Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and celebration of Bavarian culture. The official Oktoberfest in Munich ends on October 3rd, so we’ve only got a few more days to take part in the celebrations with our vinas. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Munich for the festival of brews, we’ve rounded up some local spots you can visit to grab a pint (or three) with your vinas. So dust off your lederhosen and get drinking!
🍺 SAN FRANCISCO 🍺
If you haven’t been to Biergarten in Hayes Valley, you’re missing out on yummy (and authentic) German eats. It’s a beer garden (obvs), but it also boasts delicious German-style bar food. Top tip: the grilled pretzel dumplings are to die for, but they sell out fast!
🍺 LOS ANGELES 🍺
The Little Bear Gastropub in the LA Arts District is technically a Belgian beer bar, but we won’t tell the Germans if you won’t. Bring your vinas here for their 17 beers on tap and 50 bottles that they keep in rotation (or check out weekend brunch – be prepared to wait a while for a table).
🍺 NEW YORK CITY 🍺
Home-brewer Jason Sehler has turned his at-home hobby into a legitimate brewery. Strong Rope Brewery is anything but amateur. The craft brewery offers tours and hosts a weekly game night! Take your vinas for some brewskis and test out your trivia chops at this Brooklyn spot.
🍺 LONDON 🍺
For our neighbors across the pond, you gotta check out Bierschenke, the self-proclaimed only authentic “Munich Bierkeller” ✨ aka German beer bar ✨ in the city of London. With a name like that, no doubt it will provide an authentic Oktoberfest experience. Expect large beer steins and the best (*cough* only) Bavarian Oompah band for the night’s entertainment.
🍺 CHICAGO 🍺
Beermiscuous in Lakeview is the place to be if you’re looking for a cold brew in the windy city. They serve local beers at their bar, or you can also grab a six-pack to go. On Wednesdays, food trucks camp out right in front, so you and your vinas can snack while you drink!
🍺 TORONTO 🍺
Bier Markt is an eclectic bar that is part authentic German beer house, part sports bar, and part music venue. There’s something here for every vina whether she’s more into watching sports or listening to live music (or just really, really into beer). Plus, you can enjoy delish poutine with candied bacon while you slurp down your German ale!
🍺 ATLANTA 🍺
Who would’ve thought you could get authentic German fare in Hotlanta? Well, you can at Der Biergarten, Atlanta’s premier German beer bar. If you live in this city, you and your vinas have more time to get your Oktoberfest drank on because Der Biergarten is doing festival celebrations all the way until October 22nd!
🍺 SYDNEY 🍺
If you’re looking for a cool place to grab a pint in Sydney, look no further than Stone & Wood Brewery in Byron Bay. Boasting a hip atmosphere an awesome selection of local craft beers, it’s the perfect place to take your vinas for a cold one.
Of course, these are only a small portion of VINA cities. Where is the best place to grab a brew with your vinas in YOUR city? Tell us in the comments below!
(Feature image via @jillsahner)