Oktoberfest is kicking into full gear this weekend, which means it is that time of year to enjoy great beer, music, and food while celebrating a longstanding German tradition. Here is a list of some places to go in the major metropolitan areas over the next couple of weeks to rock out in your dirndls and lederhosen, ladies and gentlemen!
Boston, MA: Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave. at Boston’s Waterfront. It looks like they will be having a nice festival filled with beer, music, and German food! For more info on how to get there and tickets, call 888-HAR-POON ext 3.
New York City, NY: Zum Schneider Restaurant & Biergarten, 107 Ave C @ East 7th Street. These guys will have live music and plenty of authentic German beer to go around. Don’t forget to wear your lederhosen! For more info, call (212) 598-1098.
Washington, D.C.: Biergarten Haus, 1355 H St NE. Begins September 17th. They’ll feature 11 Oktoberfest drafts in additional to their normal 12 house drafts, live polka music and authentic German food to boot! Call (202) 388-4085 for more info.
New Orleans, LA: Deutsches Haus, in River Town. If you come wearing lederhosen/dirndls on Sunday, admission will be free! They also have some children’s events scheduled as well. (504) 522-8014 for more info.
Philadelphia, PA: Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 S. Street. South Street is going to be shut off for celebrations, which will include a pig roast, beer tasting, live music, and authentic German cuisine. They also have a ton of events planned for during the week, so call them at (267)909-8814 for all the details.
Columbus, OH: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus & Restaurant, 240 E. Kossuth St. Although they no longer host the Oktoberfest celebrations in German Village, they’ve still got live music, authentic food, and lots of beer waiting for those who want to celebrate the event without having to attend the main festival. Contact them at 614.444.6808 to see what’s on the menu for the festivities!
Chicago, IL: The Berghoff, 219 S. Dearborn St. Not only is admission free, but these guys are going to attempt to break the record for the Midwest’s longest brat by unveiling a 45 foot bratwurst! Call 312-427-3170 for all the details.
Seattle, WA: Munchen Haus, 709 Front Street. These guys are pet friendly, known for their apple cider kraut, and are sponsoring the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon for cancer research this year! Call 509.548.1158 for info on live entertainment and specials!
Portland, OR: Der Rheinlander, 5035 NE Sandy Blvd. They’ll have beer on tap straight from Munich, Germany, and a portion of your $5 dollar cover charge goes towards benefiting the Northwest Down Syndrome Association. (503) 288-5503 for details.
Los Angeles, CA: Berlin Currywurst, 3827 W Sunset Boulevard. If you want something authentic and different from the typical Oktoberfest cuisine, check out this small shop over in Silver Lake. The food is a much-loved street food back in Germany, and don’t be surprised when they serve it to you with a wooden utensil! Call them for specials at (323) 663-1989.
Well there you have it folks. While I would love to be able to go through every city in the country, I hope that most of you will have access to one of these metro areas so you can enjoy the festivities with your family and friends this weekend. And don’t forget to say, “Ein Bier, bitte”… One Beer Please!!!