Munich may be a city known for its locally brewed beer and Oktoberfest, but it also boasts a thriving cocktail bar scene: from casual spots inspired by the Caribbean to sophisticated speakeasies, Munich has something for everyone looking to enjoy a sophisticated drink. Here are some of the best cocktail bars on offer.
Couch Club is a gin lover’s paradise. With over 130 varieties in stock, this cocktail bar is equipped to prepare a large array of gin-based drinks. Gin tastings are offered frequently and participants have the opportunity to sample over 100 types of gin and tonics. For those who do not care too much for gin, there are many other options on the extensive cocktail menu. This cozy spot has plenty of sofas for guests to chill out on and enjoy a relaxing drink with friends. Good music, foosball, snacks and great drinks await at the Couch Club.
Padres is the place to go for sports fans. It has the feel of a typical American sports bar with a big-screen television and sports memorabilia on the walls, but also has a few quirks – such as the silver Zeppelin that runs back and forth above the bar. Seating is only available at the long, narrow bar in the front section but it allows for a prime view of the bartenders creating their cocktail masterpieces. The drinks menu features over 120 cocktails, which are all prepared from scratch using fresh ingredients and reasonably priced.
Zephyr is an exciting cocktail bar in the heart of Munich that turns making cocktails into an art form – the cocktails look as good as they taste. Using fresh ingredients and many local spirits, Zephyr is able to concoct a truly satisfying cocktail experience. Creations such as the ‘Microwave Safe’ and ‘Voodoo Swizzle’ are a perfect complement to the cool atmosphere. Zephyr has even been recognized by the New York Times as being one of the best spots for a drink in Munich.
Menehune Bar is located inside Hotel Bayerischer Hof’s famous Trader Vic’s Restaurant and is very popular among the locals. Exotic cocktails are created in this Polynesian-themed setting. The mai tai and tiki puka puka are just a couple of the many options available. The dark colors and yellow lights create an elegant atmosphere, and visiting the Menehune Bar is a must for those searching for a relaxing, elegant night out with delectable drinks.
The Cocktail House has been part of the Schwabing area of Munich for over thirty years. Its interior gives off a romantic vibe that is reminiscent of days past – this is a great spot for a night out with a special someone. Entire rooms at the Cocktail House can be booked Sunday to Thursday, so make sure to reserve a table ahead of time for larger groups. There are daily specials and with cocktails on the stronger side, this cozy cocktail bar is a great place to enjoy a casual drink.
The Martini Club
Inspired by the Prohibition era, The Martini Club has a smooth, classy elegance that will transport visitors back to the 1920s. This sophisticated cocktail bar offers all sorts of classics, plus a few new creations. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and guests are sure to be delighted by their concoctions. For those who want to learn how to make drinks like the professionals, The Martini Club welcomes them to ‘The Academy’ for a range of fun cocktail-making classes.
Negroni Bar has a selection of 140 cocktails on offer. Drinks are both modern and classic and will entice the taste buds of every visitor. This classic American-style bar focuses on quality, which is reflected in its delicious cocktail creations. A small menu of Mediterranean dishes is available and pairs perfectly with the drink selection. In the summer months, visitors can enjoy their cocktails outside on the cozy terrace. Negroni Bar has won several awards for its high quality concoctions and is a great spot for a sophisticated night out.
Ben’s Bar is a Caribbean cocktail bar with strong Cuban influences, and has great drink specials – including all-night happy hour on Tuesday and Friday. Ben’s won ‘Best Cocktail’ at the Gastro-Challenge 2007, and came away with second place in the Upper Bavaria Gastronomy Prize in 2009. Being a Cuban-inspired bar, there is of course a large selection of rum-based cocktails, including a daiquiri menu. For those with an appetite while drinking, Ben’s offers a selection of burgers.
Nieder Lassung is the sister bar of Couch Club, and has many of the same great features – lots of gin, comfy sofas and good music. The interior is reminiscent of a library with walls covered in shelves of books, helping to create a relaxing ambiance. There is always a special ‘beer of the month,’ and on Sundays, Nieder Lassung shows ‘Tatort’, the longest running German-language television series, on the big high definition TVs. This is a popular event so make sure to come early to get a seat.
The Havana Club
The Havana Club brings a little slice of Cuban paradise to Munich. The interior has remained mostly unchanged since the bar opened in 1985, including its green walls, dim lighting and dark wooden bar. This bar features some of the best rum that the Caribbean has to offer, which professional bartenders use to create exotic cocktails such as the mojito and blackberry daiquiri. The Havana Club is a low key, yet elegant hangout where friends can meet in a relaxed atmosphere and unwind after a long day.