Yes, Munich’s a beer town (especially if you're here for Oktoberfest). But at this point, many of the city’s coolest bars are slinging high-concept cocktails, and even a few of the brightest beer halls are newcomers that even locals don’t know about. Of the city’s many ways to wake up wrecked, here are eight of the best.
The eight coolest bars in Munich
1. GamseiButtermelcherstr. 9, Munich
2. Bar GabányiBeethovenplatz 2, Munich
3. Red HotAmalienstraße 89, Munich
4. PadresBlumenstr. 43, Munich
5. ELLALuisenstr. 33, Munich
6. ForschungsbrauereiUnterhachinger Str. 76, Munich
7. Augustiner-KellerArnulfstr. 52, Munich
8. Bar MuenchenMaximilianstraße 36, Munich
9. Couch ClubKlenzestr. 89, Munich
10. NiederlassungButtermelcherstr. 6, Munich
This modern-looking cocktail lounge concocts specialty drinks in the evening and fresh-brewed coffee in the morning, all in a unique space that features stadium-style seating.
Located only a short walk from the Oktoberfest grounds, Bar Gabanyi features a wide range of entertainment (like dancing, music, poetry), as well as flavorful and unique cocktails.
When you show up to Red Hot, expect a myriad of different craft beers, as well as a variety of cocktails and delicious BBQ dishes, such as ribeye steaks, pulled pork sammies, and braised short ribs.
This Munich bar is named after the San Diego Padres baseball team, and usually features soccer on the TVs, quality cocktails, and rowdy crowds who stay til close.
Located in the ground floor of the Lenbachhaus museum, this cafe/resto/bar serves up Italian fare, while pouring adult beverages like high-end wines and specialty cocktails.
Located in Munich's Perlach neighborhood, this brewery has been churning out some of the city's finest beers since it was built in 1930.
This drinkery and restaurant is one of the foremost places out-of-towners can visit to experience the true Bavarian tradition of the classic beer hall, serving large brews in a cheery atmosphere.
This ritzy bar and restaurant concocts some unique and tasty cocktails, not to mention its food menu, which'll cost you a pretty penny, but is totally worth it if you like upscale fare.
Yes, they have some comfy couches (plus pizza and foosball), but the main draw to this softly-lit bar is their gin selection, which runs more than 100 varieties deep.