Written By: Yasmin Mang
Back in February, I wrote about the fact that, despite our love for our children and our partner, time out with our girlfriends remains important – and in fact, may be even more important than ever, allowing us to remember who we are as women and friends, not just mothers and partners.
Now, assuming I’ve convinced you, and you’ve made all the necessary child- and husband-care arrangements, the next question to be posed is – where do I go? If, like me, you have not experienced Munich without children (I moved here when my first was three months old), then you may not have any favorite nightspots. But never fear – I have sacrificed myself and my friends to bring you a review of a few of my favorite locations.
If your idea of a perfect night out includes being surrounded by the most well-dressed and well-heeled of Munich, and you want a fab and glam locale, look no farther than this dinner-nightclub location. Dinner reservations can be made as early as 7 PM, and then, as the night goes on, the tables are removed and the DJ turns up the beat. Pro Tip: if you make dinner reservations, you can stay for the club time – no waiting in long lines outside required!
If you and your girls are more of the foodie types (and are OK with spending some serious cash), you can’t go wrong with Shane’s Restaurant, where the only thing you choose is what you want to drink the number of courses. This has been on my “to do” list for a while – if you go, let us know how it was!
This is a long-time favorite of mine, with a great bar to have a pre- or post-dinner drink, and delicious food in amazing surroundings (the building used to house the royal horses and is appropriately glam). Make sure to make a reservation, especially on the weekends. Eating healthy? The salads here are tasty and ÜberMom friendly!
Having lived in Japan prior to Munich, I desperately miss proper Japanese food – so when the urging gets too strong, this is where I go.
It is not pretentious – no need to dress up – and has the feel of an authentic Japanese Izakaya. Pro Tip: ask to be seated in the tatami area, where shoes are taken off and chairs are superfluous, for an extra-authentic experience.
No night out is complete, in my book, without some dancing. While you could go to P1, and hang with C-list German celebrities, why bother, when you can instead to to this little club and dance the night away? Paradisio always has a great mix of people of all ages, which is helpful for those moms who – like me – don’t want to be the granny among a crowd of 18 year olds. The music is also great for us – a mix of the best of the 80s and 90s as well as top dance hits from today. Get down in the club that used to see the likes of Freddy Mercury and David Bowie and enjoy the kitsch of decor that hasn’t changed much since then!
This is just a small sampling of places that I enjoy – share your own finds and faves in the comments below!