Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas has racked up impressive numbers since it opened on January 31, 2004. More than 3 million guests have visited the massive beer hall and restaurant, which has served more than 750,000 gallons of beer, 450,000 pounds of sausage, 135 tons of sauerkraut and 1.5 million pretzels.
But the best superlative is easily the fact that Hofbräuhaus has spanked more than 250,000 people. “It is very unique,” says Tony Sinzger, vice president of operations and entertainment. “I guess if you want to get spanked in a restaurant in Las Vegas, you have to come to our place.”
Giving happy customers a light paddling is one of many traditions imported to Las Vegas from the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich. Sinzger was born there, and after a 23-year-career as a police detective, he moved to Las Vegas 17 years ago to build and open our own Hofbräuhaus, a faithful reproduction serving the same authentic cuisine (like more than 225,000 dumplings and 195,000 pounds of pork roast) and Munich-brewed lager, hefeweizen and dunkel beers enjoyed in Germany.
“The difficult part was that we needed a license agreement from the government. This is the most famous beer hall in the world, and we needed to take it to the capital of entertainment in the world,” Sinzger says.
Hofbräuhaus’ 15-year anniversary celebration is set for January 31, and it’s more than a big beer party—it’s part of a partnership with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation. Metro guests of honor will be in attendance, and 15 percent of that day’s proceeds will go to the foundation, while Hofbräuhaus will sell a line of co-branded apparel throughout the year to raise additional funds.
Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas 4510 Paradise Road, 702-853-2337. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight.