Head South but Skip the Oktoberfest!

I kid you not, there’s more to the beautiful southern regions of Germany in general (not just castles and parks)  and Munich in particular than the large-scale, marathon beer gulping festival also known as the “Oktoberfest”. You can opt out and still enjoy your beer. For instance, you can sip your craft beer in a cosy environment and be courteously treated by your very own Italian beer sommelier. Again, I kid you not. 🙂 I have always associated sommeliers with starched white shirts, polite demeanours and wine!

At AMBAR BISTRO, in Tegernseer Landstrasse 25, 815411 Munich, you’ll be greeted by a very helpful and cheerful Italian beer sommelier with a passion for food and beverages.On offer are a range of local craft beers, wines (yes, they do really good wines as well) paired with small plates of Italian and Mediterranean finger food. It’s not just cheese and olives, small dishes of pasta and ragu were offered as well. The menu changes often so there is no chance of getting bored of the nibbles.

I’m not really a beer fan but the beer there is so rich and varied in taste to your everyday <insert-favourite-tap or supermarket bottle> beer that it will make a convert out of you, even if you lean more towards a good glass of vino in the evenings.

Craft Beers at Ambar Bistro
Craft Beers
Yes, the label designs are interesting….


The place is a bit of a hole-in-the-wall that’s inconspicuously located on a main street, full of shops and restaurants. I mistook it for an Italian cafe. I wanted a respite from the snow, some caffeine, free wifi and time to plan a route towards a nice dinner location. However, the charming sommelier, the warmth and the great food prompted us to stay and enjoy the sight of snow from the safe confines of our now, new favourite trendy bar.

If you are in Munich and overwhelmed by the options and want some clean, craft beer and mouthwatering nibbles, this is the place for you. Let me know what you think of it, if you do partake of the beer and dine there! 🙂







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