Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Beer Hall in Altstadt & Residenz


Even if you don't like beer, every visitor to Munich should make a pilgrimage to the mothership of all beer halls, if only once. Within this major tourist attraction, you'll discover a range of spaces in which to do…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Stuttgart


Competition is stiff but for our money this might just be Stuttgart's coolest new-wave craft microbrewery and bar. The bartenders really know their stuff, the selection of beers – from IPAs to stouts, single hop bre…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Stuttgart

Schwarz Weiss Bar

Jazz creates a mellow mood at this slinky little cocktail bar, with barrel-vaulted ceilings, stone walls and dim lighting. The mixologists seem to put a pinch of magic into the succinct, everchanging list of cocktai…
Top Choice Cafe in Baden-Baden


You can sure smell the coffee as you approach Kaffeesack, tucked away in Baden-Baden's backstreets. Born in Germany to Italian parents, Maurizio is the heart and soul of this intimate, nicely chilled cafe, decorated…
Top Choice Beer Hall in Westend & Theresienwiese

Augustiner Bräustuben

Depending on the wind direction, the bitter-sweet aroma of hops envelops you as you approach this traditional beer hall inside the Augustiner brewery. The Bavarian fare is superb, especially the Schweinshaxe (pork k…
Top Choice Pub in Maxvorstadt

Alter Simpl

Thomas Mann and Hermann Hesse used to knock 'em back at this well-scuffed and wood-panelled thirst parlour. A bookish ambience still pervades, making this an apt spot at which to curl up with a weighty tome over a f…
Top Choice Beer Garden in Schwabing & the Englischer Garten

Chinesischer Turm

This one's hard to ignore because of its English Garden location and pedigree as Munich's oldest beer garden (open since 1791). Camera-toting tourists and laid-back locals, picnicking families and businessmen sneaki…
Top Choice Club in Westend & Theresienwiese

Harry Klein

Follow the gold-lined passageway off Sonnenstrasse to what some regard as one of the best Elektro-clubs in the world. Nights here are an amazing alchemy of electro sound and visuals, with live video art projected on…
Top Choice Bar in Regensburg


This time-warped, tightly squeezed blast from the past in Jugendstil tile, cast iron and stained glass has been filling with newspaper-reading caffeine fans at first rays and ethanol fans after sundown for over thre…
Top Choice Bar in Altstadt & Residenz

Schumann's Bar

Urbane and sophisticated, Schumann's shakes up Munich's nightlife with libational flights of fancy and an impressive range of concoctions. It's also good for weekday breakfasts. Cash only.