Munich’s nightlife has something of a split personality. On the one hand, the city is famous for its down-to-earth beer halls, where locals gather for their huge litre-glasses of beer and spill out into leafy beer gardens in summer. Popular examples of these are the beer garden in Englischer Garten, and the very popular Hofbrauhaus.
On the other hand, Munich has a thriving ‘yuppie’ class with a correspondingly flash nightlife scene, centred on cocktail loungers and thumping clubs dotted around the center and suburbs. Venues veer from sophisticated bars such as Schumann's Bar, to pumping live bands at the huge complex Kultfabric Munchen. The studenty area of Schwabing, near the university, is a well-known neighborhood for bars and clubs with Maxvorstand and is popular with students and has good laid-back bars, while the gay and lesbian car scene is based around Gartnerplatz.
Also worth seeing are some of the jazz and classical music venues. The city has three first-rate symphony orchestras, several major theatres and numerous fringe theatres. There is a wide range of top quality opera, ballet and concerts with international stars, and because state theatres are subsidised by the Free State of Bavaria, it means tickets are very affordable. See a performance at Bavarian State Opera and Ballet (Nationaltheater Bayerische Staatsoper), or a concert at Prinzregententheater.
A good course of information is the monthly Go Munchen magazine, which also produces Munchen Geht Aus, a useful guide to restaurants and bars.
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