Hofbräuhaus is frequently mentioned in the context of a "beer garden" by feature writers and travel media etc. However, this is a misunderstanding. While Hofbräuhaus is indeed Munich's most famous beer hall, there is no adjoining beer garden at this location in Platzl 9. Only a Wirtsgarten exists in the central courtyard of the building.
Those looking for the real Bavarian beer garden experience, including the famous Munich Hofbräu lager, are advised to visit the Hofbräukeller at Innere Wiener Straße 19 by Wiener Platz in the Haidhausen district of Munich.