Oktoberfest is here and it’s time to indulge in the infamous drinking games with your buddies while savouring the delicious side treats.
The well-known global festival, Oktoberfest, originated in the city of Munich, Germany, which has been hosting the festival since 1810. The 16-day festival culminates on the first Sunday of October and is known as the biggest Volksfest of the world. The celebrations started with a royal wedding, and it has been 200 years of the yearly celebrations, all thanks to immigrants and their descendants who have kept the culture and festivities alive and have spread it across the world.
The festivities have even travelled to Delhi. India’s capital has shown a liking for the German festival for quite a long time, with residents enjoying their favourite tipple to their heart’s content with their European acquaintances and close friends at various restaurants and pubs across the town.
Even though there are many outlets celebrating Oktoberfest in the capital, we have narrowed down your hit list to a few must-visit places.
Lord of the Drinks, Barrel House
In an attempt to recreate Oktoberfest vibes, Barrel House offers you especially prepared beer options like German Lagers, Hefeweizen, Belgium Witbier, and Marzen flavored beers. The ambience is ready to give you German vibes with Bavarian flags and banners, stewardess donning the Bavarian outfits among others to put you in a celebratory mood. The food palate is set to complement the revelries.
Rajiv Gulati, founder of Beer Buddies will flag off the fest by pouring the first beer on 3 October. Priyank Sukhija, owner, CEO and MD, First Fiddle Restaurants said, “Oktoberfest is a celebration and beer takes the center stage during this time of the year. Since we are a brewery, it was only fair we take this up and bring another occasion to celebrate this festive season. To enhance the spirit of Oktoberfest, we are introducing exclusive beers along with a special menu. With the ambience getting a makeover of Bavarian flags/banners and exciting offers to go with it, we are ready to roll.”
Address: Lord of the Drinks, Barrel House, Sector 29, Gurugram
Dates: 3 October
At the celebration of love for beers across the world, originating from Germany, Quoin Alfresco is set to welcome you to its Beer garden featuring international and house brands of bubbly beer. The offer awaiting you includes Beer challenge where you have to grab as many pints as you can with both hands in one go from the bar. You can also enjoy unlimited Kingfisher or Budweiser at Rs 499 per person for an hour. The complimentary beer pint with Oktoberfest dishes is the cherry on the cake. Raj Araganti, Director of Outlets, Novotel New Delhi Aerocity said, “We have included imported beers as well and since the festival is all about food and drinks, it would be a great place to enjoy the authentic happenings of the German festival.”
Address: Quoin, Novotel Aerocity, New Delhi
Dates: Till 1 October
For those who cannot head to Munich for Oktoberfest, Radisson Noida brings the festivities home. Along with the options of imported or domestic beer bucket starting from Rs 999 + taxes, you can also savour dishes like chicken sausage or pork bratwurst accompanied with spaetzle, caramelised fennel and onions, braised red cabbage and beetroot. Shivankar Kodesia, the Food & beverage manager, said, “The Oktoberfest at Ethyl will recreate the all fun ambience of the festival with delicacies such as Munchner weisswurt, Nurnberger Wurstchen, Oktoberfest mix grill and more paired up with the beer buckets starting from Rs 999 + Taxes.”
Address: Ethyl, Radisson, Sector 55, Noida
Date: Till 3 October
The Classroom is celebrating Oktoberfest by offering first beer for Rs 10, second one for Rs 17 and the third one at the regular price. The micro-brewery has got the finest hand crafted, award-winning St. Martin’s Abbey beers—Blonde, Dark, Belgian White, Triple and Pomfraiz freshly brewed there. The place offers authentic celebrations with its ambience and food combined with drinks. Jaspreet Madaan, owner of The Classroom said, “Indians celebrate Oktoberfest essentially because beer itself is a mark of celebration globally and with Oktoberfest everyone offers something or the other apart from the regular beer which is available plus we plan for some decor, new food items and games which engages the guest.”
Address: The Classroom, Sector 29, Gurugram
Date: Till 31 October