Best Oktoberfest Bars in the Five Boroughs NYC.
What started as a celebration for the marriage of a Prince in 1810 has become a worldwide celebration. Thank goodness! Oktoberfest is everyone’s chance to explore German food, beers and traditions. While many places offer festivities, there are some restaurants that do it better. Lisa Mateo of PIX 11 interviewed me about the best Oktoberfest bars in the five boroughs. Enjoy my picks and maybe visit a new place this weekend.
Radegast Hall & Biergarten (113 North Third Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) Radegast offers FREE live music every day. They are kicking off Oktoberfest with a pig roast on 9/20. Every Thursday you can score free bratwurst with a liter beer purchase & $5 ½ liter beers. Tuesday through Friday take advantage of their food and beer pairings starting at $13.
Bohemian Hall Beer Garden (29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, Queens) If you are looking for a huge outdoor beer garden venue with large picnic tables, look no further. Tables are first-come, first-served and family friendly. From 5pm-7pm Monday through Friday you’ll find $4 beers. They are offering live music as well during Oktoberfest.
Killmeyer’s (4254 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island) Killmeyer’s is the king of food specials and they have 100 beers on the menu. Plan to join them on 9/19 for a pig roast ($30) or maybe some live music. Mondays and Tuesdays take advantage of all-you-can-eat buffets. Visit for “Wurst” Wednesdays and kids eat free on Thursdays. Daily from 4pm-7pm you’ll find 1/2 price beer and potato pancakes.
Bronx Beer Hall (2344 Arthur Avenue, Bronx) Looking for some place different for Oktoberfest? The Bronx Beer Hall only serves New York State craft beers. For Oktoberfest they are doing “tap” takeovers so local New York State Breweries can showcase their Oktoberfest and fall beers. The menu includes sausages, burgers and chili.
Lederhosen (39 Grove Street, Manhattan) From 9/20 to 10/19 wear your lederhosen to Lederhosen and get a free 1/2 liter draft! Take advantage of the Wurst & Beer Special for $10 and from Tuesday through Friday all pints are $5 and well drinks are buy-one-get-one free. Visit after 10pm Tuesday through Friday for half off all appetizers. Come at 1pm on weekends (through 10/19) and enjoy a “tap a keg” special for $25/pp and drink until the well runs dry.
Boats, Beers & Bear Mountain Circle Line Oktoberfest Cruise (Pier 83 at West 42nd Street & 12th Avenue) If you’re tired of the restaurant scene, try the Oktoberfest Cruise. It’s an all day sightseeing fun fest! I left at 9am and returned at 5:30pm. The cruise takes you to Bear Mountain home of a huge outdoor festival with all the bells and whistles. You can hike the trails or spend the day listening to oompah music under the tents. It is running Saturdays and Sundays from 9/13 to 10/26 and Columbus Day 10/13. $60 for adults, $36 for kids