The 10 Best Beer Halls and Beer Gardens in Munich

A trip to Munich just isn't complete without a visit to a traditional Bavarian beer hall
A trip to Munich just isn't complete without a visit to a traditional Bavarian beer hall | Courtesy of ImageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo
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7 April 2021

It’s impossible to ignore Munich’s beer halls and gardens – throughout Bavaria, bier is a vital part of life, and nowhere is this more evident than in the state captial, home to Oktoberfest. Munich’s best beer halls are some of Germany’s most famous and, in the sunny south of the country, the city’s beer gardens enjoy an ideal climate for supping from a Maß – a litre-mug of beer.

Augustiner-Bräustuben

Bar, Restaurant, German, $$$
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The "Augustiner Braeustuben" at Landsberger Strasse 19 on the Schwanthalerhoehe.
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A large beer hall and restaurant, Augustiner-Bräustuben is one of those off-the-beaten-track places that’s well worth the detour. Full of Bavarian charm, this beer hall has a warming interior, with high, amber ceilings and a stylish bar, adorned with copper and dark wood. Best of all is its jovial atmosphere, and the air is often bustling with loud German conversations, the hoppy smell of locally-brewed Augustiner and, if you’re lucky, an eruption of traditional singing.

Löwenbräukeller

Bar, Restaurant, German
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The Lowenbraukeller, Maxvorstadt, Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
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Home to another locally brewed beer, Löwenbräu, the Löwenbräukeller is a beloved beer hall, restaurant and beer garden. Known for its regular Bavarian music performances and traditional dances and events, it’s a popular watering hole and restaurant. The large building also includes roof terraces, ideal for overlooking the nearby, lively beer garden, which is popular during the warmer months.

Hirschgarten

Pub, Restaurant, German
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Beer garden Hirschgarten Munich
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Located in the park that bears the same name, Hirschgarten beer garden and restaurant is where the locals and in-the-know visitors flock to during warmer months. With an impressive 8,000 seats, it’s the largest beer garden in Bavaria and surrounded by greenery and lush lawns. Offering a menu of international and Bavarian treats, as well as huge, cold beers and a lively atmosphere, it’s a great spot to enjoy traditional treats.

Augustiner Keller

Pub, Restaurant, German, $$$
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Augustiner-Keller beer garden, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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Augustiner Keller is a central, popular beer hall, complete with a large, traditional interior and a lively garden. The restaurant-pub boasts an impressive wooden ceiling, finely polished tables, hand-crafted timber chairs and a large stage area adorned with rows of curious hunting trophies. The menu features fantastic baked pretzels, perfectly roasted ribs, and high-quality, local Augustiner brews.

Hofbräuhaus München

Bar, Restaurant, German, $$$
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Interior of Hofbrauhaus, Munich, Germany
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Steeped in roughly five centuries of history, Hofbräuhaus is unquestionably one of the most well-known beer halls in Munich. It all started when Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, decided to build his own brewery in 1589. Today, the place is an impressive combination of breathtaking interiors, vaulted ceilings and a rustic, timber charm. Offering classic Bavarian food, huge Maß of beer, and a rowdy, authentic energy, it’s a must-try when in Munich.

Tap-House

Craft Ale Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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From left to right: Lindemans Belgian cherry beer, Camba wheat beer and Svaneke Chocolate Stout in the Tap House in Rosenheimerstrasse 108 in Haidhausen.
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If you’re craving craft beer when in Munich, Tap-House is the place to head. Boasting over 200 varieties of craft brews, including local names like Camba Bavaria, their philosophy is great, unique beer. Housed in a basement-style bar, it’s a modern take on the traditional beer halls and breweries of Munich and offers something a little different.

Paulaner Brauhaus

Bar, Restaurant, German, $$$
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View of the restaurant with brewing kettle in the newly renovated Paulaner Brauhaus on Kapuzinerplatz. [automated translation]
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Located in Kapuzinerplatz, Paulaner Brauhaus, is the brewery and beer garden restaurant that combines a traditional German brew house atmosphere with a dash of classy Bavarian modernism. Housed in a reconstructed building dating back to 1892, the interior is complete with vaulted ceilings, arched windows and colossal pillars. The beer garden offers plenty of picnic-style tables and chairs, perfect for enjoying a beer or two in the sun. This locally brewed beer has been made in Munich since 1989, a relative newcomer, but it still remains one of the most widely consumed in the city.

Chinesischer Turm

Bar, Restaurant, Chinese
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Deutschland, Bayern, Oberbayern, Munchen, Englischer Garten, Chinesischer Turm
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Located in the lush, sprawling English Gardens, Chinesischer Turm is the beer garden and restaurant at the Chinese Tower. Visitors can tuck into freshly made, tasty Chinese food and refreshing beers in the sunshine, while enjoying the animated atmosphere at one of Europe’s most monumental parks. Head to this popular beer garden to soak up the picturesque surroundings and enjoy the unique view.

Biergarten Viktualienmarkt

Pub, Restaurant, German, $$$
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Munich, Germany - July 29, 2018: Locals and tourists enjoy beer and food at an open air beer garden in Viktualienmarkt in the historic centre of Munic
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Located in the culinary centre of Munich, Biergarten Viktualienmarkt, is one of the most central beer gardens in the city. Nestled between market stalls from the surrounding produce market, guests are invited to enjoy a range of Munich beers and Bavarian treats.

Wirtshaus im Braunauer Hof

Pub, Restaurant, German, $$$
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The traditional restaurant Braunauer Hof at FrauenstraBe 42. [automated translation]
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Braunauer Hof is a classic Bavarian-style restaurant, with a pleasant beer garden, serving up perfectly poured beers and traditional Bavarian feasts. The charming garden is complete with a mini hedge maze and 250 seats sheltered by chestnut and cherry blossom trees, while the restaurant offers a cosy, authentic vibe. A beloved local haunt, it’s well worth a visit when in Munich.

These recommendations were updated on April 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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