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Saturday evening and there is only one question: Noshing or partying? The answer is simple: in the Bavarian capital you can do both! Here are some of the most exciting venues in Munich, where you can first enjoy a delicious meal and then party till you drop.
We have to admit that traditionally Munich has a reputation of being somewhat conservative. But in truth it is not like this – thanks God! On the contrary: There is hardly any other city in Germany, where one can find more creative restaurants and extravagant clubs or venues that simply combine both. The four venues we have chosen are totally different from each other – except for on important detail: After dinner you just need to walk to the next room (or one floor below) to party the rest of night away.
Upstairs you’ll be served the probably best hot pot (called “Lau”) with extra ingredients ranging from chicken to scallops and water spinach, which you can finally enjoy even outside Asia. Downstairs you’ll be served beats and basses – which is probably why the Charlie is popular with Vietnam and techno fans alike. The style: The restaurant is modern and minimalist (wooden tables and chairs like in a classroom), and in contrast the club is bare and even more minimalist (the main part of the basement simply consists of a long corridor with bar and dance floor). All in all, Charlie is THE location for anyone who wants to spend a party night that is totally different from the typical Munich cliché.
The word “Wiener Schintzel” is actually all one needs to know, here. Because the huge Wiener Schnitzel served at the Spezlwirtschaft is so delicious that you will want to eat it every single day. The vegetarian “Rahmfleckerl” with mountain cheese and thyme are just as mouth-watering. For all those who still need some information: Besides food, you can also enjoy Bavarian beer and hip hop beats in this cosy atmosphere – perfect for a relaxed date. The same sound, only twice as loud, is played one floor below at the Crux. Well-known local DJs stand behind the turntables and rap icons like Pharoahe Monch perform gigs regularly.
Underground/urban train (S-Bahn) Marienplatz
This is what it looks like when the city’s most famous gastronomic group (Nage & Sauge Heyluigi, Aqua Monaco) opens up a new restaurant: One enjoys a Gorgonzola and pear calzone or the legendary Munich “Rocco Siffredi” salad at the Katopazzo, amidst jungle plants, wood carvings and mirrors. Next stop is the bar, which resembles the colossal throne of a voodoo priest, surrounded by totems brought in from Haiti. The booze selection comprises rare whiskeys, an enormous choice of gins and more Mezcal than in entire Mexico. Matching beats are provided by teams of innovative underground DJs, who already stood behind the turntables at the Rubybar (quasi the Katopazzo predecessor).
The Heart is just five years old but it has already established itself as the absolute classic in Munich’s posh nightlife. The extremely stylish front area is jam-packed with tables, chairs and people, who all want a seat on the terrace. At the back, where the safe of the former bank once stood, intimate lounge sofas have been grouped around a rectangular bar. Anyone wishing to sit down here should better reserve a few days in advance. On “Meat Day”, which is held every Tuesday, the Heart serves finest beef fillet (12.50 euros per 100 gram) and at the weekend, hard drinks will keep you happy until sunrise. By the way, the Heart is also the perfect place to meet German celebrities.
Underground/urban train (S-Bahn) Karlsplatz (Stachus)