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 6 pm to 10 pm, so you can enjoy some culture with your cocktails.
When you think about drinking alcohol in Munich, the chances are that beer will be the first and last thing that jumps to mind. Why wouldn’t it be? The Bavarian beauty is home to the world’s biggest beer festival, after all, as well as famous beer cellars and the world’s best beer gardens. The sheer number of times the word “beer” features in this opening paragraph is proof enough of the amber nectar’s dominance.
There is much more to Munich’s bar scene than steins, however, and the last decade or so has seen the emergence of a thriving cocktail scene. Mixologists are making their presence felt in Munich, making the most of gin, rum, vodka and all the rest. Beer is king here, but the best bars in Munich show that there are plenty more strings to this tasty bow.
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