Munich nightlife guide for the avid partier


You won’t find many cities that are so geared to partying that you can have non-stop entertainment 24/7, but Munich is one place that fits the bill. If you have a yearning for sausages and beer, this capital of Bavaria near Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic in southern Germany is the best place to let your hair down with its vibrant nightlife.

Staying in Munich

Munich’s public transportation system is second to none, with an overground and underground railway, buses and trams, a good road network for traveling by car, and plenty of cycle lanes.

You can easily reach the night spots you want from anywhere in the city. However, if you want to stay close to the action, the Alstadt is your best option, although you should expect to pay premium prices for the convenience. Ludwigsvorstadt is more reasonable in terms of accommodation prices. It’s near the Hauptbahnhof and the grounds of the Oktoberfest. Maxvorstadt and Schwabing are areas for party people, and you’ll find a wide range of places to lay your head, even if it’s only briefly. From luxury hotels to Munich self-catering vacation apartments, you can find exactly what suits your budget.

Traveling to Munich

You should not have much trouble getting to Munich by air, as Munich airport is Germany’s second-busiest airport; in March 2015, it served 66 countries with 228 destinations. Remember that the German rail network is extensive, and if you’re traveling from another European country, you’ll be able to find connections from all major European cities. Renting a car is another way to get around, allowing you to not only enjoy the sights of Munich but also get out into the stunning Bavarian countryside.

What to do for your party nightlife

Oktoberfest: If beer and sausages are your thing – and why shouldn’t they be? – September and October usher in the daddy of all beer festivals. There are lots of traditions surrounding the festival, which is centuries old, and there are parades through the street. Of course, it’s mainly about beer from specific Munich breweries and food (not just sausages!). Its location is a 20-minute walk from the city center at the Thersienwiese, with warehouses and marquees serving many different beers and specialty foods. Get there early and book your accommodations as far ahead as you can. Millions of people attend during the festival, and it’s an ideal staging post to head further into Munich’s nightlife.

Pacha Munchen: Top DJs play at this well-regarded nightclub, a subsidiary of the famed Pacha Ibiza disco. It hosts themed nights and after-work parties, and it has two dance floors separated by a movable wall. When the wall rises, you’ll see professional dancers emerging onto the runway, and that’s the start of the party. Expect to drink champagne and sparkling wine, which is ideal if you need to take a break from the beer.

Atomic Café: In the center of Munich is this alternative disco within walking distance from Marienplatz and Hofbräuhaus. It’s a live club, disco and cocktail bar that is mainly frequented by students and those with alternative lifestyles. The music is mixed, with Drum and Bass and electronica, as well as ‘60s music. It’s an intriguing place if you’re looking for something different.

Kultfabrik: Known at the city of fun, Kultfabrik used to be an industrial area in the city’s western part and is now home to dozens of venues. Dedicated to entertainment and nightlife, this vast area is host to all kinds of nightclubs and bars, private clubs, discos, restaurants, pubs, recording studios, a cinema and concert halls. Everything is effectively at your fingertips when you stroll through the streets, and you are likely to come across several places that will give you a good time.

Americanos: You can go Mexican-style at this bar, and if dancing on tables is your thing, you’ll find plenty of people doing it. A Happy Hour starts off the evening. Many different genres of music are played, from commercial to house. If partying until dawn is on your agenda, Americanos is the perfect venue.

There are hundreds more places you can party the night away. Get the lowdown from your concierge if you’re in a hotel or do some online research to find the places you feel that you can’t miss. Whatever you decide, Munich is a dream destination for the avid partier.