Well, this is a place that everybody should visit once, but I think once is enough. Typically full of tourists, many of them young Americans. All beers but one come in 1L mugs only, which is a frustratingly stupid tourist ploy meant to amplify the faux-authenticity of this place to the ignorant. After spending a couple of days in the garden of eden known as Franconia, this was about the furtherest thing I wanted to do, sit in a crowded, loud, fake German beer hall. I’m sure at some point years ago this was the real deal, but not anymore. The Sommer bier was tasty though, all 1000 ml of it.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 1, 2013| Updated October 2, 2013
Visited September 2012.
This was near the end of day two in München. The first night at Oktoberfest we weren’t able to get into the Hofbräuhaus tent (actually the only one we couldn’t get into). The actual restaurant certainly did not disappoint but like any German pub they only carry a couple of beers, most of which are only available by the half liter and full liter. There was a band playing which much like the music at Oktoberfest was very repetitive with a 5 song play list. Those songs aren’t even full songs either. Oh well. We had a great time sitting across the table from two Americans from Oklahoma that were doing a similar trip to us (though they had gone into Norway after Sweden). The old German lady next to us was having a good time with a few half liters as well. Service is really freaking slow but nice otherwise and were happy to bring as much beer as we needed, which meant buying full liters knowing it would be a while before the next round arrived.
Visited on 21st April 2014. Huge beerhall in the centre of the City. It’s tourist central and is always heaving but is so vast you can always find a perch. There’s loads of nice touches with paintings and carvings, bands play oompah music in various parts of the venue.
Beer range is OK, do have seasonals advertised on cards on tables. Service is decent, prices steep but it is touristy. You should visit it once just to go there!
Fin (1126) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | February 1, 2008
Went here on the Friday. It dominates the corner and in fact much of the street on which it stands but I will say it is definitely worth venturing inside. The beer was actually very good, the place was buzzing with a smattering of locals amongst the hoard’s of beer glass clinking tourist’s, and their was an oompah bad knocking out a few presumably Bavarian numbers. Where it loses the odd mark is for the attitude of the staff, surly and quite naughty i.e. Here is your change and this is my tip, thank you the tip was taken without even my consent and then surly waiter shot off to his next mug to get his tip. Despite that one annoyance well worth going to.
What to say that hasn’t been already ... Hitlers favourite haunt and this seems to attract the tourists here more than any other beer hall. We sat inside and eat here surrounded by Japanese tourists pointing cameras at anything that moved!
Beer is OK - nowt special ditto the food - adequate.
Outside was a huge beer garden with umpa style music wafting across it.
Service held up well bearing in mind how busy it was.
I wouldn’t say don’t go here but if you only have a limited time in Munchen hit on other venues first.
You can get their beers at Munchen Flughafen at the small bar right by the departure gates (BA anyhow).
A very nice bierhall that really knows how to lure in the tourists. The place is massive and is dripping with ’German drinking culture’. The range of beers is somewhat small but that’s to be expected. In the evenings this place only serves their beers (well, MOST of their beers, save the weisse) in one-liter glasses, which is a bit of a ball-ache if you’re doing a crawl around Munich. (I gather they do smaller pours during the day.) It’s worth visiting this place just to take in the surroundings but I wouldn’t spend much time here.
This huge beer hall has a lot of history but is now like Disney World. The food (Goulasch) came out barely warm. My server was more interested in eating his meal than serving any of the tables in the area. No one cleaned off the table full of crumbs from the previous diners at my table. What a ridiculous mess of a place.
Ahh, at last I have been drinking beer in this world famous pub! A huge tourist trap crowded with people, a Bavarian Oompah band, large souvenir shop and the beer flowing in big 1 litre glasses. I had 50 cl, you do not need bigger... Although it was crowded, the service was efficient. I was sitting in the courtyard beer garden, a nice place! And the beers? Refreshing and good but nothing that challenges your taste buds. But, do we geeks always ned that? (Visited July 7th 2011)