So, without further ado, here are my personal guidelines (some of which were learnt long ago, and others of which I am constantly re-learning and unfortunately just as quickly forgetting) on how to successfully plan a World Cup viewing evening in Munich:
1. The key word here is “plan” - I know it’s soooo German and I am an ardent advocate of spontaneity, but you can’t just show up at places in Munich and expect to get a table (unless you happen to know everyone in town and you’ll be happily welcomed to an established table via your amazing social network). Sadly, you will have to pick a place in advance and also execute a complex plan on how to stake out your territory and defend it with your life.
2. Pick your game viewing location carefully. The most important factor should be the Stimmung (I’m having an English language brain-freeze moment – the atmosphere?). You want a place with lots of excited fans, not too many families (sorry friends with kids. I love ya, but it’s the truth), more locals than tourists BUT also a mix of nationalities (it adds to the fun to have a little trash-talking going on in the background), and big enough screens to actually see the action.
* You really should just hop on a plane and head over here. It's kind of the best place ever to be during the World Cup. Well, maybe except the actual host country.
** Germans are the most football-watching nation in Europe, so it's a serious thing here. If you are NOT a fan, people wonder what is wrong with you... or, at least, they're surprised, because it really is a rarity to find someone who is completely disinterested in the sport.