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Sonne, One of a Dying Breed

Posted in Good Places to go on April 2, 2008 by craigherbertson

Two rooms. The first with a small bar, kicker (table football) darts and a wooden floor. The second, an old out-of-tune piano, a ceiling with signatures and a small dilapidated stage. Go to the toilets and on the way there are posters on the wall advertising music, mostly Irish folk.

This club has seen many of the great names of Scottish and Irish Folk and will hopefully see many more. It’s going to see me on Friday and I will be looking up at the ceiling at some of the crabbed signatures and quips from the legends.

Still runs a session, now quite hard to find in Germany.

Cherish these places.


Shamrockstr. 121
44623 Herne, Germany
+49 2323 52673

Irish Bars on the Edge

Posted in Good Places to go with tags , , , , , , , on February 4, 2008 by craigherbertson

These Irish bars are off the beaten track but well worth a visit. I have a personal bias of course, as I play in them occasionally.

The Druid’s Chair, Alzey is a new pub, next to the railway station, run by an ex musician, Juergen, and his lovely lady. Juergen has a sound appreciation of good music and there’s always something cool on the jukebox if not on the live stage. The guiness is also good because the taps are so short. Worth a visit.

The Blackwater, Winterberg is a fantastic bar,  run by Dan and his lovely wife. The reason I like this place so much is that it has been designed by a genius. Everything is accessible, intimate, friendly but you can still see the footie on the big screen or the live musicians from every chair. Dan is a perfectionist who has stamped his personality on the pub. Food’s good, beer’s good, atmosphere on a Saturday night is electric.

Celtic Inn, Burgdorf is one of the unsung greats of German pubs. Its actually not an Irish bar but, as Geoff points out, there are more celts than meet the eye. Good food, regular live music, intimate and friendly. If you go, come prepared to support Hannover as they’re rarely off the big screen on a Saturday.

Since writing this the Celtic Inn has closed down. sad stuff as it was a nice friendly bar. I should add this bar

Finnegan`s Irish Pup Jörg Stoppel
Bellerslohstraße 12
58452 Witten, Germany
0171 9531333 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0171 9531333

One of my favourites in Germany. lovely, friendly staff, good food, live music and the Guinness is top.
Craig Herbertson

Another goodie and quite new is Mulenhems Inn in Muleheim an der Rhur. The food is fantastic, with a well stocked larder of crisps and chocolate and all things for the English speaker. The Guinness is good and the customers are a friendly bunch. The website is here

The Druid’s Chair – Irish Pub Alzey:
Inhaber: Jürgen Reinhard
Bahnhofstrasse 21

The Blackwater Irish Pub
Come in and experience a
taste of Ireland in Winterberg.

Nuhnestr. 2, 59955 Winterberg
Telefon: (0 29 81) 899539 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (0 29 81) 899539      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

D-55232 Alzey

Tel.: (06731) 54 75 080

The Celtic Inn
Kleine Bahnhofstraße 12
31303 Burgdorf
Tel. 05136/9717298