The 10 Best Beer Gardens and Beer Halls in Munich
Munich is arguably the world's capital of beer, synonymous with beer drinking and all the trappings of the beer culture. There are literally 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 Munich's beer gardens and beer halls.
Hofbräuhaus (€10-€35) 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 (€10-€20) 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
3. Paulaner im Tal
The Paulaner im Tal (€10-€20) 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
The Bratwurstherzl (€10-€20) 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
The Löwenbräukeller (€10-€20) 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
6. Nürnberger Bratwurst Glöckl am Dom
The Nürnberger Bratwurst Glöckl am Dom (€10-€20) 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 (€10-€20), 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 (€10-€35) 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) (€10-€20) 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 (€10-€20) 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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