While the world’s largest Oktoberfest rages on in Munich, Miami pays homage to the cultural festival nearly 5,000 miles away by hosting its own celebrations. Regardless of your heritage, it’s fun to take part in delicious food, beer, and festivities that come with a traditional Oktoberfest. So grab a stein, squeeze into your lederhosen, and come hungry for Miami’s best Oktoberfest grub. Here’s where to find the best German-inspired eats and drinks around town.
Where to Party
While you can’t be in Bavaria for Oktoberfest, you can party like you’re there. Wynwood’s Octoberfest transforms the vibrant neighborhood north of Downtown to make it feel like you’re right in the heart of Germany. The annual free festival takes over Wynwood Marketplace for three days of seasonal brews, live music, beer games, bratwurst, and an artisan market. Head to the Miami River for Wharftoberfest. The free two-day Brickell party features drink specials, German food, complimentary pretzels, and Oktoberfest drink specials (buy a shot of Jägermeister, get a free German beer!). Attend Grovetoberfest in Regatta Park for a selection of over 500 craft beers, tastings, live music, and fall favorites. Beer samples are unlimited. The German American Social Club has been hosting their Oktoberfest party since since 1958 and continues to honor German culture with two weekends of Bavarian food and beer, live German music, traditional folk dancing, and kids activities.
Where to Eat
If you can’t make it out to the celebrations, Miami has its fair share of around-the-clock German eats. From schnitzel sandwiches to wiener wurst, Bavaria Haus is Miami’s premiere destination for progressive German cuisine. Their contemporary menu is inspired by the culinary culture of Munich and Southern Germany, while their imported beer comes straight from Hofbräu München brewery in Munich. Visit Bavarian Haus in Bayside Marketplace in Downtown.
The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill in Wynwood is another full-service restaurant with plenty of Bavarian-centric menu items. The eatery throws an annual German fête every October with daily German food and drink specials. Try their house made award-winning bratwurst and stick around for the Liter Chug and Liter Hold/Stein Hoist contest, where participants compete to see who can chug a liter of beer the fastest and who can hold a stein with one arm the longest.
Where to Drink
Oktoberfest is all about hearty lagers. Think Marzens (amber beer), Dunkels (dark lager), Helles (malty lager), Bocks (strong lager), and Hefeweizens (wheat beer). Visit a brewery to try the local lager variations. The Abbey Brewing Company is only a short walk from Washington Park Hotel. Make a day of it and do the Wynwood Brewery Crawl where you make stops at Wynwood Brewing, Concrete Beach Brewery, J Wakefield Brewing, and Veza Sur Brewing Company. Veza Sur has a few dark lagers on tap right now, perfect for Oktoberfest drinking. Prost!
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