Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Melbourne

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: 22 October (2pm–10pm) and 23 October (12pm–9pm)

Where: Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Beer selection: Wide selection including beers from Weihenstephan, Hofbrau, Paulaner, Lowenbrau and Germania

For more information: Oktoberfest in the Gardens

For the sixth consecutive year, Oktoberfest in the Gardens is coming to Melbourne, and it is bringing its usual enormous beer hall, German food stalls and entertainment set up with it. There will be plenty of atmosphere, music and beer, and this may well be the only Oktoberfest party with a silent disco.


2. Munich Brauhaus

When: 16 September - 31 October 2016

Where: 5 South Wharf Promenade South Wharf, Melbourne

Beer selection: Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, 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 at 6pm and from then you should expect everything from a 1kg schnitzel eating competition to the chance to win over $200,000 worth of prizes just from order a beer. Like you needed a reason.


3. Hophaus - Hoptoberfest

When: 16–23 September 2016

Where: Southbank Promenade, Southbank

Beer selection: Bitburger, Warsteiner, Weihenstephan and many more

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, Oktoberfest beers, dachshund racing, sausage eating competitions and a rowdy beer hall feel you could easily mistake it for the real thing.


4. Hofbrauhaus

When: 16 September - 9 October 2016, noon to midnight

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 and plenty of food - including a schnitzel challenge.


5. Cuckoo

When: 21-23 October 2016

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 the Cuckoo,. 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: 7 and 14 October 2016, 5pm-11pm

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 will be prizes for the best costume.

Bridge Road Brewers

7. Bridge Road Brewers

When: 8-9 October, 11am–7pm

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. Basing its celebration loosely around the original in Munich, it includes steins of its own specially brewed Oktoberfest beer, plenty of good food and a live ohm-pah band. Get your tickets early for this one.


8. The Hof Downtown

When: 16 September - 9 October 2016

Where: 737 Bourke Street, Docklands

Beer selection: Selections of Hofbrau and Arcobrau beers

For more information: The Hof Downtown

If there's one place you have to be on 16 September, it's The Hof Downtown. At 8:30pm there will be a traditional keg tapping on site to start the party and it won't stop until 9 October. Well, maybe for some rest and recoup until the next day.

The official opening party is a ticketed event, so get yours pronto! Otherwise pop by any other night for bier, schnapps and a best-dressed competition.


9. German Club Tivoli

When: 8 October 2016 @ 11am-11pm, 9 October 2016 @ 11am-5pm

Where: 291 Dandenong Rd, Windsor

Beer selection: Paulaner, Leffe and a selection of 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 face painting.

German Clocks and Cafe

10. The Cafe at German Clocks

When: Everyday 9am–10pm

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.


11. 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, food and music during Oktoberfest so be sure to dress for the occasion.

Best Oktoberfest costumes

Gretchen Beer Wench Sexy Women’s Costume
Heaven Costumes
Miss Oktoberfest Costume
Costume One
Heidi Sexy German Beer Wench
Bavarian Guy Mens Costume
Studmeister Beer Bottle Costume
Costume One

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Paulaner - Hefe Weizen
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Lowenbrau Original Beer
Dan Murphy's
Erdinger Kristall Wei Bier
Dan Murphy's
Bitburger Premium Beer
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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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