Mon, closed; Tue0Sat, noon-1am; Sun, 1pm-10pm
4pm-7pm; $5 drafts
1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, B, C, D, E, F, V at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There’s something about tapping your own tableside keg of Spaten that makes inhibitions vanish, and that’s the real magic of this German beer hall, which stirs up a carnivalesque atmosphere while plying the crowd with fine weissbeers and wursts. Set among the quiet brownstones of the West Village, the restaurant keeps a fairly conventional bar up front, sporting German flags, Oktoberfest tees and a couple of televisions, as well as a recessed “stammtisch room,” with couches seating six around a decorative fireplace. But the action loudens in the beer hall at back which is filled with banquet tables and pushed together two-tops, then surrounded by a mural of green Bavarian mountains. The partiers, who cross age, style and neighborhood boundaries, maintain a strong Teutonic fan base, some of whom might be seen spanking the birthday girl or boy with a riding crop. The food and drink also have a nice bite—sweet, zesty grilled brats with homemade mustard, mildly spiced currywursts and crisp potato pancakes paired with refreshing German pilsners, lagers and double bocks.Specials
For $69, groups can share the Lederhosen Haus Special: a selection of sausages, bread and homemade mustard, plus a 5-liter mini-barrel of beer. The bar also has seasonal deals, for occasions like Oktoberfest and February’s Carnival.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.