Editors' pick

Happy Hour at Cafe Mozart

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Editorial Review

The deals: $5.65 half-liters of beer (regularly $7.75); $9.95 liters of beer (regularly $13.75).

When: Tuesdays from 4 to 9.

Cafe Mozart's bar is a nondescript hideout tucked in the back of a German deli, a bar I enjoy because it's so unhip and because, although Oktoberfest is more than five months away, I can still order a beer as big as my head.

On Tuesdays, three German draft beers come in two sizes: half-liters, which are roughly 16.9 ounces, and liters, which check in at a whopping 33.8 ounces and are served in the weighty, dimpled glasses that are a familiar sight in Munich.

Bartender Greg Brooks, a fixture at Mozart for more than 12 years, serves beers and bowls of bar mix (cheese crackers, pretzels and various nuts). For something more solid, try the bar menu's sausage sampler, featuring several kinds of wurst, or a plate of potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce.

Completing the atmosphere is the one-named Sylvia, a strolling accordion player who works the restaurant as well as the bar. Have a few glasses of the delicious seasonal Hofbrau Maibock beer and you'll find yourself singing along.

-- Fritz Hahn (April 11, 2008)