Maybe you remember the huge fireball in the middle of Munich in summer 2012. It was the (more or less) controlled detonation of a 250kg aerial bomb from WWII, which was found and couldn’t be defused after tearing down the old Schwabinger 7.
The Schwasi, like its fans call it, has been an institution in Schwabing since 1969 when the current owner Manila took over. Since the 1950s post-war era it was located in Feilitzschstraße 7, and when it was torn down to clear space for expensive apartments there was protest in the neighbourhood.
But after realising what was sitting there in the ground only a few meters below me and my friends for all those years, I have to say, thank you capitalism.
And not only all of us regulars survived both bomb and gentrification, the Schwasi itself still exists just 150m further down the road at number 15.
It’s in the basement now, it’s bigger than before, and it’s still quite dark in there, despite the candles in empty schnapps bottles. Some of the old furniture and most of the regulars made it to the new location and, most importantly, the drinking menus and with them the same cheap prices. Beer, Jägermeister and everything else a thirsty soul might require is still flowing and the music is still good old rock’n’roll.
I can’t be too sure about all this information, though. Like a friend of mine once said: “If you can remember a night at Schwabinger 7, you’ve not been to Schwabinger 7”.