Everything is guten!
Munich may have canned this year’s Oktoberfest celebration, but New York bars have taken over – and more.
Local water holes make the Bavarian festival their own, with everything from roast pork to brave lederhosen wearing contests. And, of course, there will be beer, lots and lots of beer.
From a block party at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Saturday October 2, to a backyard party at the Bronx Brewery on Saturday September 18, there are tons of must-see celebrations for Oktoberfest 2021. Whether you are looking for lagers and pilsners or pretzels and sausages, there are plenty of options.
Here are five Oktoberfests happening in New York City that you don’t want to miss this fall.
Soak up the view at Watermark
Often billed as the flagship Oktoberfest event in New York City, this outdoor bar at the South Street Seaport has all the right marks for a fun day of drinking.
Currently operating seven days a week through Sunday, October 24, Watermark features huge German-style kids and pretzels, beer mugs, games such as ping-pong and cornhole – as well as jaw-dropping views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline from a large exterior set up.
Platform 15, 78, rue Sud; 212-742-8200, Oktober-Fest.NYC, RSVP encouraged
Rock ‘n’ roast at Radegast Hall and Biergarten
You can celebrate Oktoberfest with beers and delicious sausages any day of the week at the Williamsburg Hall, but Saturdays are a real party. Each weekend until the end of October will open with a ceremonial wooden cask and traditional pork roast. Other highlights include live German music and cup-holding competitions, as well as plenty of guests and staff in both lederhosen and dirndls.
Director Sean Snyder has boasted that there are plenty of festive decorations to set the mood. “We’ll be ready,” he told The Post.
113 N. 3rd St., Williamsburg; 718-963-3973, RadegastHall.com
Go big at Clinton Hall
From this Saturday to Sunday, October 3, Clinton Hall is the premier venue for food and drink competitions.
At its various locations across town, the brewery will host pretzel and stein tasting contests, as well as a headlining “Who Wore It Best” challenge for a $ 250 gift card. which will take place on Saturday September 25 at all locations.
For those who prefer to just relax and watch, there will be Radeburger Oktoberfest pints for $ 5 and a newly designed bratwurst sandwich to try.
Various locations on ClintonHallNY.com
Raise a stein at Schaller & Weber
This Upper East Side German butcher turned his backyard into a pop-up beer garden by the end of October in holiday spirit.
The German and Austrian menu includes fried camembert with lingonberries, goulash and pumpkin soup, sausage platters with beer brats, weisswurst and bauernwurst, as well as veal cutlets and slices of apple served with palatschinken pancakes for dessert.
Schaller & Weber also sources its entire supply of Oktoberfest beer from the Bavarian brewery Weihenstephan, the oldest brewery in the world.
1654 2nd Ave. # 1, Upper East Side; 212-879-3047, SchallerWeber.com
The Standard sets the standard for a great day
Raise your glass under the stylish Meatpacking District hotel. The Standard Biergarten will recruit breweries from here and elsewhere to celebrate Oktoberfest on certain Wednesdays at the end of September and October.
The first is the von Trapp brewery in Vermont on September 28. The brewery is owned by the family that inspired the hit movie “The Sound of Music”, so this movie will be shown throughout the evening, and there will be ceramic mug gifts as well.
Then Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery takes over on October 13 and 20 for live German music, beer froth, pretzel necklaces and tons of beers.
On September 13, the Standard will offer personalized engravings on pint glasses to its first 150 guests.
848 Washington Street, Meat Packaging District; 212-645-4646, StandardHotels.com