Unusually, the beer operation is self service with you buying your beer and getting a receipt to give the barman who pours your drink. They’re famous for their pork knuckles, but vegetarians beware: the cafeteria setup is not geared up for a carnivorous free diet.
If you can’t make the Kloster Andechs, you can try their beers at the Andescher am Dom in Munich. However, try to avoid it during football times as Bayern fans leave little room for anyone else. The Augustiner am Dom next door is an interesting place with one half being modern with TVs playing and the other half being traditional with a lovely upstairs snug.
The Hirschgarten is famous for its 8000 seat capacity, but if, as was the case this time, the weather confounds you; you can do worse than spend some time indoors. They have an impressive amount of beers on draught and offered up yet another variation on the traditional Pils glass.
The Weisses Bräuhaus is another must visit place. Being the Schneider Weisse brewery tap, the emphasis is naturally on wheat beer. However, they do offer Tegernsee as their default Helles option. Augustiner have a well deserved reputation for the quality of their beers-Edelstoff in particular-and have some great outlets in the city.
The Augustiner Großgaststätte is in the pedestrianised centre of the city and is Augustiner’s flagship pub. A rare example of German Art Nouveau grandeur, service and beer are both excellent here. The Augustiner Keller is famous for its outdoor barbecuing and superb beer garden. However, the cellar bar here is worth a visit of its own. And finally, the Augustiner Bräustuben-the brewery tap-has to be visited, if just for the atmosphere.
Of the rest; the Paulaner brewery tap on Hochstraße is a very modern new build. Also a new build, but much pubbier and atmospheric is the Paulaner Bräuhaus at Kapuzinerplatz. This is where Eugen and Ludwig Thomas started brewing in 1889 and the shiny new glistening kettles produce Thomas Zwickl beers. The zwickl, by the way, is the tap that brewers draw the beer from to test it.
You can also try the Lowenbrau brewery tap on Nymphenburger Straße. If you’re sensible, you’ll stick to the Helles or the hoppier Urtyp. If you’re not, you’ll plump for the dark and daring Triumphator. At 7.6% it’s got to be drunk by the litre, obviously.There are plenty of other decent places to lose your money and senses in throughout Munich. And there’s also some thriving wine bars, if you fancy a change. At the airport, the Airbrau is worth a look. Their beers are the cheapest in Munich, but their “hoppy” Helles isn’t and their “very hoppy” Pils isn’t either.