7 places to celebrate Oktoberfest in Abu Dhabi
Lederhosen at the ready – here’s where you can celebrate Oktoberfest in Abu Dhabi this month.
Head to this bar next to Adnec for Bavarian celebrations for the first week of this month – there’s a special menu featuring classic dishes such as sausages, spatzle (a noodle dish popular in Germany), beef bacon dumplings, and lammerbraten (roast lamb). There’ll be a selection of beers from the region available as well, and traditional dress such as lederhosen is encouraged.
Centro Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Al Safraat, until October 7. Tel: (02) 4096514. rotana.com
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
What do you get if you combine the fairways with Bavarian culture? The Oktoberfest Golf Day at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. Fans of the sport can take part in an 18-hole Fourball Texas Scramble Tournament and will get to eat Bavarian dishes at four food stations, situated at different points on the course, while they play. The event is open to members and non-members.
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat Island, October 12, Dhs210 to Dhs975. Tel: (02) 499 8100. sbgolfclub.ae
Khalifa City gets its own celebration this year at The Westin – there’ll be an authentic oompah brass band, traditional dishes and festival brews in what the organisers are claiming will be the largest Oktoberfest beer garden in the capital.
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City, October 11 to 19. Tel: (02) 6169999. oktoberfest.ae
Hilton Abu Dhabi
The Hemingway’s beer garden is where the Hilton is hosting its Bavarian party this year. As well as regional beers and traditional foods, there’ll be live music from Das Element, a five-piece band all the way from Germany. There are drinks packages available, starting from Dhs120.
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, October 5 to 6, 7pm to late. Tel: (02) 6924247. abudhabi.hilton.com
The capital’s long-established British Club is embracing all things Bavarian this month. Visit The Club Restaurant in the evening for an a Bavarian buffet and German beers, plus there’ll be special Oktoberfest festivities and entertainment.
The Club, Mina Port, October 5 to 6, 7pm to 10pm, Dhs135 to Dhs155, Dhs225 to Dhs245 including unlimited German beers. Tel: (02) 6731111. the-club.com
Crowne Plaza Yas Island
Yas Island’s Oktoberfest parties from the Crowne Plaza are the stuff of legend in the capital – and this will be its sixth year. There’ll be live music, German dishes and beers, and on the Friday, the hotel will be hosting a Bavarian-themed brunch as well. If you buy an entry ticket to the celebrations on the Thursday or Friday (costing Dhs199), you get a cash-back voucher to spend on food and drinks – it’s worth Dhs100 on the Thursday, and Dhs150 on the Friday.
Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Yas Island, October 4 to 5, Thur from 7pm, Fri from 12.30pm, Dhs199, Dhs350 including Friday brunch, Dhs89 children. Tel: (02) 6563052. ichotelsgroup.com
One of the biggest celebrations in the capital always takes place at this Al Zahiyah Hotel (after all, it’s home to Brauhaus, the oldest German restaurant in the capital). Its outdoor area behind its lobby will be home to traditional games, live music every evening from 6pm, lots of Bavarian beers and dishes and more. The Beach Rotana knows a thing or two about an Oktoberfest party – they’ve been hosting them since 1993. Spend Dhs150 and get two sharing style plates of food and two litres of German beer.
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, October 3 to 13. Tel: (02) 6979011. rotana.com