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ABOVE: If you encounter a gloomy day like this in Zürich, head for a warm and cozy beer hall.

By Durant Imboden

In Zürich, the leading beer halls have a different image than their counterparts in Munich. The emphasis is more on dining than on drinking, with patrons more likely to suffer heartburn than hangovers.

Sausages, Schnitzel, Rösti (hashbrown potato cakes fried in butter), and other Swiss-German comfort foods are the mainstays of beerhall cuisine. In this article, I'll tell you about three classic Zürich beer halls that cater to both locals and tourists:

Bierhalle Kropf: The most refined of the three, with the best food.

Zeughauskeller: Cavernous and decorated with military weapons and occasionally harried service.

Rheinfelder Bierhaus: Cheerful, unpretentious, and cheap by Swiss standards.

To read my mini-reviews (which were written in 2001), click the links above or use the navigation table below, which you'll also find on each page of this article:

Next Page > Bierhalle Kropf > Page 1, 2, 3, 4

Zürich Beer Halls:
Introduction Zeughauskeller
Bierhalle Kropf Rheinfelder Bierhaus