Don’t let it being the first month of fall overshadow the real reason to celebrate the month of October: drinking at Oktoberfest parties.
Miami likes to celebrate the German festival with events all over the city and throughout the month. Here’s the best of what’s going on.
Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
The Oktoberfest party at this iconic Gables spot is the place to be between Oct. 5-15, and, yes, that’s how long their celebration lasts. They’ve been putting on this party for 23 years. During those 11 days, drink Warsteiner beers from authentic liter glasses from Munich. (If you handle that much. Who are you kidding, sure you can!). Listen to live German music, nosh on sausage and schnitzel and marvel at their 14-meter long apple strudel.
Live music and festivities:
Oct. 5, 5-10 p.m.
Oct. 6, 6-11 p.m.
Oct. 7, 4-11 p.m.
Oct. 8, 2-8 p.m.
Oct. 12, 6-10 p.m.
Oct. 13, 6-11 p.m.
Oct. 14, 3-11 p.m.
Oct. 15, 2-8 p.m.
60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables
The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill
One of Wynwood’s most German-inspired restaurants is hosting Oktoberfest specials and parties every weekend through Oct. 15. Besides deals on their Bavarian sausage platter, braised pork shank entree, jumbo German pretzel and apple strudel, they’ll have DJs and an emcee. And if you need more than just a beer, Jagermeister shots are $7 all month long.
Oct. 6, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Oct. 7, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Oct. 8, noon to 8 p.m.
318 NW 23rd St, Miami
Bouganvillea’s Old Florida Tavern
There’s nothing German about this South Miami bar that’s a locals favorite but they’re hosting an Oktoberfest party anyways. They’ll serve up Concrete Beach Brewery’s Florida Fest, an Oktoberfest style beer with a Miami twist thanks to its coconut notes. They’ll start pouring it at 9 p.m., and the first 20 people to order a pint receive a free pretzel necklace.
9-11 p.m. Oct. 12 at 7221 SW 58th Ave., South Miami
German American Social Club of Greater Miami
Since 1958, this spot down South has been hosting their Oktoberfest celebration, and this year it’s split into two weekends. A family affair, they’ll of course have German food and plenty of German beer but also kids’ rides, games and contests such as stein holding and barrel rolling. There will be live bands from Germany and Austria.
6 p.m.-midnight Fridays, 1 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, noon-10 p.m. Sundays Oct. 13-15 and Oct. 20-22
11919 SW 56th St, Miami
OK, so technically this isn’t all about celebrating Germany but this Coconut Grove beer festival, with its insane amount of beers, definitely makes it worthy of this list. Billed as the largest craft beer festival in Florida, they’ll be bringing back all your local favorite craft breweries. Also, Kitchen Lab will be there with demonstrations from the culinary team from Grove Bay Hospitality Group.
4-7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Miami
Abbey Brewing Co.
Miami Beach’s most established brewery, The Abbey, is hosting its 22nd Oktoberfest party. Ten of its craft beers and certain shots and cocktails will be $6 from opening at 1 p.m. to closing at 5 a.m.. They’ll have a pig roast and will be serving plenty of German food.
1 p.m.-5 a.m. Oct. 15 at 1115-1117 16th St, Miami Beach