Bratislavský Meštiansky Pivovar Bratislava, Slovakia

It isn't often that I decided to go to a brewpub where I'm not excited about the beer. I did decided to do that with Bratislavský Meštiansky Pivovar, because I had read that the food was excellent. They have two locations in Bratislava and chose this one based on it being nearer the train station. We arrived on a Monday, which happened to be a holiday, around dinner time. It appeared to be busy but with plenty of open space, although closer inspection revealed many tables were reserved. We found an open table and received menus shortly after.

My schnitzel in Vienna wasn't a great experience, so I figured I'd give it another shot here. The brewery only makes two kinds of beer, a Pilsner and a Dunkel. I decided to go with the Pilsner, as I figured it would go better with my meal. They also had Erdinger Weissbier. Rock music played but not very loudly, and it was sometimes drowned out by the conversations that bounced through the air. It was comfortable and inviting, and was much more bright, clean and polished inside than I expected.

Not long after ordering our food arrived. The menu had been short on vegetarian options and my dining companion, who happens to be vegetarian, ordered a dish which made no mention of meat in the description. In true central European fashion though the dish arrived with a thoughtful sprinkling of pork chunks in its center. She wasn't too upset, and we quickly removed them to my plate. My schnitzel was delicious and the potato salad was really good as well. It paired nicely with my beer and gave me deep inner contentment. This was one of the better meals I'd had in Europe.

Bratislavský Meštiansky Pivovar is not a great beer destination. They only brew two options and while both are solidly decent, they don't warrant a trip to meet them. Despite the beer not being a draw, the food is excellent and reasonably priced. The service was good and my experience there was comfortable. If I lived in the area I would come in here and get food regularly. When life finds you in Bratislava stop here for dinner and have a beer if you are thirsty.

Overall: 7/10

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Hi, I'm Colin, I love a good hoppy IPA, but I can find immense enjoyment in a solid session beer, imperial stout, quadrupel or a nostalgic beer from my past.


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