In many ways, Kennedy’s is your typical Irish Pub – it’s a watering hole for the local expat community, serves all sorts of British and American comfort foods (e.g. chicken wings), is always lively, and has the requisite dim pub atmosphere. There’s something about Kennedy’s that keeps me going back, and makes me usually choose it over a handful of other Irish pubs scattered throughout Munich. Maybe it's because Kennedy’s always has live music (including bluegrass and classic rock), karaoke (it’s bizarre – in Munich, the Irish pubs are the karaoke bars. I’m not quite sure how that happened), or some sort of evening entertainment. Also, I can be lazy, and Kennedy’s is located about 5 steps from Sendlingertor, and is therefore extremely convenient. And it’s big. You take the stairs down into the basement bar, and it opens up into this cavernous room with a stage on one wall, a huge bar running the length of another wall, and booths (a rare find in Munich!) lining the other walls. Long, stool-height tables fill up the middle of the room, and there’s even some cramped space in front of the stage for dancing.
Kennedy’s also has several large televisions, and there is always a game on in the background. Often times groups of pub crawlers or recreational sports teams will stop by en masse, and yet it never seems too crowded, like many of Munich’s more trendy bars. This might be because it is not exactly on the “locals” radar – it’s definitely an expat spot. That said, whenever I bring German friends along to a Kennedy’s evening, they all seem to enjoy it. Of course, they might just be indulging me, murmuring polite platitudes such as “uhm, yeah, this place is great…” but I prefer to think they are sincere in their praise.
Wednesday Nights: karaoke starts at 10 PM
Live music and TV sports schedule available on website