13 Beer Halls Where You Can Celebrate Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair that’s held every year in Munich, Germany. The 16-day festival [September 20th – October 5th] celebrates German culture, grub, music and of course, beer! Luckily, you don’t have to travel all the way to Europe to participate, as Oktoberfest has become an internationally recognized “holiday” across the globe. Because New York is a melting pot of a city, it’s home to lots of awesome beer halls. We’ve rounded up 13 that are ideal to get your [German] drink on. Prost!!
Gramercy [E 23rd & East River]
On October 3rd – 5th and 10th – 12th, celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC’s original Zum Schneider tent on the East River. A $25 ticket will get you table service and a take-home beer stein and the event will feature live music, strongman competitions and food stands that’ll sell roast chicken & pork shank, cotton candy, roasted nuts, gingerbread hearts and, of course, German beer. The event is cash-only!
Upper East Side [Central Park E 72nd St entrance]
The German-American Steuben Parade starts at noon on September 20th and marches down 5th Ave from 68th to 86th St. If you’re attending the FREE celebration, be sure to check out the after party in Rumsey Playfield [Central Park E. 72nd St entrance]. There will be German food, beer, wine, music and the US Championship of Masskrugstemmen, the traditional Bavarian Bier Stein holding contest. Tickets are $15.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn [Nassau Ave between Guernsey St & Dobbin St]
Spritzenhaus is an airy beer hall with communal tables that serves homemade bratwurst and craft brews, including German drafts (duh).
Midtown West [37th St between 5th & 6th]
This often loud German beer hall in midtown will guarantee a fun night. Stop by after work or on a weekend to celebrate Oktoberfest with waitresses wearing lederhosen, a giant Bavarian pretzel, a Wurstplate of German sausages and 1 (or more) of 14 German beers on tap.
West Village [Grove St between Bleecker & Bedford]
This Bavarian pub is home to some of the city’s best bratwurst. The walls covered in a mural of the countryside, the waitresses dressed in lederhosen and the glass beer steins may be a little kitsch, but it’s all perfectly appropriate to celebrate the German holiday.
Midtown East [3rd Ave between 44th & 45th]
Lower East Side [Rivington between Chrystie & Bowery]
Loreley is the first biergarten in NYC to be modelled after the Brauhaus in Cologne, Germany. It’s offers 12 imported German beers on tap and a menu filled with traditional German food. Loreley will be hosting multiple Oktoberfest events including the Kick-Off Keg Tapping on September 20th at 3pm, Weihenstephan Wednesdays from September 24th to October 29th, a Sausage Fest on October 4th and a Beer Tasting on October 12th at 7pm. A $45 ticket to the tasting will include a taste of 7 beers and a 3-course German menu.
Aviator Sports & Events Center
Brooklyn [3159 Flatbush Ave]
Okay, so the Aviator Sports & Event Center is not a beer hall. But they are hosting their 2nd annual Oktoberfest event sponsored by Paulaner on October 4th from noon to 6pm. At $35 per person in advance and $45 at the door, the event will include beer, German music, games and a shuttle ride from Flatbush Ave subway station. There will also be free parking and access to food vendors that’ll serve Bavarian soft pretzels, bratwurst and rabbit stew.
The Standard Biergarten
Meatpacking [Washington St between Little W 12th & 13th St]
Celebrate Oktoberfest under The High Line at The Standard Biergarten. This trendy beer hall serves traditional German fare including sausages, pretzels and beer — and don’t forget the ping pong!
West Village [Houston St between 6th & 7th]
Attend an Oktoberfest party at this massive beer hall on October 4th. A $20 ticket will include 2 steins of beer, a pretzel necklace and entertainment. Traditional German food will also be available for purchase.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn [N 11th St between Wythe St & Berry St]
On October 1st at 7pm, Brooklyn Brewery and The Edible are hosting a family-style meal in honor of Oktoberfest, where you’ll eat pickles, German potato salad, pumpernickel bread, pretzels, sauerkraut, grilled bratwurst, roasted pork belly and chug can after can of Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest beer. Tickets are $40 and include all food and drinks.
Food & Wine Festival
Queens [Studio Square, 36th St between 36th & 35th Ave]
For $99, you can join the host of Bizarre Foods and James Beard Award winner, Andrew Zimmern in Queens for a 3-hour Oktoberfest party. The festivities will take place on October 19th from 2-5pm and will include huge amounts of sauerkraut, schnitzel, strudel and Jagermeister, plus a live oompah band.
Nolita [Bowery between Houston & Stanton]
The first Paulaner Oktoberfest beer keg of the season will be tapped on September 20th, and the first 20 liters of beer will be given away for FREE! From the 20th until October 31st, there will be live music on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights, too. You can also choose to host your own mini Oktoberfest party there by pitching in for a keg and purchasing a food package which include sausages and schnitzel. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.