Munich Nightlife: Why are People Heading to Rolleria in Oberaudorf?

Munich Nightlife: Why are People Heading to Rolleria in Oberaudorf?

By  Wednesday, 14.1.2015, 21:03    Tell Me Something about Munich

After spending the last twelve winters in a small town of 1500 people on an Adriatic island, I was rather looking forward to sampling some of the nightlife of Munich.

After a few days solo, a friend called me and told me I HAD to come to this amazing bar for a concert the following evening.

Perfect, I thought to myself - here I was about to find one of Munich's hottest places. I wondered how far it would be from my cosy temporary home in Trudering.

"Take the train to Kufstein and buy a ticket to a place called Oberaudorf. I will meet you at the station," my friend told me.

The Austrian border? With all the assumed great nightlife in Munich still undiscovered, why would I be going to some small little town an hour away by train. I got even more intrigued when I heard that the bar in question, Rolleria, specialises in Vespa sales and repairs.

On their official promo material, Rolleria offers the following services, in this order:

Vespas - Spare Parts - Repairs - Cafe - Bar - Live Acts

Intriguing indeed! 

My friend is a king of nightlife tips and so I headed down south on the Kufstein train, with no idea at all where I was going. As I don't ski, I had never heard of Oberaudorf, and I was not even sure which country it was in. My German is a little rusty after 25 years, and I assumed I would be immersed in thick Bavarian anyway, so I was not really expecting a great night. 

And then I met Mike, the owner.

An accomplished musician in his own right (I have been told not to miss the Carnival party at Hofbrauhaus on January 24, where he is playing), Mike manages to blend his obsessive love with Vespas and his own musical career with a very funky bar, which only works on his terms - Wednesday to Saturday from 17:00 onwards.

After I had made several new friends within minutes of meeting the building, I settled back to enjoy the live music, from a duo called Combo Podolskij Schuller, who sang in Russian despite their Bavarian roots, to the accompaniment of guitar and double bass, with some outstanding trumpet support from two guest musicians, and they were all truly outstanding. I don't have any footage of their performance that night, but here they are in action below.

Rolleria is not that big, but it was packed with new friends and old, with everyone taking respite from the snow outside and enjoying the genuine warm hospitality and great music inside. I found that my German improved with an increased intake of the reasonably-priced beers.  

I was surprised to see such high quality live music from a band who had travelled in such a small venue, but I was told that that was due to the connections owner Mike has within the regional music scene. Bands which could command a high performance fee to bigger audiences elsewhere are happy to come to Rolleria to play for the atmosphere and whatever money is collected in a hat which was passed around the crowd at the end of the performance.

Of course, with one eye on train times, the musicians were looking to depart back to Munich, but they were clearly enjoying their enthusiastic reception, and played an encore or two more than they had planned. And possibly missed a train... 

Rather than being a one-off concert, Rolleria has a comprehensive programme for the winter, with 3-4 concerts a month. Next up on January 23 is Pony Malta, a "Lateinamerikanische Rhythm und tiefe Musikalitat, die jeden Song zu einer Geschichte machen", followed by Donnerbalkan und Bierfuizlziang, "Klange und Rythmen des Balkans in der Stilrichtungen des Pop und bayerischer Blasmusik."

If the Vespa service is only half as good as the bar side, Rolleria is a true hidden gem indeed.

Rosenheimer Str. 27
83080 Oberaudorf

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

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