The Return of a Munich Favourite: Brauerei Unionsbräu Has Reopened

The Return of a Munich Favourite: Brauerei Unionsbräu Has Reopened

By  Wednesday, 2.12.2015, 11:55    Restaurants

After being closed for three years, a new look, feel and taste for Brauerei Unionsbräu near Max-Weber-Platz.

It is always nice to catch up with friends and try something new, especially when the company and surroundings are as nice as a delightful evening last night in an enormous building next to Max-Weber-Platz, which is much loved but has been sadly closed for the last three years. Until, that is, last night. 

For the  Brauerei Unionsbräu at Einsteinstr. 42 next to Max-Weber-Platz is open once more! After closing its doors in 2012, the small brewery and restaurant, whose beer was brewed on site, lay empty for almost three years, until the building's owner, the City of Munich, found a new tenant early this year, experienced Munich gastronom, Igor Divjak, who also runs Huiras in Fürstenrieder Straße.

Last night was not an official opening as such, the restaurant merely opened its doors, but word on the street had obviously got around, as the main restaurant filled in a matter of minutes, remaining that way until late. For an opening night, trade was very brisk, and the efficient waiting team were certainly put through their paces. Here is the main dining room on the ground floor. 

But before we get to the food, it was time for a tour of the building. This place is HUGE, a mere 2,700m2 of internal space in all over three floors, with seating capacity for up to 500 people.

We start downstairs in what was the brewery. I understand that there are no immediate plans to start brewing again, but one thing is for sure - there will be plenty of beer consumed in this historic basement, home to the Union Brewery since 1885. 

Downstairs is not yet open to the public, but come January, here you will find a cosy indoor biergarten, a pleasant watering hole for the winter months. 

And the space seems to go on forever. Here is another private room downstairs, and with so much space over the three floors, there are plenty of options for private parties and corporate events. 

And plenty of tradition and history wherever you turn. 

The real surprise, however, was on the top floor, a world away from the beer hall atmosphere below. A selection of quite exquisite private rooms, including a nice terrace to the back of the building, what would make an excellent wedding reception area, especially with all the facilities downstairs. 

Plenty of reminders of the building's rich history. 

The top floor is arranged in such a way that part or all of the floor can be hired for events. 

Time to head down for dinner and sample the beer and the food, passing some nice decorative touches on the way.  

There are also lots of old photographs adorning the walls, painting a picture of Munich and the brewery in a time gone by.  

Located just at the back of the Bavarian Parliament, and with the U-Bahn for Max-Weber-Platz literally on the doorstep, I was expecting the prices to match the excellent location, but 3.60 euro for a Weissbier was more than reasonable, as were the food prices.  

As with the building renovation, the menu is Bavarian with a little twist, and there were a couple of fun dishes which we decided to try, in order to experience Bavarian fusion.  

The Bay-ritos may not have been classic Mexican, but they were delicious and a meal for more than one person.  

Ditto the Bay-Thai curry, nicely presented and generously portioned. There was no room for dessert, which was a shame, as I was curious to try the Bavarian Tiramisu. Next time.  

The menu consists of two pages.  

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, and it was a pleasure to spend a little time with owner Igor and his lovely sister Tatjana, both of whom have worked very hard to make this happen. Igor is a lively character, whose personality is as infectious as the warm atmosphere his cooking and restaurant management insprires. Thank you to both for a wonderful evening. 

A great addition to the Munich culinary scene, and one which I am sure will be a smash hit. 

Brauerei Unionsbräu is open daily from 17:00, and I urge you to check it out. There is a website coming soon, and telephone reservations can be made on 089 41109849.

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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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