The Muffatwerk is a former 19th century power station in the Munich district of Haidhausen which is now used as a music venue/cultural centre (theatre, dance, fashion shows, readings, etc.). The name comes from a politician of that time. In 1973 the power station was shut down. After the temporary use of the building for diverse purposes - amongst others as indoor tennis court - the City of Munich was able to clear the area for cultural use, in 1992. The concerts and events take place at the larger Muffathalle and the smaller Ampere room. The likes of The Killers, Interpol, Kaiser Chiefs or Einstürzende Neubauten had gigs here.
The beer garden at the venue seats 400 beer drinkers and the crowd is younger than at the other beer gardens of the city. But that is not the only thing that distinguishes the Muffatwerk beer garden from the city’s mainstream.
The beer garden is a certified organic business. The kitchen combines classic beer garden dishes with Mediterranean influences and light vegetarian meals. The drinks menu features crisp Hofbräu and unfiltered Bio-Lammsbräu on tap, good wines, espresso and everything one hopes to find in a well-stocked bar. The location on the 70 km long Isar bike trail (from Wolfratshausen to Freising) is unique: a beer garden in the park, adjacent to a listed industrial site. Cyclists will find plenty of bike racks, our little guests can play in a sandpit and for bigger kids there's a public playground only 150 meters away.
Ever since its opening in August 2002 - with the best reviews in local newspapers - the "Biergarten am Muffatwerk" has quickly become an insider's tip. With its unique location along the Isar, the late opening hours and the wide range of biologically sourced dishes the beer garden fills a gap in Munich's outdoor gastronomy. It is also one of the best places in the city for pblic viewing of the UEFA 2016 European Championship.
Thanks to heute-biergarten.de for all photos.
Address: Zellstr. 4
Opening hours: every day from 12 noon (provided the weather is good)
Getting there: S-BAHN - all suburban railways (S1 - S8), exit at “Rosenheimer Platz” or “Isator” (in the railway station follow the signs that read “Muffathalle”). Tram - Line 16, exit at “Deutsches Museum” or “Am Gasteig” or Line 15/25, exit at “Rosenheimer Platz”