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Stationed a few blocks from Grand Central, this raucous second-story beer hall channels Munich’s historic (and highly commercialized) Hofbräuhaus. The suds all come from that famed German brewery, long communal tables make up the bulk of the seating, and dirndl-sporting waitresses weave through the throngs balancing sloshing steins and comically oversized platters of plump sausages and doughy pretzels. It adds up to a good approximation of the real Oktoberfest experience—touristy, loud and pretty damn fun. The tangible absurdity of the place breeds a when-in-Rome conviviality, fueled by live sing-along polka tunes and the sound of heavy glassware bashing against the table. Fair warning: It’s hard not to keep eating and drinking long past the point when your stomach has flown the white flag.
Venue name: Bierhaus
Address: 712 Third Ave
New York
Cross street: between 44th and 45th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 11am–2am; Thu–Sat 11am–4am
Transport: Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
Price: Average drink: $8. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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