Start slipping on those lederhosen and practicing your oompah–Oktoberfest is upon us (it ends in the next few days, by traditional dates) here in Brooklyn and there is much beer guzzling fun to be had.
Despite Oktoberfest assumedly happening in October, many bars kicked off the fun this month, when it started in Germany. It being nearly October (how did that happen?), the German beer parties are well underway, but there are still plenty free and cheap celebrations to attend even if you missed the earlier ones. Lots (well, at least seven) Oktoberfest events, dinners and drink specials are going around across the borough between now and the end of the namely month.
Don’t forget your beer and vomit-resistant kicks.
When: Saturday, September 30
Where: 113 N 3rd St., Williamsburg
Tap a keg, roast a pig, compete in gendered mug holding competitions and get sloshed deep in the heart of Williamsburg.
Kings Beer Hall
When: Saturdays in October
Where: 84 Saint Marks Place, Park Slope
Get ready for Oktobeer Olympics, where two to three drinking games will be going on at once and teams can enter to win prizes. Also, mug holding contests.
Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten
When: Ongoing through October 3
Where: 265 Prospect Ave., South Slope
Festivities have been going on since September 16th in the adjacent, outdoor beer garden at everyone’s favorite Brooklyn commercial setting, Grand Prospect Hall. The remaining days of the festival will include either a sausage or pretzel eating contest (it’s still TBD), “Pfungtoberfest” and a boot give-away.
Die Stammknepe (DSK Brooklyn)
When: Friday, October 6
Where: 710 Fulton St., Fort Greene
DSK is, as a year-round German beer hall, so a continual Oktoberfest celebration by some American’s standards. To differentiate the holiday from any other day of the year, they photoshopped Hillary Clinton into braids and lederhosen.
Live at the Archway: Oktoberfest
When: October 6 – 8
Where: The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge on Water St. between Adams St. and Anchorage Place, Dumbo
There will be performances involving accordions, German DJs, decorate-your-own-coasters, free Hashtag Printers, brats, veggie brats and sauerkraut for sale and beer, served to you by lederhosen-clad bartenders.
When: Sunday, October 14
Where: 1118 Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Park
A low-key Oktoberfest is planned at Sycamore, with offerings of lots of beer, lots of sausage and a yet to be announced DJ.
When: October 20 – 21
Where: Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse
Price: GA tickets are $40, reserved seating tickets (which include your first liter beer) are $45 and VIP for groups of 4 or 8 are $100. Buy ’em here.
This four-session Oktoberfest celebration is probably going the hardest of any on this list. It’ll take place over 9,000 square feet decked in Bavarian blue & white with a number of musical acts, food and beer.
When: Two weekends, September 30-October 1 and October 7-8
Where: Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Rockaway
It’s not in Brooklyn so it can’t make the main list, but if you’re looking for a combination German beer party AND an autumn beach day, this is for you.
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