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Prost! Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in LABy Lesley Balla | September 24, 2013 By Lesley Balla | September 24, 2013
Our fall feels like summer anywhere else, but that doesn't mean we can't don some lederhosen, eat sausages and sauerkraut and drink out of giant steins. Here are seven ways to celebrate Oktoberfest around LA now through October.
Oktoberfest at Alpine Village
For the last 46 years, Alpine Village in Torrance has held the oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California. Taking place every weekend now through October 27, tons of Bavarian fun includes Oom Pah Pah big bands from Germany; German beers that you’ll drink out of steins and commemorative boot mugs; plus sausages and pretzels and more. Fridays and Saturdays are for adults; Sundays are more kid-friendly. General admission is $20; $5 on Sundays. Also on Sundays: Kids 12 and under and any revelers dressed in dirndls or lederhosen get in for free (833 W. Torrance Blvd.).
The Red Lion Tavern
From now through October, look for new beers on tap, new food specials and new collectible steins for 2013 - all for you to celebrate Oktoberfest at LA’s oldest German “gasthaus” and beer garden. Silver Lake wouldn’t be the same without it (2366 Glendale Blvd.; 323-662-5337).
From now through October, chef Bernhard Mairinger has special traditional Oktoberfest dishes like steckerlfisch (fish on a stick), raideschen (salted radish) and brezeln (pretzels) on the menu. Plus, sausages and new unique German beers will be available at the bar. In October, sausages and beers are only $7 from 4-6 PM daily (9669 Little Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-271-7274).
From now through October 26, this mid-city spot has regularly changing food and drink specials, live traditional music on Fridays and Saturdays, traditional decor, a great beer garden and fun giveaways for Oktoberfest. During happy hour (5-7 PM, Mon.-Thurs., and 3-7 PM, Fri.) all one-liter stein draft beers are $10 (345 N. La Brea Ave.; 323-931-9291).
Biergarten at The Standard, Downtown
It's kind of always Oktoberfest at this rooftop beer garden, but on Wednesday, October 2, there will be food and drink specials, polka punk bands, raffles and more throughout the evening. 6 PM until closing (550 S. Flower St.; 213-892-8080).
Link N Hops
The Atwater Village sausage and beer spot celebrates Oktoberfest on October 19 and 20 with special brews, including pumpkin and amber ales, sausages (vegan options, too), Belgian fries and music. Tickets are $27 in advance, which gets you six tastes plus one food option, or $20 sans food; and $37 and $30, respectively, at the door. 1-5 PM each day (3111 Glendale Blvd.; 323-426-9049).
Rock & Reilly’s
This is how an Irish bar does Oktoberfest. Two parking lots are transformed into the only sort of Okotberfest that lives up to the Sunset Strip’s reputation - Rocktoberfest, a day full of booze, a beer garden, food trucks, games and live music (Kenny Hale and The Spazmatics perform). Saturday, October 12, 1-10 PM. Tickets are $20 for entry only; food and drink cost extra (8853 W. Sunset Blvd.).