Hofbräuhaus Chicago reveled in Bavarian traditions as it officially opened Monday the 21st at 9pm. The bustling Beer Hall, “Schwemme”, and quieter King Ludwig Room, featuring a blend of stylish Bavarian ambiance and twenty-first century flair, were filled to capacity.
In the Beer Hall, just like the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich, you sit at long tables where you quickly befriend those around you, raising your steins together. During the evening the crowd was encouraged to stand up on the benches by the band, Die 3 Zünftigen, by clapping their hands and singing along. A few guests even enjoyed getting a spanking from the lovely Jägermeister girl.
The stage is centrally located in the Beer Hall and one can tell that a lot of thought was put into the audio system. Live nightly entertainment can be enjoyed by everyone throughout the building, but at the same time it is possible to carry on a conversation. Big screen TV’s are strategically placed throughout Hofbräuhaus Chicago so that all you sports fans can savor the food and brew as you watch you favorite sporting event.
Large windows give Hofbräuhaus Chicago an open airy feeling which will spill out into the Biergarten, during the summer.
Hofbräuhaus Chicago may be known for its premium brews, but it is also the perfect place to savor German cuisine in Chicago. Bavarian specialties, sausage, schitzel and kraut, with authentic German flavors are prepared by chef Klaus Lotter and his highly qualified team in a state of the art kitchen. Ingredients are fresh, plates are garnished with a Bavarian flair and served piping hot.
Shiny vats of HB micro brewed beer tower behind the cozy bar area. Thanks to Ben Zollenkopf, the technical director of international brewing for Hofbräu München, 400 years of Bavarian tradition are poured into every ounce of Hofbräuhaus Chicago beer.
Everything, right down to the steins, the decor, the Oompah music and staff dressed in traditional Bavarian Lederhosen and Dirndls has a bold touch of Bavaria you are sure to enjoy. The Hofbräuhaus Chicago is a must see for locals and tourists alike.