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Prost! Celebrating Oktoberfest 2018 NYC

August 29, 2018 - by Linda Sheridan
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For Oktoberfest 2018 in NYC, grab your favorite sweater, a friend or two, and toast Prost! at the Oktoberfest celebrations going on all around the city. (The original Munich Oktoberfest was held in 1810 and New Yorkers have been using it as an excuse to down a few beers almost ever since.) From beer gardens to boat rides, we've got some great ideas for celebrating.

Oktoberfest 2018 NYC: The Frying Pan

Frying Pan

The weekend of September 22nd-23rd, docked ship The Frying Pan will be celebrating its fifth annual Oktoberfest. Traditional food, German beer, live music, a genuine hog roast, and more will take place at the former lightship's home at Pier 66 Maritime. Look for special events from a tapping of the keg to costume contests, raffles, and stein hoists. There will also be live music with Melina & The Oompahs and WMD Band. Get tickets here. Pier 66 Maritime, fryingpan.com

Oktoberfest 2018 NYC: Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten

Loreley Beer Garden LES

It's basically Oktoberfest year-round at the Lower East Side's Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten. There are a dozen German beers on tap, a wide selection of brats, and a friendly back yard. There's a Sunday Oktoberfest brunch on Sept. 23 starting at 10am; Oktoberfest Craft Beer Weekend Party, Sept. 26-30 & Oct. 3-7, a launch party October 1, and more. You can read about the rest of the events here. 7 Rivington St., 212-253-7077, loreleynyc.com

Oktoberfest 2018 NYC: Reichenbach Hall 

One of Manhattan’s largest indoor beer halls, at a whopping 5,000 square feet, midtown’s Reichenbach Hall will be celebrating Oktoberfest all month long, with 14 German beers on tap and a smorgasabord of pretzels, brats, and more. 5 W. 37th St., 212-302-7744, reichenbachhall.com

Oktoberfest 2018 NYC: The Standard Biergarten at The Standard, High Line

The street-level garden of the always hot Standard Hotel will be celebrating Oktoberfest 2018 with pretzels, brats, specially made cookies, prizes, and house-brand Standard Biergarten beer. The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St., 212-645-4100, standardhotels.com/new-york/features/biergarten

Oktoberfest 2018 NYC: Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the sprawling Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria, Queens with a special menu, live bands, beer, and stein hoists. Watch space for further details. 2919 24th Ave., Astoria, 718-274-4925, bohemianhall.com

Oktoberfest 2018 NYC: Black Forest Brooklyn

The indoor Brooklyn restaurant/beer garden Black Forest will be kicking up the festivities for Oktoberfest. 733 Fulton St., Brooklyn, 718-935-0300, blackforestbrooklyn.com

Oktoberfest 2018 NYC: Flatiron Hall

Flatiron Hall

Flatiron Hall is the quintessential New York City beer hall, featuring a 25-foot Victorian style bar with antique glass arches and an array of vintage chandeliers and old school décor. As for the booze, you can find 12 special beers on tap at all times in this speakeasy-inspired establishment. Get a group together and you can enjoy Flatiron Hall's amazing facilities for private parties. For Oktoberfest, you can bring a group of 40-125 down to the cellar, or you can book a smaller event on the main floor and enjoy a special Oktoberfest-themed happy hours and more. 38 W. 26th St., 646-790-3200, flatironhall.com

Oktoberfest 2018 NYC: Events

Munich on the East River at Zum Schneider 

The boisterous Bavarian bierhaus Zum Schneider in the East Village hosts this annual event, held in a tent, September 28th through October 7th. (Warm up at restaurant Sept. 22-23) Staff is fluent in German and English and will be dressed in dirndls and lederhosen. Zum Schneider Oktoberfest Tent, 24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East, nyc.zumschneider.com

Oktoberfest at Hester Street 

For a slightly more laid back atmophere, check out an Oktoberfest on October 6th celebrated along Hester Street and Essex Street on the Lower East Side. 11am-6pm. Register here.

Oktoberfest at Kitchen 21 in Coney Island 

Celebrate Oktoberfest on the Coney Island boardwalk on October 6th at Kitchen 21 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant with live music, a stein holding contest, and souvenir beer steins. Get tickets here. 3052 W. 21st St., 718-996-0502kitchen-21.com

Oktoberfest at Watermark Bar


On September 21st-23rd, September 27th-30th, October 4th-7th, October 11th-14th, Watermark Bar overlooking the East River in the South Street Seaport will be celebrating Oktoberfest from noon to midnight, with a smorgasbord of food, games, beer (incuding Hofbrau, Weihenstephan, and Radeberger), and live music. Get tickets here78 South St., 212-742-8200, watermarkny.com  

Oktoberfest: Circle Line's Bear Mountain Cruise

On weekends September 22nd through November 12th (plus Columbus Day, Monday, October 8th), take advantage of Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Cruise, or as it has come to be known by many, the Oktoberfest Cruise, presented by Warsteiner. Peak fall foliage, live bands, craft vendors, and the largest pretzels known to mankind all welcome you to a hoppy universe far away from the daily grind. You can burn off all those beer and brats, plus stock up on fresh air, with a gorgeous three-hour hike along one of the 50 hiking trails in Bear Mountain State Park. $65 adults, $52 kids. Group rates available. Boards 8:30am, leaves 9am. Get tickets here. Pier 83, W. 42nd St. and 12th Ave., NY, 212-563-3200, circleline42.com 

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