Hofbräuhaus München

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3.72/5
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2,036 Reviews
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 77
Visits: 157
rAvg: 4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 4
Bottles: 1
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,791 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I had to stop at Hofbrauhaus at least once during my first trip to Munich, despite my premonition that it would be full of tourists, crazy cramped, and loud. I'm happy I did stop here, as it's an experience you must have once based on its fame/infamy, but it was a bit noisy and crowded for my tastes (as expected).

I was with a group of about 6, a mixture of UK guys and Americans. We were lucky to find a table immediately after it was vacated by its former occupants, and there we sat for roughly 1/2 hour before being graced by our waiter. I wanted the schwarz weisse, but dammit if an associate didn't up and order a round of 1L Helles. I drank it dutifully (and it wasn't so bad in its proper environment), and was able to get the schwarz weisse roughly 1 and a half hours later. The service STINKS, I think the German waiter we had didn't like tourists (go figure, he sees them every day at work).

The best attribute is the lovely building that houses this beer hall, the ceiling in particular is really lovely with wood beams and artwork. The oompah music every 45 minutes or so got pretty old, but now I have an inkling of what Oktoberfest must be like.

My final recommendation: Stop here for a quick drink and an early meal, then get out and see some other beer halls with less tourists and better service. (1,325 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I had been to the Hofbrauhaus almost a decade ago with my friend, so I wanted to show my wife what this place was all about while we visited Munich. So, this was stop number two on our first day for dinner. Walked in and did a quick loop to size up the table situation and soak in the atmosphere. The place was in full effect for Oktoberfest. Managed to snag a side table sitting near a nice couple from Frankfurt. Service was quick and prompt, but it was a bit annoying to have to pay after each round of beer and food. Waitress said it was due to Oktoberfest crowds. We each had a mass and a great plate of sausage and enjoyed the oompah band. Later, we were joined by a bunch of fun guys from Prague. Beer, sausage, music, comraderie....it all added up to a great night at the Hofbrauhaus. It's a bit touristy, but you just gotta go for the history of the place. (865 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

As far as I can tell, this was my first visit here in over 20 years. I did the obligatory stop on my first trip in '80, and spent a wild (and drunken) night here in '82.... since then.... I had avoided the Haus as a tourist-haven. Well, avoid no more. Yes, it does get a gaggle of US, Brit and Japanese (among other) tourists, but it is still predominantly a Deutsch hangout. I visited on a whim at about 1130AM on a Wednesday.... the main hall was about half-filled, and then mostly with locals. The oom-pah band was already in full-swing, making the Haus loud and raucous. The main hall, upon entering, is quite large, with a high ceiling and lots of arches....though it is still smoky and rowdy! Tables are old, wooden, carved-up suckers....like a dingy frat-house. There are actually many Stammtisch strewn about, so ask before sitting, as you may be not-so-politely told you're NOT a regular!! Hahahahaha! ;-)
This is really a typical German Bierhall.... gotta love it! There are actually many adjoining rooms/halls, plus an outdoor area (in a courtyard, or "Hof") to wash down the suds. I really enjoyed the Haus after abstaining for so long. As far as Biers go, they only offered a Helles, Dunkles, and Weissbier (plus a Radler)...so selection is limited. Quality is still up there, though. The service bordered a touch on surly, yet it was still efficient. Perhaps they feel that people will always come here regardless...who knows. Sort of reminds me of Durgin Park in Boston. Still, a fun place, one I won't avoid in the future! Prosit!!

overall: 3.71
atmosphere: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: n/a | $$

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

It is hard to judge the atmosphere here. It is one of those places you have to visit if you have time, but it is also a bit touristy and Disney-esque. In the early afternoon it is pretty nice, by dusk it is getting crowded and filling with drunks, and by dark it has the highest concentration of assholes in Munich.

The service is minimal, especially if you are with a large group and even more so if you are young and male. I can hardly blame them, however, considering how many groups of offensive young American men were there.

The selection consists of the house beers, pretty standard in Bavaria.

The food is kind of expensive and really not that great compared to the more out of the way beerhalls in Munich.

The quality of the beer is where I really have a problem with this place. It is not bad, but it certainly isn't good... and that it hard to accept in Munich. I find that the Helles lacks the clean and refreshing character of some of the other Munich breweries like Augustiner.

All in all, the Hofbrauhaus is a great tourist experiance, but it is a bit lacking in terms of beer halls/ gardens, if only because there are so many superior and less tourist filled ones in other parts of Munich. (1,210 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

The famous Staatliches Hofbräuhaus is about 2 blocks I'd say off from the main street Maximilianstraße, 3 from Max-Josef-Platz, and 2 from the Marienplatz so its in a prime location. I sat in the hall where it was pretty packed and raucous.

It was a great atmosphere to watch a show, eat, and most importantly drink. I had a liter of Original and half of the Radler. Both were delicious.

The show was cheesy but somewhat enjoyable, though I didn't get selected to join the act.

The food was mediocre and the lines to get it were confusing and people were pushy and generally rude trying to get their favorite dish.

The serving staff was pronto on any order of beer I made.

Overall it's a good stop in Muenchen but next time I'm going to explore one of the other big brewery restaurants including Ayinger's. (814 characters)

Photo of JohnW
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I know this is a "must visit" for most tourists and those curious to see the biggest pub in the world, but I think one visit is enough! We went 11am on a Thursday, just to see what it was like and explore the rooms and halls. Impressive place, worth just going to see. It was not too busy, so easy to find an empty table and seats, and fast service. The beer is not the best available in Munich, nothing special about it at all. The Hell only served in the "Mass" 1 litre glass at €6.60, Weiss beer served in 0.5L glasses, so reasonable prices.

At night time after about 8 the place is heaving with hundreds of - mainly younger folk - and most seem to have had far too much to drink, so VERY noisy - and certainly not the place for a quiet drink and conversation with a few friends. Lots of others trying to get in and queues of "spectators" outside watching the antics of those with too much beer in their bellies. If you want a loud drunken crowd with brass band music and only one sort of beer served in a 1 litre Mass, then this is the place for you....but if you just want a quiet beer in peace with friends, avoid!!!!

JohnW
B'ham UK April 2007 (1,158 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

What a fun place! I'd originally dismissed this as nothing more than a tourist haven prior to my trip, but after stopping in...I have to say that I felt compelled to spend some time there! Maybe it's because I was a tourist, too...but this place has an atmosphere that's relaxed, crazy, and fun all at once.
Beers are great, but selection is limited. There's a Helles (best I've ever had, though), a Dunkel (good, but nothing amazing), a Weiss (really good), and a Radler if that's your thing. Compared to other spots like Augustiner or Paulaner that have a lot more options, this is a weakness...however at least the beers are really good.
Food is typical bavarian fare, but it's still quite good. Prices are solid, too. We had 2 sausage/sides meals, 2 litre mugs of helles and dunkel, 2 pretzels, and 3 weiss brews for 36 euros. In the US that evening would've cost twice that or more.
Service is nothing special, but if you're willing to occasionally accost your server...it's never an issue. The pretzel/donut girls are a nice bonus, too.
It might seem like a tourist spot on the surface, and while there are a lot of visitors I'd say over 1/2 of the people there are locals. Watch out for the "regular" tables in the self-service area in front, though. You could slip into one without noticing pretty easily...so pay attention. The locals will likely inform you pretty quickly, though. A safe bet for an English-speaking tourist (like myself) is in the back near the mug-holders.
It's a must-visit kind of place!

EDIT: Funny fact - I've been back to Munich 3 more times and no matter the circumstances, I always go back to the HB and I don't foresee that changing. I've talked to other Munich travelers and that seems to be a pretty common theme. Fact is, the prices are low, the beer is good, service is good, and it's fun. Plus on bad weather days, the massive amount of seating is a nice bonus. Don't ignore the HB because it's touristy. (1,947 characters)

Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

An all year round impression of the Oktoberfest environment, focused solely on tourists. The place has a very attractive bierhall setting with live music and lederhosen all over the place, pretzels and beers always around. A thick ambience inside with all the joy and loudness typical to its beer-infested air (this being positive) but you can clearly tell the people beside you in the long joined tables are tourists and you rarely spot a german aside from the staff, which is kind and very professional (as they carry many 1lt mas in their hands) and folkloric. The selection of beer is wide and good quality typical bavarian styles, along the food. Its highly recommendable to go year round to feel the south german joy of beer, even if only among other tourists. (766 characters)

Photo of Chincino
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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! (975 characters)

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

On a long weekend visit to Munich (December 2007), I deliberately avoided this place over the Sat/Sun and visited on a Monday at about 6pm. I was expecting something very touristy and overpriced. The reality was somewhat different.

The place itself is enormous; a cruciform shape with the band stage at the centre. Wooden tables (when you can get one!), and tables with tablecloths tend to be "Stammtisch" reserved for locals, unless the waiter sits you at one.
The Sandra Bullock lookalike waitress in Bavarian costume treated is with a degree of disdain at first. I did notice that when she saw that we were staying for more than one drink, she improved considerably in demeanour. I can't say that I blame them for attitude; the numbers of Japanese tourists who tramp through here, take photos and videos, and never even buy a beer. Okay, some do, but I saw some ask this pretzel waitress to pose for them (which she did), and then they shook her hand and left. Not even a euro tip!

I confess that we were sucked into its atmosphere. A couple of litres of their drinkable beer, and the will to leave decreases. And when the band play that fanfare, you are encouraged to stand and sing the toast "ein prossit, ein prossit, der gemutlicht keit" and then slam the stiens together and have a slug!

And at €6.60 per litre, it's one of the best "tourist" things you can do; music and waitress service included. I suppose they make a good profit on their pretzels (€3.20) must be €3 profit.

As so many have said; this place is somewhere is a must visit. Just do so when it is quieter than the mania of weekend nights. I will be back, and I never thought i would say so. Nice to be proved wrong! (1,697 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%

For the overall experience, this world famous beer hall deserves a perfect score. My score (4.85) is balancing their many excellent beers and very good food, as well as service (friendly but swift). For anyone lucky enough to visit Munich, this is a must. (255 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

It's been said, this is a must see in Munich, It's very huge and classically Bavarian and when I was there they even had a band playing so it's quite fun. If you're by yourself or with a small group sit at one of the big tables and chat with the other people, you'll meet locals and tourists from all over the place, I at lunch with a guy from Switzerland who was biking around Germany and had a great time.

The beers here are all solid but fairly standard German Lagers and you can get them by the liter! The food is very reasonable, I got the Bockwurst with potato salad and it was really tasty and went very well with a liter of helles.

Don't limit yourself to this beer hall but make sure you check it out. (713 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4.2/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've always had a great time here, even in my student days back in the mid-80's. You can call it a tourist trap, but it will the funnest and most delicious tourist trap you've ever been to.

Cavernous...the ceilings are so tall, and the huge rooms seem to go on forever. Long tables with benches, make yourself at home. Be sure to check to see if they are a Stammtisch first though, there should be a sign hanging above. These are tables for the regulars, so you should ask first before sitting down and make sure you don't just take the table even if it is empty.

Yes, there are many tourists here, but also many Germans. The band is great, and does many of those tradional German bierhall songs, you can't not have a great time. I really enjoy the vibe.

The beer is tasty and fresh, and you can get a great big mass of their tradional lager or the dunkel. They also offer a wheat beer. Service is responsive, even when it's crowded. The pretzels are tasty.

You owe it to yourself to go, relax, enjoy the gemuetlichkeit, have some tasty beers, sing along with the songs, and make some new friends. Prost! pat (1,120 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

The history, the beer, the food, the music, the most renowned German Beer Hall probably in the entire country of Germany is The Hofbrauhaus. This place is dream. Prices are a little high but you don't need to drink much to get have a good time here. The only negative side to this place is that it is full of tourists. Lowenbrau or Spaten are the better choices if you want to avoid that scene but nonetheless this place is great. (430 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

I visited during the Christmas season, so there weren't many tourists around, just a lot of Germans out on the town.
This place is just huge in every way, huge hall, huge ceiling, huge tables, and a rather large gentleman who constantly was pouring beers for the waiters to pick up. An oompah band adds to the ambiance. I picked up a shotglass from the souvenir counter for ironic reasons (a shotglass after drinking from liter glasses?).
It's loud, it's packed, and it's a must see at least once.
Earth toned interior - lots of tans and browns, easy on the eyes when you're consuming liters, and the ceiling is painted with a mural - useful for those that overimbibe and end up flat on their backs staring upwards.
They only had 2 beers on when I went a Dunkel and a Helles, but both were excellent. Service was quick and impressive giving the volumes (of beer and patrons) that they needed to deal with. You'll only be ordering beer and maybe some small food items - so don't worry those are German words you'll pick up in a couple of hours.

I didn't keep any food notes as I traveled through Germany, but as with everyplace else I tried in Germany - you can't go wrong with Bretzel and Kartoffelsalat. (1,211 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

With my girlfriend and a another couple we went here on our trip to Europe because we were told this was a must visit beer hall in Munich. This place was huge and rich in history, more then one live band playing at the same time and that gives you an idea of how big this place was. We sat at a massive table with several other groups from all over the map and even snorted some snuff with an old German lady. A small selection of decent beers for the boys and a lemon beer mix for our ladies served in a massive mug (my profile pic is the mug in question) a great novelty and what I imagined a German beer glass to look like. I ate a bunch of meat and was well fed with pretzels being served by pretty young German girls who seemed embarrassed by their traditional outfits that were clearly put on for the tourists like myself. At the end of the day we had a blast here just drinking and talking to the locals and tourists alike, not where a beer geek would go to sample a bunch of brews in a quite environment but if you want to laugh drink and be merry this place is a must. (1,077 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is like reviewing stairway to heaven as a good rock and roll song; you just need to experience it no matter how trite and stereotypical it may be. And once you do, you know where the hype comes from.
I visited here on a short but eventful weekend int he summer, after a bike tour and walk through the city. The wonderful facade greets you with open arms, as do most of the patrons you meet inside. The beer is great, hands down. Whether is be festbier or Hefe, they've been doing it for long enough that their famous reputation is deserved. The outside courtyard was packed and wild, but everyone was having a great time and conversing, occasionally singing. I got schnitzel (an addiction of mine) and it was pretty tasty, despite a pretty steep price. But its the Hofbräuhaus, its worth the price. The waitstaff were sometimes hard to find since they have to push through a sea of drunken beer-culture enthusiasts, and seemed slightly irritated when we didn't want to leave, but if they hadn't made me leave I think I'd still be there. Overall a must-see; a true archetype of beer culture. (1,097 characters)

Photo of ridedammit
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A and I visited back in 99. We were aware of the mystique (read: tourist trap) surrounding the hofbrau, but wanted to see for ourselves. It did not feel
all that touristy, and indeed many locals were there, and this was on a weekday
with no special event, so maybe the weekends are more touristy. The
stammtisch (regulars table) was full of men drinking one of the 3 beers they had available that day, a helles, dunkle, and a weis.

The seating is at loooong tables, and you sit with strangers, which makes it much more fun. We sat with a few NATO troops and got the scoop on the events going on in the former yugoslavia.

The service was not what I expected. I was expecting a rather largely proportioned woman with a dozen mugs in each hand. The staff were mostly male, but I did see a few carrying large numbers of glassware.

There is a band, and pretzels, and I drank way too much. But thats easy when you have good conversation, 1 litre steins, and a fun filled atmosphere. Not exactly sure how we made it back to our hotel, luck I guess.

If you make it to Munich, you should try at least one brauhaus or beer garden.
They don't offer a stellar number of beers, but they are authentic, and taste better due to your location more than anything. (1,266 characters)

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Ah, the famous Hofbrauhaus. No stop in Munich would be complete without a visit. Like many visitors, upon entering, your gaze wanders throughout the building, taking in the ambiance, and noticing the liter mugs of beer on every table. Service is spotty - sometimes they're right there, more often it takes time. The beer is excellent - standard for Munich - light, dark, and wheat. I mainly drank the dark and found it to be a tasty brew. The food was decent, but as I found with most food in Munich, nothing to really write home about.

Definitely worth a visit if you're in Munich. It's huge, they have good beer, and it's entertaining to watch all the tourists come in, cameras flashing, and pointing and gawking at people drinking beer by the liter. (756 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.8/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited this place yesterday despite the number of people telling me it was a tourist trap.

The menu comes in both English and German which was convenient. Service in most German restaurants sucks compared from what I am used to but this was a little better than I have experienced. You get an Erie feeling as this was once the hall where hitler gave his speeches during the second world war. The atmosphere was great, despite the hundreds of tourists. Beers ranged from half a liter to a full liter and they had about 5 or 6 on tap including their esteemed Oktoberfest. The beer was very fresh and served in the appropriate glassware. The Oktoberfest was good, but unlike the others I had on this trip. I also had their weisse bier which was refreshing. Foodwise there is a big selection of traditional German fare but there is another tourist trap with ordering pretzels as youngest specify which size or you will be gettin getting the huge one. Food was a bit pricy but in line with what I had been paying. The crowd was fun, but if you want some authentic Bavarian beer drinking times hit up one of the brewery owned restaurants or another biergarten. (1,156 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I had one of my most enjoyable meals in Germany here.

The restaurant section on the second floor is large and open. Full of old Bavarian style decor and a ceiling trimmed with tracings of paint, the atmosphere is something to behold. Handcrafted 'Hofbrauhaus' chairs offer a classy touch.

The food is absolutely exceptional, as is the beer. My meal, 'Bratwurst Hofbrau style' was delectible, as was the side dishes that accompined it. My friend had ordered Potato Salad as a side and when I asked for one as well the surcharge was a meer 1 euro. The food prices were extremely reasonable from the regular menu. Hofbrau offers daily specials as well. They are excpetionally cheap and the special my friend ordered was very enjoyable.

Service is also quite good. The waiters are prompt, orderly, and extremely friendly. The ones I had spoken to were bilingual and had no hesitations about speaking English.

I throughly enjoyed and recommend Hofbrau for lunch, dinner, or a night of beer and fun. (1,005 characters)

Photo of kbm
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

You have to go to Hofbräuhaus while in Munich. In my opinion, the beer is virtually indistinguishable for all the other lagers that you can get throughout Munich, but I don't think you can experience the Bavarian beer culture with the same kind of flamboyance anywhere else - even if it's a bit kitsch.

We showed up on a week night and the place was packed. We spent about 20 minutes trying to get a table. We eventually scored by sitting at a table with people who were leaving soon.

Our waitress was a caricature of giant Bavarian beer maiden: cigarette hanging out her mouth and giant bosom spilling out.

The food was great and the whole experience was worth the visit. Towards the end of our night, a couple of locals decked out in full Bavarian regalia sat with us and bought us a round of beers, taught of the drinking songs and told us what they thought of President Bush and Americans. It was an exceptional experience. (932 characters)

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I was here in November of last year and had an absolute blast. My girlfriend, who was with me at the time, had a great time with the beer atmosphere, which means it's everyone-friendly. I had a liter of the Dunkel and she had a half liter of the Weiss and I had an additional half liter of the original brew as well, and all were pretty awesome examples of the traditional German brews.

The vibe and atmosphere are not just cool, but really like a party that you can't help but get swept up in. From the huge hall filled with tons of tables and long benches, you eventually just have to plop down and get cozy with some new friends. We sat next to an Irish and Mexican couple on our right with two Ghanians on our left. Really, it's a melting pot all enjoying a fun atmosphere.

The pretzels and pork knuckle were really good, but the pretzels were way more expensive than other places, but huge and delicious nonetheless. A liter of beer was like 8euro, which is not bad at all, and I had a great time chatting, drinking, and socializing with the crowd. The selection is limited, but the quality is awesome and the food above-average. If you're in Munich, there really is no excuse not to have a brew (or five) at the Hofbrauhaus. (1,232 characters)

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