President, Deutsch-Irischer Freundeskreis Bayern e.V.www.dif-bayern.de
Director, Greenfarm Festival 2009www.greenfarmfestival.de
Co-Organizer, Munich St. Patrick’s Day Paradewww.stpatricksday.de:
WIRTSHAUS AND THEATER IM FRAUNHOFER
Wirtshaus and Theater im Fraunhofer have been a second living-room to my wife Alison and me for years. The wood-panelled Wirtshaus serves up mounds of hearty Bavarian food, plus Sunday lunchtime music in the winter months. In the Theater—which is also home to the Munich Irish Folk Club—you’ll find cabaret and concerts, including luminaries of the traditional Bavarian music scene. There’s no background music; you can hear yourself talk!
Fraunhoferstr. 9, Phone: (089) 26 78 50, www.fraunhofertheater.de
KILIANS IRISH PUB
There’s nothing that beats the huge plates of fish and chips at Kilians! Kilians always has a great atmosphere: especially at our Irish ceili nights on the first Monday of the month, of course, but also in summer, when the centrally-located beer garden next to the Frauenkirche refreshes body and soul.
Frauenplatz 11, Phone: (089) 24 219 899, www.kiliansirishpub.com
THE POTTING SHED
You’ll always be greeted with a warm welcome and creative and delicious cocktails from Micha, Anna and Gregor, who also serve a traditional Irish hot whiskey to ward off winter chills. It’s a great place to entertain visitors to Munich and have an uninterrupted chinwag. You’d be hard-pressed to find better cocktails with or without alcohol.
Occamstrasse 11 (entrance Haimhauserstr.), Phone: (089) 34 07 72 84, www.thepottingshed.de
A fascinating store filled with tin toys, lamps, postcards, frogs (yes, really!) and all kinds of irresistible gifts for friends or oneself. I can never pass by without dropping in, and never leave without finding something unusual. It’s a kind of treasure chest for adults who don’t want to grow up!
Fraunhoferstraße 13, Phone: (089) 260 49 26
ARS MUSICA IM STEMMERHOF
A gem hidden upstairs in Stemmerhof, this courtyard houses an excellent organic restaurant and organic markets, Ars Musica is a music and arts venue specializing in hand-made, hands-on performances of all kinds, with a varied program apart from the mainstream: open mic nights, theater, story-telling and music from classical to world and jazz. There’s also a fascinating museum of musical instruments, some of which can be tried out.
Plinganserstrasse 6, Phone: (089) 54 32 05 13,www.ars-musica-muenchen.de