it’s a bike! it’s a bar! it’s…totally german.

Leave it to the Germans to come up with new and inventive ways to do sightseeing tours without leaving the bar behind:


The Beer Bike.

That’s a monster bicycle with space for 16 people. It features a bar, roof, sound system, and beer tap. The beer bike carries its own supply in the form of a 50-liter keg at the front. The twelve people on both sides of the bar have foot pedals for propulsion, and there’s space for four non-pedaling people in the back. The driver has a steering wheel and brakes. (Yes, the driver has to stay sober.)

You can rent those for tours in many German cities. People use them for sightseeing trips or special occasions like bachelor parties, graduations, or birthdays. And yes, they’re (still) legal to operate on public streets. (I say “still” because there’s legislation under consideration to ban the beer bikes from public roads.) When you rent one, it comes with a driver who steers you around and makes sure the rules are being followed. (Their code of conduct is actually pretty strict—no rowdy behavior, no harassment of pedestrians, no leaving the bike, and so on. Failure to follow the rules will result in an immediate end to the tour and a 200-euro fee.)

I’ve never been on one—they came up with that idea long after I moved to the United States—but I hear they’re a lot of fun. It’s certainly a different way to do a sightseeing tour, that’s for sure.


11 thoughts on “it’s a bike! it’s a bar! it’s…totally german.

  1. plblark says:

    I’ve seen them here in MN where they’re called Pedal Pubs.

  2. Is it one of a fleet of 12 owned by Kim Megaupload?

    I want one.

  3. Eric says:

    Awesome! I wonder how well they would go over in the town I work in? It is all hills….

  4. They are in Minneapolis, Chicago and St. Petersburg.

  5. Tam says:

    Oh, that’s got “Broad Ripple” written all over it. I wonder what a franchise goes for?

  6. Fred2 says:

    The design is bad, the people should be facing out so the drum banger and the guy who whips the pedalers when you near more speed ( think hollywood galley) could be more efficient.

  7. falnfenix says:

    we’ve got one in Baltimore.

  8. Uncle Kenny says:

    We have one of those here in Houston.

  9. MSgt B says:

    Reminds me of the volksmarches we would do around Frankfurt.

  10. Joat says:

    I found out that we have them in Minneapolis when I saw this story

    They are not the best vehicle to be in when attacked by a mob.

  11. Gewehr98 says:

    We have them here in Madison, too. Maybe it’s German in that they’re found in U.S. cities with large German populations? 😉

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