WüRZBURG, Germany — There’s no affably alcoholic fat guy named Norm. There’s no postman either. At least, not in uniform. And while you won’t see a bartending Casanova who used to be a pro baseball player either, chances are you’ll have a good time getting your swerve on at Cheers, a dimly lit, smooth affair here in Würzburg.

“A lot of people choose a name that means absolutely nothing,” said Andrew Kormanec, a Virginia native whose wife co-owns Cheers. “We wanted to say, ‘Hey, this is a place where you can have a good time and relax.’”

Many bars make that their goal, but Cheers actually delivers. The place is roomy yet intimate. Dim lighting and comfy booths provide the perfect spot to sit around with a couple friends and put back a few. Just don’t mob the place with 10 of your friends. Think groups of six.

Cheers strives to cater to a younger crowd, but offers things such as high-end wine and cigars, to give the kids a feeling like they’re somewhere special, Kormanec said.

“Our humidor selection is all Cuban,” he said. “It’s so nice to be in a country without the embargo.”

In addition to a lengthy bar food menu — fried broccoli poppers are real good — and about 50 specialty alcoholic coffee drinks, Cheers sports some of the prettiest girls in Würzburg, quite a feat in a city with tons of pretty girls.

“We place value on skilled personnel, and a certain aesthetic,” Kormanec said.

Among their specialty cocktails, Cheers offers something called a swimming pool, which is a mix of vodka, rum and a blend of juices.

If you’re in there on some nights, ask waiter Gerbor Bätz to give you a flaming sambuca shot. This involves him setting the liquor on fire. You then place your hand over the flaming liquid to extinguish it. After slamming the alcohol, you stick a straw in the empty glass and suck out the vapors from the burnt liquor. It’s a dizzying experience, to say the least.

Whether looking to drink some flaming booze, or just sit around eating and chatting with your buddies, Cheers is up to the task, with just a hint of fancy thrown in, to make the night seem that much more special.

“People feel a sense of sophistication here,” Kormanec said. “And they can have that ambience.”

As always, if you drink, do so responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.


Würzburg, Germany

Drinks: The standard beer starts at about 2.50 euros, with specialty cocktails up to seven euros.

Food: A nice bar menu that includes deluxe hot dogs and fried broccoli poppers, which are much tastier than they sound.

Clientele: The youth are having fun. Be young. Have fun. Drink at Cheers.

Location: Juliuspromenade 18


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