The area just south of Central station (Hauptbahnhof) has many OK hotels, but few nice places to eat and drink. But go a bit west to the 'Westend', by St Paul's Church on the corner of St-Paul-Strasse and Schwanthaler-Strasse, and there's an excellent pub-restaurant with freshly cooked Bavarian food available late into the evening, along with draft beer and appropriate wines. Cheerfully kitsch in décor and friendly too.
It's called 'Gasthous Zur Festwiese', apparently, though the name isn't prominently displayed.
Schwanthalerstrasse 85, 80336 Munchen, Tel 089 5439050 -
by St Paul's Church on the corner of St-Paul-Strasse and Schwanthaler-Strasse
A traditional bräuhaus, with a lively atmosphere at the weekend, and especially around Oktoberfest time. In the summer, there is a small beer garden too, and you can get traditional Bavarian food in the evening. Try the Hefe Weisen Dunkel (dark) beer for a change from the typical lager-style beers.
Kapuzinerplatz 5, not far from Goetheplatz underground station
I just moved to Munich - what a wonderful city! Fantastic mixture of historic tradition and anarchic alternatives, accessibly modern and suprisingly friendly. From the moment you arrive in the well-designed (of course!) airport -they check your passport and you pick your luggage up straight at the gate - right the way through to literaly hundreds of independent bars and restaurants it's one the nicest cities in the world!
Best bars are in the Glockenbachviertel. For good restaurants try Schwabing and Liehl. Great beer gardens everywhere.
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;
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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