Oktoberfest NYC: Where to grab a beer and celebrate


Oktoberfest, the beer-fueled Bavarian festival, is kicking off Sept. 22 in Munich and the city's festivities will begin in earnest.

So, if you’re looking for some lederhosen-laden action closer to home, here are beer-and-sausage-fueled affairs in New York City.

Brews and bites at the Beer Bar (Sept. 24-Oct. 5)

This open air bar near Grand Central is serving up Oktoberfest beer from Blue Point, Sam Adams and Warsteiner and morsels such as kielbasa bites, bratwurst hoagies with pretzel bread and pork schnitzel. (200 Park Ave., 212-818-1222,

Pennsy Food Hall's 'PennsyFest'

The Pennsy Bar will be filling up glasses of their own Oktoberfest beer, "PennsyFest," brewed with Five Borough Brewing Co. along with a Hofbrau from Germany Sept. 20 to Oct.7. There'll be Pat LaFrieda jumbo sourdough pretzels and bratwurst on pretzel buns to go with your brew. The fest kicks off at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20 with a ceremonial keg tapping. (2 Pennsylvania Plaza,

Dine out at Standard Biergarten’s Oktoberfest

Starting Sept. 22, The Standard is going all out with sausage and pretzel tossing competitions, steinholding competitions, Oktoberfest cookies and live music from German bands every Saturday and Sunday. If you want free-flowing beer, reserve a stammtish table for $40 per person. They'll close it out with a party on Oct. 7. (848 Washington St.,


Drink around Germany at Treadwell Park

All three of the beer hall's locations will offer beers from Germany, with a stamp in a passport for each beer you sample from a new region (fill up the booklet and you get a free stein). Line your stomach with festive fare like giant pretzels and wurst. The party kicks off Sept. 21 with parties at all locations, featuring live music, a stein-holding contest and photo booth. (Through Oct. 14, 301 South End Ave., Battery Park, 212-945-0528; 1125 First Ave., Upper East Side, 212-832-1551, 508 W. 42nd St., midtown,

Bierhaus bier belly contest (Oct. 5)

Show off your gut and win a $100 prize before Bierhaus has its traditional keg tapping on Oct. 5. The Bavarian-style restaurant and bar will tap kegs and give a free round of beer at 8 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 15, 21-22, Oct. 5-6, and 19. On Oct. 7, find a traditional Oktoberfest feast that includes a pre-fixe dinner and beer tasting (three courses and a flight of five Hofbrau brews) for $49. Then on Oct. 20, there's a national brat eating contest with amateurs and pros trying to defeat Molly Schuyler's record of 50 brats in eight minutes. And every Sunday through Oct. 21, enjoy family-friendly Oktoberfest activities, including brunch. (712 Third Ave.,

Pig roasts, brass bands and keg tapping at Black Forest Brooklyn

Between Sept. 22 and Oct. 13, Black Forest Brooklyn's two locations will be decked to the nines in celebration of Oktoberfest. Stop by for beer specials and a four-course family-style meal. Each weekend, there will be massive parties with keg-tapping ceremonies (with free beer), mug-holding competitions, a dirndl and lederhosen selfie contest and live music with Slavic Soul Party! (733 Fulton St., 718-935-0300, and 181 Smith St., 718-522-1806,

Queens Beer Festival (Oct. 13-15)

Sample brews from more than a dozen local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Coney Island Brewing Co., LIC Beer Project and Greenpoint Beer & Ale at this three-day festival. ($29 to $39, noon to 6 p.m., LIC Flea, 5-25 46th Ave., Queens,

Try a new beer every day at Boulton & Watt

Starting Sept. 22, this watering hole will offer beer specials all month long (until Oct. 22) with a different Oktoberfest stein on tap for $12. (646-490-6004, 5 Avenue A,

Make a day of it at Coney Island's Oktoberfest

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23, part of the boardwalk will be roped off for day drinking, beer pong, flip cup, corn hole, Connect Four, Kan Jam and Jenga. You can choose your ticket based on how many beers you'd like to have. There's a selection of 10, including traditional German beer, local craft beer and a Spritz Bar. Feast on whole chicken, pretzels, bratwurst, schnitzel, burgers, sausage and peppers, turkey legs and more. ($18-$40, 11 a.m., 1295 Riegelmann Boardwalk,

Park Avenue Tavern

For one night only (Oct. 1), the bar will debut Montauk Brewing Company's new Montauk Pumpkin beer. The ticketed event also provide nibbles and tunes. Ticketing information to come. (6 to 8 p.m., 99 Park Ave.,

Celebrate OktoberFest at Watermark

Head to Watermark Bar for a four-week-long celebration. Admission is free and includes cornhole, ping pong, stein holding contests and a keg-tapping ceremony on Sept. 22. Bites, including German fare, giant pretzels, bratwurst and knackwurst, will be sold on site, too. The beer? Only OktoberFest beer will be available. It was brewed in Munich and has six different variations. Single beers are $10 a piece. (Free, but there are priority packages from $50, noon to midnight Sept. 21-23, Sept. 27-30, Oct. 4-7 and Oct. 11-14, Pier 15 on the South Street Seaport,

Save bucks at HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails

Head to Kips Bay's HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails between Sept. 22 and Oct. 7 for $5 Oktoberfest drafts, $10 Oktoberfest beer flights and an Oktoberfest beer and pretzel combo for $10. (367 Third Ave., 212-689-3000,

Get German food at NoMaderfest

Daily from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, Nomad Bar will have an Oktoberfest-themed menu. Choose from appetizers, entrees and a dessert (including giant pretzels, bratwurst, chicken schnitzel, pork shank, beer battered apples and more) for $58 per person. (5 to 10:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 10 W. 28th St.,

Hang out at Nowafest

Bushwick/Ridgewood's backyard at Nowadays is throwing its own version of Oktoberfest from Sept. 21 through Oct. 6. The hangout space will have special beers from Threes Brewing and other local breweries as well as German staples, like sausages from The Meat Hook. For the first night, Nowadays will have a casual dinner -- for $25, you'll get all-you-can-eat sausages and sides and some "extra-hard-to-get" beer from Threes. (Noon to late, 56-06 Cooper Ave.,

Go to the Bacon and Beer Classic

There's no better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than heading to this festival that's all about bacon and beer. More than 50 NYC restaurants (Clinton Hall, American Cut and BarBacon among others) will serve their most original bacon dishes while pork fanatics can compete in the Hormel bacon eating contest to win a free year of Black Label bacon. In the meantime, festivalgoers can play giant Jenga, bob for bacon and drink unlimited beer. ($69 to $135, 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 29, USTA National Tennis Center,