If you’re seeking some sauerkraut and Hoegaarden-induced debauchery during this Oktoberfest season, look no further than these five beer gardens in and around NYC.
1. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
What’s the Pint: This true biergarten’s got more than enough space for schmoozing or Schuhplattler-ing. Consider ordering Staropramen, Hoegaarden, or Krusovice Dark, which all pair nicely with a grilled kielbasa.
Where to Chug: Take the N or W train to Astoria Boulevard. (Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, bohemianhall.com)
When to Celebrate Oktoberfest: September 29 – October 7
How Much: $16 for a (four pint) pitcher, $6 for a pint
2. Radegast Hall & Beer Garden
What’s the Pint: European music, dancing on tables, and angus burgers are sure to please once you’ve had a mug of Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weisse or Erdinger.
Where to Chug: Take the L to Bedford. (113 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, 718.963.3973, radegasthall.com)
When to Celebrate Oktoberfest: September 22 – October 6
How Much: From $7/pint to $21/pitcher
3. Berry Park
What’s the Pint: Take a seat under a blue Hofbräu umbrella with a Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA or another one of the 15 German and Belgian 15 imports on tap. Enjoy the views of Manhattan or a great game, be it Liverpool vs. Manchester United or NY Jets vs. Miami, projected on a big screen.
Where to Chug: Take the G to Nassau Avenue. (4 Berry St at N. 14th St, Williamsburg, 718.782.2829, berryparkbk.com)
When to Celebrate Oktoberfest: September 22
How Much: $5-$9 for a pint
4. Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Biergarten
What’s the Pint: Here in Jersey, you’ve got your Blue Moon, Smuttynose IPA, a Bards gluten free, plus every kind of European draught you’d want at a biergarten with over 36 varieties on tap. Zepp’s harbors that authentic communal experience you want to relive after visiting the century old, lederhosen-filled places in Vienna.
Where to Chug: Take the the PATH train to Grove Street, then walk four blocks. (88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City, 201.721.8888, zeppelinhall.com)
When to Celebrate Oktoberfest: September 28 – October 27
How Much: $5 for a pint
5. Studio Square
What’s the Pint: A modern chic twist on a classic biergarten, this Long Island City newbie had chutzpah trying to compete with Queens favorite Bohemian Hall. But the birch trees, perfectly crisp, salty fries, 17 beers on tap, and chill urban setting make this 18,000 square foot space well worth leaving Manhattan for on a Saturday afternoon.
Where to Chug: Take the N or W to 36th Ave. (35-33 36th St, Astoria, 718.383.1001, studiosquarenyc.com)
When to Celebrate Oktoberfest: September 29 – 30
How Much: $7 for a pint, $18 for a pitcher
*Please note: Each place has a toasty and festive indoor hall, for those who chill easily even after a pint of beer. Prost!
Photos: Courtesy of lobstah1977
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The co-founder and editor-at-large at offMetro, Lauren is a sustainable travel specialist and freelance journalist with frequent bylines in National Geographic, Bicycling Magazine and Shape. Follow Lauren’s adventures at @laurenmati.