Prosit, San Antonio!

Guten Tag and happy Friday, friends! It may be three months and thirty degrees away from Oktoberfest, but if you think that’s going to stop me from enjoying some bratwurst, butter noodles, and Spaten Premium Lager  on a Friday night, you are sadly mistaken. So, can one find such things in this city of breakfast tacos and micheladas?  I will answer your question with good news and bad news. First, the good news: yes, one CAN find the delicious, aforementioned German treats in San Antonio! Readers, please turn your attention to The Beethoven Männerchor Halle Und Garten, a full fledged Bier Garten in the King William District / Southtown that’s “over-flowing with German entertainment, good food, wine, and beer, and fun.” Well, that sounds great, doesn’t it? The other good news is that while you polish off more sauerkraut and spätzle than is sane to consume, you will likely find yourself enjoying the fine musical entertainment of a Gartenkonzert (translation: garden concert. Who knew!), which includes Maennerchor, Damenchor, Kinderchor, and Beethoven Concert Band performances. All the chors a human could ask for. The bad news is: nah, there’s no bad news. G-g-g-gotcha!

I paid $5 to enter and then shelled out a few bucks more for various food items (the bratwurst and butter noodles receive the highly esteemed rating of muy guten) and a pitcher (don’t worry, I shared with friends). And bring cash!! While there is an ATM at the Beethoven Männerchor Halle Und Garten, I say that fees are for CHUMPS.

You’ll need to check the calendar online before visiting to make sure that The Beethoven is open to the public on the night you plan to visit (every First Friday and most third Fridays seem to be open, with other public nights sprinkled throughout the month).  And if you’re still not convinced, you can check out their Facebook page to see pictures of happy, beautiful, people laughing and enjoying themselves.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a halle of a guten time, my recommendation is to get thee to the Beethoven. As they say in the motherland: prosit! Salud! Cheers! SEE YOU THERE.

(Check out this picture that Instagram and I took inside of The Beethoven. I did that for YOU. You’re welcome.)

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3 thoughts on “Prosit, San Antonio!

  1. Lovely blog and piece on a special place, but just a gentle correction: Germany is the Fatherland! My German bf would be horrified! : ) Keep up the good work and thanks for pointing out that SA isn’t all that boring, after all, and if you hunt a little, there’s lots to do and a lot of culture other places can only dream of!

  2. Thanks for your generous spotlight. In the four years I’ve been a non-singing member of the Maennerchor (men’s choir), I’ve greatly enjoyed the ongoing celebration of German culture and family life. All of our First Fridays and Gartenfests are family events, generously populated by moms and dads with their kids in tow. The little ones are encouraged to sing and dance from infancy, and to keep doing so through their golden years. Check out the next “Chicken Dance”. The kids range in age from 3 to 83. Family fun? You bet! Join us at the Beethoven Halle und Garten where the spirit of Fiesta has a German accent the other 50 weeks of the year. Prost! Danny McCarty

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