to stand around. There are 9 beers on draught plus bottled beers in the fridge. Had a Aktien Dunkels at 3.95 euros for 0.4l; nice beer. There are 3 unused handpumps on the bar. Friendly bar staff, good atmosphere. Opens from 1800 daily.

John 8/10 visit April 2015

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 Mosequito, Carders 46, Barcelona  08003.

Web site- http://www.mosquitotapas.com/

Cosy dimly lit bar on a pedestrianised street, with 4 beers on draught and a good range of Belgian bottled beers. Whilst small the place  still finds room for an open kitchen, which does Chinese food. I had a Hoeptner porter at 2.90 euros for 0.3l. Opens Monday 1800 hours, 1300 hours the rest of the week.

John 7/10 visit April 2015

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Scobies Irish pub, Ronda de la Universtitat 8, Barcelona 08007.

This is the place to go to watch premiership football in Barcelona.  A well done out place with the usual Irish memorabilia. Friendly barman from County Clare. Guinness and Paulaner are 4.90 euros a pint, which isn’t bad value at the moment.

John 6/10 visit April 2015

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West of City Centre

Homosibaris, Place d’Osca 4, Barcelona  08014.

This place is to the west of city centre, close to Place de Santa metro station ( on the L1 or L5 line). Nice place on a square, with lots of people eating and drinking outside. There were 9 draught beers on offer, including a Moors stout on handpump, which I had for 5.75 euros a pint. Nice beer with no gas! There are a choice of bottled beers in the fridge. Room at the back to drink. Opens 1730 hours Monday to Friday, 1200 hours Saturday and Sunday.

John 7.5/10 April 2015

 North of City Centre

2D2 dspuma, Carrer de la Manigua 8 Barcelona  08027.

Web site - http://www.2d2dspuma.com/

This place is 6 stops on the metro (at Maragall, L5) from the city centre. Only a 5 minute walk, but the exits were confusing! Nice, small cosy place, with a laid-back atmosphere. There are 10 draught beers to choose from various small breweries. I had Mandrill Pale Ale at 4.25 euros. No one speaks English, but the prices are cheaper! Opens from 1800 hours, closed Sunday.

John 7/10 visit  April 2015

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Chivuos, Carrer del Torrent de Lolla 175, Barcelona 08012.

Web site- http://www.chivuos.com/#1

Well worth your trip out of the centre, get the L5 to Fontana metro station. It says craft beer and slow street food, and they do both well. The list of 8 draught beers are mainly local breweries, including 3 from the Edge Brewery in Barcelona. Had an Edge Blonde Ale at 3.50 euros for 0.25l, like the jar glass it was served in! Small place-the seating is mainly bench style.  The Philly Cheese steak was nice as well. Friendly service added to the visit. Hours from 1300 hours daily.

John 9/10 visit April 2015

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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

Coming from London, Copenhagen is like a breath of fresh air, literally. Lots of cyclists who unlike their London counterparts like to stop at red lights! Lots of 7-Elevens still left, unlike London. Friendly locals who always like to speak English.

Like in the Netherlands with Heineken, Denmark is dominated by one international brewing brand; Carlsberg( Tuborg is also owned by Carlsberg ) which only leaves a small percentage of the beer market to Danish independent breweries!  A lot of things have changed since my last visit 10 years ago.Thanks to a Danish beer consumer moment called Danske Olentusiaster lots of micro breweries are now brewing mainly US style IPAs porters, stouts and other interesting beers. This in turn has started a wave of new pubs who specialist in serving the beers of Danish micros. Good news for Danish drinkers and us good beer tourists. Carlsberg reaction is to create a micro brewery at their old brewery; we will wait and see what happens next!

In Copenhagen's pubs, bottled beer is cheaper than draught, most pubs are pleasant, upmarket places but, especially in the centre, it can be expensive. If a pub just does beer and no food it is okay to smoke in it.

CHRISTIANSHAVN

Eiffel Bar, WIldersgade 58, 1408 Copenhagen

Web site http://www.eiffelbar.dk

 

Regulars' bar with black plastic seats and bright lights. As it's away from the centre the beer prices are reasonable; all beers are bottled. A mirror along the side wall has images of Paris, and there's a Eiffel Tower candle.

John 7.5/10 Visit Nov 2001

This place this exactly how I remember it from 10 years ago, still with the Eiffel Tower mirrors along the wall. No taps here, so drink bottled beers like the locals. Tuborg is a very reasonable 15DEK. Friendly locals and barman make up for the lack of beer choice. No food so smoking is allowed.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2011

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Rabes Have, Langebrogade 8,1411 Copenhagen

A nice cosy place, with low beams and ship rigging on the bar. Not much room for the pool table at the front. Visited the pub on a Sunday afternoon with the old regulars enjoying a quiet Sunday drink. Claims to be the oldest bar in Copenhagen.

John 8.5/10 visit Nov 2001

Cafe Langebro, Islands Brygge 1B, 2300 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://www.cafelangebro.dk/

 

A café with lots of beer taps,some mainstream, but they have Brooklyn lager, Budvar Dark and some Danish micros. So we will forgive them for having Newcastle Brown Ale!! The Danish micro taps are on the left hand side of the bar. I had Fat Cat Red Ale which was 35/45 DEK which was nice. The pub has most of the Belgian trappist beers on the beer menu, if you can find!  Pub is next to the Langebro bridge with a very IKEA type of décor, but with some old black and white photos of Copenhagen. The pub opens 1300 hours Monday to Thursday and 1100 hours the rest of the week.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

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INDRE BY

Musen og Elefanten, Vestergade 21, 1456 Copenhagen

A small white-walled cellar bar, with a nice intimate atmosphere - candles on the table. The strong Carlsberg Elephant Beer is available on draught-which is why a lot of people visit here- as well as bottled beers showed on the bar. Maybe a little too small; at 18-00 all the seats are taken.

John 8.5/10 visit Nov 2001

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Brewpub Koben, Vestergade 29, 1456 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://www.brewpub.dk/

 

Along with the 3 brew pubs on Vesterbrogade, this is another brew pub in the city centre. You need to walk down some steps to get to pub, which is half eating and half drinking. Beers are clearly marked at the point of sale what beer style and strength they are. Had a Brewster US Pale Ale. As well as their own beers, they do beers from other independent breweries. The bar area is very busy, unlike the eating area which needs three staff members, whilst the busy bar area needs only one staff member! Busy, with people out in the courtyard on not a very warm Friday night.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

 

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Charles Bar, Pilestraede 33, 1112 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://www.charlies.dk/

 

This pub and its sister pub in Alborg are the only two places outside the UK with Cask Marque accreditation. For these of you who don’t know what Cask Marque is, it means the pubs are inspected independently for their cask beer. Whilst this pub has 7 handpump beers (mainly Fullers) which beats a lot of English pubs, this is no English pub abroad with Sky Sports, it is a low ceiling, basement Danish pub with a good section of Danish micro beer as well. The pub is small with wood panelled walls with various bits of beer memorabilia around the place. Very busy at the time of visit for a Wednesday evening, but the barman was very good. Good atmosphere.     

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

 

 

Hviids Vinstue, Kongens Nyttorn 19, 1050 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://www.hviidsvinstue.dk/

 

Outside this pub is a busy shopping street; coming into this pub is a step back in time. It says it has been here since 1723 and you can well believe nothing has changed in this lovely time warp pub. Flagstone floor, old wooden walls, coloured etched glass windows, and low lighting all add to the atmosphere of this pub. No food served here despite the pleasant décor.  Two Tuborg beers on draught are served through fake handpumps; there are a few interesting bottled beers including Thisted brewery Limfjords Porter at 34DEK, a nice beer in a nice pub. 

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

 

 

Lord Nelson, Hyskenstaede 9, 1207 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://www.lordnelson.dk/

 

Despite the British name this is no English pub abroad. As well as no Sky Sports screens it also has no English beers, instead it has one of the best section of Danish micros in Copenhagen. There are 11 beers on draught from breweries like Hancock Thisted, Hersled, Hornbeer, Rerefsvindince and Cider from their own Nelson Cider Farm. Friendly barman recommends a Landside IPA at 56 DEK a pint which was great.  Down a few steps to a basement bar, with low ceiling and low lighting; very busy with a good atmosphere, mainly full of young Danes enjoying good beer. A great showcase for Danish micro beers.

 

John 9.5/10 visit April 2011

 

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Orsted Bar & Café, Norre Farimagsgade 13, 1364 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://oerstedoelbar.dk/

 

Pub on a main road; a large pub by Danish standards with a good laid-back feel to it. Décor includes exposed brick, candles on the table and background jazz music. Towards the toilets are table football and darts, plus Barcelona and various Premiership football shirts on the wall. The draught beers are all from Danish micro plus US micros Left Hand and the Great Divide. Great choice of beer in a Carlsberg-free zone. Friendly barman was the only person there to begin with but it soon filled up. Football on the TV, but with the volume turn down. Opens from 1300 hours    

 

John 8.5/10 visit April 2011

 

 

Plan B, Frederiksborggade 48, 1360 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://www.cafeplanb.dk/

 

From the outside this looks more of a café than a pub, the deli style counter also makes it un-publike. But on your left hand side there are 10 beer taps all very close together. They are mainly in beer style and from the Beer Here Brewery. The draught prices are 35DEK for a small beer and 55DEk for large beer.  Behind the door and the counter are two fridges with a good section of mainly Belgian bottled beer. The décor is café style with paintings on the wall-one is rude or cheeky depending your point of view! Record turntable at the back with vinyl records you can play. Different sort of place, with a good beer commitment.  Opening hours 1500 to 2200hours Monday to Friday, 1000 to 2200 hours Saturday and 1000 to 1500 hours Sunday. Close to Norreport metro station.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

 

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Tryk Bar, Montergade 24, 1165 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://www.trykbar.com/

 

A pub with some interesting photos/posters of such retro stars as the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra and the Blues Brothers all along the walls, which gives this place a lot of atmosphere. Busy at the time of visit, with mainly younger people. There is a selection of overseas bottled beers behind the bar, so you can see what they have. Can’t remember the draught beers but know I had an Anchor steam beer from the US on draught.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2011

 

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FREDERIKSBERG

90eren, Gammel Kongevej 90, 1850 Frederiksberg, Copenhagen

Web site  http://www.vinstue90.dk/

From a serious beer drinker's point of view, this is the place to be. It serves an uncarbonated version of Carlsberg which takes 10 minutes to pour. It's said this is what the original Carlsberg tasted like- it's a good beer. As well as the beer, the pub is a nice place too, with red walls, old pictures, and wine bottles above the bar. A 10 to15 minute walk from the centre; the walk and the wait for the beer are worth it.

John 10/10 visit Nov 2001

It still takes 10 minutes to pour the beer slowly, and it is still worth the wait. The beer has a nice creamy head and no gas. Décor has not change much with red walls, old murals and low lighting. There is a back room behind the bar which I missed last time.  On my last visit I was here at opening time and I was the only person in the pub, this time at 1700 hours it is very crowded, but I manage to get the last seat.  Carlsberg old was 25 DEK for a small beer.  The pub opens from 1100 hours. The best Carlsberg in Copenhagen (probably). Nice beer, nice pub.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

 

 

Frederik IV, Frederiksberg Alle 42, 1820 Copenhagen

 

Not to far from 90eren in the non-tourist Frederiksberg area. A large pub which does food, but no one is eating at the moment. Décor is gastro pub with low lighting and candles on the table. There are 2 locals playing what looks like a version of Danish bar billiards. Beer-wise the pub has a range of Jacobsen from Carlsberg plus 3 Danish micros on draught including Mikkeller Hoppy Easter at 27DEK. They also have some Belgian, US and Danish micro bottled beers. Good, relaxing, sort of place.

 

John 8/10 April 2011

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TIVOLI AND CENTRE

Bryggeriet Apollo, Vesterbrogade 3, 1620 Copenhagen

Web site http://www.bryggeriet.dk/dk/bryggerierne/apollo-koebenhavn

Home brew pub next to the Tivoli Gardens entrance Exterior is bland, but the interior is airy and modern, with a downstairs area and brewing vessels in the middle of the place. Home brew beers are organic, with the pilsener, light brown in colour, which was very nice. Service on the slow side.

John 9/10 visit Nov 2001

This time I am in the basement area of the pub on a busy Friday night. Exposed brick and wooden floor make for a modern décor and good atmosphere. Chose the stout out of the pub brew beers, (as there was no sample tray) which was very enjoyable.  In this central location it is hard for a pub to fail, but this is a pleasant place none the less. Unlike the Vesterbro Bryghus across the road it sticks to its own beers. Good to see this place still going strong after 10 years.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

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Pinden, Reventlowsgade 4, 1651 Copenhagen

Web site http://www.pinden-kbh.dk/

Cosy up-market bar, with just quiet background music and conversation. Nice green walls, red and white checked tablecloths, candles, and dim-lighting. Bar is close to Copenhagen Central Station - back entrance.

John 8/10 visit Nov 2001

Still a good locals pub by Copenhagen central station, still has the red and white checker table cloths, green walls and etched glass windows at the back. No draught beer here only bottles; look to the fridge to the right of the bar. The more interesting beers are at the top of the fridge at 35DEK. Whilst upmarket there is no food served here, so smoking is allowed. Gets very busy as the evening goes on; not sure why they want live music? Opening hours are 1400 to 0200 hours Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

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The Old English Pub, Vesterbrogade 2B, 1620 Copenhagen

Web site http://www.oldenglishpub.dk/

This is not a bad effort for an English pub abroad, with some nice wood-panelling, mirrors and an impressive ceiling. Not a bad range of beers, as this is the centre. As you might have guessed this is expensive. Might be worth the money if you're waiting for your English football results to come in on a Saturday.

John 8/10 visit Nov 2001

A pub right in the heart of Copenhagen, opposite the Tivoli Gardens. A long narrow pub with some nice wooden décor especially the wood carving above the bar, lots of Sky Sports screens around the pub as you might expect. No English beers on draught, just the mainstream Carlsberg range. Had a beer from the Vesterbro Bryghus the brew pub next door (I think) for 25 DEK. Nice pub, shame about the beer!

 

John 6/10 visit April 2011

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Scottish Pub, Radhuspladsen 16, 1550 Copenhagen

It's not too often you get a Scottish pub; they are mainly English or Irish. This pub has a lot of wood-panelling, comfortable seats and dim lighting-get the picture! Pub is worth finding for Carlsberg Imperial Stout on draught - not easy to get in Copenhagen.

John 7/10 visit Nov 2001

Not much has changed since my last visit. Sadly no Carlsberg Imperial Porter, but they did have Belhaven Ale for 35DEK for a half pint; unlike the Old English pub nearby, it does have on UK beers on draught. It also had Spitfire.  Like the Old English pub the décor is nice including low lighting, red leather seats (which are a bit worn) and candles on the tables. The pub has regular live music. 

 

John 6/10 visit April 2011

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Vesterbro Bryghus,  2B Vesterbrogade , 1620 Copenhagen 

 

Web site http://www.vesterbrobryghus.dk/

 

Firstly the address is confusing; it is the same address as the old English Pub, which is a few doors down. While outside is one of Copenhagen’s busiest streets, inside is relaxed and cosy, even the volume is turn down for the football on TV. Décor is olde worlde style with stag heads and old photos.  This is a brew pub; you might miss the brewing vessels as you come in to the pub on the left hand side. Brewery beers are Amber, blond and Hvede which are served in the full glass at 55DEK. The pub needs a better range of beers, but in this tourists’ area the pub is struggling to sell its own beers, which is why they are selling Carlsberg.  Nice pub, average beer.

 

John 7/10 visit April  2011   

 

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Faergekroen Bryghus, Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 Copenhagen

 

Web site  http://faergekroen.com/

A brew pub inside Tivoli Gardens, which was closed at the time of my visit

 

NORREBRO

Norrebro Bryghus, Ryesgade 3, 2100 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://www.noerrebrobryghus.dk/  

 

From the centre, cross the bridge at Frederiksborggade ( near Plan B) you are in Norrebro, second right  after the bridge and walk up the road and you are at this brew pub. Half of the pub is taken up by the brewing vessels. As you walk there is a sign upstairs for the restaurant and downstairs for the café. Various beer styles are on offer as you expect from a brew pub; I settle on a New York Lager (like Brooklyn Lager) at 36 DEK. It is a sunny day and most people are drinking outside. Bottled beer from the brewery is available in the fridge next to the bar, as well as some overseas bottled beers behind the bar. Worth the walk! Opening times are on the web site.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

 

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Olbaren, Emegade2, 2200 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://oelbaren.dk/

 

More of a wine bar than a pub in décor, but there is no food here. The place does have impressive list of Danish micros mainly from Beer Here. The barman was impressed I knew Southern Tier was a US micro.  Dark lighting (even during the day there is not much light getting through) and strange black and white paintings with a S&M theme which are for sale on the wall! Most people are drinking outside on a sunny day. Beer Here Smoked Porter was 35DEK for 0.25L and 55DEK for 0.40L was a nice beer. Opens from 1600 hours but closed on Sundays.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2011

 

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VESTERBRO

Pegasus, Mysundegade 28, 1668 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://www.pegasus-cph.dk/

 

Just off the main road ( Istedgade); looks more of a restaurant than a pub on first sighting. Inside it is half full-with half the people eating and the other half drinking.  Décor is red checked table cloth, exposed brick, low lighting and candles on the table. You can have any 6 items of the food menu for 139DEK. There are 10 beers from Danish micros on draught-priced at 55 DEK for a large beer and 35 DEK for a small beer-plus Newcastle Brown Ale ( strange mix). Had a Buffalo Bitter which was nice. Friendly waiter service.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

 

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Mikkeller, Viktoriagade 8B, 1655 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://www.mikkeller.dk/index.php?id=9&land=1

 

Denmark’s leading micro has its own pub now, and what a pub with 7 out of the 20 taps on are their beers, the rest are other Danish micros,De Dolle from Belgium and Southern Tier from the US. The bottled beer menu is from micros all over the world (see web site) which is usually kept behind the bar. A few steps down to a smallish street-level pub. Recently decorated, judging by now clear the white walls are, with a little green vinyl floor and low lighting.   It can get very busy as the evening carries on. Good to see a lot of young Danes enjoying a Carlsberg-free zone! The draught beers are all priced the same, 35 DEK for a small beer, 55DEK for a large beer. Luckily for me, this great pub was only 5 minutes walk from my hotel. Open at 1500 hours Monday to Wednesday and Sunday, 1400 hours Thursday and Friday and 12000 hours on Saturday.

 

John 10/10 visit April 2011

 

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Carlsberg Visitors Centre,  11 Gamle Carlsberg Vej , 2500 Copenhagen

 

Web site  http://www.visitcarlsberg.dk/Pages/front.aspx

 

This is a 25 minutes walk from Central station. What you are visiting here is a visitors centre, not a brewery. The main brewery has moved out of the city; what is left is Carlsberg’s micro brewery, Jacoben, which you will see from a glass window in the bar at the end of the tour. There is no guided tour-you just walk between numbered rooms ending up at the bar for your two free beers, which unfortunately only cover Carlsberg’s mainstream beers. Highlights are the horses in the stables and seeing the world’s largest collection of unopened beer bottles (over 2,000 bottles). Entrance is 65DEK.

 

John 6/10 visit April 2011

 

 

Spunk Pub, Istedgade 17, 1650 Copenhagen

This is a nice pub, but the church opposite seems to attract a lot of Copenhagen down and outs. Inside it's a cosy, pleasant, place, with flags around the walls, old pictures of Copenhagen, bank notes above the bar and a map of Copenhagen. Best of all, some of the cheapest beers in town.

John 9/10 visit Nov 2001

Still a nice cosy locals pub, with low lighting, old flags, maps, old photos of Copenhagen and banknotes all over the bar.

No food is served here which means smoking is allowed, but the pub does have a specialist cocktail menu.  The pub opens 1100 to 0200 hours Monday to Saturday and 1400 to 020 hours Sunday. Half pint of Tuborg is 25 DEK.

John 7/10 visit April 2011

FREDERIKSTAD

Nyhavn17, Nyhavn 17, 1051 Copenhagen

Web site http://www.nyhavn17.dk/

Nyhavn is a small water dock. The area seems to be the Covent Garden of Copenhagen, with prices to match. The pub is pleasant, with a maritime theme, and shipping memorabilia. Bottles of UK and Belgian beers, if you really wanted to be a big spender!

John 8/10 visit Nov 2001

Changed a little since my last visit, but there is still a seafaring theme.  The pub has not caught on to the Danish beer revolution at the moment. Only offering Tuborg, Leffe Blond, Hoegaarden and Guinness, the only interesting beer is Mork Dark Ale which is 58 DEK for a half litre. Not much choice in the bottled beer section either, in fact the Scotch malt whiskey section is bigger!

 

John 6/10 visit April 2011

Den Tatoverede Enke, Gothersgade 8B, 1123 Copehagen

 

Web site http://www.dentatoveredeenke.dk/

 

A little bit of Belgium in the heart of Copenhagen. All the beers are from Belgium, the draught list would put most Belgian cafes to shame with 14 beers from excellent Belgian breweries including 2 trappist breweries. Had a Ranke XX Bitter at  49DEK, maybe the St Bernardus Alt 12 might have been better at 1 DKR more! Great bottled beer list with over 100 beers of all Belgian styles, plus rare bottled beers from the UK and USA. All beers are served in the correct glass. Décor is green walls, benches, tables, low lighting and candles on the table, which is very Belgian. There is a restaurant upstairs which is recommended by Ron Pattison. Good addition to the Copenhagen beer scene. Opens from 1600 hours Tuesday to Thursday, 1400 hours Friday and Saturday and is closed Sunday and Monday.

 

John 9.5/10 visit April 2011

 

 

Black Swan, Borgergade 93, 1300 Copenhagen

 

It is easy to walk by this place because it looks more like a coffee shop than a pub Décor is orange walls, modern art paintings and low lighting, along with the jazz background music, this creates a cosy atmosphere in this small pub. There is no food, but there is no smoking! A different sort of place, with all the beers coming from Danish micros including Hancock 2 beers, Dagmar 3 beers, Hersley 1 beer and Fat Cat 1 beer. Had  a Dagmar Brown Ale at 27 DEK for a small beer.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

 

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Gold Prag, Gothersgade 39,1123 Copenhagen

 

Web site http://www.goldprag.dk/o 

 

Found this pub by chance, which makes it a better find. A little bit of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen. Had Budvar and Regent light and dark on draught at reasonable prices for Copenhagen; 40 and 45 DEK for a half litre plus a range of Czech bottled beers. The food looked good as well. Small, but very cosy pub with upmarket décor like prints of old masterpieces on the wall. The friendly staff make this a great place. Recently opened, I hope this place goes on from strength to strength. Opens 1700 hours except Sundays when it is closed.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

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MALMO, SWEDEN

If you are visiting Copenhagen, Malmo is a 35 minute train ride from Copenhagen central station. Thanks to the internet mainly, it is possible to find some interesting pubs; here are some below. Malmo is a nice clean pleasant town, it goes within saying it is going to be expensive!

 

 

Bullen Tva Krogare, Storgatan 35, Malmo 211 41

 

Web site http://gastrogate.com/

 

A lovely old style pub which was first founded in 1905. Wood panelled walls with old paintings of Henry VIII, Edward VII and Queen Victoria on the wall giving the place a certain charm and touch of class. Whilst there are people eating in here, it is okay just to drink. The most interesting beer is Bernard Light and Dark lager at 59SEK for 0.4L which was good; other beers on draught are Leffe Blonde and Erdinger. An English menu has the history of the pub on it.  One of the few pubs in Malmo which opens before 1700 hours, this pub opens at 1200 hours. A Malmo Institution.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

 

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Brogatan Restraung, Brogatan 12, Malmo 211 44

 

Web site http://www.brogatan.com/start_malmo.aspx

 

Modern pub which is half drinking and half eating, the eating area; is at the back. Impressive chandeliers and pillar ceiling. Beer list on the right side of the bar including Mikkellar American Dream and Swedish micro Ocean Ebbr Ale which was 65 SEK for 0.4L and 75SEK for 0.5L. Also has a good overseas bottled beer list. Nice place but a little lacking in atmosphere at the time of my visit.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2011

 

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Harrrys, Sodergatan 14, Malmo 211 34

 

Web site http://www.harrys.se/

 

This is a nice side-line for the  Ex -Spurs Manager! A pub right in the centre of town; the sign outside says Pub, Restaurant and Casino.  While the pub décor is pleasant, the beer choice is poor, with all the beers on draught international mainstream beers, the bottled beer choice is little better, with only Sam Adams and Singha of any interest. The pub was a bit soulless at the time of my visit. Had a Falcon small beer at 42SEK. Opens at 1500 hours.

 

John 4/10 visit April 2011

 

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Bishops Arms, Gustan Adolfts 49, Malmo 211 39

 

Web site   http://www.bishopsarms.com/Malmo_Gustav_Adolfs_Torg/Presentation

 

Second Bishops Arms pub in Malmo’s main square which opens from 1400 hours during the week. Whilst a chain pub, this is the place to go to for beer choice in Malmo. First you have Fullers ESB, Gales HSD, HD Frederiksen and Ocean IPA on Handpumps, other draught beers include beers from independent breweries from US, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic, as well as Brew Dog Hardcore IPA which is hard to find in the UK; goes without saying the bottled beer section is just as interesting. One minus point is there is not much information at the point of sale for non-beer geeks. Décor is English pub with lots of wood, books, paintings and low lighting.  Outside drinking area with the front windows open on a cold day, but maybe to the locals it was warm! Ocean IPA was 47SEK for a half pint and 79SEK for a pint. Nice pub, nice beer.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

 

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Bishops Arms, Norra Vallgatan 62, Malmo 201 80

 

Web site http://www.bishopsarms.com/Malmo_savoy/Presentation

 

Coming out of Malmo central station this pub is not too hard to find; trouble is it does not open until 1600 hours. A good range of beers including 6 English beers on handpump and a good range of international beers on draught and in bottles. Small noisy area by the bar, but a larger quiet library style at the back makes for relaxed drinking . Cosy English pub style décor with lots of polished wood. Had Ocean Abbr Ale at 79SEK for 0.4L, more expensive than the other Bishop Pub. While a nice pub, I think the other Bishops Arm pub shaves it by a short head.  Although they have English pub names and décor there is no sky sports in either of these pubs.

 

John 8.5/10 visit April 2011

 

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Green Lion Inn, Skeppsbron 9/11, Malmo 211 20

 

Web site http://www.greenlion.se/

 

A pub which is only a 5 minute walk to the North of Malmo central station.  Décor and beer range is similar to the two Bishop Arms pubs. Good range of English ales on handpump which were mainly Fullers. Had a Budvar dark which was 66SEK, which is good value for Sweden. Like the Bishop Arms pubs, the pub is about good beer and has no Sky sports.

Busy at the time of visit, creating a lively atmosphere. Last beer before going back to Copenhagen. Good pub, good beer.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

 

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Malmo Brygghus, Bergsgaten 33, Malmo 214 22

 

Web site http://www.malmobrygghus.se/

 

Malmo brew pub is about 15 minutes walk from central station and only open from 1700 hours daily, but this pub is well worth the effort. Had the sample tray of the pub’s beers which included IPA, wheat beer, pilsner, Pale Ale and porter which was 100SEK, a single beer is 59SEK. All were nice beers. I came in at 1710 hours-already there is a big queue at the bar, some woman is holding us up with her wine order! Clientele are mainly young and most are drinking beer.  You can drink upstairs or downstairs. The downstairs area is narrow with exposed walls and old black and white photos of the brewing creating a cosy atmosphere. You also have a close up look at the brewing vessels. Great place.

 

John 10/10 visit April 2011

 

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DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

There lots of reasons to visit Dublin's fair city, but the best one is to experience the beer culture and the excellent pubs. Not a great beer choice I am afraid, but if you like atmospheric pubs this is the place for you. 

Guinness Stout is one of Ireland's most famous exports, and as you might expect it's everywhere to be found in Dublin. The Guinness brewed in Dublin was better than the stuff brewed for the UK (Park Royal brewery is closed). Because of the high turnover it is non pasteurised and fresher. It is good example of the beer style stout, and is well worth a try.

PRICES

Unlike the UK where Guinness is a higher price than the regular draught beers, Guinness is the cheapest beer on draught in Ireland with other draught beers priced higher. At the time of my visit in March 2003, the price of a pint of Guinness was between 3.30 to 4.00 euros. Keg bitters and lagers were 50 cents more than a pint of Guinness. A half pint or glass of Guinness is dearer at 2.20 euros

OPENINING TIMES

Most Dublin pubs start serving some time between 1030 and 1100 hours. They are open all day. Closing times are 2330 from Monday to Wednesday, 0030 Thursday to Saturday and at 2300 Sunday. These hours are just a rough guide; there are some pubs which open earlier or later.

SMOKING

All of Dublin pubs are now non-smoking pubs.

DUBLIN BREWERS

 Guinness, St James Gate, Dublin. A global brewery which needs no introduction. Whilst you can't visit the brewery, The Guinness Storehouse next to the brewery is well worth a visit. Presentations, exhibitions, and videos with things to do with Guinness are on seven floors. There is no guided tour; you just wander around the floors. The Gravity bar at the top has some good views of the city. Entrance is 13 euros including a complimentary pint at the Gravity bar. If visiting at the weekend get there early, as it can get busy from 1200 hours onwards.

Web site http://www.guinnessstorehouse.com/

Dublin Brewing Company, 141-146 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin.

THIS BREWERY IS NOW CLOSED

Messrs Maguire, 1-2 Burgh Quay, Dublin.

Home brew pub brewing international beers. Web site see entry in Southside section.

Porterhouse Brewing Company, 16-18 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin.

Home brew pub brewing international beers. Web site see entry in Southside section.

Also the Old Jamesons distillery, Bow Street, Smithfield, Northside is worth a visit if you are interest in whiskey. Entrance is 7 euros; the guided tour includes a glass of Jamesons at the end.

NORTHSIDE

Cobblestone, 77 North King Street, Dublin 7

Tel-872-1799

A pub which is known for two reasons. First, it's a top Irish music venue. The second is it's one of the few places in Dublin to sell beers from the nearby Dublin Brewery Company. Music is in the lounge, the regular bar is a nice cosy place with candles on the tables and photos of musicians on the wall. Doesn't open until 1600 during the week.

John 8/10 visit March 2003

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Dice Bar, Queen Street, off Arran Quay, Dublin 7

Tel-872-8622

Web site http://www.thatsitdublin.com/Welcome.html

This pub opens at 1700 hours, but there is a beer promo with all pints 3 euro a pint until 2030 hours. This includes beer from The Dublin Brewery Company and Pauliner German lager. There is a DJ every night of the week playing a different music style, not too loud! . Bar is very dark, with candles on the table. Furry dice above the bar! A little different to most places I have visited.

John 8/10 visit March 2003

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Flowing Tide, 9 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1

Tel-874-4106

A pub which is close to the Abbey Theatre. Can get busy after performances. Nicely coloured etched-glass above the bar. Traditional décor with theatre posters around the wall. Pub had a nice friendly feel to it, at the time of visit.

John 8/10 visit March 2003

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JB Smith's,10 Jervis Street, Dublin 1

Tel-872-4031

Pub on three floors, with a impressive copper spiral staircase linking the floors. Marble tables, wooden floorboards and red seats in a modern décor. Jugs of Pauliner Weiss beer for 10 euros a jug. Food prices more reasonable than the beer prices.

John 7.5/10 visit March 2003

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Madigan's ,4 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1

Tel- 874 5456

A pub which is modern, but done out in a traditional style. Green seating, white walls and lovely etched-glass at the end of the pub. This pub is off to a good start, hopefully it will get a bit more lived-in over the years. Loud Italians at the time of visit; makes for a lively atmosphere. Pub has a jukebox, which is rare for a Dublin pub.

John 8/10 visit March 2003

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Matthew's,  17 Benburb Street, Dublin 7

Tel-TBA

Nice traditional back-street local. Pretty red ceiling and green seating. Barman with white apron. Cheapest Guinness on my travels in Dublin.

John 7/10 visit March 2003

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Ryan's, 28 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8

Tel-677-6097

A pub which is a fair walk from the centre, but worth the effort! Impressive etched-glass window front. Inside nice wooden decor behind the bar with disused handpumps on it. Good laid-back atmosphere in this locals' place. Nice little snug at the back of the pub.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2003

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The Tap, 44 North King Street, Dublin 7

Tel-TBA

Large pub at a busy road junction. Pub is well done-out, with a upmarket feel to it including comfy seats. Low ceiling and dim lighting make for a cosy atmosphere. Nice etched-glass entrance.

John 8/10 visit March 2003

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J Walsh,6 Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

Tel-679-9693

Far enough from the centre for this to be a locals' pub. Wonderful impressive red frontage. Inside its traditional with bar stools, along the bar and at the side. Quiet atmosphere with a old film on TV, instead of sport.

John 7.5/10 visit March 2003

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1870 Bar, 7 Bow Street, Dublin 7

Tel-817-2475

New pub, next to the old Jamesons distillery. Whiskey is promoted here as you would expect! Bar is done out in green, with floorboards, bare brick walls, nice whiskey mirrors and low white ceiling. Reasonably priced food menu. Friendly bar staff.

John 8/10 visit March 2003

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SOUTHSIDE

Brazen Head, 20 Bridge Street Lower, Dublin 8

Tel-679-5186

Web site http://www.brazenhead.com/

Reputedly to be the oldest pub in Dublin. Nice courtyard entrance into the pub; inside are two different bars. The front bar has live music in the evening and is lively. The back bar is more quiet, with various bric-a-brac hanging above the bar, including beer jugs, old lamps, bank notes and various American police badges! Lots of tourists, but it doesn't spoil the pub. Darcy's Dublin Stout on draught in the front bar. Great place.

John 9.5/10 visit March 2003

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Davy Byrne's,21 Duke Street, Dublin 2

Tel-677-5217

Web site  http://www.davybyrnes.com/

A pub which is different! A long narrow pub which goes back a fair way in time. Done out in a modern style, with a marble bar-top, black leather seats, modern art paintings on the wall and dim lighting, but the place has a lively pubby feel to it. Pub was busy at time of visit, but still room to sit down. Mentioned in James Joyce's Ulysses.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2003

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The Dockers, 5 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2

Tel-677-1692

Pub made famous by U2; they used to record down the road! The River Liffey is across the road. Traditional décor, still has its balloons up from St Patrick's day! Interesting collection of football and rugby programmes and US and Canadian car number-plates. Nice unspoilt pub, worth the walk from the centre.

John 8.5/10 March 2003

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Doheny & Nesbitt, 5 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2

Tel-676-2945

Outside of the pub has a lovely old frontage. Nice traditional décor inside. Pub has a back and front bar with not many chairs around; mainly bar stools. Nice collection of old brewery mirrors and old photos, as well as rugby shirts above the bar. Disused handpumps on the bar, as well as an old Watney's Red Barrel bar tap which I hope is disused!

John 8.5/10 visit March 2003

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Doyle's of College Street, 9 College Street, Dublin 2

Tel 671-0616

A pub with an atmosphere of calm, in contrast to the busy road junction outside. Nice cosy atmosphere for a large pub. Red decor, wooden floorboards and low ceiling; ambience makes it hard for you to get our of your seat! Budvar in bottles. Near to Trinity College, but not too many students in tonight. Bob Dylan and Bob Marley background music.

John 8/10 visit March 2003

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Foyle's, 1 Merrion Row, Dublin 2

Tel-661-0115

Upmarket pub with waiter service. A low beamed pub with dim lighting; pub looks like it's been done out recently. Photos of horse-racing around the walls. Good food menu. Pub accepts pound sterling .

John 7.5/10 visit March 2003

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Grogan's Castle Lounge, 15 South William Street, Dublin 2

Tel-677-9320

Web site  http://www.groganspub.ie/

Traditional pub to the point there is no TV!. Whilst the décor is traditional, with wood panelling, this pub is a little different in that it has modern art paintings around the walls for sale. Nice cosy Sunday afternoon atmosphere. Outside Dublin's only sex shop!

John 8/10 visit March 2003

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Ha'penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Tel-677-0616

Pub close to the Ha' penny foot-bridge across the River Liffey. Nice green and white frontage. Nice red ceiling and seats along the side. Quiet atmosphere at time of visit; the pub does do live music in the evening. Nice brewery mirror with the pub's name on it at the back of the pub.

John 8/10 visit March 2003

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International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Tel-677-9250

Web site  http://www.international-bar.com/

International by name, but very much a locals' bar. There's a bar upstairs, and one downstairs, as well as one at street level. The downstairs one had a red décor, wood panelling, and dim lighting. Irish walks start from this pub and there are newspaper articles about the Easter Rising of 1916. At the time of visit, was the Ireland V Wales rugby international. Ireland won in injury time, the atmosphere was electric.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2003

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Kehoe's 9 South Anne Street, Dublin 2

Tel-677-8312

Traditional pub off busy Grafton Street, which is nice and peaceful. Different drinking areas; if front bar is busy there is a snug at the back and a lounge bar upstairs. Dim lighting, leather seats, old photos on stairs and mirrors on the walls, make for a cosy pub.

John 7.5/10 visit March 2003

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Long Hall, 51 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2

Tel-475-1590

As you might have guessed, a pub with a long narrow bar. Lovely traditional décor with wood panelling all along the walls, with old prints on them. Nice glass display behind the bar and coloured etched-glass partitions make this a pub have a lot of style. Nice cosy atmosphere.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2003

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Lord Edward, 23 Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

Tel-454-2420

Web site http://www.lordedward.ie/

Pub near Christchurch Cathedral. Pub has a separate seafood restaurant upstairs. The bar is a nice traditional place with green tiled walls, coloured etched-glass windows. lots of wood panelling and green carpet.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2003

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McDaid's, 3 Harry Street off Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Tel-679-4395

Traditional pub with literary connections. Green tiled front. Nice coloured etched-glass above the entrance inside. Seating is mainly bar stools along the side or at the bar. Whiskey bottles in glass cabinets, tiled pub name behind the bar and books on sleeves all add to the pub's ambience.

John 7.5/10 visit March 2003

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Messrs Maguire, 1-2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2

Tel-670-5777

Web site http://www.messrsmaguire.ie/

Home brew pub, which says it's 'Dublin's friendly café/bar brewery' - what will the Porterhouse have to say! Unlike the Porterhouse, it doesn't seem to have enough faith in its products to not sell Guinness! Sample tray is 10 euros and is for two people; some of beers are good. Décor is okay; a cross between modern and old. Bouncer ( sorry-'door supervisor' ) even on a Sunday afternoon!

John 8/10 visit March 2003

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Mulligan's, 8 Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2

Tel-677-5582

Web site http://www.mulligans.ie/

A back-street local which is a little out the way; but a lot of people seem to find this Dublin institution. Said to serve the best pint of Guinness in Dublin. Founded in 1782; a wonderful traditional place, with two different bars - each with a great atmosphere. Good mix of locals' and tourists. Miniatures of Jameson's for sale behind the bar. 'A really cool place' as the American college-kid sitting next to me says! I agree!

John 9/10 visit March 2003

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O'Donoghue's 15 Merrion Row, Dublin 2

Tel-660-7194

Web site  http://odonoghuesbar.com/

Smallish pub with a good atmosphere. Pub is famous,( being a Irish music pub,) with photos of musicians on the wall and being awarded traditional Irish music pub of the year award for 2002. Large Bass and Guinness mirrors on the walls - the largest I have seen! Loud English rugby fans watching the match. Bank notes on the wall behind the bar.

John 7.5/10 visit March 2003

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O'Neill's, 2 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2

Tel-679-3671

Web site http://www.oneillsbar.com/

Large pub with lots of different drinking areas - including a lounge upstairs, which was just as well as the pub was very busy. Décor is recent, but done out in a traditional style. Nice coloured etched-glass windows going up the stairs. Good choice of beers on draught including Erdinger wheat beer and Irish malt whiskeys.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2003

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Old Stand,  37 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

Tel-677 7220

Web site http://www.theoldstandpub.com/

A pub which has been decorated recently and still needs to have that lived-in feel! That said, it is a nice pleasant pub which was busy at the time of my visit, with a lively atmosphere. Good bar service from staff.

John 8/10 visit March 2003

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The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2

Tel-677-7388

Lovely traditional pub in trendy Temple Bar. Lots of wood panelling, wood partitions and mirrors. Back bar with red ceiling and pictures of literary figures. There is nice laid-back atmosphere about this place, even on a Saturday night. Good beer choice including Erdinger and Budvar in bottles. Irish malts, including 10,16,21 year old Bushmills. and Scottish malts as well. Pub has its own rugby shirts. Soaked in tradition!

John 9/10 visit March 2003

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Porterhouse Brewing Company, 16-18 Parliament Street, Dublin 2.

Tel-679-8847

Web site http://www.porterhousebrewco.com/

Home brew pub with a good choice of beer styles; the pub has a sample tray. Pub is on different levels, with a lively atmosphere. As well as their own beers, there is an excellent choice of classic beers in bottles from around the world - see beer menu. Brewery is downstairs, on the way to the toilets! The pub has day and night prices for the beer. Only pub in Dublin with no Guinness!

John 9/10 visit March 2003

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Stag's Head, 1 Dame Court, off Dame Lane, Dublin 2

Tel-679-3701

Web site http://www.thestagshead.ie/

This is a hard pub to find. It's easier to find walking along Dame Lane, than Dame Street. Once found, you find one of the best pubs in Dublin. Wood all around the place, plus wonderful etched-glass windows, marble bar and tables. There is also a stags head above the bar. Comfortable, quiet, relaxing atmosphere to drink your pint in. Pub has a postage stamp with its image on (See picture which is framed.) Closed Sundays.

John 9/10 visit March 2003

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Toner's, 139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2     

Tel-676-3090

Pub has a James Joyce award for being an authentic Dublin pub. Nice traditional place with old wood partitions, bar stools and cabinets with various bits of old bric-a-brac in them. Most importantly it has a good atmosphere; something designers can't create in faked Irish pubs in the UK!

John 8/10 visit March 2003  

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NEW PUBS SINCE MY LAST VISIT

Bull and Castle, 5/7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 2. Tel-475-0770  With over 120 bottled beers from all around the world and 9 beers on draught some from Irish micros. This pub has one of the best range of beers in Dublin. Web site http://bullandcastle.ie/bullcastle/home.html

Porterhouse, 45 Nassau Street, Dublin 2. Another Porterhouse outlet in Dublin city centre.

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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Lager beer was brewed in the Czech Republic in 1842.The standard and reputation of Czech beer has been high. Since the velvet revolution in 1989 the old brewing methods have been replaced by new mass-produced systems, making it easy for people to serve beer in Prague pubs, but leaving no taste in the beer. The beer scene is changing fast in Prague, but listed below are some traditional pubs serving good beer, which hopefully will still be there!

 

PRAGUE CASTLE

U Cerneho Vola, Loretanske Namesti 1, Prague  1

Web site http://u-cerneho-vola.schuti.cz/

Pub close to Prague Castle, which has been saved from being a tourist pub by a co-operative buy out by the locals. Wood-panelling, beams on the ceiling and nice windows add to the place and the atmosphere. Rozel beers served.

John 8/10 visit March 1997

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NOVE MESTO

U Fleku, Kremencova 11, Prague 1

Web site  http://www.ufleku.cz/

Claims to be the oldest home-brew pub in the world! The pub serves an excellent dark beer and the surroundings are traditional and atmospheric as you might expect; the trouble is the place is now a tourist trap - pulling in load coach-loads of German tourists. Whilst the building is old, the toilets are ultra-modern! Worth visiting for the beer.

John 8.5/10 visit March 1997

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Novomestsky, Vodickova 20, Prague 1

New home-brew pub opened in 1994; not easy to find in a shopping centre. Modern décor, with lots of plants and inter-connecting rooms. Whilst the beers were okay, the place seems very food-orientated.

John 7.5/10 visit March 1997

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U Pinkasu Jungmannovo Namesti 15. Prague 1

Web site http://www.upinkasu.cz/pc-uvod/

Nice old pub just off Wenceslas Square, with lots of different rooms and alcoves all around the place. Locals and bar staff were interested in their game of local football on the TV so it took a while to get served. Excellent Pilsner Urquell beer.

John 8.5/10 visit March 1997

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STRAVE MESTO

U Medvidku, Na Perstyne 5, Prague 1

Web site  http://www.umedvidku.cz/

Large pub which has a beer-hall atmosphere, with some good waiter service. The pub serves the excellent Budvar beer( a rare outlet for Prague ); they also sell Budvar souvenirs at the entrance to the pub. The name means 'little bears' there are some on top of the bar taps. Good beer , good atmosphere.

John 9/10 visit March 1997

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U Milosrdnych, U Milosrdnych 12, Prague 1

Whilst this pub is in the centre, it's a little off the beaten track, which gives it a friendly locals' atmosphere. It looks like it's been redecorated recently, but done out in a traditional way. Pleasant pub.

John 8/10 visit March 1997

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U Vejvodu, Jilska 4, Prague 1

Web site  http://www.restauraceuvejvodu.cz/

Walk through the door and you see a curtain; what you find behind it is a large traditional place, with lots of different rooms and a beer-hall type of atmosphere. Locals and tourists seem to mix well here. Good waiter service.

John 8.5/10 visit March 1997

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U Zlateho Tygra, Husova 11, Prague 1

Web site  http://www.uzlatehotygra.cz/uzlatehotygra.cz/Pivnice.html

This pub opens at 15-00 with serious beer drinkers all ready and waiting! There's a row of benches and tables; you just have to squeeze in where there's a space. Whilst basic, the place is very atmospheric and has a lot of history, if the locals look a little unfriendly try talking a little Czech to them. I think they worry about their pub becoming another tourist pub with prices to match. Good Pilsener Urquell beer. Might not be to everyone's taste, but I like it.

John 9/10 visit March 1997

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SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
Sydney is one of my favourite cities in the world. No city can beat its impressive harbourside, along with the Harbour Bridge and opera house. Just below the harbour bridge on the left side is the Rocks area. This is one of the oldest parts of the city ( and Australia ) which has some lovely historic buildings. It also has some of the best pubs in Sydney.

The Rocks is well worth a pub crawl, but it might be worthwhile avoiding Friday and Saturday night, because everyone is doing the same as you!

It’s been a while since we have done these pubs, so things might have changed.

For a guide of Sydney pubs visited the excellent http://www.sydneypubguide.net/

The ROCKS

Fortunes of War, 137 George Street, Sydney 2000

Tel-02-9247-2714

Web site http://www.fortuneofwar.com.au/

Claims to be the oldest pub in Sydney. A basic pub, with a island bar and tiled walls. The name comes from the pub being a place for reunions of military regiments, after conflicts. My first visit here in 1989 they were showing the English FA cup final between Everton and Liverpool, which was strange has it have been two months ago. Good pubby place.

John 8/10 visit Feb 1996

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Hero of Waterloo, 81 Lower Fort Street, Sydney 2000

Tel-02-9252-4553

Web site http://www.heroofwaterloo.com.au/

Another lovely old pub of character, as befits the area. A cosy atmosphere, with floorboards and basic furniture. Good choice of bottled beers from around the world on my last visit. On my first visit to this pub in 1989, as I walked in a traditional jazz band was playing ' Maybe it’s because I am Londoner'!

John 9/10 visit Feb 1996

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Jackson on George,176 George Street, Sydney 2000

Tel-02-9247-2727

Web site http://www.jacksonsongeorge.com.au/index2.html

While outside the Rocks, the pub is only a few minutes walk away from the Fortunes of War. Plush pub with lots of seating and low lighting. Bottled beers from all over the world, albeit at a price. Lively atmosphere late on into the evening, and opens until the early hours. My good friends Neil and Michelle Loftsgard first met here.

John 8.5/10 visit Feb 1996

A little bit yuppiefied, but a good place to met people as its pretty central in Sydney. A deep single bar pub, its large inside and serves food. A friend of ours met their future husband here - allegedly - so there is more to it than just beer.

Stuart 8/10 visit Jan 1994
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Lord Nelson, 19 Kent Street, Sydney 2000

Tel-02-9251-4044

Web site http://www.lordnelsonbrewery.com/

The first pub I visited in Australia. I must admit I have a soft spot for this pub; it is one of my all-time favourites in the world. Lovely old stone-wall building on the outside; the inside is nice the cosy as well. Jewels in the crown are the good home brew beers-you can the brewing vessels at the back. Great pub.

John 10/10 visit Feb 1996

A stunning pub in the Rocks. Situated on a crossroads on a hill its a 'must visit' pub. In fact my favourite brew pub in Australia. Inside there are stone walls and a long bar serving around 6 real ales brewed on the premises. There is only 1 bar but it is large with wooden tables around the edges. We were here at Christmas and the temperatures were really hot. Over 40 degrees C. On one of our pilgrimages we had to have an pint of orange juice before we started sinking the pints-that's to avoid dehydration!

Stuart 9.5/10 visit Jan 1994

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Mercantile Hotel, 25 George Street, Sydney 2000

Tel-02-9247-3570

Web site http://sydney.citysearch.com.au/E/V/SYDNE/0017/14/67/

Sydney's premier Irish pub. U2 held their press conference for their 1989 world tour here ( I am sure all the journalists appreciated this! ). Décor is green ( what a surprise ), with lots of stools around the bar. The pub claims to sell the most Guinness in the Southern Hemisphere, not that big a boast if you think about it!

John 8.5/10 visit Feb 1996

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PLUS WESTERN AUSTRALIA SUPPLEMENT

Included because it’s a great pub

Sail and Anchor,  64 South Terrace, Freemantle, 6160 Western Australia,

Web site http://www.sailandanchor.com.au/

Excellent home brew pub. This jewel in the crown of Western Australia pubs. Colonial style exterior is impressive. Interior is welcoming including palm trees and leather sofas. A big pub with lots of different drinking areas. I was a little sceptical about the Seven Seas Real Ale, but it was an excellent brew. Friendly bar staff and I were slowly forming a mutual appreciation society!

John 10/10 visit Feb 1996

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 ZURICH SWITZERLAND

Here are the results of a Saturday night in Zurich. I mainly drank in the old town. As you will see from the reviews below, the pubs and

the beers for the German speaking part of Switzerland were a bit of a let-down. It looks like small Swiss brewers can-not get their

beers into any central Zurich outlets. Which is a shame as mass-produced Swiss lager is only a little better than the stuff brew in the UK! 

 

 

 

Bar Andorra, Heinrichstr 62, Zurich 8005.

 

Web site http://www.andorra.ch/

 

This is a modern style bar in the heart of the old town. There are a few interesting things drinking-wise on the menu including 6 draughts from around the

world. The bottled beer list has Jever and Becks from Germany, Coopers from Australia, Pilsner Urquell and Staropramen from the Czech Republic and

Duvel and Chimay from Belgium. Prices are 8 to 9 Swiss francs for draught beers and 6.50 to 9 Swiss francs for bottled beers. A low lighting and sofa seats

sort of place. Photos of old jazz musicians on the wall and jazz is the background music being played.  

 

John 7/10 visit April 2009

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Brass Federal, Bahnofplatz 1, Zurich 8023.

 

Web site http://www.bahnhofbuffet.ch/sites/index.php

 

If you come in by railway you can’t miss this place on the concourse.  This is a wonderful traditional old structure with pride of place going to the etched glass.

Best choices of beers in Zurich with beers from all over Switzerland.  I had a Schwarzer Kristall from Appenzeller at 4.60 Swiss Francs. The beers are divided

into styles on the menu. There is a small outside drinking area on the concourse, which has 8 beers on draught.   Good beer in a lovely building. Best pub in

Zurich by a mile.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2009

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Lady Hamiltion, Beatengrasse 11, Zurich 8001.

 

Web site http://www.lady-hamiltons.ch/lady/

 

Zurich has its fair share of English and Irish pubs. This one is not too bad. Leather seating around the side and bunting with English flags on the ceiling. 

There is a range of mainstream beers on draught, at reasonable prices from 5.50 Swiss francs. More of a nightclub with a DJ and bouncers at the door.

 

John 5/10 visit April 2009

 

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Beirhalle Wolf,  Limmatquai 132, Zurich 8001.

 

Web site http://www.bierhalle-wolf.ch/

 

The tables are lined up like a beer hall, but this place is small by German standards. There is small corner for the band-not playing when I visited. Beers are

Eichhof and Erdinger from Bavaria. Judging from the staff that are all decked out with the Erdinger logos, they must have the beer tie here. More people

drinking outside than inside.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2009

 

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Zeughauskeller, Bahnhofstrasse 28, Zurich 8001.

 

Web site http://www.zeughauskeller.ch/

 

Now this is what I call a beer hall! Nice traditional atmosphere in a old building. There is a good range of beers including Cardinal and Chimay! Visited on a

crowded Saturday evening the waiter at the door said it was okay to have a drink, but the waitress at the table said it was not! It did get sorted.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2009

 

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Rheinfelder Bierhalle, Niederdorstr 76, Zurich 8001.

 

When out on Saturday night, there was no where to sit! It is less crowded and more relaxed today on a Sunday afternoon. The pub is small, but makes up for

this by doing rows of tables.  Décor includes a Slater floor and old wood- panelled walls. Beers are on the blackboard with prices; more choice than most

Zurich pubs. Prices are from 5.90 to 6.50 Swiss francs for a half litre. Outside drinking on the cobbled street. Friendly staff makes for an enjoyable visit.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2009

 

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JOHN AND STUARTS TOP TEN PUBS

LONDON STUART

1.White Horse, London SW6

2. Dove, London W6

3. Dove Free House and Kitchen, London E8

4.Grapes, London E14

5.Cheshire Cheese, London EC4

6.Holly Bush, London NW3

7.Star Tavern, London SW1

8.Jerusalem Tavern, London EC1

9.George, London SE1

10.Churchill Arms, London W8

Done on 15-02-2010


 LONDON JOHN

1.White Horse, London SW6

2.Star Tavern, London SW1

3.Dove, London W6

4.Churchill Arms, London W8

5.Warrington Arms, London W9

6.Cheshire Cheese, London EC4

7.Holly Bush, London NW3

8.Bell and Crown, London W4

9.Southampton Arms, London NW5

10.Royal Oak, London SE1

Done on 15-02-2010

CORNWALL STUART

1.Blue Anchor, Helston

2.Skinners Ale House, Newquay

3.Blue Peter, Polperro

4.Star Inn, St Just

5.Watering Hole, Perranporth

6. Bird in Hand, Hayle

7.Ship Inn, Mousehole

8. Ship Inn, Portloe

9.Blisland Inn, Blisland

10. St Kew Inn, St Kew

Done on 15-02-2010

CORNWALL JOHN

1.Blue Anchor, Helston

2.Blue Peter, Polperro

3.Pandora Inn, Restronguet Creek

4.Star Inn, St Just

5.City Inn, Truro

6.New Inn, Tywardreath

7.St Kew Inn, St Kew

8.Commerical Inn, St Dennis

9.Bush Inn, Morwenstow

10.Fountain Inn, Mevagissey

Done on 15-02-2010

OUTSIDE THE UK STUART

1.Lord Nelson, Sydney, Australia

2.De Wildeman, Amsterdam, Netherlands

3.Zum Uerige, Dusseldorf, Germany

4.Spezial, Bamberg, Germany

5.Mort Subite, Brussels, Belgium

6.Bridgeport, Portland, Oregon, USA

7.Sierra Nevada, Chico, California, USA

8.'t IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands

9.Wynkoop, Denver, Colorado, USA

10 ,t Bruges Beerje, Bruges, Belgium

Done on 15-02-2010

OUTSIDE THE UK JOHN

1.De Wildeman, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2.,t Brugs Beerje, Bruges, Belgium

3. Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgium

4. Toronado, San Francisco, USA

5. Sail and Anchor, Freemantle, Western Australia, Australia

6  Zum Uerige, Dusseldorf, Germany 

7. Schlenkerla, Bamberg, Germany

8. Lord Nelson, Sydney, Australia

9. Mort Subite, Brussels, Belgium

10.Spezial, Bamberg, Germany

Done on 15-02-2010

BEER LINKS

UK

http://www.beermad.org.uk/ A great site for beer and pub guides.

www.somewherenear.com/staticpubguides.htm A beer and pub guide for lots of UK towns and cities.

www.realalehunter.co.uk    A directory of real ale pubs in the UK

GERMANY

http://www.germanbeerguide.co.uk/ A good site for German, Belgian, and UK beer information

EUROPE

www.xs4all.nl/~patto1ro/index.htm An great site by Ron Pattinson with great pub guides to most major cities in Austria, Germany, The Netherlands and Poland, plus Budapest, Prague and Stockholm Recommend.

http://www.whitebeertravels.co.uk/ An excellent site by John White. Very strong on Belgian, Dutch, French and German pubs. A good 'pub of the month' feature. Recommend.

http://www.gpsmycity.com/iphone/once-upon-a-pub-in-amsterdam-amsterdam-26.html  Once upon a pub in Amsterdam. John Clifford’s guide to Amsterdam 15 oldest city pubs. Well worth a look. Also a downloadable app on a I phone

LONDON

http://www.fancyapint.com/ A good pub crawl site. Covering most areas of central London. With a list of top 5 pubs of the month.

CAMRA BRANCHES

www.rhcamra.org.uk   Site for Richmond and Hounslow branch