It’s that time of the year again where my body braces for the overload of beer drinking, Oompah band dancing, and bratwurst eating — otherwise known as Oktoberfest! (Time to party!)
This annual German festival may be traditionally celebrated in Munich but we are in no way short of alternatives on our little island too.
We’ve all had a good year to re-fit into those dirndls and lederhosen so there’s no excuse to miss out on the celebrations. Here is your comprehensive Oktoberfest Guide 2016, where you should be at this entire month.
1. Oktoberfest Asia 2016
This larger than life celebration has found a new and bigger home this year, promising an even better experience for partygoers. An admission ticket will get you free flow beers (6pm to 12.30am) and an Oktoberfest Asia 500ml beer stein to drink from all that you can.
You’ll certainly feel like you’re in Germany when the Hofbrauhaus Band from Munich try to get you dancing on the tables. That is, if you’re not already too busy eating the gourmet Bavarian cuisine featured.
When? 13th – 15th October
How much? 13th Oct: $70 per pax, 14th & 15th Oct, $90 per pax
Where? Open field next to Tan Quee Lan Street, bordered by North Bridge Road (opp Bugis Junction) and Rochor Road
2. Clarke Quay Oktoberfest 2016
Already key to the Singapore nightlife scene, Clarke Quay is the perfect setting for an epic Oktoberfest party. Admission is free which means everyone can come and dance to Oompah music by Die Dorf Fest Kapelle, who’ve come all the way for the occasion.
Classic German delights will be sold throughout like the Pork Knuckle smothered in homemade Beer Gravy ($15) courtesy of the Paulaner Clarke Quay food kiosk. Oktoberfest is nothing without beer, and Paulaner’s special Oktoberfest Bier ($10) will have you partying through the night.
Visit the event page here for more information on the festivities.
When? 7th – 8th October, 7pm onwards
How much? Free Entry
Where? Clarke Quay Fountain Square, 3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
3. Erdinger Oktoberfest 2016
It’s Oktoberfest with a Singaporean twist at the Erdinger Oktoberfest 2016 as we celebrate at some of our favourite malls. Shopping, eating and drinking is combined under one roof with a street party beer garden set up at Suntec City, Clarke Quay Central and The Star Vista.
Sample foods from participating restaurants in the malls with special tasting menus and be entertained by an authentic German brass band. Unique Oktoberfest-themed games like gelande quaffing can win you some Erdinger goodies. Don’t forget to pose on Singapore’s first-ever Erdinger BARcycle and get the perfect picture to keep memories of Oktoberfest close to your heart until next year’s.
Erdinger favourites will be sold, alongside a special edition Erdinger Oktoberfest Brew. Check out our Erdinger Oktoberfest 2016 article for more details.
When? 21st September – 28th October
How much? Free Entry
Where? Suntec City, Suntec Plaza, between Tower 1 & 5 (21st Sept – 2nd Oct), Clarke Quay Central, Level 1 (3rd Oct – 11th Oct), The Star Vista: B1 Star Plaza (19th Oct – 28th Oct)
4. Resorts World Sentosa Oktoberfest 2016
For the first time ever, Resorts World Sentosa will play host to this annual festival, and it already sounds exciting! There’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than with a buffet spread of German nosh like sauerkraut, schnitzel and even bratwurst, specially created by RWS Michelin-starred chefs and celebrity restaurants.
Prost with pints of Erdinger Oktoberfest beer and party the night away with German band Ois Easy. For more fun and laughter, a round or two of beer pong awaits.
When? 1st October, 7pm to 2am
How much? Standard Ticket: $78 (Inclusive of German food buffet + tasting platter of Michelin-starred and Celebrity Chef restaurants’ bratwursts + one glass of beer)
Where? Festive Walk at Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
5. Brotzeit Vivocity Oktoberfest Party
German food and beer take center stage at the well-known Brotzeit. This year, weekend long Oktoberfest celebrations will be held at its Vivocity outlet. Drink and be merry while being entertained by live German style entertainment and feast on an impressive Oktoberfest menu.
Try their Oktoberfest platter ($128) for four to six persons and receive a mountain of roasted pork knuckle, Bavarian honey ribs, whole roasted chicken, Thuringer snail sausage and accompanying wedges and sauerkraut. Wash everything down with Spaten Oktoberfest beer from Munich (0.5L at $15).
If you fancy stuffing your face with good German fare, the Brotzeit Oktoberfest menu will also be available at the other outlets like Raffles City, 313 Somerset, Katong and Westgate. Call now to make sure you get a table for the party at Vivo!
Where? 29th September – 2nd October
How much? Special Oktoberfest Menu starts from $12
Where? Brotzeit Vivocity, 1 HarbourFront Walk #01-149/151, VivoCity Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 6272 8842
6. Paulaner Brauhaus Oktoberfest
A veteran in the Oktoberfest scene in Singapore, their decorations for the festival will be enough to get you in the mood to party. Part microbrewery, part restaurant, Paulaner Brauhaus serves up authentic Bavarian grub and will feature freshly brewed Oktoberfestbier (0.5L at $17++) to go with.
Grab your best buddies and head there to enjoy live Bavarian music by Sharivari Sextett, who’ve come all the way from Munich! At a Paulaner Brauhaus Oktoberfest, you know what you’re getting yourself into so get listening to those Oktoberfest tunes to ready yourself for a sing-along like no other.
When? 23rd September – 1st October
Where? Paulaner Brauhaus, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-01 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 6883 2572
7. Stuttgart Beerfest 2016 @ Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Café
Named after the German city and the famous black forest, Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Café offers a unique setting for beer festival celebrations. For one day only, come dressed in appropriate Oktoberfest garb to take part in a best dressed competition, and get some pretty great pictures as well.
$100 nett will get you access to a buffet and free flow of beers, wines, juices and soft drinks. Come for the festivities and you could also walk away with some pretty great lucky draw prizes.
If you can’t make it to the event, you could still always come back for their Signature Pork Knuckle ($19.80) and Black Forest Cake ($12 for 125g slice).
When? 28th October, 6pm to 11pm
How much? $70 nett (Buffet + Free Flow Juices & Soft Drinks), $100 nett (Addition of Free Flow Beer & Wines)
Where? 9 Bras Basah Road, #01-01, Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, Singapore 189559
Tel: +65 6336 8675
8. Orchid Country Club’s Oktoberfest
If you’re a fan of Oktoberfest related games, Orchid Country Club’s Oktoberfest will keep you more than entertained. Sausage eating and arm wrestling contests await you, in addition to log sawing and coaster flipping challenges.
Feast on an Oktoberfest menu boasting the usual classics and dance away on the Vanda Terrace to German International Country Music band, Swiss Alpine Lions.
When? 30th September & 1st October, 7pm onwards
How much? $40 per voucher booklet
Where? Vanda Terrace, Orchid Country Club, 1 Orchid Club Rd, Singapore 769162
Tel: +65 6750 2200 (Call for enquiries)
—Special Oktoberfest Promotions—
9. Café Swiss @ Swissotel The Stamford
Even hotels are getting in on the action and this year, Café Swiss at Swissotel The Stamford is featuring a special Oktoberfest Dinner Buffet. The highlight would definitely have to be the live grilled sausage station serving up favourites like Bockwurst and Cervelat.
Not forgetting an ice cold bottle of iconic German Wheat Beer like the Erdinger Weissbier or Erdinger Dunkel, which would be the perfect complement to the buffet.
When? 1st September – 15th October, Thursday to Saturday, 6.30pm to 10pm
How much? $66 ++ per adult for the buffet, $16 ++ per bottle of beer or $38++ for 3 bottles
Where? Café Swiss, 2 Stamford Road, Swissôtel The Stamford, Level 2, Singapore 178882
Tel: +65 6431 6156
10. PARKROYAL On Pickering
Kicking off with their first ever Oktoberfest celebration, Lime Bar at PARKROYAL on Pickering is offering unlimited servings of Erdinger Weissbier, Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel and Tiger Beer for only $68 per person (19th – 30th Sept, 6pm to 9pm). Whattttt??? It gets better — if you come with more than three friends, you’ll even get a free German platter comprising bratwurst, cold cuts and potato salad.
Following that, the hotel’s outdoor terrace on Level 5 will host Oktoberfest style celebrations from 1st – 2nd October and feature games and dirndl clad waitresses to really get you in the spirit. Unlimited servings of Erdinger beer (4.30pm to 9pm) is included in the Bavarian feast to accompany the traditional German fare like pork knuckles, veal and chicken schnitzel and potato dumplings.
When? 19th September – 2nd October
How much? $128 per pax (including alcohol promotions)
Where? PARKROYAL On Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
Tel: +65 6809 8899
11. RedDot BrewHouse @ Dempsey
The RedDot BrewHouse features an alfresco dining area reminiscent of a Bavarian beer garden where you can enjoy their Oktoberfest 2016 promotions. Share an Okto-feast Platter ($90) with friends and fight over a spread of crispy pork knuckle, four types of sausage, pork belly, grilled veg and sauerkraut.
Or try something different and go for the Oktoberfest Grilled Mackerel ($28) and have a Mini Pretzel ($3.50) for dessert.
When? 17th September – 30th October
Where? RedDot BrewHouse @ Dempsey, 25A Dempsey Road, #01-01 Singapore 247691
Tel: +65 6475 0500
12. Marche Movenpick
Marche never fails to transport me to a traditional alpine village setting. It may be Swiss, but they sure spread Oktoberfest vibes all year round. This Oktoberfest season, Marche Movenpick outlets are featuring a special Oktoberfest Promotion where you can come dressed in traditional dirndl or lederhosen and be rewarded with a free glass of beer* (300ml).
If Oktoberfest grub is what you’re after, binge on half crispy pork knuckle, half roast chicken, two pork sausages with sides of sauerkraut and mashed potatoes at only ($49.90). Two glasses of draft beer (300ml each) are included in the price as well!
*Oktoberfest promotion only available at Marche Movenpick at 313 Somerset, Vivocity and Suntec City
When? 26th September – 8th October
How much? $49.90 for the Oktoberfest Platter
Where? Marche Movenpick 313 Somerset, Vivocity and Suntec City
Website (Visit page for terms and conditions)
13. Brewerkz @ Riverside Point
If you fancy chilling by the river, Brewerkz at Riverside Point will give you an excellent view of Clarke Quay while you enjoy a specially created Oktoberfest Set Meal ($35++). Be spoilt by some of the classics like crispy pork knuckle and bratwurst with side portions of sauerkraut and potato salad.
You know you can always rely on Brewerkz for a good selection of hand crafted beers to truly celebrate and with Oktoberfest upon us, here’s all the more reason to head there.
When? 17th September – 2nd October
How much? $35++ for the Oktoberfest Promotion
Where? Brewerkz @ Riverside Point, 301 Merchant Rd, Riverside Point, Singapore 058282
Tel: +65 6438 7438
14. sQue Rotisserie and Alehouse
SQue (pronounced skew), is hopping on the Oktoberfest bandwagon with promotional meat platters to commemorate the festival. Indulge in a Trio Pork Platter for $76++ that includes a bottle of Erdinger Weissbier (500ml) to complement a generous portion of pork belly, signature pork knuckle and barbeque pork ribs.
The promotion may be what gets you there, but the riverside setting and choice of 10 draught beers will make you keep coming back for more.
When? 1st – 31st October
How much? $76 for the Trio Pork Platter (with beer), $69 (without beer)
Where? sQue Rotisserie and Alehouse, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #01-70 The Central, Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817
Tel: +65 6222 1887
15. Picotin Express
If a quieter Oktoberfest is what you’re after (hey, no judgment), why not celebrate this time of year with that special someone at Picotin Express. Hidden away in a golf course, enjoy the peaceful ambience while you tuck into some of their blackboard Oktoberfest specials.
Go for the classic Pork Knuckle with roasted onion, sauerkraut and sautéed potatoes ($30) or get boozy on the Beer Glazed Pork Belly with cabbage and sweet potato chips ($28). Better yet, why not just get both to share?
When? 30th September – 9th October
How much? Oktoberfest specials start at $28
Where? Picotin Express, 60 Fairways Drive, Champions Golf Course, Singapore 286966
Tel: +65 6877 1191
—Good Ol’ German Food—
16. Stew Kuche
Sometimes, all a good Oktoberfest celebration in Singapore needs is some honest food and a no frills environment. If all you’re looking for is some decent German food and beer, Stew Kuche is the answer.
Located in Salute coffee shop in Bukit Merah, Stew Kuche serves up German favourites with a Singaporean twist. Half a portion of Pork Knuckles in Dark Beer Sauce will set you back by $17.65, and it’s interestingly served with our local achar instead of sauerkraut.
While away the afternoon with some of their craft and draft beers that are a hit with the neighbourhood.
When? Opening Hours: (Tue-Fri) 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm & (Sat-Sun) 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 12am
How much? Mains start at $17.65
Where? Salute Coffee Shop, #01-40, 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore 151119
Tel: +65 6276 6445
17. Erich’s Wuerstelstand and Backstube
Chinatown is probably the last place you would expect to find German cuisine, and yet it’s home to a humble Wuerstelstand and Backstube (Sausage stand and Bakery) opened by Austrian Erich Pollski.
Here, it’s Oktoberfest all year long so there’s no better time than the present to make the trip down. Get the famous currywurst ($3.50) which is literally a bratwurst dressed in curry sauce. My German friends say it makes for great hangover food.
You’ll probably need this after all the beer you’re planning on consuming. Check out our full feature for more details.
When? Opening hours: 11am to 9pm daily
How much? $7 – $15 per pax
Where? Erich’s Wuerstelstand and Erich’s Backstube: K88 Coffee House, Blk 5 Banda St, Singapore 050005
Whether you want to go big this Oktoberfest or just lepak with some buddies over beer, you can be rest assured that you have adequate options. Get in on the buzz, booze and bratwurst while you can before we all have to hang up the dirndls and lederhosen for yet another year of great fun.