Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Sydney 2016
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.
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Oktoberfest In The Gardens
When: 29 October 2016, 1pm-9pm
Where: 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
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.
When: 16 September – 31 October 2016
Where: Munich Brauhaus, Cnr Playfair & Argyle St, The Rocks
Beer selection: Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfestbier, Hofbrau Munchen Oktoberfestbier, Lowenbrau Oktoberfestbier, Paulaner Oktoberfestbier, Spaten Oktoberfestbier.
For more information: Munich Brauhaus
It all kicks off at 6pm on 16 September at Munich Brauhaus with the traditional tapping of the Oktoberfest kegs. From then, all five limited Oktoberfest biers will be available. Grab your special Bier Passport and get it stamped every time you try a different and if you try all five you'll nab an exclusive Oktoberfest T-shirt and be in the running to win a trip to Bavaria.
Celebrations happen all week with Lederhosen Lunches running from 11:30-3pm daily serving up a signature Weinerschnitzel, Oktoberfest Bier and a takeaway stein for $25. And on Fridays, ladies receive a $5 voucher on entry. To put to your beer, obviously.
Bavarian Bier Cafe
When: 16 September - 30 October 2016
Where: Every Bavarian Bier Cafe in Sydney - Bondi Beach, Chatswood, Crows Nest, Entertainment Quarter, Manly, Parramatta, Miranda, Sydney CBD
Beer selection: Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfestbier, Hofbrau Munchen Oktoberfestbier, Lowenbrau Oktoberfestbier, Paulaner Oktoberfestbier, Spaten Oktoberfestbier
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 all five limited edition Oktoberfest biers, straight from the bier tents in Munich!
What's Oktoberfest without food? Nothing, that's what! So round up your mates and test their stomachs with the 1kg ‘The Schnitzelmeister’ challenge. Tackle it in an hour and you'll get the schnitzel on the "haus". If that's too much for you, feel free to stick to the haus made Haute-Sausages. They come served with a 500mL glass of Oktoberfest bier for $20. Couple that with a foot-tapping live oom pah pah bands and you'll be doing Oktoberfest like a pro.
When: 1–12 and 8–19 October 2016
Where: Concordia Club, Mackay Park, Richardson Crescent, Tempe
For more information: Concordia Club
Concordia Club celebrates Oktoberfest by filling its Oktoberfest weekends with fun festivities. Tis year, the party starts on October 1st with music by the Bavarian Boys, 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!
German Austrian Club
When: 1 October 2016, 11am-11pm
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 1 October 2016 to celebrate Oktoberfest in true Bavarian style.
With entertainment from German and brass bands and souvenir steins up for grabs , it will be a event for the whole family to enjoy.
When: 29 October 2016, 11am-9pm
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.
Bankstown Sports Club
When: 26 September to 31 October 2016
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 1 restaurant. That's traditional German brezel, pork knuckle and apple raisin strudel for those playing at home. Wash it down with a stein of Stiegl beer - which you can purchase as a souvenir, naturally.
Austrian Club Sydney
When: 8 October 2016
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 the Tyrolian Echoes. Entry for members is $12 or $15 for guests.
The German Club
When: 14–16 October 2016
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 14–16 October. Tickets and event information will be released soon but for a snapshot of what to expect, last year foods like eisbein, frankfurter, leberkase and schnitzel were on the menu and German Dab and Kostritzer which are on tap. Beer not your thing? Change it up a little with some German Schnapps. We don’t judge.
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