6 Places In Singapore You Can Celebrate Oktoberfest 2018
It’s said that Oktoberfest first started in 1810 as a celebratory event marking the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, and the citizens of Munich had so much fun partaking in the revelry, which included a feast and a horse race, that the festivities were repeated every year. This event eventually became Oktoberfest, now the world’s largest beer festival. Here are some places in Singapore you can go for bratwurst and booze during this special period. Eat, drink and be merry. Prost!
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Image: Oktoberfest Asia
Text: Xie Huiqin
1. Singapore’s biggest Oktoberfest at Tan Quee Lan Street
You know you can always count on Oktoberfest Asia for a good time. This year’s revelry will be held in a fully air-conditioned marquee at Tan Quee Lan Street, and participants can look forward to a variety of free-flow beers from German breweries Paulaner Bräuhaus, Bitburger, Weihenstephan and Benediktiner, German delicacies by Shiso, entertainment by Bavarian Oompah band, Rock Oompahs, and also Festival Beers brewed specially for the four-day festival. VIP ticket-holders will get to enjoy an exclusive Oktoberfest Buffet Menu to pair with their free-flow beers. Sunday (Oct 21) will be family day and will feature game stalls, bouncy castles and fringe activities to keep the children entertained.
Oktoberfest Asia is from October 18 to 21, 6pm to 12am (Oct 18 to 20) and 11am to 8pm (Oct 21).
Image: Oktoberfest Asia
2. Traditional festivities at Paulaner Bräuhaus
Paulaner Bräuhaus, the first authentic German microbrewery and restaurant in Singapore, reopened in 2017 after an extensive renovation. The family-style dining establishment will be celebrating the traditional Oktoberfest from Oct 10 to 21 with various highlights such as freshly brewed Oktoberfest beer by the microbrewery, specially curated Oktoberfest menus with generous platters and pretzels hanging from a “pretzel tree”, entertainment by live bands, and a family brunch buffet on the two Sundays (Oct 14 and 21). From Oct 10 to 13, they will be flying in the band, Paulaner’s Nockherberger, from Munich, for a spot of traditional and modern Bavarian music. There will also be a special Oktoberfest three-course sharing platters menu (minimum of two pax, priced at $68 per person, excludes drinks).
Paulaner Bräuhaus is at #01-01 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, tel: 6883 2572.
Image: Paulaner Bräuhaus
3. Festbier with a view at LeVeL33
LeVeL33 is the place to go for a chic Oktoberfest event. Located at the Marina Bay Financial Centre, it’s the world’s highest urban microbrewery so as you can imagine, the view is gorgeous. This Oktoberfest, they’re offering, on tap, an easy-drinking Festbier that they’ve specially brewed for the month of October that is available till the tap runs dry (from $9.88 for 0.3 litres, opening till 8pm; $12.88 for 0.3 litres after 8pm). Be sure to also try their starter of grilled quail with stout glaze and their delectable steaks from Australia and Argentina served with caramelised stout onion puree and mustard espuma.
LeVeL33 is at #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard, tel: 6834 3133.
4. Oktoberfest Barbecue Buffet at the Poolside Patio at Pan Pacific Singapore
Treat yourself to a sumptuous Oktoberfest barbecue buffet spread while basking in a relaxing poolside ambience at Poolside Patio. Knock back some beer from German brewery Paulaner while digging into an array of sausages handcrafted by master butcher, Alaskan King Crab, Grass-fed Australian Tandoori Lamb Cutlet, Soy and Mustard Beef Flank Steak and a tempting spread of desserts. The barbecue buffet spread is available on Oct 5 and 6, from 4pm to 8pm. Priced at $78 per adult, $39 per child. Beer Buckets are available from $60 for 4 bottles.
Poolside Patio is at Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 4, 7 Raffles Boulevard, tel: 6826 8240.
Image: Pan Pacific Singapore
5. Party at Post Bar East Garden, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Party the night away at the lush al fresco setting of Post Bar East Garden on Oct 13 (4.30pm to 11.30pm). Try your hand at beer pong or simply jive to the live music and DJ performances available. Also, dress up! The winner of their “Best Dressed” competition will receive dining vouchers worth $100. Quench your thirst with Erdinger ($14 nett per pint), glasses of housepour wine ($12 nett) and more. Food-wise, check out the stalls dishing up hearty fare such as Bratwurst German Sausage with Bavarian Potato Salad ($15 nett), Beef Goulash Soup ($10 nett), Pan-fried Meat Loaf with Bavarian Potato Salad and Pretzels ($15 nett).
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is at 1 Fullerton Square, tel: 6877 8911.
Image: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
6. Jamming at Der Biergarten
Join in the month-long celebration this October with fun and games at Der Biergarten, a good old-fashioned German beer garden located at Prinsep Place. Tuck into German delights, such as oven-roasted pork knuckles and German sausages, and wash it down with German beer. As part of Oktoberfest activities, German band The Jam’son will be playing on the nights (from 7pm till late) of Oct 4 and 5, and classic beers, such as Paulaner Munich Hell Lager and Paulaner Hefe Weissbier will also be available for $10 nett (for 0.4litres). Early bird tickets ($60 value, can be exchanged for food, valid for Oct 4 and 5 only) are available for $50 till Oct 3.
Der Biergarten is at #01-01, #02-01, 48 Prinsep Street, tel: 6333 0689.
Image: Der Biergarten