Where: 309 Via De Palmas #90, Boca Raton 561/395-7462
The lowdown: Entering Biergarten is like experiencing a piece of Germany right here in Boca. The countdown to Oktoberfest starts the day after the previous one has ended and the menu is full of five-syllable words that I cannot pronounce for the life of me.If you’re on the hunt for good bier and brats, Biergarten is the place to go. This German-American restaurant and bar, located in Royal Palm Place, is packed with lederhosen-clad waiters and waitresses, authentic German dishes and 50 different craft and bottled biers to choose from. And if you haven't already noted, at Biergarten, it’s not “beer” — it’s “bier.”
The crowd at Biergarten is mixed, with both young and old either enjoying themselves inside the restaurant or out at the spacious outdoor bar. Both inside and out, you can check out what biers are available for the night on the oversized chalkboards. With so many to choose from, it’s hard to know what to get, but the bartenders will gladly give you their recommendations and even let you sample a taste of the draught biers.
Though it gets busy during sporting events and happy hour, the late night weekend scene is on the quieter side. But the drinks are still flowing and the ever-popular Pretzel served with three different housemade mustards and the sweet, creamy Liptauer Kase dip is front and center at just about every table. There are also live local musicians taking the stage to show off their chops. The late night menu starts at 10:30 p.m. and includes everything from a $4 frankfurter to a $15 burger. Popular dishes, such as the pretzel, bier cheese fries and various kinds of ‘wursts are on the menu too.
The intangibles: There are rotating selections from Florida breweries such as Cigar City, Funky Buddha and Due South, and a chocolate stout and Biergarten select rotation as well. Enjoy $6 pints, $9 liters or $12 boots of your choice of draught — there’s a huge variety of German and Belgium beers, stouts, ports, ciders and other national craft beers, or you can get fancy and order one of their liquor-topped Loaded Biers for $9. Bier flights of any four draughts are available for $14.
Wine and spirit drinkers, you haven’t been forgotten! Wine by the glass and bottle are available, as well as a list of $10 specialty cocktails, $9 shooters, and 1-oz. spirit flights where you can pick 3 different kinds or rum or whiskey to taste.
Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with $4 draughts, $5 well and specialty cocktails and $6 wine by the glass. Biergarten also just started a Sunday Funday happy hour all day long, noon to midnight. You can can enjoy $1 brats with the purchase of a beverage on Mondays, 2-for-1 schnitzel on Tuesdays, $5 burgers and $3 draft beer specials on Wednesdays, and celebrate your inner-German on Thursdays with live polka music and German food specials. Live bands take the stage every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9:30 p.m. and sometimes earlier in the day during season.
Hours: Biergarten is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 12 a.m.