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Pubs in Ruhr

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The traditional German pub, Kneipe, in the Ruhr Metropolis is as down-to-earth as its English or American counterpart. Maybe more so. Local beer, Bier, and spirits, Schnapps, are well worth being discovered as well as the friendly folks from the neighbourhood, Nachbarschaft. Local pubs with locals are great places to go for an afterwork drink or a lengthy night out.

Most are open late due to the lack of rigorous opening regulations, most also serve food during the evening as well as at lunchtime. Some may be more pub than eatery, others more eatery than pub.

A fine example is located in the city centre of Dortmund. Wenkers am Markt offers a wide selection of beers, including dark and light versions of their own brew. Try too, the experience Bolleke in Duisburg holds in store with live Rock, Reggae, Punk, Metal, Indie, Pop or Blues. The Cottage pub also presents live gigs as well as a biergarten.

Those with a taste for Guinness, Kilkenny or Murphy’s can choose a typical Irish Pub, which have proven highly popular across Germany. One such watering hole is Oisin Kelly Gallery in Gelsenkirchen.

By Vincent Green, Aug 13 2021

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Cycling in the Ruhr Metropolis can be enjoyable and most rewarding. Bike paths criss cross the whole of the region and weave their way across most urban areas. Hop on a bicycle to discover quieter city districts or nearby villages. Try riding along the banks of local rivers, in wilder natural spaces or the open meadows of outlying regions.

Original language movies are popular among expats living across the Ruhr Metropolis. Films are screened regularly in English original with subtitles, known as OmU and without, portrayed as OV. A wide variety of cinemas or movie theatres can be found, both large and small.

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