A friend and I met up at the Chinese Tower, one of the most-frequented and ideally-located beer gardens in Munich. It is smack in the middle of the English Garden, which is Munich’s equivalent to New York’s Central Park. The beer garden itself is a bit kitschy – as tend to be any of the places with an Oompah band – but you know, the kitsch works here. I embrace it. So even though this beer garden is a huge tourist attraction, it’s also still popular with the locals. A lot of that has to do with the location, as it’s the most convenient place to grab a Maß after an afternoon in the park, including being in close proximity to the university district. It’s also one of those beer gardens that is ideally reached by bicycle, as the closest metro stop is probably about a 15 minute walk. Though I do have to say that riding home at around 10:30 tonight was a bit of an adventure - it was just so dark. Even with my trusty bike headlight, the woodsy paths were hard to make out, and I made more than one wrong turn on the ride home.
I do feel that unless one is taking visitors on a tour of city, or spending the day in the English Garden and the beer garden is just there, I wouldn't otherwise list the Chinese Tower as a favorite spot. My friend and I both noted tonight that the pretzel and Obazda we ordered was perhaps the worst we had ever had. I mean, it was edible and we definitely ate it, but I wouldn't order it again. In fact, I have decided that perhaps pretzels should never be ordered at night, but only in the mornings when presumably they are fresh-baked... maybe that's why it sucked.