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Packed beer cellars, huge glasses of froth, men in Lederhosen and women in Dirndls – sound familiar? While all of these can still easily be found in the Bavarian capital, Munich’s world-famous beer culture has a more diverse (and sophisticated) side too.
Beer in Munich is a great equaliser: head inside a traditional Wirtshaus pub-restaurant, a beer cellar or beer garden and you could find yourself drinking on the same table as just about anyone, from a skint student to a besuited executive – or both. In most you’ll get a choice of Helles (lager) or Weißbier (wheat beer), both with frothing heads and in half a litre or Maß (litre). Toast your neighbours by clinking your glasses, always with eye contact for good luck, and follow it up with a Prost! (cheers!)
In recent years a host of exciting craft beer manufacturers have sprung up on the Munich bar scene, offering welcome competition to Munich’s traditional Big Six: Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräuhaus, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten-Franziskaner. And reflecting the demands of locals and visitors alike, this now includes organic breweries. The result is that when you sit down for a cold beer in Munich, there’ll be something to sate the taste of every kind of beer lover. So browse our run-down of the absolute best places to drink beer in Munich and take your pick.
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