GIN IS IN
Schnapps may be Germany’s highest-proof export, but gin is the spirit of choice for Bavarian cocktail nerds. Locally distilled labels like Monkey 47 (infused with botanicals from Germany’s Black Forest) line the bar at hot spot 1 Zephyr alongside piles of fresh fruit, jars of vanilla pods and bunches of herbs. The drinks here sound insane on paper—the Belle Air pairs gin with Granny Smith apples, milk and lemon; the bourbon-focused Nice Guy includes jalapeno tincture and banana—but in a glass, it’s magic.
2 Couch Club wears its passion for the juniper on its sleeve, too, with more than 170 gin varieties in stock and an extensive list of tonics to match. Lean into the living-room vibe here: cozy up on a vintage armchair between foosball matches and order up some pizza to fuel a late night on the town.