It's a beautiful pub with friendly service. It serves Bitburger, does a brilliant plate of Eisbein (pig's trotters) and, on the occasions I went, wasn't used by too many tourists. One thing worth remembering is that if 1860 Munich are at home, the place is packed and can be a bit unnerving. That's the only downside though
Just off Marienplaz in the city centre.
A cafe in a largely residential area which offers a wide range of drinks, a hilarious 'landlord' (inside joke, sorry), and you can even get a Guinness and have a game of bingo there on a Sunday evening. And it's not even run by anyone remotely English. Has to be experienced to be understood.
Few locals drink in "the Tal" - try a relaxed beer with the Bavarians at a Paulaner pub. If you must drink in the Tal - try Weisses BrauHaus for a Schneider-Weisse and spanferkel :)
Gaststätte Paulaner Bräuhaus,
tel: 089/544611 - 0
A lively bar with free live music every day of the week. The bar shares a cellar with Ned Kellys, an Australian bar next door which will be the place to head when the Aussies kick off their World Cup campaign.
Tel. 089 24219899
Huge, rightly famous, beer hall. People packed together on benches at tressle tables to drink excellent beer in vast quantities, served and kept in order by formidable, efficient hospital matron style waitresses.
Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
Platzl 9 (behind Marienplatz);
tel: 089 290136 10;
Munich is more or less flat and very well provided with safe cycle paths. So cycling around is at least pleasant if not really good fun and obviously one can cover more ground, taking advantage of the parks including the huge Englischergarten.
Bikes can be rented at a very efficient outfit at the rear of the main station. Passport or D/L identity is required. For occasional use there is an excellent communal bike sysytem run by Deutsche Bahn called Dial-A-Bike. A cellphone is needed. The bikes are conspicous and freely available all round the inner city. One calls the number on the bike, registers (quick and Endlish is spoken) gets a code number to open the bike lock and off you go.
When you reach your destinantion one simply rings again to say where it is and leave the bike locked up. Short-term use is cheap but keeping one for a week would be very expensive. For the adventurous, Sud Bayern has a massive network of cycle trails and one can return on the train with no problem.
For example cycling to Tegernsee would make a great day out; have lunch at the old brewery and catch the train back from the quaint station with its wooden pub.
The Cord is a bar and café with dancing (as they describe themselves...) right between the Karlsplatz/Stachus and the Sendlinger Tor. A nice and loud place for the evening and as it's in the second floor you have a very urban overview over the bright streets. Watch the traffic and the tramways go by, while enjoying a nice cocktail and talking to nice people! At the weekend there is a moderate entrance fee, on weekdays (or better: weeknights) it's free!
U4/U5 and every S-Bahn: Karlsplatz(Stachus)
Tram 17/18/19/20/27: Karlsplatz(Stachus)
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