From bustling traditional beer halls to pumping dance clubs, the nightlife in Munich has it all, and the mix of foreigners and locals gives this city a welcome cosmopolitan feel. Unlike Frankfurt and Berlin, Munich is best known for its bars and beer halls rather than its clubbing scene, but those in search of some serious clubbing still won't struggle in Munich.
Those looking for a night of dancing and revelry should explore Munich's 'party banana', which consists of Sendlinger Tor, Karlsplatz and Odeonsplatz, where many of the city's favourite clubs are located. Other popular nightlife districts in Munich include Schwabing, which boasts numerous traditional Bavarian options and lots of live music; Maxvorstand, near the university and frequented by students; the Glockenbachviertel, popular with the most trendy denizens of the city and home to a number of gay and lesbian venues; and the area around the Munich East Station, which is known to be dingy but cheap.
Travellers should note that the friendly, welcoming attitude of the beer halls is not always matched by the more upmarket and fashionable clubs in Munich, where would-be partiers should dress appropriately and anticipate some selectivity from bouncers.
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