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Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus MünchenHofbräuhaus München
Based on:
17 Beers
5,729 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 81
Visits: 169
Avg: 4.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: 4
Bottles: 1
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Platzl 9
München, 80331
phone: +49 89 290136-100

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hofbraeuhausmuc

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Reviews: 81 | Visits: 169
Photo of -N8
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A fun spot but a bit of a tourist trap. A must on your first visit to Munich, but not so much after that. The food is ok, and there is usually a traditional German band playing. A fun place to people watch, although most of the patrons are out of towers.

A bit of a downer when you find out there are a several HB Haus locations elsewhere in the US etc.

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Photo of MaillardRx
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A staple of beer lore. You cannot go to Munich and not stop by the Hofbrauhaus. It only takes one or two litres to get the juices flowing. The sounds of Bavarian music, coupled with traditional Bavarian waitresses made for an incredible atmosphere.

The food was good, but only a fair value for the price. You're obviously paying for more than just the food. The beers are actually reasonably priced, or at least what I was expecting to pay.

Overall, this place is great, and I fully intend to return each time I visit Munich--if I am ever so lucky.

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Photo of BeerBeerBeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

One of the best places in Munich.

This place is amazing, the service is super fast (20-40 seconds and the beer is on your table), the atmosphere is amazing (along with traditional music that played occasionally), I ordered potatoes too, and they were superb!

No words to explain this place, maybe videos will help...

If you're in Munich - You MUST try this place (I've been there almost 3 hours straight)

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Photo of Quindar
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I lived in Munich for 5 years. This is THE Münchener Bierhalle. Hofbräu is not the best of the six München Helles lagers*, nor is the Hofbräuhaus the most authentic**, but it has carved out a wonderful place between touristy and legitimate that no other place has.

Yes, there are tourists there. There are also locals in droves. The locale is close to Marienplatz but you'll have to venture north into Schwabing for the newer, cooler Munich.

No trip to Munich is complete without a visit.

* Augustiner Helles is the best Munich Helles. Tegernseer is even better though from further south in Bavaria.
** The Löwenbräukeller can't be beat for authenticity and ambience awesomeness.

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Photo of bocaoma
4.68/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great place, good food, and plenty of freshly brewed beer. At first it seems a bit touristy, but after while you find yourself talking to complete strangers from all over the globe. Don't expect to get off cheap either, but I would gladly invest in the experience again.

Alles Gute

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Photo of Jojo850
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Everyone has to go once for the experience. Had a liter of Hofbrau Original and a liter of Funnel, and both were fresh, crisp, and delicious. Even in January the service was spotty and slow. My wife and I each ordered weiswurt, but for some reason we only received one order. That being said, the atmosphere of the place was enough to make it worth the visit, and the other diners were warm and friendly as could be. We will certainly return.

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Photo of burnstar
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Spent a hot summer evening here during the 2013 heat wave. The atmosphere is amazing- a bit chaotic and packed but also jovial and friendly. If you want to go to a bavarian beer hall then you will find what you're looking for. Lots of tourists- but hey, you're probably one to them so stop whining. The beer is great. Service is good too- better than you'd expect given the chaos inside. Descent selection of their beers- about what you'd expect if you've been to some of other places in Germany. Food was delicious and there was lots of it. Lots of fun for any beer fan.

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Photo of dogma33
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

It may be the 'tourist' thing to do in Munich, but it is worth the visit regardless. Very light hearted atmosphere, excellent beer, the food is good. The service was spotty, particularly in the central beer garden. Service on the second floor was better and less crowded.

We sampled several of the menu items, things were good though nothing really jumped out at us as above and beyond. More importantly, the beer is pretty outstanding.

All in all, a very good value and a nice place to relax and take in some very good beer.

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Photo of Culture
3/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

This is obviously a must see while in Munchen. Many tourists , food is not good at all. I have been to some smaller beer gardens in Germany that have amazing food. They had entertainment ... very enjoyable. I went with my wife and sister-in-law. We had a good time and i got a steine. Like i said you must go just to say i have been.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Well, you have to do it. But it's overpriced for the food and the beer you get. However, the atmosphere is totally German, despite the abundance of tourists. Be prepared for walking around looking for a table, and possibly sharing one with other folks. It's a good experience overall, but there are definitely better establishments in Germany.

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Photo of camartin27
4.03/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Welcome to Munich! We went in thinking "beer hall" and it was exactly that and more. Great lively Bavarian band, traditional serving maids and German foods. The locals were super friendly and helped us translate the menu and the fun and it was a great time.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

You can tell this is a tourist place. None the less, there's a reason why so many people want to come here. From the bavarian live band to the delicious food and bavarian dressed waitresses, you do feel like your in the quintessential beer hall, which I suppose you are. It's great. I was there over the Euro Cup to watch a game with some of my buddies and we had a great time. The stuff is somewhat given the tourist price, but that's to be expected. Their food is to die for. Boiled potatoes and pretzels that will blow your mind. You have to get the big mug of beer and make sure to take pictures. Welcome to Munich!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

With all the fame surrounding the Hofbrauhaus, it isn't just beer lovers who visit this place; it's a tourist destination. As the most stereotypical beer hall in a city that knows beer halls, no wonder it's so popular. It looks big on the outside, and it seems to get bigger once you walk in. There's a gift shop to the right as you enter, a big stage for bands to play traditional Bavarian music (and I got my share during lunchtime), and a sea of tables and benches throughout the first floor. I wouldn't be surprised if you could seat 500 people! If that wasn't enough, there's an enclosed biergarten with at least another 100 capacity, and a second and thrid floor (the top floor reserved as a dining and dance hall). Much of the ground floor was filled with a combination of tourists, FC Bayern, and Barcelona fans (this being gameday of the first leg of the semi-finals), and a few pockets of open tables which I targeted.

4 different beers on-tap (Urbock, Weiss, Dunkel, and Original Helles) plus a bottled non-alcoholic wheat. Despite the attraction of popularity of the place, the prices are reasonable for food and beer (one liter pours are €7.60). It isn't just the beer that they brew themselves, they also have their own butchery which makes their own sausage. No wonder my bockwurst and potato salad were agreeable.

Flagging a server took a little time, but to his credit, he was able to get my liter of beer and bockwurst out in a matter of minutes. But I get the impression that he was rushing me, as I was pay to pay right after getting my order. What if I decide to order another liter? Or maybe this is how they turn tables quickly at the Hofbrauhaus.

Classic beer hall. Classic beer. Classic Munich flare. Everybody should visit this place once in their lifetime.

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Photo of Paincane
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

THE destination that I HAD to visit when in Munich. I got excited just seeing the building. Walking in was the beginning of the experience. Bavarian culture at its finest. The band playing drinking songs, the benches, people from all over the world, good food and the beer made it a sensory bonanza. My wife and three sons accompanied me and enjoyed it so much that we did it again two nights later. The 1L dimpled mugs were awesome. The Dünkel was great. The food was perfect. Pretzels and wurst with the beer just made me happy. Like a kid in a candy store. Granted, the beer selection is somewhat limited but the beer is very good.
Absolutely a must in your beer life. If you are anywhere near Munich, make the pilgrimage and also check out the others in the neighborhood. Ayinger, Augustiner, Paulaner and Weisses are all nearby and worth the effort.

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This place is something else, the Disneyland of Bavarian beer culture. Huge building with many different seating areas. Make sure to arrive somewhat early as it closes and empties out fairly early by American standards. Think of the Hofbräuhaus as more of an experience than a restaurant and you're on the right track. Where we sat there were tons of old wooden table crowded up with tons of people and even more beer. The raucous environment encourages socialization with those nearby. Food was good but expensive. All of this to the backing of a band busting out drinking songs and Schlager songs.

Downsides: expensive prices and average to poor service. Just remember you're not paying for the food/service, you're paying for the experience.

This place is incredible, everyone must go here at least once. The pretty good food, limited beer selection, and high prices make it difficult to recommend going more than once, but that one time you do go, oh boy, get ready to have a blast.

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Photo of skypup
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was my 3rd time at the HB haus, but the first I took some notes to review it.

This is the atmosphere that makes Munich. The oompa loompa band in the background, and close seating that engages you to get to know your neighbors

The beer is great, the food great, and the selection is pretty good too. several beers available and most typical bavarian fair is on the menu as well as specials.

It was busy, same day as a FC Bayern soccer match, so in the defense of our waiter he pulled off some pretty good feats in terms of taking orders keeping a sense of humor and keeping fresh beers on the table.

Even our waiter told us that something undecipherable had occured in the kitchen and my food would be a while. over a span of nearly an hour, my kraut appeared, followed by my sommel knudel 30 minutes later, and finally my pork knuckle 30 minutes after than. Even the Germans sitting next to us said, "you know your dumplings tastes better when it is warm."

A Mass beer of Dunkel ran about 8 Euro.

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Photo of EpicWI
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've been to Munich several times and I love the Hofbrau house.

Loaded with tourists and locals alike, everyone is friendly and always willing to strike up a conversation. The food and service great, especially considering how much and fast they're churning it out (and if ever in Bavaria, make sure to try a schweinhaxe at some point - it's the pork eating equivalent of sex).

The original German umpa environment, like any such environment it can be dangerous if you try keeping your drinking up with the band, so pay attention how fast it's going down. Otherwise you may get to experience the restroom floor "vomitoriams" first hand.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here with some friends during our Oktoberfest vacation. The place was packed, witht ons of people occupying all of the tables inside and out. We walked through, searching for seats and finally landed some at a table outside. The outside area was like a nice quaint courtyard, with trees, cobblestone, an upper deck and a sheltered area. There were plenty of servers bringing beer tot he tables all night. They offered all the traditional beer choices of this style of party, including Marzen, dunkle, radler etc. Songs were playing and people were singing and swaying here. The inside seemed to be much more festive. We didnt try any food but the beer and atmospheric experience was wonderful.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

If you ever find yourself in Munich, you must visit the world famous Hofbrau House.

The atmosphere of this place is what makes it famous. This is a large area packed with people from all over the world. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. The service was great as they got you your beer quickly. The selection offered includes all the major German styles of beer. I did not personally have the food, but from what I saw it looked promising. This is the type of place where you stop in for a beer and stay most of the day. A great place to drink and socialize.

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Photo of Chincino
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I simply love this place and visited twice during my recent trip to Germany. This establishment is truly a beer mecca and is a must see if you're in Munich.

The Hofbräuhaus is a lively place and as soon as you walk in it is impossible not to be swept away by the upbeat atmosphere which is filled with an abundance of beer drinkers, traditional German music, and staff bustling about bringing people beers in large glasses. It is impressive how many of the large glasses some of the staff can carry at once. The selection isn't the biggest, but the beers offered are traditional German beers. I had the Hofbrau original and one of their darker beers as well. There is outdoor seating available which seems like it would be great in the warm weather (it was still a bit chilly when we were seated outside). The food was very good and I highly recommend the Mushroom Pot dish under the vegetarian section.

This place is not to be missed and I hope to go back again someday!

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Photo of Cmack15
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This is one of the beer meccas that every beer geek should try to visit at least once. The place is freakin huge and can hold up to 3,000 people (I was told this by a doorman). The first floor is where you will probably be when you visit the Hofbrauhaus and it is filled with long tables where you just sit and drink your beer and listen to the music and enjoy the atmosphere. The place is usually busy and filled with people singing and having a good time, you can feel the energy in the air and its contagious. The beer selection is not much but you come here for the experience more then the beer. The beers I did have were good and went down smooth. The mugs are half liter size so you get your moneys worth. In warmer weather you can sit outside in their courtyard and enjoy your beer. Awesome Place!

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Photo of mdunman
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a fantastic place.

Went there on a Friday night and loved every minute. The atmosphere was overwhelming, riding high with the energy of the band and the crowd that overflowed through the hall. The quality was great, and the servers were even better. They were understaffed while I was there, but they were giving it their all with sweat dripping off them to get us our beer in a reasonable time. The selection was simple and excellent and the food was really good too. Not a cheap evening, but very worth it.

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Photo of gskitt
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My two lifelong buddies visited Munchen and this is the first place on our list of places to go. We ended up frequenting Hofbrauhaus three times during our stay. Wow. We visited Europe in mid to late April. Not crowded anywhere but here. We sampled all of the beers but our favorite ended up being the hefewissen's. This place is so international. We met Germans, English, Australians, Swiss, and Brazilians. The Germans were incredibly friendly and one even brought us soccer tickets for a match the next day. The place was crowded, lively and fun. The oumpa band was playing and the overall atmosphere made it easily conducive to drinking great German beer with friends. One of my all-time favorite places and memories.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since I was there during Oktoberfest! Went there just to check it out before heading to the Oktoberfest grounds, ended up staying for 5 hours.

Place was jammed in the middle of a weekeday afternoon, but to be expected during Oktoberfest. Was a little chilly and we ordered our first beer on the patio, were contemplating leaving until we walked by a table with a group of people getting up. SCORE! It's on!

A traditional Bavarian band was doing there thing and getting the crow going, we were instantly warm, and the 1 litre beers, or Maß, were flowing. I remember having a few of the Dunkle, the Hefe Weizen, and of course the Oktoberfestbier. FANTASTIC! Way to caught up in the moment to bother with beer reviews, but I was so glad to have some variety after the stead stream of 'festbier' on the grounds .Had a giant pretzel help soak some up.

Only knock was that we tried to ask our server about food and he basically ignored us, granted it was jam packed, but the food looked really good, and we just ended up sticking to the beers.

A must visit in Munich no matter what time of year. With my drunken Canadian comrades we immediately began pondering why we don't have a place like this at home, and wondered if it would be as big a hit there.... then we ordered another. PROST!!!

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Photo of calir1
3.58/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

For a destination place, this place is great. Who cares about how much stuff costs or whatever when you are here in Munich it is fun as hell. The wierd part for me was not being seated. I guess you just have to sit anywhere and maybe even join people and enjoy their company. Everyone was super friendly and I had a blast. The selction of all three beers was not like a typical American bar, but it is not an American bar. The selection was perfect for this area and all I wanted to drink were liters of hefeweisen all night long. The dunkel and lager were also good, but we were there for just the experience of it all. It could get crazy in there with a puke sink in the bathroom, but that just means everyone is having fun.., Loved it would go back

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Hofbräuhaus München in München, Germany
91 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.