Las Vegas 4510 Paradise Rd ., across from Hard Rock Hotel
Touted as a faithful replica of the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, there are three venues within the Hofbrauhaus. The bar at the entry is a smaller, cozy one with TV’s showing sports. In the big dining hall,guests sit on wooden benches at long tables under an elaborate 40′ high vaulted ceiling with Bavarian-style painted frescoes. If the oompah band is playing, you won’t be able to do much talking. The food here is an extensive menu of all the authentic German favorites- and hearing a lot of German spoken among the staff, we think they know their product. Servings are generally huge and moderately priced. The indoor “beer garden”, another huge room, has trees and a sky and outdoor-style furniture and manages to achieve the air of the outdoors (and is a bit quieter). Three beers – a light, a dark and a wheat – are imported directly, ranging in size from the 10 oz.($3.50) to the 2 liter (about ten bucks). The wheat beer is especially good. Girls in costume meander through the seats with baskets of pretzels made with imported pretzel dough. The menu and atmosphere are more conducive to dining than to drinking and smoking. The parking lot is small and often full; a taxi might be the best way to go.