Dust off your lederhosen and lace up your dirndls because it’s time for Oktoberfest. Even if you can’t make it over to Munich, there is plenty of Bavarian debauchery happening right here in L.A.
From biergartens to check out these eight spots to celebrate Oktoberfest. Prost!
You can’t talk about Oktoberfest in L.A. without mentioning Wirtshaus. The German restaurant and beer garden will commence the season on Saturday, Sept. 21, with the celebration running through Saturday, Oct. 26. The official Oktoberfest kick-off takes place at 3 p.m. on Sept. 21, when a local celebrity guest will tap the restaurants’ ceremonial Oktoberfest kegs which will be “on the house”; for guests who are seated and purchase an entrée, until they run dry. Guests can also expect Oktoberfest food specials like Bavarian pork shank and giant pretzels, live traditional German music and accompanying Oktoberfest-appropriate décor and giveaways.
Wirtshaus also encourage guests to break out their best Oktoberfest get-up, joining the fully-costumed staff who will be dressed in their lederhosen or dirndls every weekend. Costume contests will occur each Oktoberfest weekend, as will stein-holding contests at 9 p.m., every Friday and Saturday. New this year: the winner of the ultimate, final-round stein-holding contest, which will take place on Oct. 26, will win a trip for two to Las Vegas – including air, hotel and dinner – courtesy of the restaurant group.
345 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, WirtshausLA.com, @Wirtshaus
Rasselbock Mar Vista & Long Beach
As part of the Wirtshaus restaurant team, Rasselbock Mar Vista and Rasselbock Long Beach will also participate in the five weeks of festivities with starting Sept. 21. Just like Wirtshaus, both Rasselbock locations will tap their respective ceremonial kegs and guests drink for free until they run out. Guests can also expect the regularly-changing beer and food specials during the celebration weeks, live music giveaways and the costume and stein holding contests.
3817 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, RasselbockLA.com, @RasselbockLA; 4020 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, RasselbockLB.com, @RasselbockLB
The Bavarian celebration takes place at Wurstküche’s Venice location for four consecutive weekends starting Oct. 5. Taps will be flowing, girls will be yodeling and the Munich Boom-Steiners will be pe
rforming each weekend. Tickets ($30) include a commemorative Wurstküche 1L stein full of Ayinger Oktoberfest and entry into stein holding and yodeling competitions. Dress to impress and wear your Bavarian best! And don’t forget to sample some of Wurstküche’s famous exotic sausages like the Rattlesnake & Rabbit with jalapeno peppers or the Buffalo with Luxardo cherries and mint. They also have a Veggiewurst made with plant-based by Beyond Meat for those vegan/vegetarian revelers.
625 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, wurstkuche.com, @wurstkuche
To commemorate the annual two-week festival held in Munich, Skyspace is hosting an Oktoberfest party on Oct. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the other side of the world for Los Angelenos, 1,000 feet above the city. At the beer garden on the 69th floor, visitors can enjoy German food, drinks, live authentic music, and themed games and giveaways, a Skyslide ride and more, as well as bring home a commemorative boot mug. Tickets are $40.
633 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, oue-skyspace.com, @skyspacela
A slice of Bavaria since 1968, Alpine Village is a destination for shopping, dining, entertainment, and home of the biggest Oktoberfest celebration in L.A. From Oct. 4 to Oct. 27, guests can visit the village featuring a restaurant offering a delicious selection of German/American cuisine and a Beer hall offering a huge selection of imported and craft beers on tap including HofBrau beers imported directly from Munich. Guests can also shop The Alpine Village Imports Market featuring a huge array of German sausages and baked good. Expect lots of traditional German singing and dancing too. Bringing the kinders? Sundays are family where kids can enjoy special activities revolving around German-American heritage.
833 W Torrance Blvd., Torrance, alpinevillagecenter.com, @thealpinevillage
Old World Oktoberfest
Old World Oktoberfest bills itself as “Orange County’s biggest party since 1977.” Taking place now through Nov. 3, guests can expect authentic German food like brats and pretzels, imported German beers, live musicians from Germany, an army of dirndl donning shot girls, competitions, games more. There is also a Kinderfest for little ones and dachshund racing for dog lovers. Entry is free on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Friday and Saturday, the party keeps going until 1:30 a.m. and a $10 to $15 cover is in effect. Sundays are family days with admission for $3 to $10 (children under the age of five are free).
7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, Oldworld.ws, @oldworldhb
BRÜ HAUS was established as a true German pub, but this West L.A./Brentwood hangout has undeniable California twist. On the menu, alongside expected items like chicken schnitzel and Schönram Dunkel pints, you’ll find balsamic Brussels veggie flatbread and strawberry margaritas. BRÜ HAUS also puts out a specialty Oktoberfest menu featuring mini beer flights, pony kegs, the “bier wheel” and a Broziet plate (which literally translates to “bread time”) packed with items like spicy pickled trump white asparagus, prosciutto, olive bread, sauerkraut, pepper blackened turkey and German cheeses including strassburger liverwurst and cheese. Sample a bunch of brews with the Oktoberfest Beer Flight The open kitchen, great music and spirited crowd just adds to BRÜ HAUS’ overall awesomeness.
11831 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Bruhauslosangeles.com | @bruhaus
Oktoberfest brings a drop of Germany to Los Angeles at Fairplex, home of the L.A. County Fair. In celebration of Bavarian culture and a nod to the world’s largest beer festival, Oktoberfest at Fairplex provides all the excitement and German tradition that Los Angeles can offer. Guests are “transported” to Bavaria as they walk through the gates and into Oktoberfest full of Oom Pa Pa music, games and prizes, The Chicken Dance, authentic German food and gallons upon gallons of beer. The festival runs every Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 through Oct. 19.
1101 West Mckinley Ave., Pomona, fairplex.com, @fairplex
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