Where To Get Your Oktoberfest On
Oktoberfest began this past Saturday in Munich and will continue through October 7th. The traditional 16-day Bavarian festival, which was first celebrated 200 years ago to commemorate a royal wedding, is now feted all over the world. We’d like to do our part and give you a few places in the U.S. where you can get your beer and brat on if you can't get to Germany. Lederhosen is totally optional, but highly recommended.
The Standard, Downtown LA and New York
The good news is that these hotel’s biergartens stay open year-round. The better news is that the LA hotel is offering a Oktoberfest lunch special between 12-5pm every day. For $15 you get a tasting of three beers on tap (Bittburger Pilsner, Licher Heffeweisen, and Kostritzer Black Lager) and a choice of a sausage, salad, pretzel or strudel. Meanwhile at the High Line outpost, which becomes glass-enclosed during the cooler months, they’ve revitalized the Stammtisch. This lets guests pay an hourly rate for a table and get unlimited beer brought to them. Call 212-645-4100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation.
Dupont Hotel, Washington, DC
Now through September 30th, the Bar Dupont’s patio, across from D.C.’s famous Dupont Circle, becomes a boisterous biergarten with live polka music, four Oktoberfest-style brews on draft from a Hefeweizen to a special Sam Adams Octoberfest brew, and a menu serving German festival fare. Mugs, steins, and pitchers are be available for all levels of drinking as well as sizes of sausage from brat to knock to kielbasa, depending on your appetite. Oompah music, polka bands and other entertainment will be provided on certain days throughout Oktoberfest
The Peninsula's Bar de Ning transforms into a German biergarten for Oktoberfest
The Peninsula New York
Rooftop Bar de Ning does an about face and turns into a biergarten in the sky on October 3-5. The bar’s West Terrace on the 23rd floor will be transformed and picnic tables will be added as well as checked table cloths and traditional German flags. From 5-11:30pm guests can sample German beers and indulge in a Bavarian buffet of wurst, sausages, goulash and more. A live band will perform for a while then a DJ will take over. Tickets cost $65 per person for cost of buffet and one draft beer. Call 212-903-3923 for tickets or contact email@example.com.
Residence Inn by Marriott Munich
Aw heck, you want to see the real thing, don't you? We can't blame you. Well, if you plan on flying to Germany for a last-minute beer-soaked vacation, you may as well lay your head at the Europe's first Residence Inn. It's an extended stay hotel with kitchen-equipped rooms, a good thing, since you'll be there for a while indulging in all the headiness Munich is putting out right now. Rates are around $400 a night, and include a hearty breakfast buffet, WiFi and more, but we're only seeing availability for first week in October so good luck getting in!
[Photo: André Balazs Properties/Peninsula Hotels]