1. krishwala
    October 24, 2011 @ 1:03 pm


    I just discovered your blog from various other expat sites. My husband and I moved here 5 months ago and are calling Bavaria home. We went to Munich and went to the Augustiner bier hall- that place is such fun. Actually the person that recommended it said this is much better then the H! I am glad we tried it.

    • Andrew
      October 25, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

      Hi, welcome to the site and welcome to Germany. I guess I need to make it to the Hofbrauhaus next time just to see it.

  2. Andrea
    October 13, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    I have not been to these Munich beer halls but I do remember at Oktoberfest that the Hofbrauhaus tent was considered very touristy. I guess the reputation carries to the beer hall? Would be nice to go back to Munich outside of Oktoberfest to see what the city is like without all those crowds.

    • Andrew
      October 13, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

      Yeah, their reputation precedes them. All of the breweries in Munich have tents at Oktoberfest as far as I know. There could have been an Augustiner tent somewhere too. They definitely do the Oktoberfest beer for the season.

  3. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo
    October 13, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    Last year I went to the Hofbrauhaus in August and it was packed! It was nice to experience, but if I ever went back to Munchen, I probably wouldn’t visit it again. Augustiner beer is one of my favorites, though.

    • Andrew
      October 13, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

      Yeah, Augustiner beer is pretty good. They have special ones at the hall that are only served there. So if you like their beer already, it is well worth a visit.

  4. Jeremy Branham
    October 13, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    I’ve been to the Hofbrauhaus and it is very touristy and crowded. Great experience of course but I think I would like something a bit more authentic and toned down like Augustiner. Great to have friends to share this place with you!

    • Andrew
      October 13, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

      I don’t know how much more “authentic” it is. There are plenty of discussions of what authentic means. It was a beer hall in Bavaria that made their own beer. It was tasty. It was also crowded and a bit kitschy.
      Yeah it was good to have people with me. Maybe there was a bar somewhere that I didn’t see, but I would have felt weird at a table by myself.

  5. Debbie @ European Travelista
    October 13, 2011 @ 3:33 am

    You are right, there are quite a few beer halls in Munich and each offers their own atmosphere and reason to visit! Personally, I love the Hofbrauhaus even with all its touristy kitsch. There are quite a few Germans that visit it too.

    There are so many beer halls in Munich which means you need to spend multiple days visiting them all! Wunderbar bier!!!

    • Andrew
      October 13, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

      Indeed. I am sure there are beer tours that do go to all the big ones. I would like to make it to Hofbräuhaus at some point. If nothing else but to compare.

  6. Gillian @OneGiantStep
    October 13, 2011 @ 2:50 am

    Looks just like what I would expect out of a German beer hall! Not a beer connoisseur?! Tell me it isn’t so Andy!!

    • Andrew
      October 13, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

      I am a beer drinker. I enjoy it, but I am not a high brow connoisseur. I will not explain that a beer has hints of banana and a woodsy aftertaste, like a beer place in the Atlanta that Ali was telling me about. I think beer is a drink that can be savored just as well in full mouth gulps with salty snacks. This is what I am trying to say.

  7. Carol
    October 13, 2011 @ 12:18 am

    We had a chance to visit the Hofbräuhaus but not the Augustiner. What a fun experience! It made me feel like I was one of the hobbits in the movie Lord of the Rings… sitting in a tavern where people sang and beer steins were clanked!