It’s late September, which, counterintuitively, means it’s time for Oktoberfest! Here are some great places to don your lederhosen, slug a gallon of lager, and sing along with traditional German drinking songs (or just make rhythmic guttural noises and act like you know the words).
Munich on the East River
Fri., Sept. 23 to Sun., Sept. 25, and Thurs., Sept. 30 to Sun., Oct. 2 at
For the third straight year, Zum Schneider is holding a massive Oktoberfest celebration in a traditional tent on the banks of the East River. Guzzle one-liter steins of Hofbräu, Paulaner, and Andechs beers for $18 a pop. Expect oompah bands, pretzels, sausages, a carousel, and all sorts of weirdness. (Last year, Cyndi Lauper showed up and sang a polka-tinged rendition of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Seriously.)
Beer tasting dinner at Loreley Beer Garden
Wed., Oct. 5 at Loreley Beer Garden, 7 Rivington St., bet. Bowery & Chrystie St., Lower East Side; tickets are $55.
The Lower East Side’s Cologne-inspired beer hall is hosting a number of Oktoberfest-inspired events in its outdoor beer garden, including a three-course tasting menu pairing German classics with seven kinds of imported beer on October 5.
Sat., Sept. 17 to Sun., Oct. 9 at Paulaner NYC, 265 Bowery, Lower East Side; no cover.
Few names are more closely associated with Oktoberfest than Paulaner. The legendary Bavarian brauhaus is one of just six breweries that officially pour beer at the annual festival in Munich. New Yorkers can get an authentic taste at Paulaner’s Bowery location, which brews all of its beer on-site, allowing it to pour some of the freshest steins in the city. Naturally, Paulaner NYC is participating in the annual festivities with seasonal German fare and Märzen lager in the traditional Oktoberfest style.
Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Sat., Sept. 17 to Sat., Oct. 1 at Radegast Hall & Biergarten, 113 N. 3rd St., Williamsburg; no cover.
Expect a raucous atmosphere as Williamsburg’s go-t0 beer hall hosts stein-hoisting competitions, pig roasts, and live music throughout Oktoberfest.
$30 bottomless steins at Bar None
Bar None, 98 3rd Ave., East Village.
Not for the faint of heart:
Blocktoberfest at The Well
Sat., Oct. 22 at The Well, 272 Meserole St., Bushwick; tickets range from $10 to $30.
The New York City Brewers Guild’s third annual fall fundraiser brings together some of the city’s finest beermakers (including Transmitter Brewing, LIC Beer Project, and Rockaway Brewing Co.) in the spacious backyard of The Well in Bushwick. Fifteen-plus local breweries will be represented.
Learn how to prepare a German feast at the Brooklyn Brewery
Weds., Oct. 5 at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St., Williamsburg; tickets are $10.
Edible Brooklyn is offering lessons in the finer points of making German delicacies like currywurst, with the help of experts from Bierhaus and Schaller & Weber, and other local luminaries of Teutonic cuisine. And since the event is in the Brooklyn Brewery, it’s probably a good idea stimulate your brain by knocking back a few pints of Brooklyn Oktoberfest while you learn.