The Goldene Bar at the Haus der Kunst museum is lovely inside and out, but particularly glorious in summer, when the terrace enjoys truly golden sundowner rays, as well as the occasional surfer heading up from the Eisbachwelle for a beer. Inside, the gilded wall maps are 1937 originals showing the origins of wines, spirits and tobacco around the world. Shimmering beneath the gorgeous modernist chandelier, they lend the interior a luxurious atmosphere, but it’s the relaxed, mixed crowd that makes the Goldene Bar such a favourite. Chief bartender Klaus St. Rainer is a particular fan of gin, which you’ll find in the signature Haus der Kunst cocktail (Tanqueray gin, Perrier Jouet champagne, lemon, sugar, gin and tonic foam, and Campari dust). A tip: every first Thursday of the month, the adjoining Haus der Kunst art museum has free entry from 6pm to 10pm, so you can enjoy some culture with your cocktails.
With the world’s biggest beer festival, beer cellars galore and the best beer gardens on the planet, Munich has an enviable reputation for… well, yes, that drink we call beer. There is, however, so much more to the city’s bar scene than that.
The Bavarian capital has for centuries been a cultural powerhouse, and nowadays world-class art and design museums often come with quality restaurants and cafés – meaning visitors can take in a Kandinsky or Twombly followed by a glorious bev (or three). The last decade or so has also seen the emergence of a thriving gin scene, while several of the best hotels and bars in Munich are home to experimental mixologists whipping up dazzling creations. Basically, whether it’s for a local beer, a lush wine or a glitzy cocktail, you’re never too far away from a brilliant bar in this city – so if you need some direction, here’s where to start.
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