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Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 110
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4256 Arthur Kill Rd
phone: (718) 984-1202
(Place added by: WilliamPhilaPa)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 8
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
I can say with some good certainity that this is a part of NYC that I had never been to before. it's just this side of the Outerbridge Crossing on the Staten Island side, down in the far south west corner of the borough. New Yorkers generally know absolutely nothing about Staten Island except that there was a landfill there (Fresh Kills, and it's been closed since '99) and that they tried to secede from the City of New York a few years back. Otherwise, 2 highways, a ferry, a mall, and a whole lot of cemeteries.
Mapquests to be a stone's throw from the bridge, but you have to wind your way up Arthur Kill Road, twisting this way and that through the high reeds of Staten Island swampland, passing many old closed gates to abandoned industries and other mysterious places where I'm sure the bodies are buried...
This is the real deal as German bars go. There's a great old 20 seat "G" shaped wood bar with a wooden rail. The bar back is a giant carved dark wood piece with sectioned mirrors, and large glass door cupboards with ancient brass hinges housing bottles. Wreaths, branches and strung green Xmas lights line the bar. Tin ceiling and walls in the bar area with stained glass windows, German beer prints and a framed Reineheitsgebot proclamation poster amidst a handful of bar tables and bar counters on one side.
On the other side of the bar counter wall lies a dining room with a dozen and a half dark wood tables. Thin wood slat walls decorated with Bavarian paintings & scenes, crests, flags and coats of arms, a cuckoo clock, German signage and a moosehead. Along the rim above the walls lining the room is an extensive collection of beer steins and glassware, other vessels, horse led wagon miniatures carrying kegs, and strung spruce & green lighting. Chandeliers and barrels hang from the ceiling and a frightening-to-some wild boars head mounted at the foot of the bar.
9 taps. 6 Germs (Hacker Pschorr Weisse & Dunkel Weisse, Spaten Lager & Optimator, Becks & Warsteiner Pils) and Stella, Pilsner Urquell & Sam Adams Winter Lager. Drafts in litre or 1/2 litre servings.
Nearly 3 dozen German bottles (a pair each of DinkelAcker, Franziskaner, Hacker Pschorr, Schneider/Aventinus, Warsteiner, 3 from Hacker Pschorr, 4 from Erdinger, and then Bitburger, Rhinebecker, Aecht, Einbecker, Ayinger, Berliner, Veltins and more), about 3 dozen from England, Belgium and the US, and then a few dozen more of various this and that. They've also got a listing of 10 seasonal Winter beers (Anchor OSA, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Bluepoint Winter, Affligem Noel, Harpoon Winter Warmer, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Flying Fish Grand Cru, Samuel Smith Winter Welcome, Ommegang 3 Philosophers, Sierra Nevada Celebration). Nice.
Out back, there's a biergarten with a bandshell set up surrounded by 9 picnic tables, and behind the octogon shaped gazeebo bar lies another bunch of smaller tables and an outdoor wood burning fireplace.
Inside, just off the front reception area, is a smaller dining room with a dozen tables. The room is decorated with old brewerania, much of it from the long defunct R & H Brewery, Staten Island, NY. Some good pieces housed in a pair of display cases in the corners, and the walls are lined with old bottles, cans & trays.
It's a really neat thing to see, although seemingly out of place in the lower corner of Staten Island. I'm sure Octoberfest here is a good time. We just had a quick peek at the food menu but it is complete German fare. Serving people dressed in traditional Bavarian garb. Like I said, it's the real deal.
That's all. I've got nothing witty or otherwise to add, as Phil and the 1516 German Purity Law have stifled my creativity.
01-01-2005 20:09:25 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
This place was one of the more "atmospheric" pubrestaurants I've been to in NY. Not only does it have what appears to be the 100-plus year-old original bar, it's got old tin plating on the walls as well as the ceiling, a great stein collection, and even a little "beer museum" in one of the side rooms, with a bunch of old tins and bottles and stuff. They have a cool looking beer garden with a gazebo and a wood-burning outdoor fireplace, too bad it was about 8 degrees outside. The've got a copy of the Rheinheitsgebot (which, according to FeloniousPhil, is responsible for "stifling creativity" in Germany) hanging in the bar, along with a bunch of old photos. Plus, waitresses in German dresses...
9 taps (6 German), about 35 quality German bottles and about 60 or so other bottles, mainly pretty average with a good "seasonal" list. All served in the appropriate glassware. Food smelled good and the menu looked good but we had a date elsewhere, so one Hacker-Pschorr Dunkelweisse and I was outta there. Will have to go back, if I get a car - it's way out of the way, but it's worth a trip.
Special note: check out the creepy Bretzel puppet behind the bar.
12-26-2004 23:14:18 |
More by PopeJonPaul
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
A wonderful old German restaurant with a beautiful old bar from the early 1800's, and excellent German food. Also a big outdoor beergarten, with live music Saturday and Friday nights, and Sunday afternoon during Oktoberfest season.The bar has a fine draft selection, and a huge list of about 115 bottles. The emphasis is on German beers (and with the atmospheric surroundings, what else would you want to drink?), but the bottled beer list covers the world.
10-18-2003 03:39:31 |
More by saltydog
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love to read the remarks about the location of Killmeyer's and the comments about Staten Island. Yes, I reside in the forgotten borough and around 5 minutes from this authentic German restaurant.
The atmosphere is great. Walk in and it is like you are halfway around the world. From the 100 year old bar to the tin ceiling to the outdoor beer garden, this place is the real deal.
Food is very good, all German fare. The smoked pork chops is my entree of choice.
Very nice selection of beers. Around 10 beers are usually on draft, most of which are German. The bottled list is mostly German as well but a nice amount of countries are represented. They could have a better selection of American beers, but hey this is an Old Bavarian Inn.
09-24-2006 04:36:35 |
More by Lupe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Another astonishing German restaurant with an amazing selection. I come by this place every chance I get. An extremely comprehensive list of beers that it takes me forever to pick one. If your looking for authentic German cuisine this is definitely the place to come to. Food is amazing. In the summer the biergarten in the back opens up and they have another bar and a live band on the weekends. Just a great time for anyone. If your on the Island you must stop by at least for a beer. You won't regret it.
03-05-2013 02:45:32 |
More by Mr27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
If you live on SI, dont bother read anymore, JUST GO!
Just got home from there; first off, if you coming to Staten Island, the place is atypically in the boondocks, even for State Island.
There is not much more I can say than what is said below but I will reinforce it. This is a real Bavarian Experience! The beer list was too long for me to read, I finished the two page sheet of small print and thought wheres the German beer? Then I saw that the German Beer was another few pages. The food was great; the pricing is ok as long as you are going out to dine. The pricing for beer was at normal prices for most of the beers. After dinner we moved over to arm chairs by a fire place and ordered another beer.
If you are coming to Staten Island for beer this place is a must is worth the road trip! (I guess if you normally drive its not that bad, I normally walk or use public transport, which is not feasible where Killmeyers is located)
If you live on SI, dotn bother read anymore, JUST GO!
04-21-2007 04:45:51 |
More by UkiPiper
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite places to meet friends and have a few good beers. The food is excellent and served in nice sized portions.
Great selection of beer, with the emphasis on German styles (what else?) from 5-6 (?) taps and many bottles.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff behind the bar in the dining room and in the kitchen.
There's live entertainment on weekends and in warmer weather, the outdoor beer garden is a great place to be.
As someone who frequented the place in it's earlier incarnation (The Century Inn, anyone?), I find the current layout is more patron friendly, without disrupting the "homey" charm. Check out the beautiful, hand carved wooden back bar. The remote location of Killmeyers, close to the tail end of Staten Island just adds to it's appeal.
03-11-2009 16:24:16 |
More by MRM45
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a great bar; being from Bayonne NJ, it's a 10 minute ride for me. I found out about this place from an old coaster in another bar. I know this area of Staten Island is off the beaten track for most folks from the City but it is definately worth the trip. On sundays they have a real oompah band and usually a pig roast during the week(call ahead for dates). The beer selection isn't a lot on tap but there is usally a good Pils and a bock or two on tap; bottle-wise you have a wide selection of german & Brooklyn brewery types. All in all, this is a great place to while away an afternoon.
10-02-2006 04:58:30 |
More by Hondo1
Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn in Staten Island, NY
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