Prost! Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Abu Dhabi
What’s On details where to celebrate Oktoberfest in the capital, including Du Forum, Beach Rotana, Yas Rotana, Hilton Abu Dhabi and more.
The city’s biggest celebration of all things Bavarian takes place at the Du Forum this month. Expect table dancing, German hops and food, plus entertainment from German band HofBrauHaus. Bavarian grub and German drinks are also available at the nearby Crowne Plaza Yas Island.
Du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Oct 16 (7pm to 2am) and 17 (4pm to 2am), Dhs165 (early bird, including Dhs60 food and beverage voucher), Dhs220 (on the door, including Dhs85 food and beverage voucher). Taxi: Du Forum, Yas Island. Ticketmaster.ae, duforum.ae, ihg.com
The hotel’s German restaurant Brauhaus takes centre-stage this month, with a menu of featuring weisswurst (veal sausage), pretzels and obatzda (cheese), plus German brews in litre-sized glasses will be available. Musical trio Winter Baum have been flown in to play during the event as well.
Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Oct 8 to 17. Tel: (02) 6979011. Taxi: Beach Rotana. rotana.com
Buy a German brew at Y Bar between October 15 and 30 and get another free. The bar will also be holding a German Beer Festival from October 23 to 25, with a barbecue serving sausages and ribs and sauerkraut and German potato salad.
Yas Island Rotana, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Oct 23 to 25, 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 656 4000. Taxi: Yas Island Rotana. rotana.com
Hilton Abu Dhabi
The hotel’s Hiltonia Beach Garden is the location for its Oktoberfest celebrations this weekend. Dhs135 gets you an all-you-can-eat traditional German buffet and live music from six-piece Bavarian group Das Elements.
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi. Oct 8 to 9, 7pm to midnight, Dhs157. Tel: (02) 6924324. Taxi: Hilton Corniche. abudhabi.hilton.com
Le Royal Meridien
One of Abu Dhabi’s most famous Irish pubs, PJ O’Reilly’s, is also going German this month, with a variety of brews on offer, plus a menu featuring bratwurst, currywurst, weiner schnitzel and apple strudel.
Le Royal Meridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 2am. Tel: (02) 674 2020. Taxi: Le Royal Meridien. pjspubabudhabi.com
The hotel’s Chill’O pool bar is serving German brews this month – six bottles will set you back Dhs99 (between 4pm and 9pm), while unlimited brews are available for Dhs111 (between 9pm and 11pm). The bar is also serving snacks and is showing football on giant plasma screens.
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road East, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to late. Tel: (02) 8137777. Taxi: Sofitel. sofitel.com
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara
The hotel’s Impressions’ Rooftop Lounge is serving frothy German brews and dishes to celebrate Oktoberfest throughout the month.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 5pm to 1am. Tel: (02) 65611811. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. abu-dhabi.anantara.com
Oktoberfest desert party
A trip to the emirate’s desert might not be the most obvious way to celebrate Oktoberfest, but it’s perhaps one of the most fun. The Al Ain Rotana is holding a trip on October 24, which features a belly dancer, a DJ, desert drummers and a fire show.
Ain Rotana, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, October 24, coach leaves reception at 4pm, returns 11pm, Dhs150 including transportation, barbecue and two beverages. Tel: (03) 7545111. Taxi: Al Ain Rotana, Al Ain. rotana.com
Grand Millennium Al Wahda
The hotel is extending Oktoberfest into November! The hotel will be offering special rates on beverages and German band BarFuss will be performing in the hotel’s courtyard from November 5 to 8.
Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 495 3890. Taxi: Grand Millennium Al Wahda. millenniumhotels.ae
Head to Al Zahiyah at the end of the month for the hotel’s 11th annual Bavarian celebrations. Alpenklang, a group from Bavaria, will supply the music and a German buffet will be on offer, featuring pretzels, sauerkraut, dumplings, sausages and more. A selection of German brews, including Bitburger and Koenig Pilsener will also be available.
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Oct 29 to 31, Dhs112. Tel: (02) 6446666. Taxi: Le Meridien, Tourist Club. nrg-sportscafe.com
Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club
Celebrate all things German at the club’s Palm Greens restaurant this Thursday, with a German buffet on offer, plus drinks promotions, a live band, a kids’ playground and a bouncy castle.
Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Oct 9, from 3pm, Dhs95. Tel: (03) 7026425. Taxi: Al Ain Equestrian Club. aesgc.com