What to Do For Oktoberfest in NYC

By James Mulcahy  |  September 18, 2013

Oktoberfest is coming to NYC. Well, to the Big Apple's bars at least. The brew-soaked bacchanal will bring the bratwurst and pretzels to city haunts from September 20 through October 5. And you were just thinking about how badly you wanted to pull that dirndl out of the closet. With these events, you have an excuse: 

The Standard Biergarten: This Saturday the hip watering hole in the Standard Hotel will host a live German band to kick off the festivities. After that, a special cocktail and beer menu will be served throughout the week, with bites like bratwurst and a cheddar-filled pork sausage with cucumber and a potato salad. The grub is available through October 6 and you can wet your whistle with a Licher Oktoberfest brew until the end of October. 

Andaz Wall Street Biergarten: This off-the-radar Downtown beer garden will serve bratwurst, sauerkraut and such on Thursdays and Fridays through October 5. And prepare to put those buff arms to the test, as a stein holding contest will see who can hold a gigantic mug of beer aloft for the longest (If you win you might get a gift certificate to Wall and Water, the property's restaurant). If you don't want to put up with the physical labor but still want a freebie, where lederhosen or a dirndl to score yourself a complimentary stein. 

DBGB (pictured): The main event happens this Saturday and Sunday at Daniel Boulud's Bowery Street eatery, when the bar room up front and the outdoor cafe will turn into a beer garden. They'll be selling steins of Oktoberfest beers for the price of a pint all day (a deal that will be available from 5-7 PM everyday until the 5th). The spot will also serve traditional Alsatian Choucroute Royale, a pork loin dish that's meant to be shared for $28 per person through October 31. You can also keep your eyes out for special deals on social media, where the restaurant will Tweet and Facebook updates using the hashtag #DBGBOktoberfest. 

Loreley: This LES restaurant is also celebrating is 10th year in business, so expect an Oktoberfest blowout. They are keeping the draft lines flowing through October 31 and will offer beer specials throughout. The kick off party starts at 3 PM on September 21 with a ceremonial keg tapping. If you're present for that you get a free mug and if just want to hang out later you can get $1 off half liters and $3 off liters of Oktoberfest labels. Other parties and special dinners are planned, check out the full schedule on the restaurant's website

Blaue Gans: Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner is celebrating with special Friday happy hours and Sunday brunches where you can gorge on all-you-can-eat sausages, pretzles, donuts and and chase it with free flowing tap beer. Tickets are $47 and let you scarf at will. Happy Hours are September 20, 27 and October 4 and brunches are September 28 and October 5. E-mail for tickets.

Sons of Essex: The LES joint is keeping things simple with a burger and a beer deal. Grab their signature patty and a Brooklyn Oktoberfest for just $12 every weekday from 5-8 PM until the end of the festival.