European Masters of Bartending: Klaus Stephan Rainer

Bars 11.12.2015

Klaus St. Rainer, owner of Munich’s Die Goldene Bar, is undeniably one of Germany bartending stars. Coupled with some testimonials from those who know him best, MIXOLOGY author Andrew Wilkin met him for a warts and all interview, finding out more about the man behind the bar with those famed golden walls.

Klaus St. Rainer, owner of Munich’s Die Goldene Bar, is undeniably one of Germany bartending stars. Coupled with some testimonials from those who know him best, MIXOLOGY author Andrew Wilkin met him for a warts and all interview, finding out more about the man behind the bar with those famed golden walls.There’s a scene in “Monty Python And The Holy Grail” (1975) where a furious God emerges in the clouds and admonishes a flustered King Arthur to find the Holy Grail. It’s a metaphor that Klaus Stephan Rainer uses to explain how he decided he wanted to work in the industry.

How “little Klaus” entered the Bar

It’s New Years Eve 1985 and 13 year old Klaus first set foot in Munich’s indefinably glamorous Bayerischer Hof hotel, to work at a big gala. “I couldn’t find the back entrance for the staff and I needed to be on time, so I entered through the front door”, he reminisces. “I immediately thought: ‘I don’t know what they are doing here, but this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.’” Whether or not a human god did appear through a hole in the atmosphere brandishing a golden set o…
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