Get Out Your Lederhosen: German Bars and Beer Halls Celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC

Get Out Your Lederhosen: German Bars and Beer Halls Celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC

September—leaves fall from trees, kids flood the streets daily at 3 PM, and thirsty adults start getting a serious taste for beer. Enter Oktoberfest, which, luckily, people do not only honor and celebrate in Germany. A decently sized list of German beer halls exists in New York, and we’ve picked out a few that are worth checking out this late September/early October for some hearty brews (not to mention the currywurst). If you were hoping to see some lederhosen, you will not be disappointed.

Radegast Hall & Biergarten: The raucous environment of this Williamsburg beer hall presents the perfect space to execute its big plans for this year’s Oktoberfest. From beer tastings (think Schneider Edel Weiss and Hofstetten Original Hockzeitsbier) to keg tappings and, of course, a tuba, the celebrations begin on September 16 and run until October 4 (with tastings taking place each Tuesday in between). The Biergarten also plans to offer pig roasts, in case the music and libations weren’t enough of a draw. (113 N 3rd St., Brooklyn; 718-963-3973)

Zum Schneider: During the first two weekends of October, Zum Schneider is setting up a beer tent on the East River at 23rd Street. It’s $25 for general admission, but you get to keep your own beer stein from the event (called a “Masskrug” in German). If you attend, you can expect large pretzels and a stellar selection of wheat ales and lagers, like the award-winning Traunsteiner Helles. (107 Ave. C; 212-598-1098)

Paulaner Brauhaus & Restaurant: Also a brewery, this place is beautiful. Complete with long, wooden tables and shiny brewing equipment, the atmosphere still doesn’t beat the food (the strudel is definitely in New York’s top ten). To ring in Oktoberfest, Paulaner will host a party on September 20 featuring Wienerschnitzel and pork knuckle. Seasonal beers at the restaurant/brewery come from in-house, customized fermentation tanks and range from a Hefeweizen to a Munich Dark. (265-267 Bowery; 212-780-0300)

Reichenbach Hall: Bartenders here wear a German-inspired blue and white checkered uniform, which is almost enough of a draw if you like a little (read: lot of) kitsch in your beer halls. Reichenbach counts 14 German beers on tap, and among them, a grapefruit Hefeweizen. Of course, there’s also sauerkraut and spaetzle served in large portions, and a usually lively crowd that makes bringing large groups of friends totally appropriate. (5 West 37th St.; 212-302-7744)

Wechsler’s: If you’re looking for less of a production (and a cheaper option), Wechsler’s offers solid Curry- and Bratwurst along with a beer selection a lot bigger than the tiny restaurant would suggest. Bottles (including four types of Weihenstephaner) range from $5 to $8, which is the exact same price range as the food. The cheapest draft beer, Reissdorf Kolsch, goes for just $3. The casual environment is a nice break from Wechsler’s more festive German counterparts this Oktober. (120 1st Ave.; 212-253-2222)

Heidelberg: This longtime establishment in Manhattan’s Yorkville (aka, “Germantown”) includes lederhosen-wearing servers and lots of traditional edibles. People tend to rave about the potatoes (prepared in various ways, from salad to pancakes), but the beer selection deserves praise, as well. Budweiser and Coors Light count as the only domestic bottles served, which is still too many in our opinion, but otherwise, the beer menu features a slew of German names, including Paulaner. (1648 2nd Ave.; 212-628-2332)

The KBH: Another German beer hall marked by long, wooden tables, The KBH in Park Slope brings patrons to Cologne, complete with the city’s coat of arms displayed on the walls. A Bavarian pretzel with a side of Nutella proves an interesting but tasty after dinner treat, and the draft beer collection easily avoids the lesser American versions that often plague large, busy bars. Most popular among them are the Bayreuther Landbier Dunkel Lager and the Radeberger Pilsner. (84 St. Marks Pl., Brooklyn; 347-227-7238)

Photo via Zum Schneider


Tags: Beer, Festival, Food
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Gin Pong is Here to Class Up Your Next Soiree

Gin Pong is Here to Class Up Your Next Soiree

Gin pong is here, just in time for the holidays....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 17, 2017
Applebees Employee's Video Shows Crappy $1 Margaritas Even Crappier Than You Thought

Applebees Employee's Video Shows Crappy $1 Margaritas Even Crappier Than You Thought

Applebee's is offering a $1 margarita throughout the entirety of October at any of their participating restaur...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Oct 13, 2017
California Wildfires Burn 150,000 Acres, Majorly Affecting Vineyards Throughout Wine Country

California Wildfires Burn 150,000 Acres, Majorly Affecting Vineyards Throughout Wine Country

Wildfires have swept through Napa and Sonoma counties, killing 15 and putting the livelihood of wine country a...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Oct 10, 2017
SPONSORED
Where to Find Late Night Happy Hours in New York City

Where to Find Late Night Happy Hours in New York City

Everyone loves happy hour, but between work and the rest of your life, sometimes you just can't make it there between the hours of 5 and 7 PM. Luckily...read more ›

by Kerry Jepsen Oct 10, 2017
The Best and Booziest of Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn

The Best and Booziest of Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn

With fall arriving and winter in tow, it’s time to check out some of the best spots in Downtown Brooklyn to spend those cool afternoons and evenings...read more ›

by Sonie Guseh Oct 10, 2017
Johnnie Walker Is Selling a Blade Runner 2049 Scotch

Johnnie Walker Is Selling a Blade Runner 2049 Scotch

With the Blade Runner sequel in theaters now, Johnnie Walker has designed a blend to commemorate the film: Johnnie Walker Black The Director's Cut....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Oct 10, 2017
Sing Your Heart Out at These New York City Karaoke Bars

Sing Your Heart Out at These New York City Karaoke Bars

New York is a haven for karaoke bars where you and your friends can get together and show off what you've been practicing in the shower....read more ›

by Kerry Jepsen Oct 2, 2017
Oregon's Union Wine Co. Teams up with Wildfang Clothing to Benefit Planned Parenthood

Oregon's Union Wine Co. Teams up with Wildfang Clothing to Benefit Planned Parenthood

Oregon's Union Wine Co. and Wildfang Clothing are teaming up to raise money for Planned Parenthood with a new ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Oct 2, 2017
Boozy Ice Cream is Here To Boost Your Buzz

Boozy Ice Cream is Here To Boost Your Buzz

A Maryland company, ArcticBuzz, has given us the gift of combining vodka and ice cream to create the ultimate boozy treat....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 2, 2017
Celebrate Fall in Style with Flask Cocktails from Coopers' Craft

Celebrate Fall in Style with Flask Cocktails from Coopers' Craft

Spice up your autumnal drinking with coffee cocktails that fit perfectly in a flask made with Coopers' Craft Kentucky Bourbon, which pairs perfectly w...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Sep 29, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close