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Scene: Long live the dirndl! This 1589 brewery clings to its historic roots with traditional Bavarian outfits and fare. The center courtyard is stocked with ancient chestnut trees, providing cool shade and a transporting atmosphere. During Oktoberfest celebrations, the focus moves from the beer garden to the Hofbräu-Festzelt tent, a separate structure set up in the heart of Munich’s festivities.
Sustenance: Pork reigns supreme (even salad comes with suckling pig). Try the Brotzeit platter, featuring three varieties of pig, or opt for veal sausages served with a fresh pretzel and mustard.
Suds: The house beer comes in three varieties: dark, light, and white. For a refreshing twist, order yours mixed with lemonade.