As usual, my good intentions went right out the window. I ended up in the beer garden with my boss, who was in town from England, watching the Brazil-Mexico game. A quick beer turned into dinner and a long conversation, and then, what the hell, we might as well stay for the whole game....
In search of a beer garden that would be convenient to the S-Bahn (easier for the boss to get back to his hotel at the end of the night), I suggested the Hirschgarten, which ended up being the ideal place to pass the evening. In fact, I probably should have included the Hirschgarten on my list of best places for watching the World Cup - it has large screens throughout the grounds, and as the biggest beer garden in the world (!), it's a good bet for finding a spot with a view of the screen.
I really like the Hirschgarten for it's setting in one of Munich's largest, greenest parks, as well as it's proximity to Schloss Nymphenburg. It's a great place to go on a weekend afternoon, when the park is lively, filled with families picnicking, or even grilling (it's one of the few parks in Munich with a permitted grill zone), kids playing on the playground or kicking a football around, runners out for a leisurely jog around the park, and of course the many revelers enjoying the atmosphere of the beer garden. It can be a bit quiet on weeknights compared to some of the more centrally-located beer gardens in Munich, but that's not always a bad thing! Also, the food offerings at the Hirschgarten are more varied than most beer gardens - you've got all the standards, including a Steckerlfisch kiosk, and another kiosk designated entirely to sweets (very unusual for a beer garden). The service area has an extensive menu, and my boss was actually really impressed by the selection and the value - one of his common complaints about Munich restaurants is that the menu can be really limited, and its always the same standard fare. The Hirschgarten has all that and more - in fact, I was kind of jealous when I selected one of the standard German dishes on the menu, and then he ended up getting a really nice steak... next time!
S-Bahn "Laim" or "Hirschgarten"
or Tram Lines 12, 16, or 17 to Romanplatz