May 11, 2018
Meaning Old Town in German, Altstadt is a Bavarian-style beer hall, part of a new wave of opening on Pioneer Square. The brainchild of Bainbridge Island chef Brendan McGill, it’s a simple, warm, convivial venue filled with long communal wooden tables and benches. The walls are of bare brick interspersed, with wooden beams, and there’s an old fashioned cast iron wood-burning fireplace on one side of the room, Munich mixed with a dash of Seattle. It’s a great space for quaffing German brews and there are over 20 to choose from as well as an array of beers from Washington and Oregon. They also stock a decent range of wines including mulled wine, ideal on a winter evening, warming and nicely spiced. They even run to a short selection of cocktails, a range of drinks made with a focus on local spirits. On the food front, think hearty central-European fare: pretzels with mustard sauce and various wursts (including that Berlin street food staple and excellent beer soaker-upper, the curry-wurst). There is pumpernickel and poppy seed cake, the obligatory schnitzel, and fondue, thick and rich with molten cheese and beer.