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” are the traditional beer halls (indoors) and beer gardens (outdoors).
Here is our list with 7 recommendations for the best options:
1. Augustiner Bräustuben
Off the beaten tourist track, this huge beer hall provides good atmosphere, great booze and cheap food. And the best thing: it’s just a 10-minute walk from our wombats CITY HOSTEL Munich at Landsberger Straße 19. www.augustiner-braeustuben.de
2. Waldwirtschaft (a.k.a WA-WI)
If there is any one beer garden that is an absolute must-see, it’s this cosy place in the southern suburbs of Munich. If the weather is good, you just have to go there, as it offers a cosy outdoor location, live jazz and big band sounds on the weekend and traditional food stalls. www.waldwirtschaft.de
3. Max Emanuel Brauerei (a.k.a. Max E)
A backpacker’s recommendation, this beer garden is quite close to the university, making it a popular hangout for students and people from all over the world. www.max-emanuel-brauerei.de
4. The Hofbräuhaus
Be warned, this is the most popular and also most touristy beer hall in Munich. Nevertheless, it’s also one of the most traditional and it helped to shape the city’s beer culture. www.hofbraeuhaus.de
A place to hang out for Munich’s celebs and those who wanna be, it can be overpriced and posh. However, the location can’t be beat, as it is based right on the shore of a lake in the English Garden, next to a paddle boat rental. www.kuffer-gastronomie.com
7. Augustiner Keller
The traditional Augustiner Keller provides an indoor beer hall as well as the second largest beer garden in Munich (up to 7,000 guests). Here, the atmosphere on a summer evening is without equal. www.augustinerkeller.de
Well, that’s all for now – if you have any personal recommendations for beer halls and gardens in Munich, just post them as a comment below!