32 Best Bars in Munich, Germany


Maxvorstadt Fodor's choice

Among Munich's largest beer gardens (5,000 seats)—and in fact its oldest—Augustiner Keller is one of the more authentic beer gardens, with excellent food, beautiful chestnut shade trees, a mixed local crowd, and Munich Augustiner beer.

Biergarten am Viktualienmarkt

Altstadt Fodor's choice

The only true beer garden in the center of the city, and therefore the easiest to find, is the one at Viktualienmarkt. The beer on tap rotates among the six major Munich breweries to keep everyone happy throughout the year. It's usually closed from November to March or April, depending on weather.

Café Kosmos

Maxvorstadt Fodor's choice

Frequented by students and hipsters, this lively two-story bar near the main train station is famous for its cheap drinks and kitschy atmosphere.

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Grapes Weinbar

Altstadt Fodor's choice

The young sommeliers here take a fresh, modern approach to wine, departing from the typical German Rieslings and French Pinot Noirs (though those are on the menu, too) and offering many lesser-known varietals. The well-curated list of wines by the glass includes natural and biodynamic options; ask for the separate card of rare (and pricier) wines, also by the glass. The loungelike space and small garden terrace attract a well-heeled crowd; weekend evenings are particularly lively.

Hofbräukeller am Wiener Platz

Haidhausen Fodor's choice

This is one of the city's midsize beer gardens but undoubtedly one of the best. Its location just off pretty cobblestoned Wiener Platz makes it attractive enough, plus the food's good, and it serves the same beer as the Hofbräuhaus. There's a play area for children as well as a lounge area with sand and sun loungers.

Jazzbar Vogler

Isarvorstadt Fodor's choice

Since 1997, Jazzbar Vogler has staged jazz concerts in its intimate, dimly lit space.

Jazzclub Unterfahrt

Haidhausen Fodor's choice

For more than 40 years, Unterfahrt has been the place for the serious jazzologist.

Königlicher Hirschgarten

Nymphenburg Fodor's choice

Out in the district of Nymphenburg is the huge Königlicher Hirschgarten, Munich's largest beer garden, with 8,000 seats. It's also a family-oriented beer garden; it even has a deer reserve. To get there, rent bikes and make a day of it in the park and beer garden, or take the S-bahn to Hirschgarten, then walk about 15 minutes. No matter how you get there, it'll be worth it.

Park Café

Maxvorstadt Fodor's choice

This is one of Munich's hippest hangouts, a combination restaurant, bar, and nightclub inside a 1930s building in the Old Botanical Garden, plus a sprawling seasonal beer garden outside. It often draws a younger crowd, attracted by a thriving music scene, which ranges from DJs to live bands. There's a great atmosphere to go with the good food and drinks, even better when the sun is shining and the beer garden is open.

Paulaner am Nockherberg

Haidhausen Fodor's choice

Set atop "Holy Hill," so named because Paulaner monks produced beer here as far back as 1627, this brewery/beer garden was entirely refurbished in early 2018. The sprawling shady beer garden, which seats 2,000 people, is a nice break from the touristy beer gardens found in much of the city. Sample handcrafted Paulaner beers made right on-site, including the potent wheat beer Faustus; many are specialty unfiltered brews you can't find elsewhere. The Bavarian cuisine here is particularly good.

Petit Cafe

Altstadt Fodor's choice

As befits its name, this minuscule bar has just a handful of tables and stools, but it’s big on atmosphere, with wood-lined walls decorated with vintage posters, an antique cash register, and an old piano wedged in the corner.


Altstadt Fodor's choice
At Munich's most famous bar, the bartenders are busy shaking cocktails after the curtain comes down at the nearby opera house. On the ground floor is Schumann's Bar am Hofgarten; one floor up, Les Fleurs du Mal has one 27-foot-long table for guests to share and converse with the barman, who will whip up bespoke cocktails based on your preferences.



The Backstage is mostly a live-music venue for alternative music of all kinds, but there's also a chilled-out club and a seasonal beer garden.

Bar Centrale


Around the corner from the Hofbräuhaus, Bar Centrale is a friendly Italian café by day, but come evening, it morphs into a dimly lit lounge, with cocktails (many with an Italian bent) served at cozy tables in the retro-looking interior. There's also a small, ever-changing menu of international dishes and a nice selection of Italian wines by the glass.

Bar Gabányi


Choose from a long list of creative craft cocktails at this dimly lit late-night haunt which also features live jazz.

Beethovenpl. 2, Munich, 80336, Germany
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Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm


The famous Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm is at the five-story Chinese Tower in the Englischer Garten. Enjoy your beer to the strains of oompah music played by traditionally dressed musicians.

Englischer Garten 3, Munich, 80538, Germany
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Rate Includes: Closed Nov.--Mar. or Apr. (weather dependent)

Goldene Bar


Everything glows golden at this aptly named bar and café within the Haus der Kunst. Among gilded wall paintings dating from 1937 and beneath a mod 1920s chandelier, hip locals sit on vintage furniture sipping classic cocktails with a modern twist.

Prinzregentenstr. 1, Munich, 80538, Germany
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Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.



The Hirschau, pleasantly located in the Englischer Garten, has room for around 1,800 guests and serves a rotating selection of seasonal beers plus local and international beer garden specialties. There's also live music Thursday to Sunday.

Holy Home


For a New York City–style corner-bar experience, check out Holy Home, in the heart of the trendy Gärtnerplatz district. A hip local crowd frequents this hole-in-the-wall that books great low-key DJs.

Reichenbachstr. 21, Munich, 80469, Germany



Cushy leather seating, brick walls, and flickering candles lend a warm, clubby vibe to this trendy bar near the Pinakotheken (art museums) and the university. There's a long list of classic and signature cocktails.

Jahreszeiten Bar


Tucked inside the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, this sophisticated spot, outfitted with plush carpeting, leather seating, and an open fireplace, serves a wide range of sparkling wines, whiskeys, and cocktails. 

Kilian's Irish Pub and Ned Kelly's Australian Bar


Just behind the Frauenkirche, Kilian's Irish Pub and Ned Kelly's Australian Bar (adjoining bars) offer an escape from the German tavern scene. Naturally, they have Guinness and Foster's, but they also serve Munich's lager, Augustiner, and regularly televise international soccer, rugby, and sports in general. There's also free live music every evening except Sunday at Kilian's starting at 9 pm.



One of the best live venues in the city, this club housed inside a historic power station hosts up-and-coming bands as well as leading indie acts from around the world. The café-bar (open during events only) and the modest beer garden (open when the weather is good) serves surprisingly good organic food along with organic beer from the Lammsbräu Brewery.



Opened in 1967, the Ochsengarten is Munich's men-only bar for lovers of leather and rubber.



Bordering the Englischer Garten, in a wing of Haus der Kunst, P1 is definitely one of the most popular clubs in town for the see-and-be-seen crowd. It is chockablock with the rich and the wannabe rich and can be fun if you're in the mood. Seats on the seasonal terrace are highly coveted, so reservations are essential. The bouncers can be choosy about whom they let in, so you'll need to dress in style.

Prinzregentenstr. 1, Munich, 80538, Germany
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Rate Includes: Closed Sun. to Tues.

Paradiso Tanzbar


Established more than a decade ago, this is still one of the most lively clubs on the scene, combining dance, burlesque, and all kinds of music, all night long.

Pusser's Bar Munich


A Munich fixture since 1974, the nautical-style Pusser's Bar pours great cocktails and Irish-German black-and-tans (Guinness and strong German beer). Try the rum-based "Painkiller," a specialty of the house. Enjoy live piano music Wednesday to Saturday evenings in the downstairs piano bar. 

Seehaus im Englischen Garten


The Seehaus im Englischen Garten is on the banks of the artificial lake Kleinhesseloher See, where all of Munich converges on hot summer days. Take Bus 59 and exit at Osterwaldstrasse or U-bahn 3/6 to Münchner Freiheit and stroll through the park. The beer garden is open on weekends and holidays when the weather is good.



The crowd at Neuhausen's Taxisgarten, with 1,500 seats, is mostly local and the food here is excellent, not to mention the beer. While parents refresh themselves, children exhaust themselves at the playground.

Taxisstr. 12, Munich, 80637, Germany
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Rate Includes: Closed Nov.--Mar. or Aprl. (weather dependent)

Trader Vic's


Exotic cocktails are the specialty at the Polynesian-themed Trader Vic's, a smart cellar bar in the Hotel Bayerischer Hof. Dating back to 1971, it is as popular among out-of-town visitors as it is with locals.