Oktoberfest in Germany might be over, but things are just getting started in our fair city. In the name of King Ludwig I and his wife – their matrimony was the source of this 200-year old festival of fun and debauchery – it’s time to break out the lederhosen and the dirndl, and get your beer-chugging game on. Prost!
Probably the closest we’ll ever get to the real thing, Oktoberfest Asia is back after a successful run last year. Keeping true to the Bavarian festival, the organizers are bringing in some of Bavaria’s finest breweries (Schneider Weisse, Paulaner, and Weihenstephan), gourmet Bavarian food, a true blue München band, and the world-renowned Original Hofbrauhaus Show. Regular tickets start from $95 with a pint of beer and a three-course Bavarian dinner while VIP tickets start at $180 for 5 hours of free-flow beer.
Oktoberfest Asia is happening 9-10 Oct from 5pm and 11 Oct 2014 from 3pm, at Marina at Keppel Bay, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382. For more information and tickets, see website.
Known as THE place to go for all things German in Singapore, Brotzeit one option you might like to consider for a laidback Oktoberfest. Besides tucking into their signature pork knuckle, sausage platter, and your favourite beer, this German Bier Bar and Restaurant will be bringing in Paulaner’s special Oktoberfest Bier. Besides beer-related activites at the Brotzeit Challenge 2014, showband Anton and The Funny Guys will be showing you a great time with their efferverscent performances throughout the weekend.
Brotzeit Oktobestfest is happening at Brotzeit Vivocity, #01-149 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585, on 9 Oct 7pm-11pm, 10 Oct 7pm-12am, 11 Oct 1pm-12am, 12 Oct 1pm-11pm. For more information, see website.
If you prefer a quiet night with good food and intimate conversation over loud, rowdy crowds but like the idea of free-flowing beer, Chef Wanthana at Tamarind Hill is presenting her specially designed 5-course Aporkalypse dinner menu with free flow Tiger Beer ($80++), available throughout October. Starting with a porky platter of an appetizer, the Barbecued Pig’s Ear with Lemongrass and Pomelo Salad follows – a combination that plays on textures and tastes a lot better than it sounds. The Pig’s Tail in Sour Tamarind Soup was a hit for us, as well main course Roasted Pork Neck in Red Curry (though you also have a choice of Five Spices Pork Knuckle with Apple Som Tam for the main).
Tamarind Hill is located at 30 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189. Open Mon-Sun 12-3pm, 6.30-10.30pm.
Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe
Oktoberfest is definitely not a kid-friendly event, so we have to give Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique a pat on the back for catering to parents who can’t find babysitters for the night. Expect free-flowing beer for the adults ($50++) and soda for the little ones ($20++), all-you-can-eat German nosh, and live music for entertainment. There’s also the option to top up $10++ for free flow wine.
Stuttgart Beerfest is happening 2-4 Oct 2014, 6pm-10.30pm, at Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe, #01-01 GSM Building, 141 Middle Road, Singapore 188976. For more information, see their Facebook page.
Love big parties but looking for something more wallet-friendly? The folks at Clarke Quay are back with their annual shindig where admission is free. It’s Erdinger beer and German food galore – think pork knuckles, sauerkraut, and bratswurst by Clarke Quay residents Alegro, Fern & Kiwi, Shiraz, and The Pumproom. Entertainment-wise, guests can look forward to dancing waitresses in traditional Bavarian costumes aside, live music by German folk bands, and games like hoop-a-beer.
Oktoberfest 2014 at Clarke Quay is happening 10-11 Oct 2014, 7pm-11pm, at Clarke Quay Central, Fountain Square. For more information, see website.
sQue Rotisserie & Alehouse
It’s a carnivorous affair this October at sQue. Say hello to the Oktoberfest Platter ($98++) – includes spring chicken, pork belly, pork ribs, prawn paste chicken, spicy chicken sausage, pork sausage, and merguez – which comes with a choice of two pints Benediktiner Weissbier or 3 bottles of Bitburger Pilsener. For smaller portions, order the Meat Platter consisting of 250g grilled ribeye steak, St Louis pork ribs, and meatballs.
sQue Rotisserie & Alehouse is located at #01-70 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817. For more information, see their Facebook page.
Unwind by the pool at Alligator Pear with a bottle of Erdinger Weissbier ($10++ per bottle and $48++ for a bucket of 5) or Erdinger Dunkel beer ($18++ per bottle and $80++ for a bucket of 5) and a platter of gourmet sausages, $15++ with any order of Erdinger beer. Far Card members would be glad to know that the card privileges are applicable. Not a fan of beer? You can still take part in the festivities with your beer-drinking mates with their Happy Hour from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
Alligator Pear is located at Level 8, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560. Promotion is running till 30 October 2014. For more information, see website.
There’s nothing fancy about Oktoberfest at Harry’s; what you’ll find is good ole’ German bier. They celebrating with some of Germany’s finest in the house; it’s pints of Erdinger at $16, Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier at $17, and Weihenstephaner Original at $16. They also have 1-litre Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier Souvenir Sets at $39 each, and you’ll receive $10 Harry’s voucher with every purchase (that’s what we call a good deal).
Harry’s Oktoberfest German beer promotion runs till 12 October 2014 at the respective outlets: Boat Quay, CHIJMES, Esplanade, Holland Village, Marina Bay Link Mall, Mapletree Business City, Tampines Grande, and Marrakesh@Clarke Quay. For locations and opening hours, see website.
Top Image: Brotzeit