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, +49 089 526021
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, +49 089 17999119
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, + 49 089 5446110
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, +49 089 7232677
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.
Hofbräukeller at Wiener Platz is a slightly more swish beer hall and garden than the rest, complete with exquisite Bavarian adornments, authentic architecture, knowledgeable staff and a truly romantic atmosphere. The spot is celebrated for its wooden interior, perfectly carved with emblems and motifs from local history and folk lore. The subtle placement of firewood as décor adds to the atmosphere and the menu is full of Bavarian classics and class beer such as the Hofbräukeller Weiss.
Hofbräukeller, Innere Wiener Str. 19, München, Germany, +49 089-45992521
Boasting a gorgeous location right at the foot of the majestic Frauenkirche, Nürnberger Bratwurstglöckl brings color to the the city’s cuisine, enriching it with the diversity of Nürnberg flavors. This place is a winner with its traditional timber décor and great service. For meat eaters there’s also an immeasurable amount of sausages to get through, along with variations to match the famous in-house Weissbier perfectly.
Nürnberger Bratwurstglöckl, Frauenplatz 9, München, Germany , +49 089-220385
Wooden barrels, long garden benches, oak trees, and a central wooden stage with live music all converge at this amazing location just near the River Isar at the Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe. A beer garden that is easily one of the most popular in town. The menu brings both delicacies of fine-dining and Bavarian traditional staples to the table. Guests might want to consider making a reservation as it can get pretty full some evenings.
Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe, Georg-Kalb-Straße 3, München, Germany +49 089 74994030
This royal brewery has a history going back some five centuries. Yes, Hofbrauhaus is unquestionably one of those places any serious beer drinker in Munich wouldn’t want to miss. 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 breath-taking interiors, vaulted ceilings covered in frescos, and rustic timber furniture. And the classic Bavarian food is pretty good too.
Hofbräuhaus, Am Platzl 9, München, Germany,+49 089-290 1360
Beerhall and restaurant, long and stripped-down in style, the Augustiner-Bräustuben is one of those off-the-beaten-track places that’s really worth the detour. Full Bavarian charm, the setting is simply beautiful, with high amber ceilings and a stylish bar glinting copper under its soaking of hops. But it’s the jovial atmosphere, the quick service the Augustiner Beer that make this place one of the best!
Augustiner-Bräustuben, Landsbergerstr.19, München, Germany,+49 089 507047