The Bierkeller is part of a major bar complex that also includes Parkrow and Shooters. It promises an authentic Bavarian experience. I think “authentic” and “strereotypical” are synonyms in their dictionary.
Everything about this place is a cheesy stereotype of German culture: beer is served by the stein (which to drink from you need to pay a £4 deposit and agree to a scary list of terms), there’s a menu featuring currywurst and schnitzel, and there’s even regular oompah music. Yeah.
Much as we might have wanted to give this place a low rating for everything, it actually scores pretty well on the beer front. They have many different kinds of German beer (yes, serveral varieties of weiße and dunkel included) as well as a reasonable selection of Belgian bottles (including La Chouffe). Even their “Hausbier” is passable and much more interesting than a bland generic lager. There are no casks but they’re genuinely happy to go upstairs to Parkrow and get you a pint from theirs(!)
Sadly, the good beer is where the good stuff ends. We made the mistake of eating and we got served completely the wrong food, overcooked and cold. The drinks menu extends to include Jägermeister (on tap) and stein cocktails. The giant picnic tables are clearly encouraging people to dance on them, although there are signs everywhere warning people that this is unacceptable. Honest. The clientèle here are primarily an extension of the Greek Street suited crowd, as well as big parties of people and a few people who really like getting their beer served a litre at a time.
If you really really like German beer, oompah music or drunken meat-markets you might be able to see past its faults and have a good time at Bierkeller. Otherwise I’d recommend saying auf wiedersehn to this one.