Kardinal Hall in Charlottesville

Eat Pretzels & Drink Beer at Kardinal Hall

In Things To Do In Charlottesville by Tammy Brown

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For a modern take on an Alpine-style beer garden that serves up a variety of German beer and food. Kardinal Hall is a fitting name, as the restaurant is spacious, with indoor and outdoor seating areas. The restaurant and beer hall is located in the old Coca-Cola building downtown. Built in 1939, the brick building adds a historic charm to the restaurant. Kardinal Hall is a great spot to grab a beer after work, hang out with friends, or enjoy a meal with family.  With board games, bocce courts, and a ping pong table, you can have fun with friends or keep the kids entertained.

What’s on the Menu?

With an emphasis on using fresh, local ingredients, Kardinal Hall’s menu features classic German food with a twist. If you’re craving something salty, try the Belgian fries, which are hand-cut and tossed in sea salt and garlic. The Bavarian pretzels are made fresh daily and can be topped with an Obatzda Cheese Spread. There’s even poutine on the menu, which a Canadian dish of Belgian fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. Try house-cranked sausages such as Bratwurst, Kielbasa, and Kasekrainer. Choose two toppings with choices including caramelized onions, sweet peppers, hot peppers, sauerkraut, or a sunny side up local egg.

Heartier meals include a house-smoked chicken salad sandwich, a Fontina-based mac and cheese, and smoked chicken. Plus, they’ve got kid-friendly options like a grilled-cheese sandwich or a frankfurter. They’ve got a great brunch menu as well if you go on Sunday.

On the Bar

Kardinal Hall offers a wide variety of German beer along with local craft beer and kombucha, many of which are available in to-go growlers. There’s also an extensive wine list, with wine on draft, whites, reds, sparkling and dessert wine. Whether you need a sweeter wine to pair with the spicy sausage or a bold red to go with a nice steak, you can find a nice wine to accompany any meal. For the more adventurous, try one of the house cocktails or a boilermaker, a beer cocktail.

Happy Times at Kardinal Hall

Kardinal Hall’s version of happy hour is called “Happy Times,” which are Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  During the week, the specials are $1 off pints and $2 off liters of beer. For wine, you can get $1 off a glass or $5 off a bottle. You can also grab a jumbo pretzel for $6, which comes with house-made spicy mustard. Saturday and Sunday’s happy hour is geared more toward morning beverages such as a Bloody Mary, Prosecco Mimosa, or a glass of hot, mulled wine when it’s colder out.

Whether you’re coming for a drink after work or with your whole family, Kardinal Hall is guaranteed to be a good time.

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