The Spirit of Oktoberfest Lives on At These NYC Watering Holes

The Spirit of Oktoberfest Lives on At These NYC Watering Holes

Although Oktoberfest technically ended a few weeks ago, you can still celebrate fall by grabbing a pint and some hearty fare at several watering holes throughout the city. With just a short train ride to Astoria, Queens, you’ll find Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, the oldest beer garden in NYC that’s been serving thirsty patrons for more than 100 years. The extensive selection of beers on tap includes European libations (think Czech brew Staropramen and Franziskaner Weissbier from Germany) and American favorites, including Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Don’t forget to check out the packed menu of traditional Czech and Slovak staples. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the neighborhood’s trendy residents and visitors flock to Radegast Hall & Biergarten. The spot offers a number of German brews, as well as an extensive menu of entrées and selections from the grill (think bratwurst, venison sausage and smoked Polish kielbasa). The party continues with live music every night. In the West Village, you’ll feel as if you just traveled to the Bavarian Alps at Lederhosen. The quaint eatery is celebrating Oktoberfest through the end of the month with a number of specials. And, if you show up in traditional German garb—lederhosen for the fellas and dirndl for the ladies—the owner, Dirk, will buy you a half-liter of beer. In Midtown East, the Oktoberfest spirit is always in full swing at Hofbräu Bierhaus, where patrons enjoy their bubbly brew at long wooden tables. The large restaurant is celebrating Oktoberfest thru October 31st. Although you can’t go wrong with any of the beverages, make sure to order the pretzel with mustard—my personal favorite.

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