Just because you’re not in Munich doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Oktoberfest. So dust off your lederhosen and lace-up your dirndls and visit these seven German bars and beer gardens in L.A. Prost!
7 Bars To Celebrate Oktoberfest At In L.A.
Willkommen to Wirtshaus! The atmosphere here is fun, laid back and, as they say, “gemütlich.” Come hang out and knock them back at their long wooden tables inside or in the dog-friendly Biergarten outside. Every Friday and Saturday during Oktoberfest season, the bar will feature live music, dirndl and lederhosen costume contests, Steinholding contests and free giveaways.
Be sure to celebrate with one of their 35 German beers and traditional German menu, which includes various versions of schnitzel, sausages, potato pancakes, currywurst and pretzels.
345 N La Brea Ave., Los Angeles
(323) 931-9291 | wirtshausla.com | @wirtshaus
The Standard Biergarten
Craving a brew with a view? Head downtown to The Standard where the Biergarten is perched on the sky-high rooftop along with the hotel’s infamous pool. The brainchild of hotelier André Balazs and chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, this hip, open-air, grassy knoll space is filled with traditional communal tables, a foosball table and a kitschy ticket booth.
With these tickets, Oktoberfesters can purchase German street food such as sausages and giant pretzels, and, of course, giant steins of beer, or a cocktail if you prefer.
550 South Flower St., Los Angeles
(213) 892-8080 | Standardhotels.com | @thestandard
Red Lion Tavern
For over 55 years, the Red Lion Tavern has been one of Los Angeles’ most beloved neighborhood taverns. This Silver Lake landmark, which is the oldest German bar in the L.A., serves up traditional German food and a wide selection of German beer in a cozy Old World atmosphere.
Our recommendation; head up to the top level beer garden and order fried German pickles or a classic bratwurst served with sauerkraut. Also, note that Dodger fans get an extra 10% off their total bill on home game days. Just show your tickets or ticket stubs for the game.
2366 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles
(323) 662-5337 | Redliontavern.net | @redliontavern
Wurstküche Restaurant and Beer Garden
Bavaria comes to the beach! Wurstküche’s Venice location will host their famous Oktoberfest bash for three consecutive weekends starting Sept. 30. Expect the taps to be flowing, girls to be yodeling and the Munich Boom-Steiners performing all weekend. Sausages are considered the official dish of Oktoberfest, but Wurstküche’s versions are anything but traditional.
In addition to the pork, beef and turkey classics, the bar serves up exotic sausages including duck, rabbit, lamb, pheasants and even rattlesnake. If you’re not up to the culinary challenge, comfort your tastes with an array of Belgian style fries with nearly a dozen different sauce options. Of course, the beer selection is a kilometer long ranging in German, Belgian and North American drafts and bottles.
625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
(213) 687-4444 | Wurstkuche.com | @wurstkuche
A hidden space inside Griffith Park, Roosevelt Cafe is more relaxing than rowdy. Attached to the Roosevelt Golf Club, a nine-hole course that doesn’t allow golf carts, the outdoor beer garden is stacked with snackable staples such as burgers, pizzas and BLTs.
For a more traditional experience, Farmer John sausages and beers from local breweries including Iron Triangle, Garage and Coronado are served up everyday. Want it all? Take advantage of the cafe’s signature offering which is sausage with all the accoutrements and a tasting of four beers for $20.
2650 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles
(323) 674-0000 | Rooseveltcafe.net | @therooseveltcafe
BRÜ HAUS was established as a true German pub, but this West L.A./Brentwood hangout has undeniable California twist. On the menu, alongside expected items like chicken schnitzel and Schönram Dunkel pints, you’ll find balsamic brussel veggie flatbread and strawberry margaritas.
BRÜ HAUS also puts out a speciality Oktoberfest menu featuring mini beer flights and a Broziet plate (which literally translates to “bread time”) packed with items like spicy pickled trump white asparagus, prosciutto, olive bread, sauerkraut, pepper blackened turkey and german cheeses including strassburger liverwurst and cheese. The open kitchen, great music and spirited crowd just adds to BRÜ HAUS’ overall awesomeness.
11831 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
( 310) 473.2337 | Bruhauslosangeles.com | @bruhaus
Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
Loreley’s is West Hollywood’s newest German import with a focus on craft draft beers and authentic German food. The casual, open-air patio (also dog-friendly) is lined with rustic, built-in benches and long communal tables. Inside, you’ll find a bar along with cozy booths, high-tops and plenty of standing room to mix and mingle.
Order the house specialties such as Käsespätzle (haus-made dumpling noodle w/ gouda, onion and bacon), Ela’s Gulasch, which is a hearty beef stew, and Haus-made Apfelstrudel for dessert and wash it down with a one of the 24 different draft beers, or a selection from the impressive wine list. Get really into the Oktoberfest spirit and sample the German Classic beer flight featuring Früh Kölsch, König Pilsener, Hofbräu Original Lager and Paulaner Hefe Weissbier drafts.
1201 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood
(323) 378-5869 | loreleyla.com
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