We came here the first time on 16.04.2016. A beer garden surrounding a large Chinese Tower, defintely a unique location. The Chinese pagoda was built in 1792 for the grand opening of the English Garden. Typical for Bavarian beer gardens, beers (Hofbräuhaus) and food are self serviced. Mainly due to the pagoda a great beer place and a must visit.
In summer this is propably one of the most relaxing places in Munich to have a beer and some traditional food. No service, just self-service. There is a traditional brass band playing from time to time. Although it is always crowded and they only have pretty boring Hofbräu beer, I still always enjoy my stay. Not recommended as a place for good beer, but as a place for enjoying the Munich summer in a classic beer garden.
JK (360) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | July 31, 2013| Updated February 6, 2014
Visited April, 2013. Huge biergarten near the Chinese pavilion. Tremendous number of people. Only one beer available that day, a helles. But combined with the atmosphere under the trees, the music, the friendly crowd, it was a great time. Recommended for the experience, if not for any particular beer.
Really big Biergarten in Englischer Garten. It’s an expensive self service place. You take what you wish from the desk of the bar and go through counter and pay. Then you take it at a free table, if you can find one. Only a few Hofbräu beers available but the food was decent. A band was playing some german oompah tunes at the Chinesischer Turm. Basically it’s a huge tourist trap but still quite ok because of the ambiance.
Revisited this hustle and bustle, and often confusing biergarten late last year and for the first time it seemed relatively quiet and serene aside the traditional Bavarian band pumping out ’Vaterland’ classics up in the Chinesischer Turm itself. Beer comes fast and furious with three beers and a radler for choice this time around, the prices average for Munich. Food is typical authentic fare but substantial in portions and delicious. Watching the Hofbräu draught horses pass on by is a bonus. But the best part of this place is the ability to continuously move about the park and return once thirsty. The surrounding grounds with the Japanisches Teehaus, inland surfing, the Monopteros and Steinerne Bank, the Kleinhesseloher See and the Hirschau with its two smaller biergartens. The Schönfeldwiese is a bit of an eye-opener, though, with some Bavarians preferring the all over tan effect by sunbaking nude. Overall I love the whole of this urban parkland, and the Chinesischer Turm just makes it more fun for adults for want a bustling bevvie or two watching nature pass them by.