It’s Oktoberfest time! Well, actually it’s been Oktoberfest for a while. But if you’re like us, and fall just crept up on you this year, and you didn’t even have time to get your lederhosen or dirndl dry cleaned in time—you’re in luck. There are still a few beer halls around the city that are keeping the Oktoberfest festivities going through October. Here’s a roundup of some of the best places in New York City to get in the Oktoberfest spirit—and by that we mean: get your buzz on.
– Bierhaus in Midtown will host its Second Annual Bratwurst Eating Championship on Oct. 26, presumably because the first annual competition was awesome. Even Jamie “The Bear” McDonald, the #1 ranked independent competitive eater in the world, will be among those vying for the title. If you can’t make it that day, the Oktoberfest beer will be flowing steadily through Oct. 31. Bring friends and share a 2 liter boot of beer or take down some shots together with a shotski!
– Loreley: On Wednesday, Oct. 16, this beer garden in the Lower East Side is offering a three-course German meal with a tasting of 7 beers led by beer expert Rudi Eilers. And now that you’ve gotten that lederhosen dry cleaned, wear it to their Oktoberfest-themed Halloween Party on the 31st to get a free drink.
– Radegast Hall & Biergarten: The official Oktoberfest events of this perennially-popular Williamsburg beer garden have unfortunately ended, but that doesn’t mean the German beer won’t still be flowing, the brats grilling, and the live music jamming. For a solid beer hall experience, with live music to boot, Radegast provides on any day of the week.
– Zum Schneider: Though the Alphabet City location has already put the kibosh on their Oktoberfest activities, the Montauk location will still be featuring polka bands and all the giant soft pretzels and whole broiled chickens you can get your hands on through the end of October. And we’re not sure there’s anything cooler than polka dancing by the beach, so…
If you still haven’t drank Hofbrauhaus beer out of a liter stein, eaten some form of wurst with sauerkraut, or danced the polka, what are you waiting for? Prost!