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.
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.
A bar dedicated to honoring the dubious legacy of the Irish-Australian bushranger by the same name, Ned Kelly's offers you the kind of drinking experience you would get Down Under. This is the place to settle down to watch rugby with a Victoria Bitter in hand, all the while munching on typically Australian dishes like the Kangaroo steak, Lamb stew and Bread and Butter pudding. Karaoke Thursdays are especially entertaining; the sight of patrons going up on stage to sing their favorite songs is a treat to watch. If you're in the mood for some real live music, you should consider popping into Kilians Irish Pub next door.
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.
Klenze 17 in the Gärtnerplatz quarter, not far from the city centre, has been popular with students for over a decade. A small room with a bar and an even smaller back room decorated in hip colors, this place is just right if you like closed spaces and loud techno music, are energetic and don't care about daft modern fashions. The food is simple and cheap, but good and generously portioned, and best washed down with a few Augustiner beers.
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.
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.
The name could not be more Bavarian, and the restaurant could not be more Italian. The owner crossed the Alps from Italy to open the doors of Osteria Der Katzlmacher in Munich. The menu is prepared daily according to fresh ingredients available. Let the host suggest your order. It is not a place to go for standard Italian fare like Spaghetti Bolognese, but for lesser known and definitely more exciting Italian and Mediterranean delicacies. It is a real feast for the senses with a warm décor, Italian music, fine wines, and a joke or two with the hosts.
NV Club is a trendy nightclub and Hookah lounge located at the Residenzstraße. The club is very spacious and is two floors high, it is furnished with comfortable couches and neon lights add attitude to the decor. This place is your fix for good music and great food, and you can stay put here till wee hours of the morning. Their talented DJs are known to groove the crowd, while mesmerizing flavors of Hookah make them oblivious to the outside world. Food is served in generous portions and can be complemented with beer or wine.
Cohibar City is a disarmingly simple bar but its potent selection of drinks and friendly crowd more than compensate for the lack of frills. Located in the heart of the city, this bar is attracts locals and travelers alike. The clientele is mostly youngsters who come here to groove to the tunes of talented DJs while chilled beers and well-crafted cocktails. A perfect spot to bring your gang for a weekend party or for mingling with newer faces, Cohibar City is the one of the most popular nightlife spots of the city.