Hirschgarten was originally a game enclosure built by the Elector Karl Theodor at the end of the eighteenth century. A small part of the historic enclosure has been preserved and can be seen from the beer garden. With 8,000 seats, the beer garden is the biggest in the city, and is also one of the most pleasant because of its peaceful location and numerous chestnut trees. It was converted from a hunting house to a restaurant in 1970, when the garden was also built.
Munich's oldest jazz club has been at home in the enormous vaulted cellar of a former brewery since 1998. It continues to attract the best international acts, and is popular with enthusiasts, connoisseurs and pretty much anyone who loves music. Unterfahrt has to be one of the most important venues in the city and one of Europe's most famous jazz clubs. Simple pasta dishes are served at reasonable prices, and the service is friendly and efficient. There are jam sessions by local bands and artists featured here on a daily basis. One of the most popular venues in town, this place is a hit with people of all ages.
Augustinerkeller is one of the most frequented traditional beer gardens and Bavarian restaurants in the city center serving big glasses of exquisite beer and authentic traditional culinary delights. The restaurant boasts of a cozy and old-school European decor, ideal for enjoying a sumptuous meal. The beer served in the sun-bleached beer garden is reputed to be one of the best in Munich. Students, business people, locals and tourists alike find this heritage place incomparable.
This most famous pub draws people from all over the globe. Its unique charm comes from the Bavarian music and the handful of regulars who gather at the bar. Beer and schmankerl (roast pork with trimmings) complete the experience. In the summertime, locals head towards its wonderful courtyard, while the Festsaal room hosts a Bavarian evening with music every night, which costs a few Euros for admission. The meals and beer are perfect for a group of friends. Established in the 16th Century, this has become a local landmark. Your trip to Munich will be incomplete without a visit to Hofbräuhaus.
Housed in the basement of the gothic Town Hall building in the heart of Munich, Ratskeller is a good place to stop by for a sumptuous lunch or a leisurely romantic dinner. The menu is solely inspired by traditional Bavarian cuisine, so you can sample some really great local dishes which are interspersed on the lengthy menu. If you're a first-timer then go for the Ratskeller Potatosoup, Nuremberg Style Bratwurst, Scweinebraten, Entenbraten or Beef Goulasch. Pair the food with German beer and wine, and round it off with a helping of something sweet. The cellar's arched ceilings and woodwork add to the charming ambiance as do the sounds of soft Bavarian melodies.
Come explore the wild side at the Harry Klein Club! This is a venue that showcases all kinds of music from a diverse selection of upcoming DJs, VJs, and other live music artists. They also feature visual artwork and are developing a boutique that features a funky range of clothing for youngsters.
The concept behind the Brenner Grill is what really makes it stand out in a city full of fantastic restaurants - you can sit in one of three parts of the restaurant - the steak grill, the pasta bar or the bar / cafe at the front, but order anything from either of them no matter where you sit. And all cooking happens on an open grill in the center of the premises, so you can see exactly how your meal is made. The menu range is relatively small but the food is all very good; be careful though, as getting a steak and a few side dishes (which are priced separately) can end up deceptively pricey. The restaurant is big, with an overall capacity of 300, making it a good choice for a group.
For an evening of German fun, come down to Wirtshaus Ayingers. This restaurant offers you the best of both worlds: excellent beer, delicious food! Try out the 6 beers-on-tap that change often. The food is more like a prix fixe menu but is a really good selection of authentic German delicacies. The rustic yet elegant wooden decor of the restaurant creates a perfect vibe for a cozy yet exquisite dining experience.
Part of the legendary Hard Rock Cafe chain across the world, the cafe in Munich is popular with locals and tourists alike. Expect to find some of the city's coolest bands performing before a fun-loving audience who know their music well. The choice of wines, beers and cocktails is varied while the resident chef does a great job with the sumptuous food served up with freshness and flavor. Hard Rock Cafe can also be rented out for private parties and celebrations so check the website for more details on those and upcoming events.
Decorated with huge lamps and old-school tables and chairs, the Spezlwirtschaft located in one of Munich's oldest buildings has a rustic, casual feel to it. Perfect for a late dinner with friends, or after dinner drinks, Spezlwirtschaft serves up a delicious selection of traditional Bavarian food as well as Burgers and other popular bar food, and boasts of having the best Schnitzel in town. Try their selection of Bavarian Dips and starters along with a great selection of local beer.
Located directly opposite the Opera House and considered to be one of the best places for good Bavarian cuisine, Zum Franziskaner offers culinary classics like homemade Leberkäse (meatloaf) and Weißwurst (veal sausage) as well as a selection of international dishes. The Bavarian decor sets a charming ambiance, and the amicable service adds immeasurably to one's dining experience.