This is one of the places where we like to bring our out-of-town guests. The restaurant has plenty of Bavarian flair combined with an extensive, creative menu and brewery-fresh beer. It is big enough and just-outside-the-city-center enough to have tables available most evenings without a reservation.
The beer garden is also one of my favorites. On a sunny summer day, the more central biergartens are often crowded to the point of being unpleasant, whereas Nockherberg is usually lively but still has room for us to find a comfortable table.
For tourists looking for some Munich flavor off the beaten tourist path, I'd easily recommend a stop at Nockherberg.
This beer hall, adjacent to the Paulaner Brewery, burned down in 1999 and has been rebuilt as a large, bright, modern building.
It's got a large capacity, holding hundreds at tables inside alone, plus large outdoor garden areas if weather permits. Inside there's lots of polished wood, brass and other shiny bits from the gravity-fed brewpub.
It can be a bit touristy, but the food is excellent and plentiful. The beer, needless to say, is potent (especially when drunk in a huge Maß). It can be very busy, too, but it's large enough that you shouldn't have to wait too long to get a table. Like all beer halls there's a built-in celebratory feel to the place.
Paulaner-Keller is now the home of Munich's Strong Beer Festival (2camels.com/starkbeirzei…) (Starkbierfest). That should probably tell you what the focus of this place is.
A nice Biergarten that is home to 'Starkbierfest' when you drink dark, syrupy bier that will knock your pants off. Seriously.
It also hosts the yearly political 'roast' of politicians that is televised.
The summer biergarten is pretty cool, more family-oriented than Augustiner near Hackerbrucke. The bathrooms are large and quite clean; a surprise to many, I'm sure) and the food is quite good, if a bit expensive.
Checked in here for Starkbierzeit. I had some food (bloodwurst and brez'n) but the Salvator stole the show. Awesome introduction to the doppelbock style! The atmosphere was celebratory and convivial: everybody was talking and it was very easy to have a very good time.
Very good upscale bavarian style food. It was definitely worth the money. Try their Nockerberger beer. You can get it only there, nowhere else in the world. It is very refreshing.
I think someone has placed the wrong picture for this beer garden and sadly I do not have one to hand to do the place justice. Howeverit is a largish beer garden with a gorgeous restaurant for those cold rainy days. If you happen to find yourself here during the Nockherberg beer festival, then be carefulbe very careful. Their beer is deadly and before you know it you will be getting acquainted with the intricate mechanism on the underside of the folding tables. Don't say you were not warned.
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