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Since June 2011, Calgary’s first beer hall, Wurst, has celebrated the Bavarian tradition of the location’s former landmark, Franzl’s Gasthaus – providing an opportunity for both diners and drinkers to enjoy an authentic German experience. According to owner Dom Caracciolo, the history behind the iconic space in the 1960s and 70s inspired the restaurant’s current concept.

“It was really something different and unique at that time – before we opened, there was very little representation of that kind of authentic beer hall,” he says. “There’s tradition here that just can’t be matched at any of the beer halls that have opened since.”

Wurst draws on influences from a variety of German restaurants and beer halls from around the world, as well as other bars and eateries that cater to what Dom refers to as the “Oktoberfest vibe.” While the menu has been tailored and revamped over the years to keep up with changing economic trends, Dom says Wurst is still just about having fun, eating good food and, of course, drinking from Das Boot. “If we were a city of three or four million people, we could have kept our concept tighter – but how many times do people want to eat schnitzel or Bavarian chicken wings?” Dom says. “We’ve expanded a bit to add more variety while staying true to the spirit of this venue.”

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    I was initially refused a 7:00 pm reservation as the complaint was they could not get a second seating from that table. They prefer we arrive either at 6:30 or 8:30. I was shocked at this and was about to simply hang up when they said they would seat us at the requested time. Upon arrival our party of 5 was crammed in at a table for four, the music so loud in the dining room we had to shout at our waitress and eachother. The service was very good but the food utterly tasteless, salt and pepper that we added to our own dishes constituted the only flavor. The oompah band that was apparently to stroll through the diners made a brief and disjointed apprearance, centering solely on a single table but seemingly unable to play the song in unison. One member of the band seemed lost as afterwards he was wandering through the dining room with his finger periodically cleaning out his nose. This has been the most disappointing dining experience of my life. The hostess is rude, the food overpriced and tasteless, and neither I nor any member of my party will ever go back. Wurst, you are an embarrassment.

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    Loved the selection of beers and ok service

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