Your guide to Oktoberfest in Brooklyn

Dress for the fests: A Greenpoint Oktoberfest party will feature servers in traditional German outfits. Organizer Doug Hager (second from right) says it will be the most authentic Oktoberfest in the city.
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Say yes to the fest!

Over in Munich, Oktoberfest is winding down, but here in Brooklyn — where we pay attention to the calendar — it is just heating up! All over the borough of Kings, people will be hoisting steins and oompah-ing it up for the German beer festival through the end of October. We have picked out some of the best spots to sip a stein that you can still visit:

Haus party

Bay Ridge bierhalle Schnitzel Haus offers a special Oktoberfest menu of wursts, schnitzels, and rouladen, along with the borough’s largest selection of Oktoberfest brews on tap.

Schnitzel Haus [7319 Fifth Ave. between 73rd and 74th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 836–5600,]. Free.

Garten variety

The lush Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten in Park Slope will make your Oktoberfest dreams come brew! The spot will celebrate the festival of beer and bratwurst every night through Oct. 3, and this Saturday kicks it up with an afternoon “Volkfest” of costumes, games of skill and chance, and a pretzel-eating contest.

Volkfest at Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten [265 Prospect Ave. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 788–0400,]. Sept. 30, noon–6 pm. Free.


Take a break from the Marzen and German pilsner styles and grab some all-American brews at the Well in Bushwick. Brooklyn homebrewing group the Brewminaries will host “Americana,” where you can get unlimited samples of more than 30 beers created right here in the city, with styles that include West Coast India Pale Ales, American Strong Ale, and California Common beer.

“Brewminaries Present: Americana” at the Well [272 Meserole St. between Waterbury Street and Bushwick Place in Bushwick, (347) 338–3612,]. Sept. 30, 1–5 pm. $35–$45.

Deutschland in Dumbo

The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge will transform into a traditional German beer hall during Dumbo’s second annual Oktoberfest celebration. Swing by on Friday night for live music from the Polka Brothers, or on Saturday for Street Beat Brass and Melina and the Oompahs, along with kiddie arts and crafts in the afternoon. The lederhosen-clad servers at the Lighthouse will serve brats, sauerkraut, and beer in limited-edition Dumbo steins all weekend.

The Manhattan Bridge Archway (Water Street between Adams Street and Anchorage Place in Dumbo, Oct. 6, 5–10 pm; Oct. 7, 1–10 pm. Free.

Dane and Deutsh

Get down with the Danish Athletic Club’s Oktoberfest extravaganza, serving an authentic German feast of wursts, sauerkraut, and apple cake, along with German beer, a music performance from the Breitenbach Band, and dancing from the Gemuetlichen Enzianer German Dancers! Reservations are a must, so be sure to snag your seat by Oct. 1.

Danish Athletic Club [735 65th St. between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in Sunset Park, (718) 748–7844]. Oct. 7 at 7 pm. $40.

Back in Black

Fort Green’s Black Forest Brooklyn will hold its Oktoberfest party on Oct. 13, tapping a keg of free beer (while it lasts), along with a stein-hoisting competition, a dirndl and lederhosen contest, and music from the brass band Slavic Soul Party

Black Forest Brooklyn [733 Fulton St. between S. Elliot Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 935–0300,]. Oct. 13 at 7 pm. $10.

Back to the well

Hang with more than 20 of New York City’s craft breweries at the Blocktoberfest backyard bash. There will be music provided by local artists, food vendors serving up Oktoberfest-style eats, yard games, and unlimited samples of local brews.

“Blocktober­fest” at the Well [272 Meserole St. between Waterbury Street and Bushwick Place in Bushwick, (347) 338–3612,]. Oct. 14, 12:30–6 pm. $10–$34.

Greenpoint Ware-haus

Brooklyn’s biggest Oktoberfest bash is an import — from Philadelphia! Doug Hager, the German-born owner of Philly beer hall Brauhas Schmitz, said after nine years of throwing festivals in the City of Brotherly Love, he is thrilled to bring his expertise to Brooklyn. “When presented with the opportunity to host an authentic Oktoberfest, much like we did at the Armory in Philly, we jumped at it,” he said.

The event will convert a Greenpoint warehouse into a blue-and-white draped festival tent, just like the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, and filled with décor imported directly from Germany. Visitors can sign up for a four-hour slot in the fest hall, where bands will play on a raised stage and lederhosen and dirndl–wearing servers will wheel out steins of German beer and traditional German dishes. All ticket prices include the first liter of beer.

“Brooklyn Oktoberfest” at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse [73 West St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (267) 909–8814,]. Oct. 20 at 7 pm, Oct. 21 at 1 pm and 7 pm, Oct. 22 at noon and 6 pm. $40 ($45 reserved seating, $100 VIP).

Posted 12:00 am, September 26, 2017
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
...BEER! Is like ...awesome.
Sept. 26, 2017, 6:36 pm
ujh from Downtown Brooklyn says:
When Doug Hager asserts that his Oktoberfest will be the most authentic one "in the city," he knowingly ignores "Zum Schneider" in Manhattan.
Sept. 27, 2017, 12:18 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Oktoberfest is racist, white nationalism at its drunken Nazi best. It's not even spelled correctly.
And you wonder why we take a knee!
Sept. 28, 2017, 11:33 pm

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