Local Flavor and Heritage: A Journey through New Braunfels at the Black Whale Pub

by | Apr 23, 2023 | Love Local, Patient Resources

As you know, we love supporting local businesses in our community.

Our local businesses provide employment for our friends and neighbors, helping to stimulate the local economy while often offering unique products and services that cannot be found elsewhere.

By supporting these local gems, we are preserving the distinctive character and charm of our community, making it a more vibrant and appealing place to live and visit. Moreover, it fosters a sense of community pride and connection.

When we frequent places like this next one we will tell you about, we build relationships with the owners and staff, creating a sense of belonging and camaraderie. These businesses become gathering spots where people from all walks of life can come together, fostering a sense of unity.

Today, we would like to highlight a fantastic spot that we recently discovered—the Black Whale Pub in downtown New Braunfels.

Where Culinary Delights and Outdoor Charm Await

Nestled in the heart of the main plaza, this cozy pub may appear small from the outside, but don’t let that deceive you.

When you venture farther in, you’ll be delighted to find a charming Bier Garten tucked away in the back, creating a perfect spot to unwind and socialize. The Black Whale recently expanded its patio, creating a captivating oasis of relaxation.

Imagine yourself basking in the warm sunshine or under the starlit sky, surrounded by ample seating and a shiny new outdoor bar. As you soak up the fresh air, let the enticing aroma of delicious food and the clinking of glasses serenade your senses.

Preserving New Braunfels’ Historic Legacy

The Black Whale Pub is deeply rooted in the rich heritage of New Braunfels. Originating back in the 1800s, a bar known as Zum Schwarzen Wallfisch was constructed during the town’s early settlement. Local tales whispered of nights when the voices of jail inmates mingled with the songs of the saloon’s patrons, creating an atmosphere alive with camaraderie.

Later in that same century, the saloon underwent a relocation, and in its place the Herald emerged as the pioneering newspaper of New Braunfels. As the Herald continues to be published and distributed across the town, a profound connection to the past is preserved within its walls.

In 2007, the Black Whale Pub opened its doors at the very location where Zum Schwarzen Wallfisch once stood, paying homage to its predecessor’s name, which translates to “the black whale” in English. This choice of name symbolizes a deep respect for the pub’s historical significance and role as a guardian of New Braunfels’ cultural legacy.

Step into a world of tantalizing flavors and delightful ambiance at the Black Whale Pub.

A Haven for Conversation and Comfort

As we settled into a booth, we couldn’t help but notice the unique and original lighting, crafted from a Jameson bottle.

The low ceiling above our booth created excellent acoustics, and the music was kept at a comfortable volume.

As someone who works with hearing loss patients, I was thrilled to see that my husband, who has significant hearing loss, was able to enjoy a relaxed and easy conversation with me.

Finding a place where we can comfortably converse can be a challenge, but the Black Whale Pub exceeded our expectations.

This was exemplified by our exceptional waitress, Kirsten, who was an absolute gem—friendly and attentive. She truly enhanced our dining experience, leaving a lasting impression.

Jameson bottle

Savor the Flavors at the Black Whale Pub

The menu boasts a variety of delicious pub food options, making it difficult to choose just one dish.

The Black Whale Pub now proudly boasts a full kitchen, ready to cater to your every craving. Whether you’re in the mood for savory appetizers that tantalize your taste buds or mouthwatering entrees that satisfy your deepest hunger pangs, their diverse menu has something for everyone.

We decided on the turkey wrap and the chicken cordon bleu sliders, both of which were absolutely scrumptious!

However, the culinary adventure doesn’t end there. You MUST try the smoked wings—a heavenly combination of smoked chicken wings and drums, fried to perfection and then tossed in your choice of mouthwatering sauces or delectable seasonings. Served alongside crispy fries, celery, carrots, and your preference of ranch or blue cheese dressing, these wings are a true delight.

From the tangy BBQ and hot Buffalo to the aromatic garlic parmesan and flavorful Jamaican jerk, the array of sauce choices will satisfy every palate.

Alternatively, you can opt for the tantalizing dry-rub options, including the zesty lemon pepper rub, the bold Jamaican jerk rub, or their signature Bloody Mary rub.

For a taste of pure bliss, indulge in the beef on weck. This tantalizing creation features tender roast beef slow-cooked in flavorful au jus, nestled in a toasted kaiser roll and crowned with grilled onions, peppers, provolone cheese, and a delectable horseradish mayo. To complete the experience, it is served with a side of au jus, adding an extra layer of succulence.

Save room for a sweet finale with the cheesecake balls—fried spheres of creamy cheesecake, delicately dusted with powdered sugar and accompanied by a luscious mixed-berry dipping sauce. This dessert is a delightful symphony of flavors and textures.

Guests rave about their experiences at the Black Whale Pub: “Great pub grub, especially the Fish and Chips. Nice people, good and friendly people. Nice patio bar. Amazing Bloody Mary! I will be back!”

While another ecstatically declared the chicken skewers to be “… the bomb dot com!!!!”

Indulgence takes center stage at the Black Whale Pub, where you can revel in the pleasure of sipping on a perfectly crafted Bloody Mary or savoring the crisp refreshment of an ice-cold beer. These delightful libations are best enjoyed in the great outdoors, as you immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of this vibrant establishment.

As the weekend approaches, prepare for the ultimate Sunday Funday experience. You can catch every NFL game while treating yourself to their irresistible Bloody Marys. Pair your drink of choice with one of their delectable entrees, and you’ll cheer for your team and the delectable flavors that dance on your palate.

Stay tuned for an array of fun items that will soon be available for purchase, allowing you to proudly display your devotion wherever you go.

This pub is where a delightful German-American twist on classic pub fare consistently hits it out of the park.

Prepare to embark on a culinary journey that will leave you craving more.


A Must-Visit Spot for Locals and Visitors

We are excited to return to the Black Whale Pub and share this delightful spot with our friends. If you’re in the New Braunfels area, we highly recommend you stop by this charming establishment for a great meal and a cozy atmosphere. Support local and enjoy a fantastic dining experience at the Black Whale Pub!

To find this hidden gem, head to 367 Main Plaza in the heart of New Braunfels, Texas. For inquiries or to make a reservation, reach out to them at blackwhalepub@gmail.com or call 830-625-6605.

Indulge your senses, discover new flavors, and create cherished memories in this lively and inviting establishment.

We extend a warm invitation to you to experience the spirit of their establishment firsthand!

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Dr. Sally Miranda

Dr. Sally Miranda is a trusted audiologist that has dedicated most of her life to audiology and researching innovative ways to serve her patients. She has cared for thousands of ears and is recognized as a leading provider in the region.

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