02.27.2017

Exploring the Munich Cocktail Bar Scene

Despite being mostly known for beer, the Bavarian city also has plenty of amazing cocktail bars

  • Exploring the Munich Cocktail Bar Scene
  • Exploring the Munich Cocktail Bar Scene
  • Exploring the Munich Cocktail Bar Scene
  • Exploring the Munich Cocktail Bar Scene
  • Exploring the Munich Cocktail Bar Scene
  • Exploring the Munich Cocktail Bar Scene
  • Exploring the Munich Cocktail Bar Scene
  • Exploring the Munich Cocktail Bar Scene
  • Exploring the Munich Cocktail Bar Scene

Mixology is more alive than ever. The revival of the art of cocktail-making, which started back in the 1980s thanks to the rediscovery of vintage cocktail recipes and the birth of dedicated bars in New York City, gradually spread to Europe and the world.
 
Even in Munich, where thousands of people flock every year come Fall to attend the world’s major beer festival, Oktoberfest, the cocktail culture offers an exciting alternative to the ubiquitous Mass – the classic 1-litre beer mug - with retro, speakeasy-style and contemporary bars offering the luxury of in-house mixologists and excellent bartenders. Here are a few of our favorite ones.
 
Schumann’s Tagesbar
“A café bar, a before-work meeting place to start the day, or for lunch or an aperitif”. This how Charles Schumann, the city’s most charismatic and fascinating barkeeper, describes Schumann's Tagesbar (6, Maffeistrasse), one of his four beautiful bars in Munich. Oozing a cool international and contemporary atmosphere, Schumann’s is a classic American cocktail bar where things are kept simple, with only a few, top-quality ingredients. Charles himself has had quite a life – he lived in France where he worked in various clubs and nightclubs, came back to Munich to become the barkeeper at Harry's New York Bar, wrote cocktail books, designed a collection of bespoke barware and even modeled for Baldessarini and Yohji Yamamoto.
 
Mauro’s Negroni Club
Another world-known bartender, Mauro Mahjoub, who’s been leading the bar scene for over 25 years with his Negroni Bar- and also giving seminars as a bar historian, and judging and founding competitions – is the owner of this comparatively new Haidhausen bar offering more than 15 Negroni cocktail variations in a warm atmosphere with dark wood paneled walls and vintage bar tools.
 
Loretta's Bar
Whilst being a heaven for breakfast and coffee lovers at daytime, Loretta Bar turns into a cocktail connaisseur's paradise at nights. Located at one of the main gates to Munich's nightlife-hot-spot Glockenbachviertel, Loretta is a real gem, that can be easily overseen between all those neon signs on busy Müllerstrasse, shouting out for customers to go for Kebap or Currywurst. With its laid back atmosphere though, its modern-classic, vintage furniture and pretty staff the bar has been a landmark for more than a decade now. But don't expect any hazy memories of post-90ties-drinks, like creamy Swimming Pools or sugered Pina Coladas. Owner Kris Krolo is a bartender, who prefers the pre-prohibition-way of mixology. And even if a classic Hanky Panky or a straight Old Fashioned should be too strong for you: Loretta holds one of Germany's biggest collections of Amaros from all around Europe. Hundreds of herbal delights for body and soul.
 
Goldene Bar
Inside the iconic Haus der Kunst, this 80-year-old establishment still features its original wall murals painted by Karlheinz Dallinger on gold leaf in the 1930s, along with contemporary artworks, furniture from the 1950s and 1960s and a 1920s chandelier. In 2010, the bar was taken over by Leonie von Carnap and award-winning mixologist Klaus St. Rainer, who brought it back to the fore of the international bar scene. The cocktail list includes classic drinks with a modern twist, such as a new and exciting version of an authentic 1930s classic, Blood & Sand.
 
Zephyr
Here’s a place where the decor leaves all the spotlight to the drinks, so don’t expect a fancy vintage-themed ambience or a sleek contemporary design space, but grey walls and simple seating. On the bright side, enjoy the amazingly unique cocktail creations made with fresh, exotic ingredients, rare bottles and creativity by the skilled and friendly bartenders.
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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