Prost, Munich!

Munich

Home to some of Germany’s best breweries, Munich abounds with over 200 beer halls and gardens! Fill up on a Maß (pronounced as “mass,” a one-liter regulation drinking vessel) of German “bier” as you exclaim “Prost!” with the regulars at your communal table, feast on hearty local fares, and dance to oompah (rhythmic sounds of deep brass instruments) music! Here’s your guide to the city’s best spaces to experience the authentic beer drinking tradition. Pro tip: most places are cash-only so remember to pack some change!

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Augustiner-Keller

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A Munich institution, Augustiner-Keller has been pouring liquid gold since 1812! It sells Augustiner specialty brews, which are regarded by locals as some of the best beers in the world. Try the crowd favorite Augustiner Lagerbier Hell, favored for its sharp yet refreshing flavor. The massive space boasts a keller (German for “cellar) eight meters below the ground; a festival hall alive with boisterous chatter, music from oompah bands, and the clinking of glasses; and a chestnut tree-canopied beer garden. The place dishes out delicious biergarten staples, but we recommend nibbling on the pretzels hawked by independent sellers strolling around the main level!

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Hirschgarten

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Hirschgarten is the largest beer garden in the world, with seating for up to 8,000 people (and space for a few deers)! Satisfy your thirst with Augustiner, Schloßbrauerei Kaltenberg, or Hofbräu Tegernsee beers as you bask in the tantalizing aroma of Bavarian classics cooking nearby. Hirschgarten has an attached restaurant that crafts delicious brunches on Sundays. Go ahead and pair your late morning meal that with a cold one; it’s never too early for a drink here!

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Der Pschorr

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Elevate your beer hall experience at Der Pschorr, the brewery house of Hacker-Pschorr beer. Committed to the gourmet approach, the pub serves high-quality food made with local, organic ingredients. Indulge in a feast of Bavarian favorites at the indoor restaurant or take your brew outside to the alfresco area. Better yet, duck into the downstairs parlor, where they store the handmake oakwood barrels (chilled on blocks of ice until they are tapped) that keep your beer fresh!

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Biergarten Viktualienmarkt

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Biergarten Viktualienmarkt sits in the heart of Munich’s oldest farmers markets. Beer halls and gardens customarily carry only one brand of German beer, but here, the “Big Six” (Löwenbräu, Spaten, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, and Augustiner) rotate every few weeks. Before settling in on a spot, peruse vendors carrying artisanal products such as cheese, meat, and bread. Feel free to bring your assortment of goodies to the table—beer garden tradition allows it!

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Tap-House

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Taste the best brews from all over Europe at Tap-House! The beer hall has 42 rotating taps and 200 bottles of craft beer, ranging from classic brews to unfamiliar bottles. Download the Tap-House app for a comprehensive guide to the menu. The platform also has drink recommendations, a beer dictionary, and a personal section for note-taking!

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Stamm Bar

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Stamm Bar challenges tradition by employing a pay-what-you-pour self-service system. Choose from 12 taps on the BeerWall; and pour yourself a drink just the way you like it. Put as much or as little as you like! You may also opt to sample their collection of whiskeys. Stamm Bar considers itself an indoor beer garden, which means you may bring your own food! You may also order a meal from the FoodWall or grab a light nibble from the SnackBar.

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Stehausschank

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Bavaria was once rife with standing bars; but today, Stehausschank is the last-standing original of its kind. Pop in to the compact wooden parlor to (literally) rub elbows with locals tipping back half-liters after work. The place serves Augustiner, tapped from oak barrels, at an affordable rate of only EUR 3.20!

  • Thiereckstraße 2, Munich, Germany

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Gutshof Menterschwaige Biergarten

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Along the banks of the Isar River, old chestnut trees frame the Gutshof Menterschwaige Biergarten, Munich’s most beautiful beer garden. The laid-back space invites up to 2,500 guests to enjoy regional brews on rustic picnic tables. Order a few slices of seasonal cakes or drop by the on-site crepe stand for something sweet to pair with your drink! There’s a nearby playground with a pirate ship, carousel, and climbing wall, in case you’re tot is tagging along.

  • +49089640732
  • Menterschwaig Street 4, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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