Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Melbourne 2017

Oktoberfest is the perfect time to drink lots of beer and eat lots of German food.

Oktoberfest was first celebrated in Munich, Germany on 12 October 1810 to commemorate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Since then, it has grown to become an annual festival of beer, food and merriment that lasts for 16 days.

Oktoberfest parties in Melbourne

If you’re in Melbourne, there are plenty of great places and parties to celebrate Oktoberfest.


1. Oktoberfest in the Gardens

When: 14 October 2017, 2pm–10pm

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, entry gate 1

Beer selection: Wide selection including beers including Weihenstephan Pilsner, Weihenstephan Hefe, Weihenstephan Kristal, Hofbrau Original Lager, Hofbrau Dunkl, Paulaner Original Lager, Paulaner Pilsner, Lowenbrau Original, Erdinger Hefe and Tucher Lager.

For more information: Oktoberfest in the Gardens

For the seventh consecutive year, Oktoberfest in the Gardens is coming to Melbourne and this year its supersizing its beer hall to four times its previous versions. That's enough seating to fit 5,000 Oktoberfest punters. Bring it!

Inside the hall entertainment to the tunes of German brass bands, yodellers and accordion players will keep the crowd rowdy while outside food stalls will sate, rides and games will thrill and the ever-popular silent disco will have you dancing all day long.


2. Munich Brauhaus

When: 16 September - 28 October 2017

Where: 5 South Wharf Promenade South Wharf, Melbourne

Beer selection: Spaten, Paulaner, Löwenbräu, and Hofbräu.

For more information: Munich Brauhaus

This 900-seater beer hall claims to celebrate Oktoberfest 365 days per year, but really pulls out the stops in October.

Things kick off on 16 September with keg tapping and from then you should expect everything from the biggest street party Oktoberfest has ever seen in Australia to free meals for kids on Sunday. Oh, and did we mention there's also a chance to score tickets to the closing party and nab a commemorative T-shirt just by eating and drinking? True story.


3. Hophaus - Hoptoberfest

When: 16 September to 22 October 2017

Where: Southbank Promenade, Southbank

Beer selection: Imported German festbiers, exclusive Brewmanity "Guten Tag" Berliner Weisse

For more information: Hophaus

Munich-style venue Hophaus celebrates Hoptoberfest instead of the usual Oktoberfest.

It’s basically the same concept though, and with keg tapping at midday complete with free bier while it lasts. On top of this you can expect the usual fare of German games, sausage eating competitions, strong man competitions, live German bands, daily schnitzel challenges, dachshund races and a rowdy beer hall feel you could easily mistake it for the real thing.


4. Hofbrauhaus

When: 16 September - 22 October 2017

Where: 18–28 Market Ln, Melbourne

Beer selection: Hofbrau, Arcobrau

For more information: Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus is one of Munich’s most celebrated beer halls, and thankfully you can experience all the beer, noise and fun without leaving Melbourne. This is Oktoberfest as it should be with steins of beer, traditional dress, plenty of food and a stein carrying competition. Tapping is at midday 16 September. Book your table now.


5. Cuckoo

When: TBA

Where: 508 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda

Beer selection: Paulaner, Lowenbrau and a wide selection of German craft beers

For more information: Cuckoo Restaurant

For one of the longest-running Oktoberfest celebrations in Australia, you have to visit Cuckoo.

Full details of the event have yet to be revealed but you can bet your bottom dollar there will be plenty of authentic food, beer, slap dancing, yodeling, leather pants and pretzels. Yes folks, it doesn't get any better than this.


6. European Bier Cafe

When: TBA

Where: 120 Exhibition St, Melbourne

Beer selection: Erdinger, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Schofferhofer and more

For more information: European Bier Cafe

Traditional dress, a live Oompa band and more beer than you will know what to do with, the European Beer Cafe promises to throw one of Melbourne’s best parties this October. Wear your dirndl or lederhosen best on the night as there are usually prizes for the best costume.

Bridge Road Brewers

7. Bridge Road Brewers

When: 7-8 October 2017

Where: Old Coach House Brewers Lane, 50 Ford Street Beechworth

Beer selection: In-house Oktoberfest beer

For more information: Bridge Road Brewers

Bridge Road Brewers does Oktoberfest the right way. Now in its 12th year, it bases its celebration loosely around the original in Munich and includes steins of its own specially brewed Oktoberfest beer (marzen), plenty of good food and a live ohm-pah band. Get your tickets early for this one.


8. German Club Tivoli

When: 7-8 October 2017, from midday

Where: 291 Dandenong Rd, Windsor

Beer selection: A selection of German and world beers

For more information: German Club Tivoli

This classy and authentic restaurant is for those looking for a quieter and more family oriented celebration.

You can still fill up on plenty of beer and food in a lively dining room filled with folk dancing, music and kids' activities.

German Clocks and Cafe

9. The Cafe at German Clocks

When: Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday @ 9am–3:30pm, Friday and Saturday @ 9am-8pm

Where: 1840–1844 Warburton Hwy, Woori Yallock

Beer selection: Erdinger Weissbier

For more information: The Cafe at German Clocks

The German Clocks and Cafe is a little bit of everything. Part Viennese tea room, part German bar and part gift shop.

Here you’ll find great food, from breakfast to dinner, and plenty of great Erdinger beer. It won’t be the most rowdy place to be this October, but if that is what you want then check it out.


10. Fika Weinstuble

When: Throughout October

Where: 174 Main Street, Mornington

Beer selection: Erdinger, Praga, Budvar and many more

For more information: Fika Weinstuble

Fika means “to have coffee” in Swedish, Weinstuble mean “wine bar” in German. Confused? Don’t be! Fika Weinstuble was started by Swedish and German friends who aimed to bring the best of both their cultures to Melbourne.

Naturally it'll be all German beer and food during Oktoberfest so be sure to dress for the occasion.

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