Bars in Munich: Pusser’s Bar, the joy of good drinks

Bars in Munich deliver service and good quality. As I am experiencing and collecting more knowledge of Munich’s bars and breweries. Today I am going to tell you something more about Pusser’s Bar in Munich.

I have visited filled beer halls, but I missed something I found here. The main thing they provide you is their special foaming beer or some other specialty. So, I decided to have a little change of hearts instead. Hence, I have visited a bar that has a lot of different cocktails on its menu. <Tasteful drinks made from dozens of juicy and tropical fruits. Some of them have attracted my attention since my first eyesight caught it.

I wanted to change for a little bit from a beer to some cocktail. I wished to feel like I am at some tropical island on vacation with my husband and our lovely dog.

A Bar’s culture

Founded in September 1974. It is located in the center of Munich. Only one minute by walk from the famous Opera and Hofbraeuhaus am Platzl.

A Pusser’s Bar is the first Classic Cocktail Bar here in Munich. It can provide plenty of adorable drinks and cocktails. It is no surprise that the Pusser’s Bar Painkiller and Old Fashioned are the two top-selling drinks. I can say that I had the privilege to try both of them. The bar has received many accolades from both the hospitality branch and from the Mixology community where Bill Deck received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in Berlin in October 2015.

Something that I liked the most from this bar is the fact that the bar itself is frequented by locals. Sure with a smattering of tourists. There is also live piano music which my husband likes to hear very much. You find this in the ‘Downstairs Room’ from every Wednesday through Saturday and reservations are recommended.

Something About the Previous History of the Bar

In the 1970s Bill Deck triggered an avalanche of bars in Germany with his idea of the first American Classic Cocktail Bar. The result can be witnessed in many cities throughout the country. Classic American Cocktails Bars were practically nonexistent in my homeland.

Bill had an arduous job establishing his idea so he had to import the necessary bar tools, juice shakers, glasses, etc. Not to mention the spirits before he could get started. It stands to reason that he also had to establish training for a whole generation of bartenders.

As you may know already, the first and the most important rule of every hospitality facility is that the customer always comes first. Keeping that on the mind, he knew that the most important is always the customers who also had to become acquainted with the classic bar culture. Apart from very few hotel bars, there were only red light establishments who you can call ‘bars’. But not even one location for sophisticated customers to have drinks in a cultivated ambiance.

Bill Deck’s pioneer work paid off and his reputation for success spread throughout the entire country.

Status of the customers have never been important

In 1977, the former Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt engaged Bill to host the government’s Summer party in the city of Bonn, Germany. This recognition meant that many VIPs and guests started visiting the Cocktail Bar. Bill was a host to all of his guests equally as no preference was given to their social or any other status.

The guests enjoy relaxing hours with top, well-mixed drinks in a cozy atmosphere.

They could feel, so as I, that Pusser’s Bar offers professional entertainment and easy and good vibes, perfect service and wonderful drinks for each individual taste, for every possible occasion.

Live music in the downstairs piano room, spicy bar snacks are distinctive marks of an authentic American bar. It is also a meeting place for quite connoisseurs of all ages and from all walks of life, famous or fameless.

Even though this bar is an institution fittingly located near others that I’ve mentioned before. It never gave up on their classic style to follow modern trends. And that’s why barflies from all over the world love this place. Certainly it will remain as is with an eye of the future.

Bar’s Tradition

Fashionable bars come and go – but Munich’s top address for true classic American bar culture and tradition will always stay the same. Since September 1974, two gentlemen and their professional team of bartenders are the guarantors for cultivated hospitality and unique atmosphere: Bill and David Deck. Father and a son, two generations of passionate barkeepers whose name is well known in the International bar scene.

As an offshoot of the legendary bar in Paris in France, Bill Deck installed ‘Harry’s New York Bar’ as the first classic cocktail bar in Munich. His tireless pioneering produced an immense bar boom all over Germany. He settled down in the middle of the Bavarian beer capital and has created an institution – one kind in style and history.

Bar’s future apprentices and their work

Many famous German barkeepers were Bill Deck’s apprentices and son David, born in December 1974, was one as well. He is in charge of the business at this very moment since 1998. David is future-oriented and devoted to the tradition of the Classic Cocktail Bar. As a man of great expertise, which deserves much respect and admiration.

After the name of the Bar was changed to Pusser’s New York Bar in 1993, the focus was even more on the origins of the old cocktail traditions which are also associated and embedded in the Royal British Navy.

Origin of Grog

In the years from 1665 to 1972, the purser distributed a daily ration of rum to the crew members of ‘Her Majesty’s ships’. Furthermore, in the sailor’s slang, the purser became ‘pusser’. The rum was called ‘Pusser’s rum’ which was diluted one day with water, sugar and lemon juice.

That’s how the first cocktail was born and the sailors called it ‘Grog’.

A Pusser’s Bar story of Rum

For more than 300 years, long before the days of Nelson and his ‘Walk of Oak’, Great Britain’s Royal Navy issued a daily lot of Pusser’s Rum onboard their ships. This tradition was one of the longest in seafaring history continuing until July 31, 1970.

Pusser’s Rum is the father of all Navy Rums and the standard by which others are measured. It is a blend of three centuries and six rums providing a full rich flavor that is unsurpassed. No flavoring is added, it is all-natural.

Pusser’s costs more to produce because it’s a pot stilled rum from whence its full, rich flavor derives. It is a higher proof as the Navy’s rum was, and consequently, the taxes on it are also substantially higher. Pusser’s Rum, the same superb blend and five West Indian rums as served on board Their Majesties for the whole three centuries.

In 1979, Charles Tobias – entrepreneur, global sailor sought to resurrect the Pusser’s Rum tradition. He obtained the rights and all the blending information from the Admira ty and formed Pusser’s Ltd. He did that on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and began bottling and selling this storied spirit in 1980 to the public for the first time (prior to then, it was restricted to the Royal Navy). British Navy Pusser’s Rum is the same Admiralty blend of five Western Indian rums as issued on board British warships and it is with the Admiralty’s blessing and approval that Pusser’s is now available to the customers.

Bahama Mama recipe

As I couldn’t resist the taste of this cocktail, I found the recipe on how it is making so I would like to share it with you as it might interest you.

The ingredients are all-natural. It contains of:

  • ½ grenadine syrup
  • ½ cup fruit-flavored rum liqueur
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • Only 1 cup coconut – flavored rum
  • 1 cup 151 proof rum
  • 7 cups shaved ice
  • 8 maraschino cherries for garnish
  • 6 orange slices for garnish

The preparations are pretty simple though; you just need to:

  1. Stir the orange juice, pineapple juice, simple syrup, coconut-flavored rum, 151 proof rum, grenadine syrup, and fruit-flavored liqueur together in a 2 – quart or larger pitcher.
  2. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  3. Place 1 cup of crushed ice in each of eight 12 – ounce glasses.
  4. Pour about 1 cup of the rum mixture into each glass.
  5. Garnish each with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

I must say that a visit at this bar was one of my dearest as I achieved to learn a whole new recipe for a cocktail that I like. It was a phenomenal experience to see how this Pusser’s bar functioning and how beautiful tradition and culture it possesses!

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