The Best Beer Gardens In Frankfurt
Beer is an important feature of German culture and Bavaria is most well-known for its excellent summer biergartens. But the desire for outdoor evenings can be found across Germany. Usually, there are shared tables to enjoy local brews and cuisine while meeting old and new friends.
Frankfurt may be more famous for its Apfelwein (apple wine) taverns, yet it still boasts a number of impressive locations to enjoy a cold brew in the shade. (Old Sachsenhausen is the apple wine district to find rustic apple wine pubs, narrow lanes and historical timber-frame houses.)
Do note, not all beer gardens remain open all year round, but you can find relaxing outdoor seating for drinking and dining from March to late September.
1. DAUTH SCHNEIDER
Dauth Schneider is in Sachsenhausen and has a great atmosphere both inside and out. Drinks are served from classic earthenware pitchers with etched glasses and it doesn't matter if you choose apple wine or beer. The large outdoor area has wooden benches and long tables with large parasols to protect you from sun or rain.
While the family who ran the tavern for 150 years have sold it on, the current owners have revitalised the menu with seasonal specials. Everything is reasonably priced and the restaurant remains popular with locals and visitors.
2. APFELWEIN SOLZER
The Apfelwein Solzer tavern is one of the largest in the Bornheim quarter and produces this local cider-type beverage every day to its own secret recipe. It dates back to the 16th century although the Solzer family took over in 1893.
It has kept its traditional atmosphere "Alt-Bornheimer Gemütlichkeit" (local cosy-feel) even with the large beer garden. Come hungry as the meal sizes are always generous and the desserts are recommended too.
3. SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN
Founded in 1886, Schöne Müllerin is one of the oldest cider houses in Frankfurt. Located not far from the city zoo, this smaller tavern has a more local atmosphere. The outdoor area has long wooden tables and benches to share with greenery added to soften the space. Usually, less crowded than other taverns and beer gardens, this is a great place to enjoy traditional Apfelwein from a Bembel – the attractive blue-painted jugs that keep the wine cool.
Hausbar is mostly used for parties and events but it's worth knowing about as it's in a lovely location in the heart of Frankfurt, at the start of the Zeil. Yes, the building is a former outhouse but it is beautifully renovated with wooden beams and ceiling.
The outdoor seating is folding garden chairs and deckchairs and you can soon relax and imagine this is your garden. Sitting outside here though feels like you are outside of the city – especially when the rabbits are spotted on the field!
5. BOOTSHAUS DREYER
For something quite different, how about having a drink on a floating beer garden? Bootshaus Dreyer is on the Main River at the Iron Footbridge on the Sachsenhausen side. It's a lovely place to see the views of the city skyline and to watch life on the river.
Edged in flowers, it's surprisingly stable with a covered area and a semi-covered parasol end for those warmer days. The beer selection is good with bottled and draught options, and the food includes Frankfurt sausages and pretty decent cake.
6. DIE APFELWEIN BOTSCHAFT
The Frankfurter Äpfelwein Botschaft (Frankfurt Cider Embassy) in Rödelheim has a cosy half-timbered dining room and a lovely apple wine/beer garden in the summer. Tables and benches are available on the patio and lawn and there are shady trees around the edge of the garden.
7. ZUM RAD
Zum Rad is a traditional apple wine bar in Seckbach with a large summer garden, a winter garden plus a restored dance hall. One of the oldest cider houses in Frankfurt with its own wine press, Zum Rad welcomes families and has a children's corner.
The summer beer garden can accommodate 350 drinkers under old chestnut trees. The range of beers is good and the food is seasonal Frankfurt specialities prepared with local ingredients.
8. BORNHEIMER RATSKELLER
Open all year round, Bornheimer Ratskeller reopened in 2018. There is an open kitchen inside and the large inner courtyard beer garden has room for 600 diners with a view of Bornheim. There are blankets available for when it gets chilly in the evening. This has become a popular spot for watching football on a big screen for important matches.
Frankfurt's old Ship Registration Office Höchst is a popular summer beer garden. From April to October, Schiffmeldestelle is a relaxing beach bar and beer garden. This is one of the few that open from lunchtime to late into the night making it the perfect spot for lounging on deckchairs with friends for the whole day. Sitting next to the River Main in the evening is also wonderfully romantic.
10. PLATZHIRSCH AM MAIN
The Platzhirsch restaurant also has a large paved beer garden on the banks of the Main. Near the Gerbermühle mill and the Ich monument, this is a family-friendly location serving decent Schnitzels and Matjesfilet (herring) plus it has a good wine selection too.
WHERE TO STAY
Being in the central Messe area, Capri by Fraser is close to both the business hubs and cultural sites. The modern serviced apartments are perfect for solo travellers and couples as you get that home-from-home feeling with excellent hotel facilities on-hand too including a 24/7 gym, all-day dining and a cocktail bar.
Written by Laura Porter - Travel Writer for Frasers Hospitality