It’s time to break out that beer stein and join NYC in celebrating Oktoberfest. From the end of September through the first week of October, a number of NYC hotspots will be offering German and Bavarian beer, food and entertainment. With Spaten beer, Bavarian pretzels and schnitzel, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here are five places to celebrate Oktoberfest in The Big Apple.
Zum Schneider Bavarian Bierhaus
107 Ave. C
New York, NY 10009
Head on down to Alphabet City from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30 and join in on Zum Schneider’s in-restaurant Oktoberfest festivities. With a German-speaking staff, four original Oktoberfest beers on tap, Riesenbrezn (giant pretzels) and Wiesn-Hendl (Oktoberfest roast chicken), you might mistake the bierhaus for one in Germany. Music will be provided by Mösl Franzi and the Ja Ja Ja’s on stage and DJ Volka Racho. On select days in October, Zum Schneider will be hosting its first original tent Oktoberfest on the East River and 23rd Street. The restaurant will still be open during these festivities.
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5 W. 37th St.
New York, NY 10018
If you want to talk business with your co-workers over a stein and a $10 Bratwurst sandwich, then Reichenbach Hall is where you should be celebrating Oktoberfest. The hall is situated in Midtown Manhattan near both 34th St. Herald Square and 42th St. Bryant Park subway stops. Reichenbach Hall offers fourteen German beers on tap with authentic German food inspired by the owners’ German parents. Great beer, great food, great company – it can’t get much better than that.
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
29-19 24th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11102
Located in Astoria, Queens, the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden is the oldest beer garden in NYC (established in 1910). Join in on the hall’s Oktoberfest celebrations including beer tastings, hearty food and live music. Celebrating with a large group of friends? Grab a picnic table outside in the garden and split some brews and grub. If you need to warm up, check out the bar or restaurant inside. Prost!
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Radegast Hall & Biergarten
113 N. 3rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Radegast Hall & Biergarten can be found in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The hall is well known for its extravagant Oktoberfest festivities, and brings in crowds of people in true Oktoberfest style. Bring your game face for the Oktoberfest competitions, keg-tapping, beer tasting and pig roasting. Radegast Hall is also known for its impressive live music repertoire, including New Orleans-esque bands.
German-American Steuben Parade
5th Ave. from 68th St. to 86th St.
Let’s not forget about the German-American Steuben Parade kicking off Oktoberfest on September 20 at 12 p.m. The Parade will start at 68th Street and 5th Avenue and continue to 86th Street. Music groups, dance groups and marchers from the United States, Canada and Germany will participate in the parade donning their Karneval costumes and historic Tracht. For the best view of the parade, you can purchase Grand Stand tickets for $15 on Eventbrite.
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