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Best Beer Gardens & Beer Halls of Munich, Germany

Ayinger Oktoberfest Märzen at a beer hall in Munich, Bavaria, Germany

The Best Beer Gardens and Beer Halls of Munich

Munich is inextricably associated with beer and beer drinking, with all the trappings of the beer culture. There are scores of beer gardens and beer halls here, several quite popular with locals and visitors alike, offering surprisingly good choices all round. But for those venturing into Munich for the first time, here are the best of the Munich beer gardens and beer halls.

[ Related pages: Munich, Germany and Beer Drinking and Beer Etiquette ]

The Top 10 Beer Halls and Beer Gardens of Munich

Prices shown in euro symbols (€€-€€€, etc.) have the same ranges as those reflected in Restaurant Pricing for Germany (see in right colum).

Hofbrauhaus Beer, Munich, Bavaria, Germany1. Hofbräuhaus

Hofbräuhaus (€-€€€) is the best-known and most-visited of all the beer halls in Munich. However, its best features are also the worst, principally its world-wide fame and notoriety. It can be packed at night with international visitors who think that getting hopelessly drunk and singing out of tune is the German idea of having a good time. It can also be packed with locals and visitors having a genuinely good time – it is often simply a case of good or bad luck on the day you visit. Of course, it may be preferable to reserve a table at the more formal restaurants on the upper levels of the Hofbräuhaus building, or visit for lunch. An oompah band usually plays at all hours.

Location: Platzl 6, Munich
Contact: +49 89-290-1360


2. Augustiner Gaststätten

The Augustiner Gaststätten (€-€€) is probably the most famous beer hall in Munich after the Hofbräuhaus. Augustiner beer was brewed here up to 1885. Parts of the building are Art Nouveau, and the beer garden is particularly pleasant.

Location: Neuhauser Straße 27, Munich
Contact: +49 89- 2318-3257


Paulaner Beer, Munich, Bavaria, Germany3. Paulaner im Tal

The Paulaner im Tal (€-€€) is a nostalgic restaurant with a terrace and beer garden with atmosphere, serving local Bavarian cuisine with a reasonable vegetarian selection and some Austrian dishes.

Location: Tal 12, Munich
Contact: +49 89-219-9400


4. Bratwurstherzl

The Bratwurstherzl (€-€€) is a traditional bratwurst restaurant-cum-beer hall at the Viktualienmarkt with self-made sausages grilled over beech-wood fires.

Location: Dreifältigkeitsplatz 1, Viktualienmarkt, Munich
Contact: +49 89-295-113


Lowenbrau Beer, Munich, Bavaria, Germany5. Löwenbräukeller

The Löwenbräukeller (€-€€) is close to the Hauptbahnhof and next to the brewery itself. It is a pleasant beer garden in a rustic locale, where the food is unapologetically Bavarian. It tends to draw fewer foreign tourists than the breweries in the Old Town area, which really makes it all the more authentic and well worth a visit.

Location: Nymphenburger Straße 2, Munich
Contact: +49 89-526- 021
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6. Nürnberger Bratwurst Glöckl am Dom

The Nürnberger Bratwurst Glöckl am Dom (€-€€) is another very pleasant and similar establishment. It serves Nürnberger Bratwurst (finger-sized grilled sausages) and Bavarian cuisine. Ask for cola and you will receive the server’s assurance, with a pained face, that no cola has ever fouled this fine establishment.

Location: Frauenplatz 9, Munich
Contact: +49 89-295-264


7. Königlicher Hirschgarten

The Königlicher Hirschgarten (€-€€), with a seating capacity for 8,000 people, is quite possibly one of Europe's largest beer gardens. However, despite its size, it offers all the trappings, including an authentic atmosphere, of a typical Bavarian beer garden.

Location: Hirschgarten 1, Munich
Contact: +49 89-179-99119


8. Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe

The Waldwirtschaft (€-€€€) offers a traditional Bavarian beer garden setting, with live music during the summer months. Locally brewed Munich beers.

Location: Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, 82049 Großhesselohe (just south of Munich)
Contact: +49 89-7499-4030


9. Chinesischer Turm

The Chinesischer Turm (Chinese tower) (€-€€) in the Englischer Garten, dating from 1790, is the second-largest beer garden in Munich. It seats about 6,000 people! You can bring your own food, but not your own drinks! Several other smaller beer gardens are scattered through the park. There is usually also an oompah band playing here.

Location: Englischer Garten 3, Munich
Contact: +49 89-3838-7319


10. Seehaus Biergarten

The Seehaus Biergarten (€-€€) is also located in the Englischer Garten, and offers a delightful setting, overlooking the lake. Seehaus is well-liked by Müncheners.

Location: Kleinhesselohe 3, Englischer Garten, Munich
Contact: +49 89-381 6130


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go to hofbrauhaus and the chinese turn in the english garten, they have the best atmosphere - great for party beer drinking!!!

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