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  1. These are some Irish Pubs in Frankfurt/Sachsenhausen, all within walking distance of one another and easily reached by S-Bahn (Lokalbahnhof), Bus 36 or 30(Affentorplatz) or trams 14, 15, 16 (Textorstrasse):


    An Sibin has live music from Wednesday through Saturday and a really good atmosphere. Employees are really nice too. Prices are 3,50 Euros for draft Pils and 4,10 Euros for Guinness, Strongbow, John Smith's etc. Standard prices for most pubs. There is no extra charge for live music, but they go around collecting tips for the musicians. You don't have to give anything of course.

    Also, they have started showing sports on a flat screen telly now . Not on weekends though, when the live music is on. And the whole place was closed down for a while for rebuilding it. Now they have an air conditioning system which keeps the smoke down a bit.

    Oh, and on Tuesdays they have Karaoke, which is always fun.

    Check it here:


    The Anglo Irish has specialized in showing sports on several screens, so there's always something to look at if you're bored. Prices are standard too.

    The service is a bit slow, but adds to the laid-backness of the whole place. Some bar staff are friendly and chatty, others are a bit strange.

    If you're into sports, this is a good place to go. You certainly can meet people any time, especially since it's quite close to the youth hostel and other hotels.



    O`Dwyer's is not one of my favourite places, as it's full of American servicemen chasing teenage girls.

    If you are a young girl, short on cash and would like to have a few drinks bought for you in exchange for some physical favours, this is a good choice. Especially since prices are high, and the beer is usually flat.




    Other Pubs:


    The most expensive pub is O'Reilly's Irish Pub across from the main train station. I haven't met anyone who likes going there, so I guess it just fills up with tourists, as all they have to do is stumble across the street once they get off the train.

    They do food here as well, and drinks prices are higher than in any other Irish pub in Frankfurt.



    Then of course there's the Foxpubs chain:

    They do food in all of these.



    Fox and Hound:

    The original first fox pub in Westend. Lots of stock brokers, people with lots of money and travellers staying in nearby hotels.

    Well, if you're into that...


    Fox and Fiddle:

    Seems to be a favourite for many people on this forum, but I find it a bit soulless and cold. If you come with your crowd, I guess it's okay. Many people come here after the cinema (the Turmpalast, which shows films in English) since it's only a few hundred yards away.


    Fox and Grapes:


    Located just off Schweizer Strasse, in Gartenstrasse, it is almost always empty when I walk past. Some regulars who live nearby.


    Prices are pretty much the same in all Fox Pubs, a bit above average. I don't like them, but make your choice.


    The MacGowan's pubs on Zeil and on Berger Strasse have been discussed enough in this forum, Zeil is usually empty.

    Berger Strasse is so small they can't fit all people in at the weekends when live music is on. They have an extra charge on each drink when the live music is on.

    they have another macgowan's pub in Bergen, but I've never been there.


  2. @ satman


    Since I am planning to install a satellite dish on my balcony, I have followed recent court decisions. You are right if we are talking about the time before this case was in the courts, but that ruling makes it a lot easier for anybody to put up a dish if they want.

    If the landlord goes spastic about the dish (max. 80 cm though!), just tell them to look at Aktenzeichen "Az.: 31 S 7699/03" of Landgericht München.


    If you understand enough German, and bureaucracy German is even harder than the normal dosis, read this link:



    For people who don't like links, here's the most important bit of that page:



    Mieter dürfen auf dem Balkon ihrer Wohnung eine Satelliten-"Schüssel" aufstellen, sofern sie auf einem Ständer steht und nicht am Mauerwerk befestigt ist. Das hat das Landgericht München I in einem bekannt gegebenen Urteil entschieden (Az.: 31 S 7699/03).


    Die Vermieterin hatte argumentiert, durch die Satellitenantenne sei der optische Gesamteindruck des Anwesens beeinträchtigt. Damit seien ihre Eigentümerrechte berührt und eine Genehmigung für die Parabolantenne nötig. Die Mieter hielten dem entgegen, dass die "Schüssel" in Größe und Aussehen einem Sonnenschirm vergleichbar sei. Die Bausubstanz sei nicht verletzt, so dass die Vermieterin nicht auf ihre Eigentumsrechte pochen könne.


    Dem folgte das Landgericht und wies die Berufung der Vermieterin gegen ein gleich lautendes Urteil des Amtsgerichts München ab. Die Richter sahen keine optische Beeinträchtigung, da die Antenne hinter der Brüstung des Balkons kaum zu erkennen sei.

    And here is the translation in best babelfish manner:



    Tenants may do one on the balcony of their dwelling satellite "Schuessel" set up, if it stands on a stand and not is fastened to the brick-work. That has the regional court Munich I in one admits given judgement decided (Az.: 31 S 7699/03). The landlady had argued, by the satellite antenna the optical general impression of the messuage was impaired. Thus their owner rights are affected and a permission for the parabolic antenna necessarily. The tenants held out that "Schuessel" in size and appearance is comparable to a sun screen. The built volumes are not hurt, so that the landlady cannot pound on her vested titles. The regional court followed that and rejected the appointment of the landlady against a directly reading judgement of the district court Munich. The judges did not see optical impairment, since the antenna behind the parapet wall of the balcony was hardly to be recognized.

    Basically what I said in my last entry ;), but funnier than I could have ever translated it.


  3. I used to rant about certain things here but after a few years and much thought and understanding things start to look different.

    I like to see both sides.


    I agree with much of what you say regarding the German TV, except the science stuff which is superb, but otherwise it is pretty poor.

    However, certain news channels are far more reliable than the BBC or CNN ... the latter being completely useless as far as honest reporting goes.

    You can always turn it off of course...or get satellite :o)



    I too used to think the only good music in the German charts came from the UK but in the last couple of years the German and UK charts have morphed into the same mush. There are a lot of really good young German bands who outstrip a lot of the cack coming out of the UK lately.

    If you haven't seen MIA live - and I stress, it MUST be LIVE - then you haven't lived. The Beatsteaks are also very good live. Of course if you can't understand German then bands like MIA are probably not for you. That's your lookout.


    But Daniel K and the Kelly Family leave me speechless. I often think these "acts" would be bottled off the stage in the UK...or worse?



    You clearly haven't read much in the way of German newspapers. Can you read German?

    "..."The Bild" it shows news that was in Brit newspapers two or three days before. It cant really call itself a newspaper as its mostly advertising German celebs and going on about murders in the US. "


    Whereas "The Sun" is intellectually stimulating and insightful?




    I would rather put my money into a solid German house which would outlast the UK pap that's whacked up these days. And they have the sense to use the underground space rather than build it on silly 6 feet footings? They tend to build their own properly but the ones they build for others can be a bit ...erm, no, I won't use that phrase...erm ..shoddy sometimes :o)



    "Unless you can actually cook your going to be eating junk food everyday here."

    Are there really people who can't cook? How sad Hahahahahahahahahaha!


    "...Unfriendly! Shop assistants ..."

    You do have a point here for sure. Unfortunately, I think this is a remnant from post war times when there was actually nothing to sell, so they simply fell out of the habit. But it's also got a lot to do with the Germans' desire not to fake emotions. I'm not saying I really like it but personally I find it preferable to the incredibly annoying "Have a nice day" culture. Service and TESCO are two of the things I miss. HIT is pretty good though. It's getting better.


    "...They never offer you a bag when you buy a ton of shopping i think they expect you to carry 10 bottles of pop half a mile down the street."

    No, they expect you to bring your own bag or buy one. It's called helping the environment.


    "...cannot queue for their lifes, will never open the door for you, and will never say thank you if you open the door or give up your seat for them."

    Not always the case, but you do have a point here.



    Far more unnerving for me than the handshaking was the staring. This is the way on the continent though, not just Germany. The checking out of your shoes etc. on the S-Bahn is v. strange but you soon find yourself doing it too??? And the direct staring into the eyes when talking. Very hard to adjust to when you were brought up in a country where you're taught that it's rude to stare. It feels very confrontational but I got used to it in the end.


    There is also the amusing way that if you interject in a conversation as one frequently would in the UK the other party will simply raise his/her voice and continue to talk over you, no matter whether you are on the ball or not. However, I think this comes from the German way of leaving the verb until the end of a sentence so you don't actually know what the sentence is about until you've heard the last word.

    Makes sense to me anyway?


    "We have Schroeder leading the biggest unemployment in Germany for decades, making taxes higher than ever, and being a total asshole."


    "His doing absolutely nothing for this country..."


    The reason Germany has such high unemployment is due to the fact that it had a rather large communist country where everyone had a job (even if it wasn't much of one) tacked onto it in 1989.

    I'd love to see how the UK would cope if it suddenly had the whole of Spain or Portugal on its books? I suspect not too well.


    The problem for Schroeder (I'm not a big fan of any politician by the way) is that whenever he tries to do something that needs to be done he gets completely blocked by the right wing parties who don't want him to get any credit for it. When this isn't happening then it's the Unions who have tremendous power here. As I work for a German company and have paid German taxes for the last six years I can see both sides. I like the cover of the unions but I can also see that if certain laws are not changed (the very ones that Schroeder has tried to change) then things will only get worse.


    I would actually gladly pay more tax on top of my 49% (this percentage includes social security and pension payments too, don't get scared :)) if it helped to maintain the current status quo rather than see things sink into a well of crime like the UK. I live in the German city with the highest crime rate but to be honest compared to the UK it's paradise.


    I have several ex-pat friends here and none of them would want to return to the UK.


    I notice you don't complain about the public transport :o)

    I also don't know why people complain about German doctors. Mine's superb.


    Anyway, I have more positive things to say about this country than bad but If I was going to rant it would be about people not looking where they are going and/or stopping at the top of escalators and in doorways to have a chat! Why do they do that?


    Anyway, I hope you get over your disgruntlement eventually. :o)


  4. been before. do you know the museumsuferfest, which ist normally on in july/august down the river? same thing as schweizerstrassenfest:


    lots of music, booze, sausage and portaloos !!

    So that's worth going, especially since beer is normally a lot cheaper than in the Irish and Brit pubs! And it's proper Pils... cheers! :wacko:

    Never seen any stuck up b*s there though... how can you be stuck up if you have to use a portaloo like everyone else ;) It's not the opera fest, after all!


  5. I order from too. The only problem I have is that the parcels always arrive really late - not because of, but because of the German customs!! They just don't like to leave post from Jersey unopened... Last year I ordered a big birthday prezzie and it was stuck in the bloody airport customs for six weeks!!! It arrived only a few weeks late for the birthday... sounded like a stupid excuse really :angry:


  6. The newest court ruling is that you can put a satellite dish on your balcony anytime even without asking your landlord, since it's no bigger than a parasol in size (or shouldn't be).

    In Kronberg I would advise an 80 cm dish, according to this link and friends' experience:


    Nothing less than 60 cm is even worth thinking about, because your picture will just go in the middle of the most interesting programme!

    What you have to consider though, is that you can't drill holes into the wall if your landlord says no, so you need a stand for a satellite dish (the new Conrad shop in Frankfurt Konstablerwache had an expensive one for 50 Euros, but you can get them for 20 Euros), and also you need a flat Koax-Kabel normally called "Fensterdurchführung" to have the cable either in the balcony door or a window.

    The last thing is the receiver, which must be digital to receive all BBC progs (TV and radio), and you may end up with a bill around 150-200 Euros in total, if you don't overspend ^_^

    But someone who lives in one of the richest towns in Hesse :P should be okay with that price.

    That link above also has info on how to hide satellite dishes (i.e. transparent dishes, dish inside the flat etc.) Just need a German girlfriend to translate it ;)


  7. An eye test for kids is free, and even the glasses are paid for by your Krankenkasse, even if you are "gesetzlich versichert".

    I would advise to go to the proper doctor, since the Optiker in the shop only does very, very basic eye exams.

    If only your child has an appointment, you don't even have to pay the "Praxisgebühr" of 10 Euros, which adult "gesetzlich" patients have to pay.

    Just ring your eye doctor for an appointment, sometimes they manage to squeeze you into their schedule the same week.

    And if you don't have an eye doctor yet, your gp might be able to give you an address.

    Good luck then!



    Oh, by the way: This "Praxisgebühr" of 10 Euros has to be paid once every quarter to your gp, and also every specialist you see unless you have an "Überweisung" from your gp ("Allgemeinarzt"), but most Allgemeinärzte are only too happy to give you an Überweisung if you ask for it, because they didn't make this 10-Euro-rule themselves.

    (Just for everyone who stumbles over this entry by chance in the future, if you already knew! ;) )