Both spring and soccer season are in full swing, which means that it’s time to head to the city’s German beer halls for some communal revelry, large-screen sports watching, liter steins of beer, and hearty snacks. Below you’ll find our favorite German beer halls in the city.
5. Loreley A beer hall with roots in Cologne, Loreley has 12-plus beers on tap (its menu features Kölsch beer from Gaffel, one of the biggest producers of the brew in Cologne), an exceptional liverwurst platter, and a small but charming back garden. 7 Rivington Street, 212-253-7077
4. Zum Schneider At this Alphabet City mini beer hall, you can pig out on Bavarian specialties–beer from top-notch breweries like Hofbräuhaus Traunstein, weisswurst, and obatzda, a dense cheese spread made with Camembert, brie, and beer and doused with paprika–and then work the food off with a rousing game of foosball in the back room. 107 Avenue C, 212-598-1098
3. Berry Park You won’t find waiters in lederhosen at Berry Park, but this North Williamsburg hall serves some of the most delicious, buttery pretzels in the city, and has a solid beer list (12 brews on tap), two giant TVs tuned to soccer games, and a sunny rooftop beer garden. 4 Berry Street, Brooklyn, 718-782-2829
2. Lederhosen Don’t be fooled by the size of this unassuming West Village joint, which we named our best German restaurant last year. Fresh brews, homemade pretzels, and juicy bratwursts heaped with sauerkraut await. 39 Grove Street, 212-206-7691
1. Radegast Hall and Biergarten It’s almost impossible not to have a good time at this spacious Williamsburg beer hall, furnished with two bars and a grilling station where you can choose from seven types of freshly cooked sausages. Radegast hosts live bands and beer tastings year-round, but it’s in especially fine form during Oktoberfest. 113 North Third Street, Brooklyn, 718-963-3973