Lorely Beer Garden Celebrates its 20th Birthday

by Bobby Weiss
November 12, 2023

Loreley Restaurant & Beer Garden, one of NYC’s pioneering beer gardens, opened in 2003 and is still going strong 20 years later. Modeled after the Brauhauses in Cologne, Germany, Loreley was the first of its kind focusing on German beers. The restaurant boasts one of the largest heated outdoor beer gardens in the city, and in addition to German and craft beers, offers cocktails, wines and spirits as well. The extensive menu of beer-friendly dishes features giant pretzels paired with warm beer cheese dip; grilled Sausage Party platters; schnitzels, cheesy spaetzle with bacon; burgers and more. Loreley also offers one of NYC’s best happy hours: Mon – Tues 5pm – 10pm, Wed – Thurs 5pm – 7pm, weekends 12pm – 4pm and Sunday also 7pm – 10pm with $5 craft cans, $2 off seasonal craft beers, $2 off wines by the glass plus $15 liter steins and $25 select wines by the bottle.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Loreley owner Doug Jacobson has partnered with Brooklyn’s KCBC for an anniversary limited run Loreley Kölsch beer available only this month. Kölsch style beer – bright, light and refreshing – originated in Cologne (Köln), Germany and is a signature beer for Loreley, which is modeled after the brauhauses (brewhouses) of Cologne and has served Kölsch since opening. There will also be One Pound Mega Pretzels to celebrate the thousands and thousands of pretzels that they’ve served throughout the years – best enjoyed with the signature Beer, Bacon & Cheese Dip, made with Radeberger beer, cheddar, gouda, bacon, onions and jalapeno.

Coinciding with the anniversary, Loreley is also hosting their annual Craft Cider Festival until November 23rd. Guests can enjoy 10 different kinds of cider plus cider cocktails like Apple Cider Martinis, Pumpkin Sangria, Bourbon Hot Cider and other hot drinks like their famous Gluhwein (German mulled wine). The festival is free admission with daily happy hours.

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