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Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel
Active Beers: 1
Beer Ratings: 39
Beer Avg: 4.11
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +49 211 828955
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | $$
Take a nap, wake up, back to drinking. Zum Schlussel was already busy at 6pm, and its patio on the street was full despite the high-40s temperature. There's a "U" shaped bar which you confront first before seating is divided into two sections. It's brighter inside, clean, and buzzing with activity, so it was a bit of a victory to find a table for myself.
Zum Schlussel is like Howard Johnson's Ice Cream Parlor from the movie "Blazing Saddles", they ony serve one flavor. That flavor would be the altbier, but it's a damn good one. In Dusseldorf tradition, they bring you your alt in tiny 200 ml glasses the moment you sit down and repeat to replace any empty glasses until you tell them to stop (I can't stress this enough to those who don't know the system). Yes, there is food available, but I wasn't ready yet.
In a city filled with good competition, Schlussel manages to stay right in the pack. Add it your visit list.
05-08-2013 15:12:05 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Zum Schlüssel is right on the main strip in the Düsseldorf Altstadt: Bolkerstraße, or the longest bar in the world. Has more of tavern feel than a beer hall feel. Many different rooms for sitting/standing, smoking/non-smoking.
The only beer there is Altbier, served in 25cl glasses, €1,70 each. The Kobes (waiters) bring you the beer and notch your coaster with how many you've had. It's quite easy to drink several glasses of Schlüssel Alt, as it is probably the most balanced Alt out of all the city's brewpubs. You can get bottles to go if you're lucky and they have some in the fridge.
Even though Schlüssel pours what is probably my favorite Alt, the service here can be piss poor. Some of the Kobes are real assholes to outsiders, and they don't apologize for it. When I wanted to pay for a few beers, the waiter rounded up to the next Euro (extra 60 cents or so), essentially giving himself the customary German round-up tip. Thing was, he sucked and didn't even deserve 2 cents! Another time one of the Kobes brought us 10 glasses when we had clearly ordered 6. He didn't seem to care, but did throw back one of the glasses on the spot (!) and gave us 9, so a few of us had two rounds in one. But this guy was also a huge dick.
A shame that this place has the best beer in the city and yet a bunch of bastards for Kobes. Maybe I should have tried acting like a jerk to them in return!
01-16-2011 23:34:11 |
More by dasenebler
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped here with some colleagues while in town for a trade show. We were looking for authentic German fare plus something representative of the local beer and this place nailed it.
To start with this place is a lot bigger than it looks on the outside. It was a chilly fall evening and there were people standing and drinking at tables on the sidewalk in front, so we figured the place was packed. We checked any way by looking inside and the room did looked packed. Walking through we found that the place went on and on, and there were rooms in back that were completely empty. My advice is don't turn away if this place looks too busy at first glance.
The only beer available is the house alt, not bad but not really all that impressive a style to me. Still I like to drink the local stuff. The food was VERY good, everything was extremely well presented and tasted perfect. Cost is so low for this type of luxury, I'd eat at a place like this twice a week if I lived here.
10-28-2010 05:12:07 |
More by TurdFurgison
United Kingdom (Scotland)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Zum Schussel numerous times but had a recent visit this first weekend in July 09/07/2010.
Being the height of summer, 95% of people were outside at the stand up pine tables lining Bolkerstrasse and also the old church courtyard across the street with picnic benches/umbrellas.
This meant it being easy to find a seat inside and also great service since as the Kobes went outside to serve, we could catch the eye and get served first!
Its a traditional mahogany furnished/ terracotta floor tiled brewpub with a central horseshoe-like bar as you walk in where trays of alt flow from the wooden barrels.
It seems to go forever as you walk through, into small alcoves and other rooms.
Quality of the beer is superb, those barrels dont last long!
They only serve one type of beer - Zum Schlussel alt, but when in Dusseldorf, why would you want to drink anything else?
Didnt eat food here, but menu was extensive with traditional wurst fare, along with rhineland specialties and smaller plates of leberwurst, gouda cheese, rye bread rolls etc.
I found the Kobes to be very friendly in Zum Schlussel and had eagle eyes for when your glass was empty.
A must on the Altstadt pub walk!
07-15-2010 09:43:42 |
More by seanyfo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
Review from notes:
I visited this place on a recent trip to Dusseldorf during the first week in June.
The selection consists of Alt bier, but that is normal for Dusseldorf. Their beer was malty and flavorful. I ate outside, and the service was good despite a short torrential downpour. I had authentic Rheinish Sauerbraten (a beef roast that is marinated for several days) that was good, though not the best in town. The atmosphere is typical of the breweries in the Altstadt (Old Town) area of Dusseldorf, with outdoor tables with umbrellas. They also take over the courtyard of a nearby church at night to extend their cafe area.
06-26-2008 02:57:52 |
More by AmorousAngel
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I stopped here on our recent European trip. We stopped here initially for an altbier on one of the stand-up outdoor tables on the shopping row in the altstadt - right across the street is beautiful looking church with a tall bell tower. Inside is a wonderful cozy bar/restaurant with incredible brickwork and wooden tables and chair. In the very back is a brewroom behind glass where we saw a brewer tending to the kettles. Somehow I think this room was just for show - perhaps there's a larger brewery behind - but still very cool. After a night of drinking altbier all over the altstadt, we stopped back here because it had the best food menu. Perhaps it was the time or the waiter, but we had incredibly good service - very fast too - and the food was great. I highly recommend this as a stop for the beer tourist in Dusseldorf.
08-07-2007 01:33:11 |
More by scoobybrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Zum Schlüssel was my first stop on my Friday night in Düsseldorf where I could get some dinner before beginning my night of altbier drinking in earnest.
It is a very large brewpub and restaurant in the altstadt part of town, and on this Friday night in November it was bustling. The front part of the establishment is more of a pub or tavern, while the middle and rear sections are more of a restaurant. The place is decorated traditionally, with red tile floor, pine wood tables and chairs, and yellow walls and archways. Brass brewing kettles are visible in the rear behind glass.
Like many places in Düsseldort, Zum Schlüssel only serves one (or two?) beer(s). I tried the albier and was not dissappointed by its brown, malty goodness. Of course these altbiers are served in the traditional glass, and the fact that there is only one beer makes it easy to order a refill as you just get the waitress' attention and point to your glass.
The food menu was fairly extensive, and an English version of the menu was provided, though I noted that the English and German menus did not list exactly the same items. So, it is worth looking at both. I had one of the dinner specials, which was a kind of stew cooked with the altbier. Mmm, very tasty. The service was good and efficient, and the waitress squeezed me into a table that was marked as reserved an hour later. I shared my table with a couple of other tourists who kept to themselves.
If you are visiting Düsseldorf for an altbier tour, you really must stop here at least for the beer, but consider a meal while you are at it.
02-09-2005 09:00:37 |
More by UncleJimbo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
"This was my first stop enroute from Berlin to Brussels was Düsseldorf. I decided, since it was on the way, why not try an authentic Altbier. Well I only had time to really stop at one of the small Altbier microbreweries in the old town. With map in hand and my trusty Michael Jackson's Pocket Guide to Beer I was able to track down a couple of breweries with only a wrong turn or two. The first place that I found was Im Füchsen (The Fox), unfortunately it was so crowded that I decided to walk the few blocks to the next alt brewery in the guide. Zum Schlüssel (The Key) was not quite so busy on that early Friday night, though definitely healthily so. Zum Schlüssel was a nice rambling pub with much of the brewery equipment visible from the various rooms. In the room that I settled in there were 5-foot tall tables that were a standing relief after the hours I had spent in the car (a few minor traffic jams extended the drive a bit).
As if reading my mind, a waiter quickly arrived and handed me a beer, with no prompting what so ever. I have tasted a few renditions of Altbier in the states and thought it was a fairly tasty brew but nothing incredible about it, i.e. I did not go out of my way to purchase American made Altbier. Now I do not know if it was the long drive or what, but that first smell and taste was absolutely stunning.
It was definitely up there with one of the best beers that I have ever had. I was definitely not expecting this taste experience. It was malty sweet and there was a definite fruitiness brought on by a combination of the hops and malt. The hop aroma and flavor was what really blew me away. You could tell that this was a fresh beer. The color was a good solid brilliantly clear red. During my meal there (a tasty plate of weisswurst, honey mustard, mashed potatoes and sour kraut) anytime my 25 cl of Altbier ran dry it was promptly replaced by another delicious glass. The glasses that Altbier is served in are small (25 cl) straight sided and thin. All in all the break was quite efficient and tasty to boot."
11-04-2003 19:57:18 |
More by Gueuzedude
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5
As you walk in the door there is a bar area with no stools but you could probably stand and drink there. But this area was primarily used for tapping the wooden kegs,pouring the beer into the small alt beer glasses, and was busy with servers picking up trays of beers for their customers. To the right was a small room that had about 6 or 7 standing height tables with some bar stools at some of the tables. Atmosphere was light and airy with plenty of room to move about. The server had a incredible knack for knowing when you needed another beer and you never had an empty glass. They would keep track of how many beers you had by making tick marks on your coaster in pencil. On the way back to bathroom you notice how big this place is. There were at least a dozen rooms and had at least 100 tables in the whole place. From the street it doesn't look that big, but once you get inside it was huge.
10-04-2002 07:17:28 |
More by Longstaff
Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel in Düsseldorf, Germany