Munich beer guide. The best beer places in the city.
Guides | 06.06.2019
Munich is known as the beer capital of Germany and Europe. There's no shame in going here just to try beer, because in Bavaria beer is a big part of culture.
Breweries of famous beer brands are located in the city, and at Oktoberfest five million litres of drink are drunk here! This foamy drink is not only drunk in bars and pubs. In the city, Biergarten (beer gardens) are widespread, supporting the culture of drinking beer outdoors in a park or a public garden near a restaurant, as well as Bierhalle – big halls that are used as large bar spaces.
In Munich, there are six major breweries, which are famous all over the world: Hofbräu, Paulaner, Augustiner, Löwenbräu, Spaten, and Hacker-Pschorr. Beer all over Germany is always natural and fresh. The country has a law on the purity of brewing, which was adopted in 1516 and is still in force to this day. The main rule is that beer should be made exclusively from malt, hops and water. So the government guarantees the absence of impurities in the composition of German beer.

The bars in Munich really respect tradition and always welcome travellers. We've chosen the best places in the city where you should go for a beer and try Bavarian sausages.
Hofbräuhaus
Despite the popularity, some beer places in Munich just cannot be missed. Hofbräuhaus is one of those places. Back in 1589 it was a court brewery, which was built for the nobility. Now it is an important beer point on the map of Munich. In Hofbräuhaus, there are three floors and eight halls; in summer, locals and tourists gather in the garden near to the restaurant, drinking beer and socialising together. There is a safe in the bar where family beer mugs are kept, which have been inherited and are locked up in a private cabinet. If you want to learn more about Hofbräuhaus, you'll find guided tours here.
Löwenbräukeller
In Munich, you should definitely pay a visit to a famous brand's brewery. One of these is Löwenbräu and the restaurant Löwenbräukeller. It has its own beer garden, several summer terraces, and you can also come along to an event here. The hall itself was restored. In 1944 it was destroyed and rebuilt only after six years. But despite this, the German atmosphere is really felt here. If you always imagined a beer restaurant, where a girl in a Bavarian traditional costume would place a large foaming mug in front of you – Löwenbräukeller is that place.
Airbräu Munich
Where else in the world can you find a brewery at the city airport? Only in Munich, of course. If you really can't wait and want to quickly immerse yourself in the culture of Bavaria, we advise you to go into Airbräu. The interior design was created by the company Caspary, which opens German breweries around the world. The inside of Airbräu is like a cellar – you'll not feel like you're at an airport at all! They say that some local people come here specifically to drink beer, even if they are not flying anywhere.
Augustiner-Keller Beer garden
The oldest beer garden in Munich was first mentioned in 1812, but the official opening took place in 1862. The garden of the Augustiner-Keller restaurant accommodates 5,000 guests and preserves its old traditions. Beer is poured from wooden barrels and they serve simple and inexpensive food: sausages, pork and other Bavarian dishes.
Spatenhaus
Yet another old beer factory, Shpaten, opened in 1937. Since then, the beer brand has been known all around the world. Spaten make deliveries throughout Europe and America. The recognisable malt shovel logo, which is still used today, was developed by the artist Otto Hupp back in 1884. The emblem of the company is considered one of the oldest. Moreover Spaten was the first company to create a separate brand of beer specifically for Oktoberfest.
Spaten-Khaus differs from the rest of the beer places with its refined interior, white tablecloths, views of the Bavarian Opera building and their prices. Dinner is more expensive here than in other restaurants, and at the same time it is always full of people. So it's better to book a table in advance. Wearing a dinner jacket isn't necessary. Travellers often come in less formal clothes, and this is perceived as the norm.
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