Drink from lunch time! Beer hall running for a long time in Kyoto
Speaking of beer halls in Kyoto, the name of Munchen near Hankyu Kawaramachi Station should come up first. The long-standing beer hall has been loved by locals for over a half century. Munchen was opened in 1952 as “a restaurant for draft beer and western food”. As they declare “general western food”, the number of dishes is large and all are tasty. You may have trouble with deciding what you should be ordering due to the good selection! A great thing is that the restaurant it is open from 11:30 to 23:00. You can always have good food, and this is one reason the restaurant is loved. The pub is an oasis offering beer instead of water. Munchen is especially known for its beer. They offer many types of beer in many sizes. It also has a retro and good old atmosphere as you feel like you’ve been here before, which is wonderful. The master is good at English, and his friendliness and the welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant will make you comfortable. Why not change your mood at Munchen with beer and familiar western food if you have had plenty of Japanese? The restaurant is also easy to access from Hankyu Kawaramachi or Keihan Gion-Shijo stations.
Fried chicken (boneless) / ￥840
One of Munchen’s most famous dishes is their kara-age boneless fried chicken. Each peace is big and the fried chicken goes really well with beer. The chicken is juicy and fatty, but at the same time also surprisingly light. If you order just one portion of this chicken, you are sure to eat all of it right away! It is hard to stop eating this chicken, and you will want to come back, year after year.
Rib・deluxe (sparerib) / ￥1,650
The current master of Munchen has developed this dish, rib deluxe. Hearty meat with a thick, strong sauce makes this dish irresistible. It is fun to slide the meat of the bone with a knife. Munchen’s special sweet and spicy sauce is a refreshing after the salty sausages and kara-age fried chicken. You have to try this if you are still not full!
Types of beer / An example) Draft beer : small mug :￥600 | middle mug ￥790 | big mug ￥930
Munchen is famous for its selection of beer. Munchen offers many types of bottled beer and all types of beer cocktails, but they are most famous for their draft beer. The draft beer they offer here is Asahi, but it is normal Asahi you get here. The beer here is served fresh from a barrel. Compared to bottled beer the beer here is fresher and bubblier. They have a special connection with the beer company to purchase beer that has the same taste as the beer in the year 1952 when Munchen was founded. If you go to Munchen, you have to try this beer!
LUNCH: Demi-glace Hamburg steak lunch set / ￥770
Munchen opens early so one of their specialties is the variety of their lunch menu. The Hamburg steak is a popular menu item, the juicy steak and crispy onion make you want to order another one. What’s special about this steak set is that you get a mini-ramen with your steak. Normally a lunch set contains a main, rice, salad, and miso soup, but at Munchen instead of miso soup you get ramen. The mini-ramen is salt-based and the small sized bowl is cute. This lunch set is sure to satisfy even those with big appetites!
How to OrderDrinking in Japan means beer and kara-age fried chicken, the perfect combo. And these two are Munchen’s specialties! Delicious and with generous portions, these two are something you must order. Going to Munchen means beer and kara-age and – of course – Kampai!
- Order Tips -
No need to worry about kinds of beer or size of glass, ask waitperson what is the best for you. Beer with stein is like authentic German beer, and feels colder, and that makes it even tastier.
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|Category||Bars / Pubs|
|Address||Komeyacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8026|
|Directions||1-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station. 5-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station.|
|Open Hours||11:30am - 11pm (L.O.10:20pm)|
|Notes||Smoking is allowed in all seats|
|Good for||Solo, With Friends, Families with Children|
They are helpful and good at English. Feel free to jump in.
|Lanuages spoken||Basic English|
|Number of seats||1F：32 seats | 2F：200 seats|
|Private dining rooms||Nothing|
|Non smoking / smoking||Smoking|