Friday, 30 August 2013

Bavarian Beerhouse (Bristol): Launch party!

I was so privileged to be invited to the launch party slash grand opening of the newest restaurant in Bristol...the Bavarian Beerhouse! My friend and fellow blogger Jess (Owl Crazy Mummy) joined me as my plus one, and we had a blast!

As many of you know, hubby and I lived in Munich for three years between 2008 and 2011, so as soon as the invitation hit my inbox, I had to RSVP a big "yes" straight away.


Jess and I found the Bavarian Beerhouse easily after parking in the 24-hour Millennium Square car park (about a 5 minute walk away), and the tones of the Ompah band led us inside. We were greeted warmly by all the staff, and immediately plied with complimentary beer, wine and finger food! (As the designated driver, I went for the apfelschorle, which is apple juice and sparkling water).

Round 1 of finger food:

Round 1 of Jess' drinks:

The layout of the restaurant fully reminds me of the various beer festivals in Munich (Dachau, Oktoberfest and Unterhaching) with the long wooden tables and benches, the entertaining sounds of the Oompah band, the waitresses in form-fitting Dirndls (although the bar staff weren't in Lederhosen, tut tut), and the various beers all in their dedicated glass or stein. It's so authentic!

The lovely Al Murray was there and he was invited to tap the first barrel! What an honour!


Al Murray


Al Murray Tapping the Barrel 

The beer mug mascot


The Oompah Band

The Oompah band was amazing, and kept to the true Bavarian beer festival vibe! Everyone was singing along, clapping, and dancing on the benches! And every half hour or so, the entire building sang the German drinking song "Ein Prosit". I would easily believed I was back in Munich! It was fantastic! 

Ein Prosit Lyrics
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Germutlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Germutlichkeit 
Eins, Zwei, Drei..... Prost! (Then take a big sip of your drink!)

It was fantastic seeing everyone join in - stereotypically, Brits tend to be a little reserved, but the fun at the Bavarian Beerhouse is contagious! 


Jess and Me! 


Me! 

Fingers crossed the Bavarian Beerhouse can maintain a true Bavarian beer festival vibe, and I hope my fellow Bristolians accept this unfamiliar cuisine with gusto, and give it a shot! 

Back in Munich, I loved the kase-spatzle which is the German equivilent to mac'n'cheese. It's delicious, and can't wait to try it when we next visit the Bavarian Beerhouse (already co-ordinating dates with Jess and sorting child-care!). Lee is a massive meat eater, and he has his eye on the Schweinehax (roasted pork shank), and we both miss the simple Bavarian snack of brez'n and Obazda (pretzels with a rich cheese spread), mmmmmm. 

Thank you again to the Bavarian Beerhouse for inviting me to attend such a fun celebration, and I'll be visiting soon to try all the yummy German food we miss from our Munich days! 


28 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I would have liked to hear the band. I have never been in a Bavarian Beerhouse. I will have to see if their might be one around our area. I would like to try the Bavarian snack of brez'n and Obazda they really sound good.

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  2. Wow looks like you had a lot of fun. I'm not a beer drinker but I know hubby would enjoy this. Seems like a place to visit if I'm ever in that part of the world. :)

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  3. Nice! I lived in K-town for 3 years and miss Germany so much. It is nice the UK has such a fun place that really does look like Germany. We have a German restaurant where I live but it is expensive and doesn't quite have the feel of "real" Germany. It looks like you have a fun time!

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  4. Oh how fun! It looks like you two had an amazing time - and I love that everyone joined in the fun, with the songs and whatnot. Hooray for a return visit, that's the BEST sign of a review. =D

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  5. This looks like a great restaurant and I love the multicultural aspect of it. I'm sure you guys had a great time and the photos certainly demonstrate that you did.

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  6. That looks like a lot of fun! I have never been to Germany but like to go to Helen, GA. to some of their restaurants during Octoberfest.

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  7. looks like u had a blast hunny!! loving the beer mug mascot!!

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  8. Wow! Looks like you had a great time even if you were the designated driver. I am not one for drinking but that food sounds delicious.

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  9. It looks like a festive and fun restaurant. My husband's family is German. This would be a great place to meet up for the start of a family reunion!

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  10. Looks so fun. My hubby and I love beer.

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  11. we had a german au pair, i'm sure she'd have enjoyed this. oh i would too, :)

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  12. It looks a wonderful time . Beer events are craazzzzy!
    Noor @ Noor's Place

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  13. My husband would LOVE to do something like this! Looks like the band was awesome, too!

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  14. My Hubs would KILL to be able to be there at this festival. What a fun, fun time. One drink would probably knock me on my rear since I haven't had any alcohol in 6 years now. Kind of miss it sometimes.

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  15. I grew up in a German rich culture in Wisconsin and we have quite a few little restaurants and pubs like this. This place looks like it would offer good food and a good time.

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  16. oh what fun! I lived in Germany for 3 years and loved it. I love the food, the country, the people. What a great time I'm sure you had.

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  17. I'm completely not a drinker, but that place looks like a ton of fun. And who doesn't love mac 'n cheese?

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  18. I'm completely not a drinker, but that place looks like a ton of fun. And who doesn't love mac 'n cheese?

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  19. I'm completely not a drinker, but that place looks like a ton of fun. And who doesn't love mac 'n cheese?

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  20. Wow, what a lucky lady you are to get invited! Looks like you had fun with Jess and drinks ;)

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  21. It really looks like you had a great time! The food you guys had makes my mouth just water thinking about it!

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  22. Really nice restaurant and very good for the families. I can see how much you enjoyed ;)

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  23. Sounds like you're having a great time! Always nice to bond with friends and family.

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  24. It looks like you had tons of fun. Looks like a great place... who does not love beer?

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  25. I bet that was a blast to experience, ya'll had food, drinks, band and even a mascot how cool is that! Love all the photos too.

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  26. I love trying out new restaurants.... looks like you guys had a great time!

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  27. My husband will surely enjoy that kind of restaurant! Glad you had a great time.

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  28. This looks like so much fun.... I love restaurants and outings that go beyond the traditional and really give you a great experience to reflect on....this definetely looks like it fits the bill!

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