It is said that Oktoberfest has its origins as a celebratory event to mark the the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. Citizens of Munich were invited to attend the feasting and the celebrations ended with a horse race. Along the way, the decision was made to repeat the horse races and festivities the next year and this eventually became Oktoberfest — the world’s largest beer festival and one that is also widely celebrated all around the world.
Here are some places you can go for your bratwurst and booze in Singapore. Eat, drink and be merry. Prost!
Singapore’s biggest Oktoberfest at Tan Quee Lan Street
Photo: Oktoberfest Asia
Oktoberfest Asia is back for the 6th year and we know we can always count on this large-scale event for a great time. This year’s revelry will be held in a fully air-conditioned marquee at Tan Quee Lan Street. Look forward to a variety of free flow beers from German breweries Paulaner Bräuhaus, Bitburger, Weihenstephan and Benediktiner, German delicacies by Shiso, entertainment by Bavarian Oompah band, Rock Oompahs, and also Festival Beers brewed specially for the four-day festival. VIP ticket-holders will get to enjoy an exclusive Oktoberfest Buffet Menu to pair with their free flow beers.
On Sunday (Oct 21) it will be family day complete with game stalls, bouncy castles and fringe activities to keep the children entertained.
Oktoberfest Asia is from October 18 to 21, 6pm to 12am (Oct 18 to 20) and 11am to 8pm (Oct 21).
Traditional festivities at Paulaner Bräuhaus
Photo: Paulaner Bräuhaus
Paulaner Bräuhaus, the first authentic German microbrewery and restaurant in Singapore which was established in 1996, re-opened in 2017 after an extensive renovation. The family-style dining establishment will be celebrating the traditional Oktoberfest from Oct 10 to 21 with various highlights, such as freshly brewed Oktoberfest beer by the microbrewery, special curated Oktoberfest menus with generous platters and pretzels hanging from a “pretzel tree”, entertainment by live bands, and a family brunch buffet on the two Sundays (14th and 21st October).
From Oct 10 to 13, they will be flying in the band, Paulaner’s Nockherberger, from Munich, for a spot of traditional and modern Bavarian music. There will also be a special Oktoberfest three-course sharing platters menu (minimum of 2 pax, priced at $68 per person, excludes drinks). Book your tickets here.
Paulaner Bräuhaus is at #01-01 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, tel: 6883 2572.
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Festbier with a view at LeVeL33
For a, shall we say, chic Oktoberfest celebration, LeVeL33 is the place to go. Located at the Marina Bay Financial Centre, it is the world’s highest urban microbrewery — and the view is gorgeous. For this Oktoberfest, they are offering, on tap, an easy-drinking Festbier (from $9.88 for 0.3 litres, opening to 8pm; $12.88 for 0.3 litres after 8pm) that they’ve specially brewed for the month of October. Available till the tap runs dry.
Do also try their starter of grilled quail with stout glaze and their delectable steaks from Australia and Argentina served with caramelised stout onion puree and mustard espuma.
LeVeL33 is at #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard, tel: 6834 3133.
Oktoberfest Barbecue Buffet at the Poolside Patio at Pan Pacific Singapore
Photo: Pan Pacific Singapore
Treat yourself to a sumptuous Oktoberfest barbecue buffet spread while basking in a relaxing poolside ambience. Knock back some beer from German brewery Paulaner and groove to the tune of upbeat music. Highlights, food wise, include an array of sausages handcrafted by their master butcher, Alaskan King Crab, Grass-fed Australian Tandoori Lamb Cutlet, Soy and Mustard Beef Flank Steak and a tempting spread of desserts. The barbecue buffet spread is available on Oct 5 and 6 from 4pm to 8pm.
Priced at $78 per adult, $39 per child. Beer Buckets are available from $60 for 4 bottles.
Poolside Patio is at Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 4, 7 Raffles Boulevard, tel: 6826 8240.
Party at Post Bar East Garden, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Photo: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Party the night away at the lush al fresco setting of Post Bar East Garden on Oct 13 (4.30pm to 11.30pm). Try your hand at beer pong or simply jive to the live music and DJ performances available. Do dress up! The winner of their “Best Dressed” competition will receive dining vouchers worth $100. Quench your thirst with Erdinger ($14 nett per pint), glasses of housepour wine ($12 nett) and more.
Food-wise, check out the stalls dishing up hearty fare such as Bratwurst German Sausage with Bavarian Potato Salad ($15 nett), Beef Goulash Soup ($10 nett), Pan-fried Meat Loaf with Bavarian Potato Salad and Pretzels ($15 nett).
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is at 1 Fullerton Square, tel: 6877 8911.
Jamming at Der Biergarten
Photo: Der Biergarten
Join in the month-long celebration this October with fun and games at Der Biergarten, a good old-fashioned German beer garden located at Prinsep Place. Tuck into German delights, such as oven-roasted pork knuckles and German sausages, and wash it down with German beer. As part of Oktoberfest activities, German band The Jam’son will be playing on the nights (from 7pm till late) of Oct 4 and 5, and classic beers, such as Paulaner Munich Hell Lager and Paulaner Hefe Weissbier will also be available for $10 nett (for 0.4litres).
Early bird tickets ($60 value, can be exchanged for food, valid for Oct 4 and 5 only) are available for $50 till Oct 3.
Der Biergarten is at #01-01, #02-01, 48 Prinsep Street, tel: 6333 0689.
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