It’s official. Fall has begun! That means cooler weather, autumn leaves, pumpkin spiced everything, and one of our favorite events of the year, Oktoberfest.
Never heard of it? Well, it’s a 16-day festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, traditionally celebrated in Germany. In New York, it’s another excuse for people to drink beer. Check out some of our picks around the city to start the celebration off right:
What more could you ask for? This 3,500 square-foot venue and live music, ping pong, foosball and face-painting means you can bring the whole family along. Even better, there’s no admission fee! You’ll love the view this bar has of the Brooklyn skyline while you feast on traditional beer, to wash down brats, pretzels and more, all priced at $8.
The Standard’s street-level beer garden will be serenaded to the tune of a 35-piece live Polka band. Every day from noon to 2 a.m. the Chef will prepare Oktobest dishes including super-sized German pretzels, special designed cookies and let’s not forget their rich beer (which is described as having notes of dark copper, a hint of apricot and a hoppy aftertaste).
An authentic biergarten and kaffeehaus in Fort Greene. The owners are ready to turn it up a notch for Oktoberfest on October 2 at 7 p.m. The $10 cover will include a keg-tapping ceremony with free beer from the first keg, a mug-holding competition and the musical stylings of a Brooklyn-based Balkan brass funk band. With 14 classic German beers on tap and other good home cooking you’ll wish you can celebrate year-round.
Who cares what anyone says, you don’t need to be in Europe to get the “real experience.” Just be safe and enjoy the festivities!