The best places to celebrate Oktoberfest 2019 in Dubai
The world’s biggest beer and folk festival is back…
With the weather finally cooling down and the events season ramping up into full swing, the arrival of September and October can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest.
The Bavarian folk festival might have originated in Germany, but Dubai never misses an opportunity to get into the celebrating spirit, so dig out your lederhosen and flex your stein arms, as these Dubai bars and restaurants will be putting on some brilliant Oktoberfest celebrations in Dubai.
Here’s where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Dubai…
As Brothaus Bistro are going all out for Oktoberfest, and from September 20 to October 31, they’re throwing some epic celebrations in their ‘sommergarten’. It all kicks off with a five hour ‘Volksfest brunch’ on Friday September 20, complete with DJ and a stein holding competition. Priced at Dhs145, the brunch includes unlimited starters, a main course, a cake slice, coffee or tea and unlimited lemonade counter. Alcoholic beverages are priced from Dhs25 for selected house wine, beer, spirits and selected cocktails. Saturday marks the official start of the Oktoberfest in Germany, and to celebrate Brothaus will give out 50 free pints of beer from 5pm to 7pm. Don your best German outfits to win free pints too.
September 20 to October 31
Brothaus Bistro & Bakery, Steinberger Hotel, Business Bay, September 20 to October 31. Tel: (04) 369 0000. facebook.com/Brothausdubai
Double Decker are celebrating Oktoberfest for a full month, from September 27 to November 1. As well as being able to feast on Bavarian classics like pretzels and bratwurst, there will be special drinks deals available. On October 4, they will throw a brunch (aptly named ‘Funch’) with Bavarian food, free-flowing beverages, live music and loads of fun games including giant connect 4, Jenga and karaoke. Funch is priced at Dhs199 from 12pm to 4pm and Dhs149 to carry on the afterparty until 7pm.
September 27 to November 1
Double Decker, Roda Al Murooj Hotel, Safa Street, Dubai, 12pm to 2.30am daily. Tel: (04) 321 1111. roda-hotels.com
Theirs might not be a full-blown festival but Eloquent Elephant at the Taj Dubai aren’t letting Oktoberfest pass by without a nod. Between September 21 and October 6, they’re offering up a German-inspired menu with a selection of Bavarian beers to match. Tuck into hearty dishes like chicken schnitzel with creamy blaukraut or even a half metre bratwurst with a range of tasty dips. It’s available Saturday to Wednesday.
September 21 to October 6
Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai, Downtown Dubai, September 21 to October 6, available Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Sat, normal opening hours are 3pm to 1am Sat to Wed, 12pm to 2am Thurs & Fri. Tel: (04) 438 3100. facebook.com/TheEloquentElephantDubai
Garden on 8
Garden on 8 are celebrating all things German from September 19 to October 6 in their covered Oktoberfest tent. With DJ Micha on the decks, there’ll be a traditional German menu and their normal happy hour running every day, where you’ll get two for one on selected house drinks or craft beer and cocktails between 4pm and 8pm. They’ll also be live streaming the actual Oktoberfest event from 6pm each day too.
September 19 to October 6
Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, September 19 to October 6, 12pm to 12m Sunday to Wednesday, 12pm to 3am Thursday to Saturday. Tel: (04) 427 1000. facebook.com/gardenon8DXB
The original Oktoberfest party is back, looking bigger and better than ever. Prepare to don your lederhosen as you dance to the jaunty tunes of a live Bavarian band. Staff will be kitted out in full traditional dress and even the Oktoberfest tent is having a makeover to instill that true Bavarian feeling. Guests cana buffet every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7pm to 2am for Dhs150 and there’s a family friendly Saturday brunch from 12.30pm to 4pm with plenty of activities for the whole family to get involved with.
October 9 to 26
Grand Hyatt Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Bur Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3172222. hyatt.com
Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City
From October 23, and for a whopping 18 days, Oktoberfest fans will get to enjoy the best of Bavaria inside a traditional Munich-style Oktoberfest tent at Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City. The inaugural Oktoberfest M’City 2019 extravaganza will feature a series of exclusive deals and entertainment including ladies’ nights, Bavarian brunches and a live band flown over especially for the occasion.
October 23 to November 9
If you’re looking for some seriously good craic to go along with your Oktoberfest festivities, then Dubai’s very own Irish Village is top option. They’ll be throwing a three-day extravaganza from September 18 to 21, with an official German Oktoberfest Band, a German DJ, huge steins of beer and, of course, tons of authentic German food. Get ready for some thigh-slapping festival spirit.
September 18 to 21
The Irish Village, Garhoud, Dubai, 7pm onwards, September 18 to 21. Tel: (04) 239 5000. theirishvillage.com
Le Méridien Village Terrace
Le Méridien Dubai are throwing a week-long celebration for the Bavarian folk festival on their Village Terrace. The cute outdoor setting, surrounded by lush greenery will serve as the backdrop to recreate world’s largest Volksfest, where traditional German dishes will be served up buffet-style including German breads, pretzels, as well as Oktoberfest staples, including Sauerkraut, hotdogs and and brews. It’s a wallet friendly Dhs239 for all-inclusive food and drink. There’s also going to be a themed brunch at the Warehouse bar on Friday, October 4, with the house beverages package priced at Dhs295.
September 26 to October 2
Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre, Al Garhoud, Dubai, September 26 to October 2, 7.30pm to 11pm, Dhs239 house drinks, Dhs289 bubbles, Dhs115 for children. meridienvillageterrace-dubai.com
An afternoon in The Red Lion might have you thinking you’ve transported to an old country pub back in England. Their Bavarian celebrations go on throughout the month of October with happy hour deals, German beer, entertainment, board games and, of course, loads of classic German dishes to feast your eyes and bellies upon.
October 3 to 31
The Red Lion, Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 12pm to 3am daily, October 3 to 31. Tel: (056) 522 6145. facebook.com/TheRedLionDubai
Rose and Crown
British pub Rose & Crown is serving up a selection of Bavarian classics such as German sausages, pork shank and beef roulade for Dhs65 each or add a pint of beer for Dhs90. There’s also a daily happy hour between 5pm and 8pm where guests can enjoy select drinks for Dhs29.
Rose & Crown, The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, daily until October 6, 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 437 0022. roseandcrowndubai.com
WXYZ, Aloft City Centre Deira
WXYZ Bar at Aloft City Centre Deira are offering up a German-inspired hotdog along side two beers for just Dhs79, available from September 21 to October 6. If you’re happy to go without, Dhs79 will get you three beers. It’ll be just cool enough to enjoy your evening on their outdoor shisha terrace by then, too.
September 21 to October 6
WXYZ, Aloft Me’aisam, City Centre, Deira, September 21 to October 6. Tel: (04) 248 7070. facebook.com/AloftDubai