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German, Bar, European, Grill, Pub
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0.2 miles from Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum)
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All reviews great atmosphere life size typical bar alter markt the pub tuesday night christmas market opening hours are twin brother the river jukebox puppets technical beer kolsch gaffel rhine
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Reviewed March 3, 2020

While we were visiting the Christmas Markets in Cologne we stopped into Papa Joe's Kilmperkasten for a pint and to check out their "life size" human jukebox. The place was crowded so ended up sitting at the bar for the best view. Service was efficient,...but not overly friendly by any means. The life size human jukebox was amazing! A little creepy, but definitely entertaining - the one guy even sits and stands up?!? There are several other types of jukebox music machines throughout the pub and even a puppet that you can pay to laugh at your jokes - no joke!?! The bathrooms are also worth a visit with all the vintage "nudie" posters on the wall. We didn't eat anything there, but defiantly worth a quick trip and a drink just to see these amazing music makers.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

The decoration is really worth seeing, you’ll travel through time in this original place full of music and art. The waiter was really friendly and spoke English perfectly. It’s a lovely place to have a drink in Cologne.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed January 14, 2020 via mobile

They had five free table upstairs. I've asked if we can sit there and they said yes. But when the waiter found out the we are "only three persons" he told that we can't sit here. The rest of tables were occupied so we just...left them. No "sorry" or "you can wait or sit here". Just total ignore for us. The worst service I've faced on this lovely city:(More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 13, 2020 via mobile

Extremely rude staff. We moved several times from table to table even after they had already seated us. A shame because the place itself seemed interesting.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 13, 2020

Had a great time here, lots of quirky things to see and lots of drink choices. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed January 1, 2020 via mobile

Been visiting Papa Joe's for years now,without a shadow of a doubt one of my favourite pubs in Cologne, a pub your guaranteed to have a good time. I love the look of this pub ,the interior is pure theatre,innumerable paintings adorn the walls and...ceilings, all manner of bric a brac are festooned all over the walls of the bar,there's a solid wood serving bar that dominates the main room and it has the famous mechanical band belting out cheerful tunes all day,its just a cool bar to chill out in. My twin brother Stephen and I were here on a Tuesday night, bar was heaving with a great atmosphere, we got a Gaffel Kölsch beer each,these were served in excellent condition being iced cold and sparkling and we just chilled out and took in the great vibe in this busy and popular bar. Cologne is justifiably famous for its amazing range of Kölsch beers and Gaffel Kölsch beer is one of the most prevalent in this city on the River Rhine, it's a light and hoppy beer,bursting with taste,very easy to drink,a beer style both myself and my twin brother Stephen are particularly fond of. We really enjoyed our beers in here and the great vibe so much so that we ended up staying for another beer each before we moved on to the Christmas market and as on every other visit we had a wonderful time. Opening hours are; Monday to Sunday, 11am till 3am. Papa Joe's is easy to locate just off Alter Markt on a street called Buttermarkt. A great bar,one I highly recommend you visit if your in the great city of Cologne.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 20, 2019

Not good, Erik was verry grumpy and was pretty angry all the time. Didn't feel welcome over there. Beer wasn't oke. The place looked verry Nice though, really classic. Liked that. Buy Erik ruined everything, could not handle a single joke. I do not reccomment...to visit this place.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 12, 2019 via mobile

This appears to be a local cologne bar!! Great atmosphere and the puppets playing local music - it’s a lovely feel place for a beer!!

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 9, 2019

We had been to several pubs for drinks and everywhere else we got a small glass of beer, in Cologne you drink beer in small glasses, we ordered two Kolsch and were brought double size glasses which we didnt want. The waiter wanted to give...us "tourist" portions.!!! This pub is not a typical bar that locals would frequent, more for visitors to the city. There is another pub called Papa Joes not far from this one which has live jazz bands which is more to my taste.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 5, 2019

Stopped in for dinner without reading reviews. Big mistake. Lots of towel-whipping and butt-grabbing between staff, while they weren't waiting tables. Servers could not have been less interested in taking orders and serving. Tables and floor were super sticky. Waitress had time to pop out...for a smoke during our meal, but no time to ask if we were ok. Disappointing.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Papa Joe's Klimperkasten is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5