Brewpubs tend to be noisy and this one's no exception: Patrons eat and quaff at street level and on an upstairs section. Moreover, they're free to bang out tunes on Gerstl Bräu's upright piano. So, if in the mood, join the mostly young Welser crowd in this popular gathering place, which has remained a favorite watering hole on the mid-city scene (via the Gortana-Passage) since it opened 13 years ago.

Regional Oberösterreichiser Schmankerl specialties range €6.50-9.95; full-course dinners cost €7.90-18.50. You'll pay less (€2.90-6.50) for homemade soups, which are meaty enough for a decent meal.

Contact: Gerstl Bräu Freiung 11, A-4600 Wels, tel. +43/7242/35/1500.

Rating: Quality 12/20, Value 14/20