Gustav’s is right on the main highway in a somewhat triangularly-shaped building (due to the shape of the side street leading off highway 2) and features a distinctive black onion-shaped dome. It’s really a restaurant, not a pub, but they have 24 taps. On our visit, there were three beers made by Gustav’s (actually made by Icicle Brewing, founded by the owners of Gustav’s and which will soon open a brewery and tasting room a few blocks away), four German beers, quite a good range of regional craft beers, as well as Guiness and Bud Light.
The main room is fully paneled with light knotty pine on the walls and the tall ceiling which helps lighten up the place as well as give it a vaguely German/Northern European feel. Several huge wooden beams support the ceiling, attached to posts along the walls. Light wooden tables and captains chairs fill the room on top of dark green carpeting. Various historic alpine artifacts decorate the walls (e.g., snow shoes), and there are several big sets of antlers and somewhat odd light fixtures with decorative antlers. There is a second large room with a special wood-enclosed booth that is decorated with a nice wood-inlaid picture of the building. The outdoor area is on the second floor and is shaded by various umbrellas.
The small bar is at the back of the main room and consists of a formica top with wood panelling below and six dark green padded stools. The bar back is fairly generic, in spite of the two glass-fronted cabinets with various ceramic beer steins.
The food menu consists of a few different style burgers with fries, various sandwiches served with potato salad, halibut and chips, soups, several entree salads, German sausages, and a couple of desserts.
Now once I saw this place I had to go in. The feel was of the old Bavarian ski lodge and a mixture of a newer pub. They had tons of seating and with there own beers made for them this was a little slice of heaven. Family friendly they do have a front bar for those who want to sit and just have a brew. With 3 different beers they have made for them it was a great time and I was able to try two of them before I had to go. Pub fair for the food so that was easy to pick and we really liked the atmosphere. Once the bartender saw that I knew my beers he was more than helpful with what, where and who brewed there own brews. This is a good place to stop for lunch and to get out of the crowds as Leavenworth is packed with people all the time. I know I will be back for sure. I might just have to see what Oktoberfest is like in this town just once or more.