Munich is such a beautiful city – one which has beautifully succeeded in what many cities fail to do; combine the old and the new. Similarly, the mixture of different themes throughout the city means that no one night will be the same – be prepared for a whirlwind of experiences if you plan nights out in Munich.
Whether you’re eager to put your dancing shoes on, explore the city or enjoy a night of culture; Munich has it all. Below we’ve listed our top choices and where you should go to have the best nights.
1. Beer Gardens
Beer is a super prevalent part of German culture. It doesn’t matter what variety you get, Germany’s strict purity law (that German beer should not contain any other ingredients except barley, yeast, and water) means that you’ll only be getting the finest beer. Beer gardens are, for obvious reasons, extremely popular in Munich – spending your night in one would no doubt be fun, interesting and eventful.
We recommend visiting the Beer Garden Augustiner Keller. This will give you that traditional German beer experience, with all the stereotypes. Back in the 1800s a “beer bull” would lug the beer barrels from the cellar.
Though the bull might be a distant memory, you’ll still witness the classic beer garden exactly as it would have looked in the 1800s. You must try the Augustiner beer – often classed as Munich’s best.
2. A moonlight walk around the city
Something is enchanting and mesmerizing about exploring new cities at nightfall. Whether you’re in the Altstadt (old town) or the often-bustling city center, you are sure to be captivated by the beauty of the city when the lights are glowing.
You could even take a walk down to the River Isar, a beautiful sight to see especially at night. Moonlight walks are perfect for those romantic moments or just for a peaceful time – away from the chaos of daylight city life.
Just remember, safety is key.
3. Dance the night away
Maybe you’re craving a night of dancing, good DJ sets and somewhere to have fun until the early hours of the morning. Good clubs are easy to find in Munich, it’s a young city filled with a wide variety of styles of clubs for different tastes.
For example, Milla is a small club filled with flea market furniture that plays underground style music. Ksar Club is a contemporary bar/lounge/club which gives you the choice of sitting at a bar or dancing in the crowd. Lastly, the Gecko club offers super on-trend dance music in an ultra-modern club, known for being filled with the wildest party animals.
If you’re a tourist, expat, couch surfer or local looking to meet new people, Munich also hosts a pub crawl every week. This could be a great chance to meet new people.
If there’s one thing to learn from these nights it’s; Germans know how to party.
4. A more cultured night
Okay, maybe you’re not one for nightclubs, or maybe you’re recovering from one of those nights. Munich is also filled with more sophisticated, chilled out things to do.
Munich’s musical heritage is ruled by one composer; Richard Wagner. Munich even has a street named after him (The Richard-Wagner-Straße). Wagner’s success story begun in Munich after the King, an avid supporter of Wagner, brought him to the city. You probably won’t be surprised to find that Munich owns not one…not two…but three world-class orchestras.
Make your way to either the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Bayerisches Staatsorchester or the Munchner Philharmoniker for a night of outstanding classical music and a world of culture.
5. A night of good food
Sometimes the best nights are the ones spent chatting over a wonderful meal. Munich is bursting with restaurants from all different cultures and even some veggie ones. Here are some of our favorites:
- Wirtshaus Maximilian – If you’re looking for a traditional German restaurant without so many clichés, this could be perfect. They offer 35 German beers on tap, serve traditional sausages, currywurst, pretzels, and potato pancakes, without any cuckoo clocks hung on the wall.
- Brenner – Wear your Sunday best for this glamorous restaurant, once the stables of Munich’s royals. Brenner offers an array of dishes from pasta to grill. We urge you to book in advance.
- Vorholzer Forum Café – This is an extremely hip roof-top café, on a good day you might even be able to see the snow-tipped alps from here. Worth a visit for the views alone, but the food is also superb too.
- Tian – Some people have made the choice to be vegetarian, some might just be sick of sausages. Tian is a beautiful vegetarian restaurant that serves only local and organic food. It’s very often considered as the best vegetarian food in Munich. You can even treat yourself to some delicious dessert.
You know what they say; good food, good mood.
6. A night of theatres
If you feel like a theatre show would make your night 100x better, you’re in the right city. Munich has amazing theatres that will treat you with some of your favorite shows from contemporary to traditional, popular to indie.
The Deutsches Theater – This is full of easy-going classics. You’ll be able to see; Grease, Hair, Rocky Horror Picture Show, etc. For a night of light-hearted fun.
Munchner Kammerspiele – An important theatre in Germany, let alone Munich. You can witness international and German giants at this gorgeous theatre. Shakespeare, Brecht, Goldoni and Goethe classics are all performed here.
Munich is full of things to do, no doubt you’ll stumble upon some cool event, quiz night or club exclusive whilst exploring in the day. We highly recommend indulging in classic German culture on a night out, but don’t forget to have fun.
If you try out any of these nighttime activities please let us know, also provide us with some more suggestions. We’d love to hear from you.
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Updated: October 24, 2019