Summer is over, and it sucks. Outdoor concerts, park picnics, rooftop barbecues – done. What are we going to look forward to now? How are we going to survive the work week without exciting weekend plans?
We know – Oktoberfest. “Where?” you ask. We got you covered. Check out our picks for where to celebrate an authentic Oktoberfest in- and around New York City. Prost!
What: Oktoberfest 2018 – a traditional German festival celebrated across the states by binge-drinking beer, devouring giant pretzels and sporting lederhosen and dirndl dresses, of course.
Where: All German restaurants, plus various venues
When: Saturday, September 22nd to Sunday, October 7th
Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest 2018
Hofbräu Bierhaus NYC
This Bavarian-style restaurant and bar just steps from Grand Central Station is known as NYC’s Oktoberfest Headquarters. It holds the most Oktoberfest-themed events throughout the season – from wacky contests (with cash prizes) like Biggest “Bier” Belly and National Brat Eating – winner must exceed 50 brats in eight minutes – to family-friendly “Kidtoberfest” where kids color while adults take on mega Mimosa Towers.
Of course there will be live “haus” music, classic German cuisine and popular Hofbräu beer (hence its name). It is directly affiliated with the legendary Hofbräuhaus in Munich, so make it an obvious choice for celebrating Oktoberfest.
Dates: Until Sunday, Oct. 21st
712 Third Ave, 212-867-2337, www.bierhausnyc.com/oktoberfest, @bierhausnyc
Hop the Hudson for a near month-long celebration at the largest beer-garden in the tristate area. 100+ beers and legit Deutsch dishes like schweinshaxe (smoked pork shank with roasted red potatoes and wine-kraut) will be served. Boozers can opt for a beer flight including four 5 oz. samples chosen by the bartender. Weekends will showcase German/Austrian bands and Masskrugstemmen – that’s a beer stein holding contest. Winner walks away with a $300 grand prize. Pros and amateurs welcome.
Dates: Saturday, Sept. 22nd to Sunday, Oct. 14th
88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, 201-721-8888, www.zeppelinhall.com, @zeppelinhall
This bi-level beer hall stands on the cobbled Stone St, and easily attracts the after-work crowd with few brews by the liter and Bavarian pub grub like wurst samplers and schnitzel fingers.
The wooden bar was imported from German town, Erding where popular Erdinger Weissbier beer originated. #FunFact
19 S. William St, 212-480-8142, www.bavariabarnyc.com, @bavariabierhaus
Loreley Beer Garden
This German celebration has no bigger stage in NYC than at the oldest German beer-gardens in NYC. Loreley’s month and a half long celebration will feature everything from a free Oktoberfest “Party & Keg” tapping to weekly German beer tap takeovers to the return of Sausage Fest and the Haunted Beer Garden on Halloween.
Find rotating beers on tap like Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Weihenstephan Oktoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest, Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse, and more.
Dates: Now ‘til November
7 Rivington St, 212-253-7077, www.loreleynyc.com, @loreleynyc
This original Bavarian bierhaus once again – for the fifth time – presents Munich on the East River, an unforgettable (yet drunkenly forgotten) München Oktoberfest experience. The celebration follows the age-old traditions of Oktoberfest honored in Munich for over 200 years – think decked out tent with original Garnituren, aka furniture, an Oomph band stage, brat- and weisswurst und Das Boot. Sneak-peek here.
Dates: Weekends starting Friday, Sept. 28th
24-20 FDR Drive Service Rd East, 212-598-1098, www.nyc.zumschneider.com, @zumschneider
Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Bavaria lands in Brooklyn for another Oktoberfest season. Expect live folk music, rim-filled steins and pig roast – two weekends in a row at Brooklyn’s first real beer hall and garden.
Dates: Saturday, Sept. 22nd; Sept 29th, starting at 1:00PM.
113 N. 3rd St, Williamsburg, 718-963-3973, www.radegasthall.com, @radegast_hall
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