For centuries, beer is and has been an important part of the culinary and cultural heritage of Bavaria and Munich. The best choice for having an authentic “beer experience” is the traditional beer hall.
6) Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
The Hofbrauhaus is owned by the Hofbräu brewery, the only brewery owned by the Bavarian government.
They brew many types of beer including Weisbier, Dunkelbier and Oktoberfest lagers, with recipes handed down by Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria.
Here's a great atmosphere in the large beer hall with a large outdoor beer garden and don't forget Arnold Schwarzenegger himself used to drink here whilst living in Munich.
Platzl 9, 80331 München, Germany
+49 89 290136100
5) Löwenbräu tent Oktoberfest
Set away from the city’s more touristy areas, Löwenbräukeller is a medium-sized beer hall that is famous for its rowdy atmosphere and delicious, traditional German cuisine. Noticeable at once, the mixture of locals and visitors gives this hall a welcoming feel, and the bilingual staff make it easy to order delightful dishes like pretzels and sausages with sauerkraut.
The revived Gothic architecture and history of the site are also a real pull: opened in 1883, this one set new standards for beer halls in Munich, bringing impressive interior styles and lavish design to the fore.
Löwenbräukeller, Nymphenburgerstr. 2, München, Germany
Offering a relaxing outdoor experience, Hirschgarten is located right near the park of the same name, creating the feel of a much larger area, surrounded by greenery and lawns. Sitting at one of the timber tables, patrons here enjoy a menu of international and Bavarian treats, not to mention massive portion sizes and huge, cold beers with clouds of foam.
Boasting a whopping 8,000 seats, Hirschgarten is probably the largest of its kind in the whole of Bayern and arguably in world.
Königlicher Hirschgarten, Hirschgarten 1, München, Germany
3) Paulaner Brauhaus
Located in a massive building complex in Kapuzinerplatz, Paulaner Brauhaus is a towered beer hall that combines the traditions of old German brew houses and a dash of classy Bavarian modernism. The setting is astonishing: a reconstructed building dating from 1892, complete with vaulted ceilings, arched windows and colossal interior pillars.
And although beer has only been brewed here since 1989, it remains one of the most widely consumed in Munich. Oh, and it comes courtesy of a lederhosen-clad front-of-house team: braces, leather, and a smile.
Paulaner Bräuhaus, Kapuzinerplatz 5, München, Germany
2) Zum Flacher
A little to the south, just down the meanders of the River Isar, an enchanting beer garden with local tastes awaits: Zum Flacher. A recreational area that’s loved by locals, Zum Flacher beer garden is a well-kept secret of the city.
The food menu offers spicy grilled fish to die for, while a single beer can last all afternoon (yes, they really are massive). What’s more, despite its quiet and comforting hidden areas, this garden often greets the evening with live oompah music from the in-house band.
Zum Flaucher – Biergarten, Isarauen 8, München, Germany
1) Augustiner Keller
Augustiner Keller is a central beer hall and one of the most popular in Munich, complete with a large interior and a lively garden.
The restaurant-pub centers on a timber-traditional theme, with an impressive wooden ceiling, fine polished tables, hand-crafted timber chairs and a large stage area adorned with rows of curious hunting trophies. What’s more, the menu features fantastic baked pretzels, perfectly roasted ribs and high quality Augustiner brews.
Augustinerkeller, Arnulfstr.52, Ecke Zirkus-Krone-S, München, Germany
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