Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg – New German Restaurant and Biergarden Opens Downtown
Just around the corner from Downtown Saint Pete’s famous Cupcake Spot, a new restaurant has come to town. Hofbrauhaus, which had its grand opening in September of last year, is a German restaurant, beer hall, and biergarden all rolled into one immersive eating experience. The two level restaurant is set up like a town courtyard, with the ceiling painted as a partly cloudy sky, the tables and long benches on a cobblestone floor, and covered terraces on either end of the restaurant for the Bavarian Beer Band or visiting DJ. Televisions also dot the restaurant, which make it a perfect place for watching the Rays play when you can’t make it to Tropicana Field.
I visited the Hofbrauhaus recently with a few friends, all of whom love German food and were excited to try this new experience. Immediately on entering the German restaurant, I was greeted by the harmonious sounds of hand bells as an authentic folk band played to a table of customers. The players, some wearing jeans and others full lederhosen, continued their music throughout the night, weaving among the benched tables and playing what I assumed to be traditional German polka songs. Once sat down, we were greeted by a very enthusiastic waitress, who was incredibly helpful in describing the different beers on tap. Of course, being in a German restaurant, one has to drink as the Germans drink. We were given choices on a variety of seasonal and classic Bavarian beers. When I decided on wine she was sure to point out how their bottles of wine barely cost more than a glass.
Of course, we could hardly go without trying some handmade pretzels– which were the circumference of a basketball and served with sides of “Obatzer” cheese and two different mustards. For the main course I tried their Nürnberger Rostbratwürstl: pork sausage with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, which came out literally swimming in gravy. Mind you, there has only been one time in my life that I have not hated the taste of sauerkraut, and this dinner became the second. I couldn’t eat the food fast enough, and by the time the meal was over I had a belly full of happiness and my ears were still ringing with the live music. The band was now on their perch on the second floor balcony, playing down to a dancing elderly couple. There was also a large party enjoying the music and the atmosphere. They had somehow reached the point where their waitress, who had them bent over the table, was smacking those willing with the wooden plank that had held their beer tastings.
We finished the meal with a hearty apple strudel, which when coupled with their homemade vanilla sauce was nothing short of divine.
Be sure to look on their website calendar to know about their $3 brat Monday specials, Ladies Night, and more.
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Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg
123 4th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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