Brooklyn is getting another whiff of Cologne thanks to a massive new beer hall inspired by the German city.
A 200-seat pub opened for business on St. Marks Place near Fourth Avenue under the name Die Koelner Bierhalle — the borough’s second tribute to Germany’s fourth largest metropolis.
The new venue boasts 30 draft beers, 40 bottled beers, and a wine list in a converted Park Slope warehouse that’s roughly the size of a basketball court.
“[It] transports patrons to a traditional German bier halle without requiring a passport,” said manager Andre Jordan.
Like many German-influenced beer halls, Die Koelner Bierhalle boasts traditional German food and communal seating at long wooden tables.
But it’s not to be mistaken for Brooklyn’s other Cologne-inspired beer bar, Fort Greene’s Der Schwarze Kölner. Managers at both beer halls were quick to point out that the bars have no affiliation — despite reports erroneously linking the two because they’re names include the words “Kolner” and “Koelner,” which mean “Cologne” in German.
“We’re a little different from normal Park Slope people, we’ve been waiting for a while for the bar to open,” said bar neighbor Weina Dorsky. “I’m really excited. I like different choices of imported beer, and it’s close to home.”
Die Koelner Bierhalle [84 St. Marks Pl between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, (347) 227–7238, thekbh.com].
— With Alfred Ng
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