Radegast Hall & Biergarten

Beer Garden / Beer Hall / German Restaurant / Pub
Radegast Hall & Biergarten Serious beer drinkers will want to check out Radegast Hall & Biergarten, a Williamsburg staple whose faded wooden façade and steepled roof recall the authentic beer halls of the homeland. New York United States 40.7165532 -73.9615518
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Radegast Hall & Biergarten - Beer Garden | Beer Hall | German Restaurant | Pub in New York.
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Party Earth Review Serious beer drinkers will want to check out Radegast Hall & Biergarten, a Williamsburg staple whose faded wooden façade and steepled roof recall the authentic beer halls of the homeland. The cozy main pub room attracts... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 4pm–4am, Sa–Su noon–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Radegast Hall & Biergarten Review

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Serious beer drinkers will want to check out Radegast Hall & Biergarten, a Williamsburg staple whose faded wooden façade and steepled roof recall the authentic beer halls of the homeland.

Serious beer drinkers will want to check out Radegast Hall & Biergarten, a Williamsburg staple whose faded wooden façade and steepled roof recall the authentic beer halls of the homeland.

The cozy main pub room attracts a curious mix of sporty guys’ guys, fräuleins in vintage garb, and down-to-earth indie rockers, who gather at the winding bar to mingle and flirt or huddle around rustic candlelit tables to sip rare hefeweizen or indulge in a decadent entrée.

Patrons looking for a real beer garden experience, however, can make their way out to the hall, a massive brick aisle of communal tables leading toward a grill sizzling with sausages and brats.

A retractable roof allows for summer and winter drinking, while a perpetually festive vibe inspires stein-clanging boisterousness among the clientele of artistic professionals and fun-loving college students who flock in to sample the international selection of over forty bottled brews and thirteen beers on tap.

Great for low-key lunches by day, by night Radegast becomes a vibrant and even rowdy hangout where local hipsters and college students can throw back pitchers of Hofbräu and eat unbeatable Venison brats and pretzels till the wee hours. Prost!

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Tip from Jonah:

A liter of beer may look awesome for swigging, but it’s not always cost effective. A pitcher of heavy German beer is usually enough for two.

  • Crowd

    Working class tattooed hipsters and punks, groups of students, young professionals, and local artists, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    iPod playlist of traditional German beer songs and punk rock. Live music events featuring folk and jazz bands.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of rich European dishes and German grill including breads, pommes, venison brats, and rabbit pâté.

    Nightly beer-food specials including brats and pretzels. Kitchen open Tu–F 4pm–11:30pm, Sa–Su brunch noon–4pm and dinner 5–11:30pm. Grill open M–F 4pm–2am, Sa–Su noon–2am. Happy Hour daily 5–8pm featuring entrée-beer pairings. Seasonal Oktoberfest menu.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $5–$18, entrées $13–$25, brunch $9–$15, brats $8+. Beer $7+/pints and bottles, $13/liters, and $18/pitchers, wine $9/glass or $34/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, button-downs.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for live music, and Fridays and Saturdays for a generally packed scene.

  • Close By

    Across the street is The Levee (212 Berry Street), a rock/metal bar with cheap beer, cheese balls, and chili dogs.

Radegast Hall & Biergarten User Reviews

Average rating:
Authentic bierhall and great food in the heart of Williamsburg
THEA C. May 28, 2013
Radegast has to be my favorite bierhall in NYC. Located just off Bedford Avenue yet with a more varied crowd than some of the other hipster bars in the same area, you don't need to worry about age, gender or a lack of tattoos here as the crowd consists of people from all walks of life. The beer selection is credible, it's not huge in comparison to some other specialized beer bars i've encountered in Manhattan (say Proletariat or Randolph Beer), however there is a good selection and definitely something to suit everyone. The food off the menu is great, though fairly pricey for the neighbourhood. I suggest ordering the freshly made sausages from the grill located in the main hall instead of ordering off the menu. They're great value and tend to be just what you want to accompany a night of intensive beer quaffing. Despite cocktails being pricey, the bar also offers a great selection of spirits and the bartenders always tend to be helpful and knowledgeable. Last time I was there I ordered a hot toddy as i was feeling a little under the weather and it was one of the finest made and most authentic i have had to date. If I had to list a downside to the venue I would say the price. $9 is pretty expensive for a pretzel, though every time I have eaten there I have been far from disappointed. I would also recommend getting there early or visiting midweek as it tends to get fairly rammed during weekends and late nights and often it an be hard to find a seat.
Beer, Jazz and Dancing in Brooklyn
Adam G. May 23, 2013
Very new the city, and still getting lost on the subway, sometimes by simply taking the wrong track in the opposite direction of where I was trying to get to, I found myself in Brooklyn late one night. Walking along Metro Ave, and Grand St, meandering around the on the sidewalks and stopping wherever caught my eye, or enveloped my ears in sound from afar, I finally ran into an old friend, whose co-workers directed us to Radegast. Being from a Brew Town, I found the selection of beer to be wonderful, and a nice welcome to the area. The menu clearly describes what you're going to taste before it hits your pallet, but good luck pronouncing what you're trying to drink. The dimly lit ambiance of lights, contorted by the pace of the jazz band makes you feel like your in a German speakeasy, (as if the German's had ever fraternized with prohibition). The crowd of younger middle aged hipsters, and semi-formal swing dancers are friendly, and the bartending and service staff are attentive and appear genial as well. The bar itself is very loud, and crowded as bars tend to be, but the beirgarden is a nice escape from the hullabaloo if you want a place to sit and enjoy your drink and company. It's a bar worth checking out simply for the novelty feel you immediately when you walk in, and the beer you drink when you settle in.
Beerfest in Brooklyn
craig w. May 13, 2013
I was headed to a small bar across the street from Radegast in late 2012 and wandered into this German hall out of curiosity, knowing what I was getting myself into. Three hours later I finally left and went across the street. This was like being dropped into the movie set for Beerfest and seeing the doors get locked behind me by two burly men of action. Huge mugs of beer, of course, and good sausage kept me going while live bands played great cultural music for my friends and I to enjoy. It was a bit loud inside but definitely a better experience than my Manhattan biergarten experience. I had to leave because it was so incredibly packed by 4pm on a Saturday that I felt claustrophobic. But no regrets!
Good atmosphere, good food
Rachel S. Mar 27, 2013
New to living in Brooklyn, and looking for a place to take my boyfriend and some of his buddies that I wrangled to visit for his birthday, I google-searched and asked around the Box Office where I work for some suggestions--key words being "beer' and "big". We actually ended up going to Union Hall in Park Slope instead, but my guy and I made it here for another friend's birthday. It was worth the inconvenient subway ride (getting from Park Slope to Williamsburg is an odd journey) By the time we got there, we were ravenously hungry. As a french fries lover, I was thoroughly pleased--they have those greasy, soft kind that melt in your mouth. I was also pleased with the awesome guy behind the grill giving me two bratwurst for the price of one even though I was wearing jeans and sneaker and my sweater was tied around my waist by the sleeves-nice to know a girl can look like an L.L. Bean catalog and still get some free sh*t. Got drunk on Hofbrau too soon to give the beer list a real look, but really enjoyed the atmosphere--friendly, young professionals. I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't too hipster-y. That the bartenders were nice was even more pleasantly surprising. Place was really busy, but it didn't feel packed or anything because of how big it is. I will say that if you like this place, try Union Hall. The bartenders are not nearly as nice (except for one-short haired woman with glasses is great), but the bocce ball court and the corn dogs make up for any snoodiness. Also, sometimes there is an old bearded dude that sits in the old library-like front of the bar and sketches people, which I find to be awesome.
Decent beer hall
Mark S. Dec 8, 2012
Due to it being in Williamsburg, it definitely gets points for not being overly Hipster. This is obviously a beergarden, and if you like that type of venue, by all means check it out. However, it is probably the smallest beer garden I have ever been to. It's certainly not tiny, but I expect larger open spaces and more tables. Good selection of beer, and the food goes well with beer (kraut, brats, etc.) The place gets super packed, so if you go during peak hours, good luck getting a table or even decent service. Good fun place for off house but easily skippable.
Don't Eat the Peppers
Risa C. Nov 22, 2012
I ended up going here with a large group for a few pre-dinner beers. I loved the hall style communal tables and at 6pm it wasn't too hard to find a spot able to accommodate our large group. The beer selection is good, the staff is knowledgeable and the sausages are a perfect beer accompaniment. It's a good bet to get the pitchers to share to minimize making the waitress having to come back and forth especially since it gets harder to find one as it gets busier. The pitcher is also great if you're with a group of Peter Pipers who picked a peck of random pepper off one of their potted plants on the window sill and bite it and then needs to chug the whole thing to cool their mouth off before getting kicked out.
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