From the Colonel's Regiment
An Austrian concept roughly translated to mean "a meeting between friends". It was discovered at the Augustiner Braustübl in Salzburg. Steve noticed that we were sitting at a table with a placard that read "stammtisch". He was very excited by this and told us that someone he worked with had explained the concept to him.
In Austria it is traditional for a group of friends to book a particular table in a place for an evening and then any of the friends can turn up at any point in the evening with the knowledge that some people they know will be there. This fantastic concept was adopted by the Colonel's Regiment. They held a proper stammtisch on their last night in Salzburg at the Augustiner Braustübl.
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Arrival positions at the stammtisch
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A beer hall in 4 Salzburg that is attached to a monastery and in which the monks brew their own beer. Beer is served in litres. Singing is not allowed, but this did not stop a group of rugby playing drunks, and also Dave, David and Mike who sang renditions of "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag", "Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Hitler?" and "Inflamation of the foreskin". It is also famous for allowing people to have a stammtisch. The Colonel's Regiment took advantage of this and used the venue to host their final night stammtisch in Salzburg. Dave and Steve were the first to arrive at the stammtisch, followed by Rupert and David and finally Chris and Mike.
In 5 Genoa a final night stammtisch was held at the American bar. Drinks are very pricey there, but are accompanied by crisps, nuts and sometimes even mini toasted paninis. This time Dave and Chris were the first to arrive, followed by Amal and Mike and finally joined by Rupert and David.
A bar in 6 Heidelberg, frequented by masses of students on Saturday nights and apparently no one any other night of the week. I-Punkt is decked out with high tables and bar stools and is famous for an extensive schnapps menu including Sauerapfel and Apfelkorn. Steve and Mike arriving first. They were joined an hour later by David and Rupert. Rupert nearly got knocked out by an overhead light shaped like a penis falling out of the ceiling.
Luz de Gas
It is situated on a boat in Port Vell, 7 Barcelona. It was a particular favourite with the Colonel's Regiment as it serves top quality sangria and tapas. Amal and Mike were the first to arrive. After relaxing with tapas and sangria, they were joined by Dave and Chris and finally by David and Rupert.
The site of the final night stammtisch in 8 Oslo. It is a sports bar on the main street. Chris and Mike being the first ones to arrive. They were shortly joined by Steve and David and some time later by Rupert and Dave. Steve was delighted to get an opportunity to see Newcastle United play Chelsea on the big screen there, but wasn't so delighted when the final score was 4–0 to Chelsea.
Gollem is a bar in 9 Amsterdam. It is a very small bar which serves about a hundred different kinds of bottled beer. The small bar is located on the left as you enter the bar and the majority of the seating is up a narrow flight of stairs opposite the entrance. There is a small flight of stairs leading down to a very strange bathroom with a raised toilet in it. The Colonel's regiment spent a pleasant evening in this bar on the final night of Amsterdam, with Steve and Mike arriving first to the stammtisch. About ten minutes later, David and Rupert arrived. After about half an hour, Dave joined the group, with Jon arriving a further 45 minutes later. Moules wandered in much later, having taken the opportunity to perform some dicking around on his own somewhere.
It is claimed that the similarity between the name of the bar and the character Gollum from The Lord of the Rings is pure coincidence. It is speculated that they did laugh when first they found out.
The Havana bar is a bar in 10 Zürich with a Cuban theme. It is in the old town at the edge of the Christmas market. Unable to wake Dave, Mike left for the stammtisch on his own, arriving first. Ten minutes later he was joined by Amal and David. About 40 minutes later, Chris and Rupert turned up, with Dave finally joining the regiment a further 20 minutes later.
The Cafe Kamienica, tucked away in a quaint back street in old town 11 Gdańsk, quickly became a favourite of the Regiment. They are famous for their kamikadze cocktails served in four separate glasses. Mike arrived at the stammtisch first, at about ten minutes to six. Dave joined him 10 minutes later, with Jon arriving a further 20 minutes after Dave. 40 minutes later, David and Rupert arrived, with Chris turning up about 5 minutes afterwards.
Chris had a screaming orgasm in the Cafe Kamienica.
Vespa is a bar on the main street in 12 Helsinki. In the winter, it serves a variety of good beers and glogi, some of which is laced with a variety of Finnish schnapps. Mike and David arrived at the stammtisch first, at about twenty past six. Chris and Rupert joined them just over an hour later, with Steve arriving a further 20 minutes after Chris and Rupert.
Kaffibarinn is a bar in central 13 Reykjavík. Its most unusual feature is the presence of a London Underground sign outside it. Apparently this is owing to the influence of Damon Albarn from Blur, who is rumoured to be part owner of the establishment. The Colonel's Regiment visited Kaffibarinn twice in Reykjavik - on the first night and again for the final night stammtisch. Whilst pleasant during the week when there are few people there, which enable you to make use of the comfortamead area upstairs, on the weekend it turns into a horrible, crowded smokamead and should be avoided at all costs.
Mike and David arrived at the stammtisch first at around 6p.m. Chris and Rupert joined them around 7.15p.m.
Schateke is a bar in 14 Hanover which the Colonel's men visited several times during mission 14. On the final night, Mike was the first to arrive, around 6.00p.m. David and Rupert bumped into Steve and Dave on route to the stammtisch, but took the stairs from the room whilst the others took the lift. They then got a head start and arrived at the stammtisch around 6.30p.m. After stopping for gluhwein on route, Dave and Steve joined the others around 7.00p.m.
Schateke is also the place where they first obtained Hel's choice from the mentalist list, from a rather eccentric waitress. She picked Wrocław and was disappointed that it didn't win the overall draw. She obviously didn't understand the significance of Hel's choice.
The 15 Geneva stammtisch was held outdoors at the cafe bar Arn. Mike and Dave were the first to arrive, around 5.10p.m. David and Rupert arrived 50 minutes later at about 6.00p.m. with Chris finally joining the regiment at 7.00p.m.
The 16 Athens stammtisch was again held outdoors at the bar Pavel. Mike and Dave were the first to arrive, around 5.20p.m. David joined them about half an hour later at 5.50p.m. with Rupert and Steve arriving at around 6.20p.m.
The 17 Porto stammtisch was held outdoors at Cafe Moustachio. Dave and David arrived first around 7.00p.m. with Rupert and Mike arriving just after them at around 7.05p.m. Steve joined them somewhat later at around 7.45p.m.
The 18 Berlin stammtisch was held at Brel bar. Mike and Steve arrived first at around 5.30p.m. David and Rupert joined them later, at around 6.10p.m.
One of very few bars in 19 Valletta, this is where Oliver Reed had his final drink during the filming of Gladiator. Dave was the first to arrive around 6p.m. Mike and David arrived about half an hour later, with Rupert and Steve joining them at around 7p.m.
One of the Yorkshire pubs of 20 Bruges, it is housed in a cellar.
A basement bar in Pest. The Colonel's Regiment had their first night meal there and returned for the Stammtisch. Dave went off to dick around from the Christmas market and arrived first. Steve and Mike joined him about 20 minutes later with David and Rupert arriving around 30 minutes after that.
Portas do Sol
A bar on a hill near the castle with views over the Tagus. The Colonel's Regiment played Schweinere there on the second night and returned for the Stammtisch. Dave and Chris arrived first, with Rupert and David joining them 5 minutes later having walked up the hill to avoid the riot at Rossio. Mike and Steve got held up waiting for a tram because of the riot, and arrived about 5 minutes after that.
The bar, not the map, in Copenhagen. It shares a square with Restaurant Peder Oxe and Budget Peder Oxe. The Colonel's Regiment drank in Huks Fluks on all the evenings of mission 23, playing Pete Gibbon's Schweinere tournament there and returning for the stammtisch. David and Mike arrived first just after 5p.m. Rupert and Dave took advantage of wine hour in the hotel and arrived about an hour later.