Nicegeist: Brand-new Biergarten in Hayes Valley is kind of like Zeitgeist but a little more nice

They have authentic German-style picnic tables instead of big dumb American picnic tables, which is nice. The bathrooms are really nice, which is nice. Beer comes in big ol’ steins (or little steins if you’re a pussy), which is nice. The horseradish is some of the best we’ve ever had, which is nice.

It’s nice during the day, and it’s nice after dark:

Overall it’s pretty nice.

Just a couple of problems:

  1. Discrimination. On the way out, the gatekeeper offered to remove our wristbands. I was in a hurry so I said no thanks, and then he shouted after me, “Just don’t throw ‘em on the ground around here. You can throw ‘em on the ground when you get back to the Mission.” What! How’d he know?
  2. Pronunciation. Nobody seemed to know how to pronounce “Suppenküche” (the name of Biergarten’s parent company) right. Here’s how you don’t do it:
  3. How not to pronounce ‘Suppenküche’ by Allan Hough

  4. Violence. See for yourself:

But overall it’s pretty nice.

[All media in this post produced by Vic Wong.]

30 Responses to “Nicegeist: Brand-new Biergarten in Hayes Valley is kind of like Zeitgeist but a little more nice”

  1. Chaunce C. Graves says:

    Wristbands? does that mean they let under 21 year olds in? Is that nice too? The chainlink fence adds to which part of the Germanic aesthetic?

  2. Crutcher says:

    Where is the Biergarten? Cross streets?

  3. The Tens says:

    I bet they even frown upon people smoking weed in there. Occupy Biergarten.

  4. NOT NICE says:

    Here’s hoping the ‘nicer’ half the zeitgeist crowd makes an exodus to ‘nicer’ environs, losing their forearm hair to those shite wristbands.

  5. tack says:

    I like the “nicegeist” moniker. I had been leaning towards “disneygeist” but this will do fine.

  6. scum says:


  7. benson says:

    do they have das boot?

  8. Ken says:

    or maybe Whitegeist? (not that ZG is particularly diverse)

  9. somelady says:

    For correct pronunciation of Suppenküche (so we don’t offend the delicate sensibilities of dude above whom I HIGHLY doubt speaks fluent German):

    • Some Jerk says:

      *who* I highly doubt speaks fluent German.

      • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

        Wait, really? The rules we were always taught were “WHO does WHAT to WHOM”. So if “Some lady” is the WHO doing the Doubting (the “What”) to the “dude above” would be the “whom”, no?

        • Yerf says:

          All you have to do is substitute “him” or “her” for “whom” and see if the sentence still makes sense.

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            Ahh, so you’re saying that the “some dude” is the WHO doing WHAT (speaking fluent german) to WHOM (the rest of us) in this scenario?

        • Some Jerk says:

          You use “who” or “whom” for the subject or object, respectively. In this case, “who I highly doubt speaks fluent German” is a separate clause in which “who” (referring to “dude”) is the subject and “German” is the object.

  10. Olu says:

    Hayes Valley, what if I forgot where I left my bros? Two questions. Can you smoke there? Are flip flops mandatory?

  11. gerard says:

    and when do they do this!? i wanna be part of it.

  12. Laughing says:

    Yeah, Yeah, its not in the mission. White people, yuppies, and that other shit. Oh wait, all the people commenting here are whit and future yuppies. hipsters are the new yuppie.

  13. Spv says:

    Hipsters need an education before they become yuppies

  14. TC says:

    Someday, white people will rule the world.