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Best Nightlife spots in Munich

Unlike Berlin, Munich isn’t super famous for its club scene. Everything’s a little less flashy in the south, nightlife included. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a nightlife. Munich boasts one of Germany’ most famous clubs (P1), hosts the largest beer party in the world, and has the biggest, grandest beers halls (which are essentially an all-day party).

Techno is still big here. If you’re looking for something more traditional to dance to you’ll find some venues that play Schlager (German folk music). There’s also a number of local live music clubs that feature metal to indie to jazz.

There are many cafes that double as bars at night where the atmosphere is a bit more calm and relaxed. You’ll find many locals in places like this, and they’re good venues to mingle with Munich people, make contacts and friends.

Home to the Goethe Institut (the German cultural organisation), Munich is also naturally a big centre for culture. Composers Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss spent time here, and there are many elegant venues for opera and classical music. A night out in Munich can be anything you wish it to be.

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Best party areas in Munich, Germany

  • The area between Sendlinger Tor, Karlsplatz (Stachus) and Odeonsplatz is nicknamed the "party banana" (apparently because the streets look like a big banana from above) and this is where you’ll find around 20 Munich clubs. The area tends to comes alive around midnight.
  • There are other night life areas in districts close to the city with Schwabing being the main one. You’ll find swankier hipper clubs, bars and restaurants here, and the atmosphere can be a bit more relaxed, if pricier.
  • You’ll find a thriving gay scene with dozens of gay clubs, restaurants and bathhouses down Müllerstrasse and the area around Karlspatz.
  • There’s Kunstpark Ost adjacent to the Munich East station. It’s a former industrial area and is reputed to have one of the highest concentrations of clubs in Europe. It features a massive complex divided into two — Kultfabrik for the noisier, younger crowd and Optimolwerke for the more refined party goer.

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Top trendiest clubs and bars in Munich, Germany

  • The most famous club in Munich, perhaps in Germany is P1. It began life as a club for American servicemen after WW2 and is now a stomping ground for celebrities and the beautiful. It’s also very difficult to get into. A local tip is: wear good shoes and speak German. Techno city!
  • Rather than have one bar or club to choose from, why not have 20? That’s the concept of Kultfabrik — which really does have it all under one roof. Everything from techno to rock bars, to an Irish pub!

  • Think dark 80s, Berlin club and you have Milla. It’s one of the best venues in Munich for underground music and features anything from unknown garage to jazz bands. Decked with vintage décor and furniture that looks like it came from a flea market (and it probably did).
  • The Richard Wagner influence is felt widely in the Munich classical music scene. The city has three world class symphony orchestras including the Münchner Philharmoniker. All perform at the Gasteig Kulturzentrum, so you’re almost certain to be able to catch one orchestra playing here while you’re in town.