If you need to have a really long, close look at the Hofbruhaus, there are also some tables on the square outside. There are around a dozen rooms of varying size and degrees of poshness. When Lwenbru reopened this pub adjacent to their brewery in 1883, it was a sensation.I was very favourably impressed by both the friendliness of the staff and the excellent quality of the beer. The massive edifice set new standards for Munich beerhalls, with tablecloths and serviettes making their first appearance in the city.Now, the combination of folksy and trendy might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it was pleasant enough to my cynical eye. As is usual, pine is king, but the style is more upmarket than in many of its competitors. The beer garden is quiet and shady, with the surrounding buildings doing a wonderful job of excluding city noise. A large pub between the Town Hall and the Bavarian State Theatre.There's a fair bit of seating at the long bar, while the rest of the place is filled with long pine tables and benches. Oddly, though it's called Franziskaner, it sells Löwenbräu rather than Spaten beers.That might be a statement to deter rather than attract beer lovers, but don't be put off.The large Munich breweries produce drinkable beer, especially when compared to industrial lager from elsewhere.
The only slight downside is their insistence on serving draught beer in nothing smaller than a full litre measure.Not only does it sell the excellent Augustiner beers, but the Helles is served by gravity from a wooden barrel. This said, if you find youself on Platzl, I still recommend drinking in Ayingers Speis und Trank.Anywhere else in the world, this would count as a substantial pub, with four decent-sized rooms. Be warned that, unless you drink the bottled Weizen, the smallest measure is a litre.Munich beer is justly famous well beyond both the city's and Germany's borders.Many of the technological innovations which gave rise to modern industrial lager brewing took place here.