It’s the 180th Oktoberfest, kicking off on the 21st September in Munich and going on for 16 days, that’s a big bender! A shocking 17 million litres of beer is drunk in this time by millions of thirsty Germans, sounds like our kinda party. To enjoy this boozy holiday you don’t have to go all the way to Germany, some of London’s bars are throwing their own celebrations. So get your Lederhosen on and try not become what they call a “Bierleichen” (….German for “beer corpses”).
Uncle Bart loves a party – so to welcome his German cousins over he’s throwing an Oktoberfest bash on Thursday 26th September. Expect heaps of hops, steins brimming with special brews, face-painting, Jagermeister tastings (aka a lot of shots), a Bratwurst grill and some traditional German beats. Oh and don’t worry if you forget your lederhosen, that fancy dress box we all know and love is ready to be raided.
Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Ave, London, SW3 3DW // Thurs 26th Sept // 6pm - late
There’s no disputing the fact that these joints come into their own this time of year, none.what.so.ever. Whether you’re in Tower Hill or Old Street, the time has come to get your beer freak (by the gallon) on. Sing along to oompah music, swallow steins of German beer and soak it up with some German sausage. Wunderbar!
190 City Road, London, EC1V 2QH // Wed – Thurs: 7pm – 11pm & Fri – Sat: 7pm – 1am
Ok so this isn't the place for turning up en masse, swinging from the rafters and yodeling from the top of your voice, oh no. But if you're out and about and looking for a bit of German munch, then this, mein freund, is the place for you. You will be greeted by lederhosen clad staff and German music before tucking into a traditional dish of Bavarian weisswurst, and not to mention the litres of beer. Cheers.
33 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 5JU
These guys are celebrating in a highly original way - that’s right, they’re combining beer with… sausages and it’s going to be the ultimate sausage fest. From the 21st September to 31st October three guest German beers will be available, big up the Hopf Helle Weiss alongside the best sausages that Germany has to offer: The Bratwurst, The Frankfurter and The Curry Wurst.
43 Goodge Street, London, W1T 1TA // Sat 21st Sept - Thurs 31st Oct
This pub likes Oktoberfest so much it’s even named after it! And if that’s not a good enough reason to drink beer here then we don’t know what is. Apparently this is the closest thing to Beerfest outside of Munich, and we sure as hell believe them. From August 1st until Christmas it’s Oktoberfest in here every Friday and Saturday night – flirt with fraeuleins, slurp steins and get brave with bratwurst. Bavarian dress essential and you’ll be rewarded with a shot, cheers.
678 - 680 Fulham Road, London, SW65SA
Whoever said that you had to go to Munich for Oktoberfest was plain wrong. Forget the flights and instead head to Kennington Park or Millwall Park for a weekend – or both! For three weekends Thursday – Sunday a massive tent with space for over three thousand is up and ready to play host to all your Bavarian needs, free most days but £5 on Saturday this is the ultimate way to spend the weekend (£34 all inclusive ticket available). Lederhosen, giant beer and schlager (music), but if you need an excuse for the wife tell her it’s a cultural day out. Yeah right.
Kennington Park: Thurs 19th - 22nd Sept and Thurs 26th - 29th Sept 13 // Millwall Park: Thurs 10th - 6th Oct 13
Ok so Oktoberfest might be over, but that doesn’t mean the party is – hell no! If you haven’t had enough beer and strange German food then these guys have got your back. Come mid-October it’s just another great excuse to dress in lederhosen or dirndl (depending on your sex), drink a tonne of German beer and shout along to all your favourite retro German hits. Dis izz gooode.
La Tasca Broadgate, 16 Eldon Street,London, EC2M 7LA // Saturday 12th October 13 // 8.30pm – 4am
Over two evenings 3,000 people will down over 15,000 litres of Bavarian beer, so if you are especially thirsty we suggest you join them. £139 might sound like a lot but it includes unlimited Bitburger beer, platters and platters of delicious German food, oompah bands and live performances as well as all-night table service from some very hospitable Heidis and Helmuts. We suggest you get your company to get a table, nothing like some Germanic team building. BarChick’ll see you there.
Old Billingsgate Market, Lower Thames Street, London EC3