Everyone’s favourite beer festival is back! Here are the best places to celebrate in Sydney this Oktoberfest.
Raise your steins, the 16-day beer festival has come around again! Kicking off mid-September, Oktoberfest brings people from all over the world to celebrate.
For the love of beer and all things German, it’s time to dust those dirndls off, pull on your lederhosen and join in the Oktoberfest action.
Here are the best parties happening in Sydney this year.
Oktoberfest parties in Sydney 2017
1. Oktoberfest In The Gardens
When: 28 October 2017, 1pm-9pm
Where: The Domain, Sydney CBD
Beer selection: Weihenstephan Pilsner, Weihenstephan Hefe, Weihenstephan Kristal, Hofbrau Original Lager, Hofbrau Dunkl, Paulaner Original Lager, Paulaner Pilsner, Tucher Oktoberfestbier, Erdinger Hefe, Lowenbrau Original Lager, Hundehaus Original Lager, Hundehaus Premium Pilsner, Weidmann Pilsner
- For more information and tickets: Oktoberfest in the Gardens
The hugely popular Oktoberfest In The Gardens comes to Sydney every year. When it arrives, it brings with it all the best German beers, ciders and wines, as well as food stalls, performers, entertainment and competitions across various stages from afternoon to night. With a complimentary drink and commemorative event stein, there’s no better place to celebrate Oktoberfest. Get in quick as Oktoberfest In The Gardens is usually a sell-out event.
2. Munich Brauhaus
When: 16 September – 28 October 2017
Where: Munich Brauhaus, Cnr Playfair & Argyle St, The Rocks
Beer selection: Paulaner Hefe Weissbier Dunkel, Hacker Pschorr Dunkel Weiss, Paulaner Salvator, Spaten Munich Hell and Paulaner Original.
For more information: Munich Brauhaus
It all kicks off on 16 September at Munich Brauhaus with the traditional tapping of the Oktoberfest kegs. Every five days from then on a new beer house and its golden liquids will be available for you to taste. This year Munich Brauhaus is going all-out, extending its seating and hosting the first Oktoberfest street parade.
In true Munich Brauhaus style, a slew of competitions and activities also come with the celebration including pork knuckle championships and a dogs of Oktoberfest competition. For the dedicated, you'll also have the chance to become an Oktober-Boss. To achieve this accolade, you'll have to take up four hard-to-resist challenges which includes eating a pretzel, drinking four 1 litres steins, eating a schnitzel and chowing down on a pork knuckle. You have six weeks to complete this and when you do, you'll receive bragging rights, a commemorative T-shirt, limited edition stein and invite to the closing party.
3. Bavarian Bier Cafe
When: 16 September - 28 October 2017
Where: Every Bavarian Bier Cafe in Sydney - Bondi Beach, Chatswood, Crows Nest, Entertainment Quarter, Manly, Parramatta, Miranda, Sydney CBD
Beer selection: Biers from Hofbrau, Lowenbrau, Paulaner and Spaten.
For more information: Bavarian Bier Cafe
Take your Oktoberfest celebrations to another level at Bavarian Bier Cafes across Sydney where you'll be able to try four of the best pier beers straight from tents in Munich!
The biers will be released every five days, giving you the perfect excuse to return to the party time and time again. Or, to bar hop and check out all the Bavarian Bier Cafes in the city. We don't judge.
Other activities you can tuck into are a street party and parade on opening day, a pre-labour day Oktoberfest BBQ on 1 October and, if you have kids, free meals for little ones every Sunday.
Where: 133–1135 Broadway, Ultimo
For more information: Essen
While Essen doesn't really host an Oktoberfest party, being the mecca of German cuisine in Sydney, every day is pretty much Oktoberfest.
Walk through its doors and expect to indulge in the establishment's tried-and-tested grub traditional fare which includes schnitzel and sausages. There's beer aplenty at Essen to wash it down with and naturally, there's also schnapps on the menu.
5. Concordia Club
Where: Concordia Club, Mackay Park, Richardson Crescent, Tempe
For more information: Concordia Club
Concordia Club has yet to reveal its plans for Oktoberfest, but if past events are anything to go by you can expect weekends filled with fun festivities. The club tends to kick things off with live music, dancers, beers and food aplenty.
With two weekend's worth of Oktoberfest cheer, there’s no better excuse to get the whole family dressed in dirndls and lederhosen and dance to the Oom Pah Pah!
6. German Austrian Club
When: 30 September 2017, 11am-late
Where: German-Austrian Club, 73-75 Curtin St, Cabramatta
For more information: German Austrian Club
If the idea of pork knuckle, schnitzel, bratwurst, langos, leberkaese, beer and apple Schnapps sounds like fun, get down to German Austrian Club on Saturday 30 September 2017 to celebrate Oktoberfest in true Bavarian style.
It kicks off at 11am when the club's president taps the first keg setting the flow of bier into motion. With entertainment from German and brass bands and souvenir steins up for grabs , it will be a event for the whole family to enjoy.
Entry is $15 for guests or free for members and children under 12.
7. The Carrington
When: 28 October 2016
Where: The Carrington, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Beer selection: Lowenbrau on tap and special Katoomba Brewing Company Oktoberfest Lager
For more information: The Carrington
For one day and one day only, the historic grounds of The Carrington in the Blue Mountains is transformed into a family-friendly Munich-inspired festival. As a bonus, the local Katoomba Brewing Company's specially brewed Oktoberfest Lager will be available. As will a jumping castle for the kiddies.
8. Bankstown Sports Club
When: 20 September to 31 October 2017
Where: 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown
Beer selection: Stiegl beer
For more information: Bankstown Sports Club
When it comes to Oktoberfest celebrations, Bankstown Sports Club knows that it all comes down to the big Bavarian feast. So from the last weekend of September through October it's serving up an authentic 3-course lunch and dinner in its Platform One restaurant for $39.
That's traditional German brezel, pork knuckle and apple raisin strudel for those playing at home. Wash it down with a stein of Brewhouse Oktoberfest hells biere - which will set you back just $5 for your first and $8 for every stein after.
9. Austrian Club Sydney
When: 28 October 2017
Where: 20 Grattan Crescent, Frenchs Forest
For more information: Austrian Club Sydney
For an authentic Austrian Oktoberfest experience, head to this club in Frenchs Forest.
Its event is called Oktoberfest Dance and as the name suggests features traditional folk dancing by Pagger Buam, who come direct from Austria. Entry for members is $15 or $20 for guests.
10. The German Club
When: 120–22 October 2017
Where: The German Club, 636A Northcliffe Dr, Kembla Grange
Beer selection: Special Oktoberfest beers
For more information: German Club
The German Club celebrates the world's favourite beer festival from 20–22 October. You can pre-purchase tickets right now or put your hand up to volunteer to be part of the big celebration. This year's event is bathed in competitions so start training now to take on some stomach turning sausage eating or work your muscles to win the title of strong man or woman. There's also a best beard competition, if that're more your thing.
If you simply want to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere, The German Club has plenty of live music, German dance performances and kids' activities such as a balloon animal blower and face painting for you.
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