Friday, August 7, 2009

Miami Beach Beer Boots

The other night I was watching a baseball game at Finnegan's on Lincoln Road with a friend and we started to get hungry and wander Lincoln for a bite to eat. It was REALLY busy for a Sunday night and we walked up and down and finally came back and settled on the wonderful Hofbräu Beerhall. I think it's on the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson - not exactly sure. This is a great place to go and people watch. The food is really good if you're into sausages, potatoes and sauerkraut. And they have a good selection of beers. Some of them come on the small side (a half liter) while others are on the larger side (enourmous mugs of frosty ale and boots filled to the brim! Someone told me they were two gallon boots? I'm not sure but they're huge!). Everytime I've been here it's been on the quiet side, but this past weekend it was loud and fantastic.
The group at the table next to us, after they had finished their boots, started to try them on. It was hilarious, although the server did not think putting the glass boots on their feet was all that funny. They were all encouraging me to try a boot but I had to decline. It was getting late and work beckoned the next day. There was an Englishman drinking a boot alone. He was wearing a Decendents shirt, which drew my attention to him, since I rarely see them in Miami and used to listen to them all the time back in the early days. Most of my photos from the evening came out a bit dark but I managed to get a couple:
The English Descendents man with boot.
Our neighbor avec le boot (you can see the glass if you look really closely).
Looking through my mug and the lights of Lincoln Road.

5 comments:

Rick said...

A friend and I tried drinking beer at one of those outside tables a couple months back and they said we had to order food in order to sit outside so we ordered $4.00 of potato pancakes to munch on.

It wasn't enough, the server told us. So we left. I won't go back.

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Sinfonian said...
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Sinfonian said...

Wow -- I didn't have the problem Rick had at all. I had no problem drinking outside there with a couple of friends without buying food. Of course, that was a couple of years ago, and maybe we didn't have a jerk for a server ...

In related news, though, my girlfriend and I had a blast at the Hofbräu (same company/chain) in Panama City last weekend. At least, as far as I can remember .... ;)

Christina said...

That sucks Rick! That's the perfect example of the crappy service Miami Beach is known for. Sadly, had you guys been two girls, then you would have had no problem.

I think Sinfonian is right, I think you just had an asshole server. It doesn't benefit the restaurant to not fill tables when it's outdoor dining.

Paola said...

You are wrong Rick... you can to drink a beer, but for this is the bar area inside, out side is the restaurant area... if is not busy is not problem just drink out side, but when the restaurant is busy you need to be in the area assigned for drink...