Magnificently 'manly' Bavarian beer and food
'Keller' means 'cellar' in German, and this Munich outpost of the Augustiner brewery certainly boasts its biggest basement — massive vaulted red-brick spaces once used for storing beer, now filled with tables where beer and Bavarian specialties such as Wurst, sauerkraut, yummy bready pretzels and Jungschweinebraten (roasted pork knuckle) are consumed, from 4pm, in vast quantities. Especially the beer, including the unusually dark and demanding Doppelbock served in litre-high glasses during the Starkbierfest in March, when Munich's gay leather and fetish men take over the basement on the Sunday, exploiting the tight and manly aspects of traditional Bavarian 'drag' to sexy effect. But Augustiner-Keller possibly remains best known for its sprawling beer garden (Munich's second biggest), while the ground-floor restaurant, also atmospheric and buzzy, is hugely popular too. Closer to the centre of town in the Altstadt you'll find the brewery's signature outlet, the beautiful Augustiner Großgaststätten [see entry]. S1S8: Hauptbahnhof or Hackerbrücke.