Restaurant Review - Hofbräuhaus Chicago

Hofbräuhaus Chicago

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5500 Park Place, Rosemont, Illinois, United States  

Overall: 96%
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Food:
  • Starters
  • Bavarian Snacks
  • Salads
  • Burgers and Sandwiches
  • Sausage Specialties
  • Great Bavarian Specials
  • Hofbräuhaus Steak Specials
  • Fish
  • Vegerarian
  • Side Dishes
  • Kids Menu
  • Desserts
Beer:
  • Hofbräu Seasonal
  • Hofbräu Hefeweizen
  • Hofbräu Original
  • Hofbräu Dunkel

Live Entertainment:

Featured Band:
Sunday - Thursday:
6:00p - 11:00p
Friday and Saturday:
5:00p - 12:00a

DJ
Friday and Saturday:
12:00a - 4:00a


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In Chicago steht ein Hofbräuhaus, Eins, zwei, g'suffa! Centuries of Bavarian tradition finally makes its way to the Windy City. On Monday, January 21, 2013, the Hofbräuhaus Chicago officially opened its doors to the public and brought with it all of the delights that Munich has to offer. Hofbräuhaus Chicago is located in the MB Financial Park in Rosemont, IL. While not officially in the City of Chicago, this area is located just outside of O’Hare Airport and is easily accessible for those driving as well as for those using public transportation. The Hofbräuhaus has a number of parking spots around the building but there is also a large parking garage for MB Financial Park which is not only convenient, but the Hofbräuhaus will validate parking so you don’t have to pay the $13.

The doors opened to the public at 9:00pm but there was a VIP party beforehand. Waiting to be seated was like waiting to ride a roller coaster, you could hear the band playing and feel the energy of the people who were already enjoying all that the Hofbräuhaus has to offer. In the front room there is also a small little gift shop which offers a number of Hofbräu related items for sale like shirts, boots, Maβ, teddy bears and more although they are slightly overpriced.

My friends and I only had to wait about 5 minutes until we were seated. A waitress wearing a dirndl guided us to our table which was located in the main room. We had a slightly obstructed view of the stage but it wasn’t too bad. We took a quick look at the menu and we ordered our beer and a giant pretzel. I had a Maβ of Hofbräu Original Lager. The pretzel looked and tasted just like the one I had in Vegas and Munich and it is accompanied with Obatzda cheese and two types of mustard. The menu for the evening was limited because of the soft opening. My friend got a large bratwurst which looked good as well.

The band for the evening was Die 3 Zünftigen they are an Austrian band from the Alps and will be in town until early February. They were a lot of fun and played all the music that you would expect to hear in the tents at Oktoberfest. Notable songs from the night include “In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus”, “Alice”, “Brown Eyed Girl”, and of course they played “Ein Prosit” periodically which was a real crowd-pleaser.

The beer hall was populated with a lot German decedents or enthusiasts of Bavarian culture which made the evening even more special because they knew the songs and sang along. There were many people dancing in the aisles or near the stage and many people meandering around from table to table in this very friendly environment. If this is your first time in a beer hall be prepared to get to know your neighbors. You will be seated at a large table and unless your party takes up the entire table, complete strangers will be seated next to you; but this is the beauty of the beer hall. Be sure to prost with your neighbors and be friendly. It is also not uncommon to have people coming around and talking with you.

For this evening we were lucky enough to have MC Johann from the Las Vegas Hofbrauhaus in Chicago which is always a treat. He was walking from table to table talking to the people and getting to know them as well as sharing the occasional prost or two. I myself even got up during “Alice” to join another table who was singing along because it was fun and it is what you do. We were eventually invited up by a group of ladies who were at the front of the stage to sing along with them as well as sing out to the crowd. Another rule of the beer hall is that standing on your seat is allowed. You read that right, get up off your seat and stand on the benches while singing and sharing a prost.

While the food and beer may seem a little pricy, Hofbräuhaus Chicago is much more than just dinner, it is an experience. Make sure to attend when the band is playing because you will be able to fully appreciate the Bavarian Beer Hall experience. Backyard Oktoberfest will be visiting the Hofbräuhaus probably on a regular basis so keep your eye out on the website to be able to share a Maβ with us. We would love to meet you there.


MC Johann and me



Die 3 Zünftigen

Reviewed By: Scott Rzepka