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Katzenjammers, Borough Market, SE1

Pub added by Roger Button
24 Southwark Street

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Philip Carter left this review about Katzenjammers

Nice German bar, though the only german stuff about it, is the bier. All the staff, as far as I can tell, are spanish or close by. Anyway, the service is good. My problem is, I went to the gents to do what men do, when I came back, my drink had gone and was about to be thrown away. I saved it. Today I went to the gent again, leaving my glasses as a pointer that I will return, wrong. My drink and my glasses were taken away to behind the bar. if any management are reading this, please note that, some customers are drinking alone and need to use your facilities. The only other course of action is for me to shout out, across the bar, that I am going to the loo and do not take my drink away.

On 1st December 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Katzenjammers

Buried underneath The Hop Exchange building, the Bierkeller and restaurant can be found under a low, barrel-vaulted, brick ceiling, with the Bierhall below open at certain times. The bar area is crammed with tables, but these were all either taken or reserved for those dining, so space was starting to become a problem for those just looking for a drink or waiting for the oom-pah fun to start downstairs... Very good selection of 11 German beers from the various traditional and modern founts along the counter, from which range I went for Paulaner's Hefe-Weißbier Dunkel (£5.60) for my brief stop.

On 1st December 2019 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Katzenjammer Bierkeller & Restaurant

As a frequent visitor to Munich on business, visiting a plastic Bavarian bierkeller in London has never really appealed. But got pulled in here the other night on a Borough crawl when I lost the vote on where to go next and I have to say they’ve done a good job here and it’s quite authentic.
Very good range of German beers, lots of dark wood décor, long wooden tables mentioned below that you are expected to share with complete strangers in the real thing (less inhibitions these Germans), and the waft of sauerkraut and sausages pervading through the rooms.
In fact the only areas that were not aligned to my experiences of the real thing were the beer prices, that sadly were significantly higher than what I pay for a dunkel weissbier in the bierkeller close to my firms Munich office, and the dressed up beer maids, who were far too petite and pretty compared to the real Bavarian serving wenches, and were struggling to carry two steins to a table. They wouldn’t last five minutes in the real thing where I’ve seen the female versions of Geoff Capes regularly carry six steins from the bar.

On 20th June 2013 - rating: 6
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I L left this review about Katzenjammer Bierkeller & Restaurant

A great place if you want to try different German beers on draught that are a bit different to the usual ones found elsewhere in the UK. Service used to be at the table but in recent months the bar has been extended across the lenght of the back wall and normally service is now at the bar, although I have been in there when they will serve at the table on busy nights such as a Friday. There is often an Oompah band on Friday evenings. The sausage dishes are very nice but are dearer than your normal pub food. Shame you cant walk through to the Wheatsheaf next door as you could start off on a German session then migrate to the English ales(or vice versa) without having to go outside when its raining hard!

On 15th November 2010 - rating: 7
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Roger Button left this review about Katzenjammer Bierkeller & Restaurant

This newly opened German style Bierkeller is part of the Red Car Empire and run by the same management as the Wheatsheaf that shares the same basement (and, confusingly, the same address). Boasting 9 draught German / Bavarian beers and 25 bottled beers it is certainly a decent selection but prices are as one would expect a bit on the hefty side. The draught beers come in pints, halves or 2 pint steins which does even out the cost by a fraction but you will need the arms of a wrestler to lift a laden stein. The interior is divided into 2 spacious rooms, one of which can be sealed off for private functions. Service is courtesy of a clutch of Julie Andrews lookalike waitresses who will deliver your beers direct to your table. The long but sturdy tables are more suited for groups than individuals and the brick arched cellar is ideal to for such a themed premises but the lighting could be a bit dimmer in keeping with a cellar atmosphere plus the background music and modern art doesn’t really fit the image that is trying to be created. It would probably be a lot more realistic during the Oompah Band nights that will be an occasional feature complete with with a bit shoe slapping. It will certainly be of interest to German beer fans who are suitably waged or those who have secret perversions towards lederhosen but on the whole the place probably will only be a once in a while treat on a special occasion rather than a regular haunt.

On 29th December 2009 - rating: 6
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