Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, margarita-lovers the world over conveniently turn Mexican during Cinco De Mayo, and actually being German is of negligible importance during Oktoberfest — a 16-day celebration of Bavarian culture, music, weisswurst sausage, and of course, lots and lots (and lots and lots and lots) of beer.
Our borough in particular doesn’t need much of an excuse to party — so don your leiderhosen, pace yourself (the bacchanalia runs from 9/22-10/7), and rock out with your Bock out at these Munchen-by way of-Brooklyn biergartens!
Radegast Hall and Beer Garden
There’s lots of Oktoberfest fun to be had at this cavernous Williamsburg drinkery — from brass bands and “Slavic Soul” dance parties to free snacks and tasting flights of Schneider Weisen Edel — Weiss beer.
113 N 3rd St, (718) 963-3973
Imbibe for a good cause on October 2nd when the brewery pairs up with Lutheran Social Services for a night of Oktoberfest biers and bratwurst — proceeds from the $75 ticket price go towards battling homelessness and poverty in the city.
79 N 11th St, (718) 486-7422
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KeBeer Draft Bar and Grill
Check out this German/Belgian bar located smack in the center of Brighton Beach’s Little Odessa — you can side your pint of Hofbrau with sausage and cabbage or chicken schnitzel if you want, but pickled herring and pelmeni dumplings pair equally well.
1003 Brighton Beach Ave, (718) 934-9005
Loreley Restaurant and Biergarten
Always a go-to spot for sausage, Spaten and spatzle, this genial, Williamsburg hang-out is a must-stop for committed Oktoberfest devotees. $16 buys a liter mass stein of draft, sure, but $9 nabs a bottle of Schneider Aventinus Weizen Eisbock — the strongest beer in the house.
64 Frost St, (718) 599-0025
Just try saying that name five times fast after a “Das Boot” sized drinking contest featuring Spaten Oktoberfest. Word to the wise — prepare your belly beforehand with plenty of fatty pork from the celebratory pig roast.
320 Ct St, (718) 237-0325
Der Schwarze Kolner
This Fort Greene spot may be a bit more stylized and studied than its affable, Munich counterparts, but it still sports all of the necessaries — 30 German bottles plus 18 microbrews on tap, and communal wooden tables for socializing over pretzels, leberkase, and currywurst.
710 Fulton St, (347) 841-4495
This Bay Ridge bar caters to big, Bavarian-sized appetites, with all you-can eat buffets every Wednesday and Thursday, and liters of pilseners, dopplebocks and maerzens in steins bigger than your head.
7319 5th Ave, (718) 836-5600
This mammoth Greenpoint beer garden (40 bottles, 100 taps) pairs specialty sausages and brats (think rabbit, venison, veal, and buffalo), with haute-cuisine, tre Brooklyn toppings. A little jalapeno-jicama coleslaw with your duck dog, anyone?
33 Nassau Ave, (347) 987-4632
Die Koelner Bierhalle
Park Slope’s newest brewery is going all out for all 16 days of Oktoberfest, with oompah bands and steins filled with Hacker Pschorr — a Munich beer dated back to 1417. They’re one of the only places to carry it in the city —sweet!
84 St Marks Pl., (347) 227-7238
Not everyone needs to ring in Oktoberfest by participating in stein-holding contests and whirling around the room in a kolsch-induced stupor with some ruddy-faced fraulein (although it certainly doesn’t hurt). More genteel celebrants can take in dinner at this refined German restaurant — options include Flammkuchen (crispy flatbread with smoky bacon and gruyere), Kassler (center-cut pork loin with port-soaked prunes) and vegetable strudel, with mushrooms, goat cheese, and herbs.
25 Lafayette Ave, (718) 222-5800