The celebration of beer and really good sausage is upon us once again. Thoughtfully observed in many places outside of its native Germany, including in the international city of New York, the annual drunkfest draws crowds of all kinds to picnic table bars with overflowing brews and scrumptious wurst. As if you didn’t have a reason to have exotic yet refined and delicious drinks at Biergartens before, now is the time. And fortunately, New York has a plethora of them spanning across three boroughs. Below, we offer some tips on how best to enjoy the season.
Radegast Hall & Biergarten (Williamsburg)
Oktoberfest Events 9/15-10/6: Special Oktoberfest Menus (Appetizers, Entrees, Desserts); Live Music 9/24 & 10/1, No Cover; 9/24 & 10/1 Mug Holding Championship 7:30PM. (Mug Holding Championship?!?!?)
Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten (Williamsburg)
Oktoberfest Brew Specials: Der Schwarze Kölner (Fort Greene) German beer always on tap.
Schnitzel Haus (Bay Ridge) All German, all the time.
Bier International (Harlem)
Harlem’s 2nd Annual Oktoberfest 9/17-10/2: Live Music Sat. & Sun. 5-8PM; Lots o’ German beers and food; The Crowning of Harlem’s First Oktoberfest Queen, Sun. 10/25 at 5PM.
Zum Schneider (East Village)
Oktoberfest 9/24-10/9: Opening Party Sat. 9/24 at 11AM. Live Music Throughout. Join Their Mailing List for Details. Bring your Lederhosen.
Bierhaus (Midtown East)
Oktoberfest 9/17-10/3: Call For Reservations, Fills up Quickly.
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden (Astoria)
Oktoberfest 10/1-10/9: Live Music or Promos Every Night; Free Beer Tasting & $13 Pitchers (Times Vary)
Wunderbar German Grill & Bierhaus (Long Island City)
Oktoberfest Party 10/15
The Bar Alternative: Sycamore — (Flatbush)
Oktoberfest 10/1 at 12PM – close: Traditional BBQ of German sausages and brats. Domestic & International Craft Oktoberfest Beers. $5 Beers, No Cover.
The Park Alternative (Which is Actually Just Another Bar): Berry Park (Williamsburg)
Oktoberfest 10/7: Live Oompah Band, The Ja Ja Ja’s, DJs all night.
The Christian Alternative: Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church (Brooklyn Heights)
Oktoberfest 10/3 at 3:30PM — 8PM: Authentic German Dinner in a Church Featuring Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Coffee, and Tea. *Note: If you’re looking for German beer, go somewhere else.
The Culinary Alternative: Ger Nis Culinary & Art Center (Boerum Hill)
Oktoberfest, Schnitzel, and Beer 10/3 at 6:30PM — 9:30PM: $65 to Learn How to Cook Your Own German Food Including German Beers.