Oktoberfest in The City

From the archives: This post is from our original site, MyCityLife back on 16 October 2014

As the year slips through our fingers and we find ourselves in October, there’s a leaf to take out of the German handbook: Don’t get cranky, get Kransky! And beer.

Oktoberfest has rolled into The City for the year, and even if you don’t get to the Brisbane Showgrounds for Oktoberfest Brisbane, there are still plenty of antics to be had around Brisbane that are directly inspired by the motherland and are more budget friendly than purchasing a Mercedes, Audi or BMW. Putting the ‘Ok’ into Oktoberfest Brisbane, MyCityLife maps out your special guide to celebrating German culture.


Can’t quite seem to dig your lederhosen or dirndl out of your closet? Disguises Costume Hire in Woolloongabba have traditional German outfits covered. Get kitted out in frisch Deutsch threads that are sure to impress the bursches and mädels at The Klub. 


You can’t get much more German than the Brisbane German Club, where Oktoberfest is every month. Although their official Oktoberfest antics are just about rounded up for this year, the doors of their Vulture Street restaurant are open year round with kitchens serving schnitzels and sauerbraten to all true Deutsch-Enthusiasten.


Experience the renowned Bavarian hospitality from Eagle Street Pier with Bavarian Bier Café where specials are flowing as freely as the lager. On Monday nights, this German staple is serving up an Oktoberfest Tasting Flight, which includes three top selling biers and matching bites. Or for those brave enough, Wednesday evenings are home to the 1kg Pork Knuckle Challenge, where conquerors are rewarded with a half-litre of premium bier.

The German Sausage Hut’s ‘BEST WURST IN TOWN’ can be found scattered around the market places of Brisbane as well as their store in Burnett Lane. Booking a seat at Burnett Lane on Friday nights for Pork Hock Fridays will get you prost in no time.


If you’re unable to look at another sausage and up to the ears with biers, Kwan Brothers offers a change of palate with Woktoberfest. As an Asian-inspired alternative to celebrating food and drink, their haunt on Alfred Street offers samples of ‘German inspired Asian dishes’ to be washed down with a not so traditional Kirin-stein.

On Thursday, October 30, Brat Haus in Fortitude Valley teams up with 4 Pines Brewing Co for beer and bratwurst extravaganza: Brat Haus & 4 Pines Feature Night. Be transported to this Berlin-away-from-Berlin to guzzle premium brewskies and munch on gourmet sausages with all the toppings. Details and tickets can be sourced here. 


The iconic Story Bridge Hotel are holding their German Beer & Food Festival for a month of German beers on tap and traditional dishes served throughout the hotel. Slurp on juicy slow-roasted pork knuckles, crunch into some Rindergoulasch Pie and wash it down with ice-cold Fischer’s Helles for an Oktober-feast to leave everyone feeling like a männlich männ. 


While Brisbane has so many great Oktoberfest events to offer, you can also enjoy German culture from the comfort of your own home. Assemble yourself a platter of charcuterie from Heinz Butcher & Continental Smallgoods in Woolloongabba, indulge your sweet tooth with a black forest torte or cherry Danish from King of Cakes or sample some lager from the Byron Bay locals Stone & Wood. Convenience really is here when you can order your traditional ales and pilseners online from Cru Bar or Next Door Cellars. Note: No lederhosen required.


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