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Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest season is here! We round-up the five best places to get your schnitzel fix east of Bavaria.

Oktoberfest celebrations are held annually in Munich, Germany. This is a 16 day folk festival in September. Grab your lederhosen because you can celebrate it in a few outlets around Abu Dhabi. Here are our five top picks for a great night out!

Brauhaus
The original Oktoberfest in Brauhaus comes back October 5th continuing until October 14th. Abu Dhabi’s longest running German festival will offer traditional games, music and seasonal food. A visiting alpine band will set the soundtrack to a perfect evening and there will be plenty of opportunities for singing and swaying along to festival favorites. German Chef Kimmig has planned feast for all, featuring many specialty items direct from Munich.  Don’t miss the fine weather and gemuetlichkeit each evening, be sure to visit Brauhaus at Beach Rotana 6.00pm till late, 5th to 14th October.
Free entry, Brauhaus, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, 02 697 9011

Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
For 13 years, the booming beat of an Oom Pah band has drawn lederhosen clad city dwellers from the comfort of their homes to this courtyard. For three nights only Le Méridien Abu Dhabi transforms its pool garden into a town square with a true German party atmosphere. A live band, flown in from Germany, will liven up the festivities with their vibrant traditional Oom Pah music and all-night entertainment. The team of chefs will serve an extensive Bavarian buffet. Festivities run from October 26th to 28th from 7.00pm till late. Entrance including an authentic Bavarian buffet is priced at AED 150 net for adults, AED 60 net for children and free for children of 4 years old and below.
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area, 02 697 4315

Cooper’s German Fest
Celebrate the Bavarian way at Cooper’s when you attend the city’s ultimate German fest. Fear not! There is plenty of food as their German themed menu includes traditional Oktoberfest favorites. Join in with discounts on a selection of German hops and resident DJ spinning tunes all night! Dress in your dirndl and enjoy some Oktoberfest fun at Cooper’s from October 19th to 22nd, 6.00pm till late.
Cooper’s, Park Rotana, 02 657 3333

Sheraton Abu Dhabi
Sheraton Abu Dhabi will transport you to Bavaria as you sample German food and wash it down with crafted hops. The Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort is launching its first ever Oktoberfest so mark your calendars and do not miss this party. Oktoberfest enthusiasts from across the city will gather in the hotel’s palm-tree resort and be served by team members donning traditional outfits. The largest Oktoberfest spread in Abu Dhabi will feature dozens of traditional Oktoberfest dishes. Dessert aficionados can indulge in an assortment of sweet temptations such as black forest cake, warm apple strudel and shredded pancakes. Relaxing on the sandy shores of the hotel’s lagoon, guests can enjoy live music from a popular Bavarian band. A dedicated play area and special kids’ activities will keep children entertained while their parents get to enjoy the best of Bavaria. Festivities take place October 13th from 5.00pm till late and October 14th from 12.30pm till late.
Free entry, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, 02 677 3333

Crowne Plaza Yas Island
In collaboration with du Forum, Crowne Plaza Yas Island will hold the biggest Oktoberfest in Abu Dhabi over two days featuring traditional German Oktoberfest icons, where guests will indulge in authentic hops, pretzels, food and fun, all to the soundtrack of the live Hofbrauhaus show band direct from Munich, Bavaria. Dedicated to absolute family fun, the event will offer family activities in the kindergarten that will keep children entertained from 4.00pm to 7.00pm on the Friday of the event. Thursday, October 6thfrom 7.00pm to 2.00am and Friday, October 7th from 4.00pm to 2.00am (Friday includes kids kindergarten from 4.00pm to 10.00pm. AED 175 for purchasing online and AED 220 at the door.
du Forum, Yas Island, www.ticketmaster.ae , 800 TM UAE (86 823)

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