The world’s biggest beer and folk festival is here…
Oktoberfest might have originated in Germany, but that won’t stop us from getting in on the action. The beer and folk festival kicks off in mid-September and lasts up to 16 or 18 days in the city’s capital of Munich.
This year, you’ll find a host of restaurants and bars bringing the all-singing, all-dancing festival to Dubai. So dust off your lederhosen and pack in those pretzels, here are the best places to celebrate.
Barasti’s Oktoberfest celebrations kick off on Thursday September 21, with 10 days of live music, food and beer. German rock group Chaos Die Party will be headlining, supported by resident quintet Sweet Chilli Jam. Staff will be sporting lederhosen and dirndl, and a whole host of traditional foods will be on offer, too.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach resort & Marina, Dubai Marina, September 21 to September 30, free entry. Tel: (04) 318 1313. More info on website
This Oktoberfest, tuck into the Oktoberfest Burger, specifically designed for the month long Oktoberfest celebrations at Bidi Bondi. Guests can enjoy a Bratwurst in a pretzel burger bun, topped with German beer cheese sauce, caramelized onions and currywurst mayo for Dhs90 per person. The deal is available for one month from September 15, and will also be available at Left Bank, Mr Toads, Apres and Jacks Bar and Grill.
Bidi Bondi, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah, September 15 to October 15. Tel: (04) 427 0515. More info on Facebook.
German restaurant Der Keller is celebrating Oktoberfest from September 15 until October 4 with a classic Bavarian menu. Expect authentic goodies, including wiener schnitzel and ‘Blatterteigschnitte mit Schokolade’ (chocolate Napolean). There will also be daily buy-one-get-one-free deals on German beers.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Sun to Thurs 6pm to 11:30pm and Fri and Sat 4pm to 11:30pm, September 15 to October 4. Tel: (04) 432 3232. More info on website
Join in on the Bavarian celebrations at Dubai Sports City with everything from German brews to bratwurst, and schnitzel to sauerkraut. The Dome will also have an all-new outdoor ‘Chill Out Zone’, as well as live music from Bavarian band, Die Derbys. Tickets are available on Platinum List from Dhs45. Table packages are also available from Dhs450 per person.
Dubai Sports City, 7pm to 3am, September 28 to September 30, tickets from Dhs45 at platinumlist.net
Authentic hearty Oktoberfest dishes, signature pints of German brews and Bavarian songs served up from a live band arriving straight from the Wiesn are on offer at Hofbrauhaus’ annual Oktoberfest celebrations this year. It’s ongoing for a month until October 28, plus every Thursday and Friday there’s a special Barvarian buffet for Dhs120 per person, or Dhs180 including a liter pitcher of brew.
JW Marriott Dubai, Deira, daily 7pm to 2am September 27 to October 28. Tel: (04) 607 7977 More info on website
Make your way to Long’s for a three-day Bavarian affair, with a 30 per cent discount on selected house beverages. There will also be a variety of Oktoberfest foods on offer, like the Thuringer bratwurst, Weisswurst and Berner-Wurstel.
Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, September 28 to September 30. Tel:(04) 343 8000. More info on website
Head to Lucky Voice from 8pm on Friday September 29 for an Oktoberfest after-party. There will be a pop-up bar, live performances and prizes, as well as special offers on beers and other German beverages.
6th Floor, Grand Millenium, Barsha Heights, Friday September 29, 8pm to 3am. Tel: 800-58259. More info on website
From September 16 to October 4, head to McGettigan’s JLT, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, and DWTC to enjoy a special German combo deal. You can get a foot-long German sausage with sauerkraut, beer mustard and currywurst sauce with a bottle of beer for Dhs99.
JLT, Souk Madinat and DWTC, September 16 to October 4. More info on website
Enjoy traditional Bavarian brews with daily live entertainment and fun games at this spot in Emirates Golf Club. Entry is Dhs50 inclusive of a pint, or free if you dress in a Bavarian outfit.
Emirates Golf Club, off Sheikh Zayed Road, October 4 to October 14, daily 5pm to 2am. Tel: (04)417 9999. More info on website
Sheraton Jumierah Beach Resort
Experience an Oktoberfest celebration with authentic bavarian specialiaties at Sheraton JBR with ten days of festivities . Traditional band Henndorfer Musikanten will entertain throughout the festival and for Dhs205 you can enjoy a five-hour buffet dinner.
Sheraton, Jumeirah Beach Resort, October 11 to October 21, Weds to Sat, 7pm to 12am, Dhs205 . Tel: (04) 399 5533. More info on website
A range of German drinks will be on offer at Vantage in Sheraton Mall of the Emirates. Take a break from the shopping, and enjoy your hops at half price throughout the festival in the lounge or terrace.
Vantage, Level 5, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, September 17 to October 3. Tel: (04) 377 2352. More info on website
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