When we first arrived at the The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, we were overtaken by its size. Not only is the first floor immense but on a third floor there are separate large rooms and a stage for large parties. Even mid afternoon in April the place was packed and there was a band playing. Folks were either having late lunches or early dinners. Beer was everywhere and the mood was jovial.
According to what we learned the Hofbrauhaus was founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V. It was originally founded as the brewery to the old Royal Residence, which at that time was situated just around the corner from where the beer hall stands today. The Hofbrahaus was also used extensively by Adolf Hitler during World War for party events.
Today it stands as perhaps the largest indoor beer garden in the world. A fun place and something to be seen.
Dress Code: The place is casual. Jeans and t shirts to men in sport coats and women in dresses.
I placed a picture of this restaurant at Things To Do,talking about the Oktoberfest.
We went to the Hofbrähaus in the only night that I spent in Munich.It was an excursion from my trip including in the itinerary.
Hofbrähaus is without any doubts one best and most tourist spots in the city and is a Beerhall-Restaurant.It is a huge building and the ground floor is normally just for locals.
The first floor are for tourist,and is an huge self service restaurant with local live music.
In the self service buffet,you'll find a huge variety of food:
and lot of nice desserts!!.
REALLY A GREAT NIGHT OUT!!!!!.
Dress Code: During our visit to Hofbrähaus we saw a few more groups of tourist,we were then: Spanish,Japanese,Italians,French and also a small group of Brittish.
We had lot of fun with the very nice music and the best German Beers!!!
A great place to have a maas of beer, which is a litre glass to wash down your pretzel or weisswurst!
You can sit in the one of many large halls and listen to the band playing typical "Bavarian Music" or on a nice day sit out in the sunny beer garden.
Dress Code: Many typical Bavarian dishes too choose from Schweinshax'n , which is basically a roasted leg of pork, Original Muenchner HB-Weisswurste, which is a boiled white sausage and very tasty with the sweet mustard. But peel the sausage before eating!
And for dessert try the Bayerische Dampfnudel which is a dumpling stuffed with a plum sauce served with a vanilla sauce! Lecker!!
Everyone has heard of the Hofbrauhaus. And everything that you have heard is probably true. It's big, it's loud, and there is lots of beer. Basically, a bunch of people cram in there together where they eat, drink, and be merry all night. It's like Oktoberfest year round.
Dress Code: I don't think there really is one. Wear whatever you want to.
The Hofbräuhaus is one of the most popular Munich beer halls with spacious chambers, hard benches, crowds of tourists and locals having fun, and traditional oompah music. It still has a large hard-core local clientele. You will find them at the "Stammtisch".
Here you can taste the local brewery beer HB in a 1l glass.
Dress Code: Casual or in the traditional Bavarian Lederhose :-)
On one corner you have the best of both worlds... The Hofbrauhaus and the Hard Rock Cafe.
We went to the Hofbrauhaus for a few hours and enjoyed the oumpa music then went to the Hard Rock for some good old American Rock-n-roll.
The street between the two places is filled with people that were having a good time in both places and it is a good place to meet locals and travelers.
This brewery is one of the most popular tourist attractions and it became very famous because "Young Hitler" used to gave his speeches there!!
Traditional food, music and sometimes dance combined with a nise cosy atmosphere, waitresses in traditional costumes and a lot of beer make the Hofbrauhaus a must for every interested tourist.
Dress Code: Casual
Ein bier, bitte! (One beer, please!) hee hee
When we were there, they closed at midnight, not sure if that's still the case now. If you want an opportunity to drink many steins with people from all over the world, locals too, all the while jammin' to a traditional 'oompah' band, then this is your place!!!
Dress Code: Casual dress code b/c it's a beerhall! Be comfortable and ready to drink and eat. :)
An institution of Munich and well worth a visit to even if beer is not your thing. I'm sure that most people can manage a stein or two of delicious German beer.
We were told the the daily average number of litres drunk adds up to spectacular 30,000!
It can be a noisy spot so don't expect a quiet table for two. There are many rooms to this place and the seating on the main halls on the ground floor consist of benches.
A great sociable place which is probably why the young upcoming Adolf Hitler choose the third floor hall to hold his weekly rallies. They tend not to advertise this too much.
If you're in Munich and want a fun place to go, I must reccomend the Hoffbrauhaus. This is the largest Beer Hall in the world and was so much fun. It was a little touristy, but there were also a lot of natives enjoying the surroundings as well.
A little history:
Wilhelm V., Duke of Bavaria (1579 - 1597), had a thirsty and demanding royal household, which was dissatisfied with the beer brewed in Munich. As a result, beer had to be imported to Munich from the city of Einbeck in Lower Saxony. Wilhelm ordered his royal court to come up with a way to reconcile cost and pleasure. On September 27, 1589, the chamberlains and council members, C. Strabl, A. Amasmeyr, S. Prew and G. Griesmair, approached him with an idea: why not build their own brewery? Wilhelm welcomed the plan with open arms. As a matter of fact, that same day, he recruited the master brewer of the Geisenfeld Monastery, Heimeran Pongraz, to be the planner, developer and the first Hofbrauhaus master brewer, which went into operation at the Alter Hof ( Old Court ) in 1592. It was called the brown? Hofbrauhaus as only brown ale was brewed there.
it's the greatest traditon in all europe; wanna drink a good beer? go to germany. this german house is the most popular pub for drinking. they have one of the biggest new year's eves ever, where all italians come to bavaria, and all germans go to italy! and perhaps for saudi women to linger in this pub as well,lol
steffi, my german mutli-linguist friend, and i had a fabulous night that time. it was my first time ever in a german crazy drinking house. that was so much fun. the place capacity probably was 500 people. it looked even more, with a band roaming around the place, and huge wooden tables that accommodated 7 people. everyone sits next to everyone as if they know each other for years. it was just the delight of the new year's eve.
the fun thing was that i had the privilege of being served by original bavarians, dressed in bavarians dresses, and serving the big beer glasses that weighed a ton:D goodness, i just loved it.
when it was 10 seconds to midnight and the new year, people started to stand on the tables, yelling their lungs out, and then everyone fell into everyone else's hugs and kisses. that was massively messy and still loved it:D
steffi made me try my first beer ever, not the bavarian beer, but 'beer'. it was non-alcholoic, and i was wondering why it tasted awful,lol
this place is a must visit in munich, simply...so much fun.
Dress Code: casual; just bring yourself and your company
The Hofbräuhaus is one of the key stops on any visit to Munich: although it's very heavily-touristed, you really can't miss seeing what is probably the single most famous beer-drinking spot on the planet. The inn dates from the late sixteenth century, although it has been renovated several times, most recently after the Second World War (the renovations were not completed until the late 1950s). In among the tourists, there are actually plenty of locals, whether casual visitors or friends meeting at one of the many Stammtische, or regulars' tables - groups for everything from local companies to the police. Once you've found yourself a spot at one of the long tables, the key is to order up a Maas, a giant and very heavy litre of beer (you can get the original or a dark beer, both of them made at the Hofbräu brewery in the Munich suburbs). After one - or more - of those, you are unlikely to care whether or not you are surrounded by tourists doing the same thing!
Dress Code: The Hofbräuhaus is very casual, and an excellent place to try out your brand-new lederhosen.
Even if you don't like beer or if you want a more authentic Beer Garden experience, I think you must come here at least once. Everyone talks about it, and its world famous. How can you go to Munich and not visit the Hofbrauhaus? I frequented this place quite often. It was close to my hotel, and the food and beer was fantastic. However, I did hear that prices may be higher than some other "local" bars. Hey, I'm sure it is... but that's great marketing for you...
There were times I came in by myself, but you just sit down at an empty spot on any bench in the entire restaurant. Sharing tables is not only accepted, but expected. Of course, the shy tourists are the ones that might feel awkward initially, but I've actually been able to start up some good conversations with other travelers from all over the world.
Its also a good meeting point (in front of restaurant) if you get separated from you friends.
The Hofbrauhaus is an amazing place. Sit down on a long table with a few beers and soon you will be talking to the people next to you. The first time I went we had three different groups of people sitting next to us in the first hour and we had fun talking with all of them.
The food is traditional Bavarian which goes with the beer really well, you can also build up a thirst by munching on salty pretzels.
Dress Code: No dress code that I noticed
The Hofbrauhaus is great, but be careful on your walk home. There were 4 of us girls by ourselves, but some German guys started following us & yelling at us as we walked back to our budget hotel. We were so scared we had to duck into a cafe that happened to be open late just to scare them off.