One of the top things to do in New York this fall includes two weeks of drinking some of the best beer in NYC during Oktoberfest. Take in the beautiful fall foliage while drinking at one of the best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City. Oktoberfest New Yorkers, take advantage of this glorious holiday to sample fine Bavarian beer and food. Prost!
When is Oktoberfest?
The official dates for this Bavarian festival are Saturday, September 20, 2014, through Sunday, October 5, 2014.
Oktoberfest 2014 events
NYC Brewers Guild Blocktoberfest
A ticket gets you into this Brooklyn block party—complete with DJ sets and live tunes by the Banded Brewers—but for craft suds, you'll need to pay by the glass ($4–$5). Stroll along Waverly Ave and compete in beanbag tournamnets, or lounge in the beer garden with a plate of barbecue from Jimmy's No. 43.
Munich on the East River
Bavarian bierhaus Zum Shneider is brining Oktoberfest to the East River, where a German-speaking staff—outfitted in lederhosen—will serve liter steins of Oktoberfest suds and a slew of snack stands will hawk cotton candy, gingerbread and Brezn pretzels.
Oktoberfest at Andaz Wall Street
Break out the lederhosen and dirndl dresses for a free beer boot at this über German suds fest in the biergarten on Wall Street. Gear up with a two-liter boot ($24) of German Radeberger, a liter stein ($14) of locally brewed Brooklyn Oktoberfest or a half liter ($7) of Harpoon IPA.
Shacktoberfest at Shake Shack
Shake Shack is going German again. For its own take on Oktoberfest, er “Shacktoberfest,” the burger bastion will serve a Germanic menu for the ninth consecutive year. From October 3–12, you'll find three types of juicy bratwurst, massive beers and sweet apple-strudel shakes on the menu.
Oktoberfest 2014 features
What to drink during Oktoberfest: Resurrected German brews
American and German breweries revive long-hidden styles like Gose, Rauchbier and more.
Best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City
Gotham’s beer garden and beer hall scene has taken off, and we have the list of which bars are worth the trek.