Celebrating Oktoberfest in the East Village
The East Village is better defined by its cosmopolitan juxtapositions than by a single identity. It’s a place where immigrants have created a patchwork of bars and eateries that not only span the globe but also contain that edge that you would never find anywhere else. This is part of what makes Oktoberfest in the East Village a bucket list-level experience. German bars have put down long and storied roots in the neighborhood so that when you clink your steins, you are celebrating a community that spans across the Atlantic and includes the neighbors that form your world at EVGB’s luxury East Village apartments.
Loreley Beer Garden is modeled after the Brauhaus in Cologne, and it shows. It has one of the largest heated outdoor beer gardens in New York, encompassing a colorful tent, rows of wooden picnic tables perfect for smashing down a freshly downed pint, and lights and greenery that make it feel like a romantic harkening back to a classic German experience. It’s also included in The Infatuation’s guide to the Best Bars for Big Groups, and you’ll find crowds here during Oktoberfest that can accommodate your enthusiasm for carousing and eating bratwurst like they do in the old country. The beer list includes the Loreley Kölsch, brewed especially for Loreley by KCBC Brewery in Brooklyn; the Weihenstephan Hefeweisen, noted as being sourced from the world’s oldest brewery; and the Schneider Weisse Original.
Rolf’s is a place that has become legendary for its art-installation decorations with lights, ornaments, and a truly otherworldly array of hanging dolls. For Oktoberfest, the ceilings are hung with yellow, red, and purple vines, while pumpkins fill every corner, and candles create the atmosphere of a nighttime gathering in the Black Forest. This is the prime venue that, while completely true to its German roots, perhaps could never exist anywhere but in the East Village. Head over for a bratwurst with sauerkraut and an apple strudel, and you’ll have a taste of the marriage of German culture and New York vibes.
Another beloved German bar a short walk from the East Village rentals at EVGB is Zum Schneider—but if you really want an Oktoberfest that gives you the romance of Goethe and the passion of Klaus Kinski, you will not want to miss this bar’s satellite Oktoberfest operation across the river in Brooklyn, aptly called “Munich in Brooklyn.” Here, you’ll find tents filled with people in lederhosen swigging prime German beers and classic German bar fare, and their roster of performers, including the JaJaJas and Mosl Franzi, will make you wish it was “Oktober” all year long.
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