It’s time to start gearing up for Oktoberfest, an important festival where Germans celebrate their cultural heritage, and another excuse for the rest of us to slop beer until it shoots out our eyes. Seeing as the beerfest begins in less than a week on September 21, we wrangled some of the more drool-inducing Oktoberfest happenings about town!
Paulaner Brauhaus: Paulaner on Fenyang Lu ignites the beer bash with a 9-day suds-fest from October 11-19. From 5 pm on you can choose from a special a la carte menu of Bavarian classics or a daily three-course set menu, and free-flow beer until midnight. You must bring a group of at least six and book a day ahead of time. Entertainment entails Munich’s own Kirchdorfer Musi band, who’ll be playing a compilation of traditional Oktoberfest hymns and classic rock.
338RMB // 5pm // Paulaner Brauhaus // 150 Fenyang Lu, near Fuxing Lu (汾阳路150路, 近复兴路).
Holiday Inn: If you thought a Holiday Inn party was limited to scarfing pillow mints and sipping a 100RMB bottle of water at the mini-bar, you thought wrong. From October 9-18, the Holiday Inn Pudong’s going all out an enormous beer tent at the front of the hotel, a live party band, Bavarian buffet, and beer beer beer!!!
328RMB Friday and Saturday, 298RMB Weds, Thurs, and Sun, and 368RMB for VIP tickets // TBA // Holiday Inn // 899 Dongfang Lu, near Century Avenue (假日酒店浦东, 东方路899号, 近世纪大道).
Hongmei Entertainment Street: From Sept 20-22, Shanghai Brewery, Paulaner, Blue Frog and other select beer venues along Hongmei Entertainment street are offering a special deal that gets you two brews from any of the venues along with dinner. There’ll be live entertainment too!
198RMB // 5-11pm // Laowai Jie // 3338 Hongmei Lu, near Yanan Xi Lu (虹梅路3338弄,近延安路).
German Stammtisch group: On September 28, the Germany Stammtisch group, a monthly networking club for German, Austrian and Swiss professionals, meet up for a beer bash at a yet-to-be-disclosed location. Fortunately, you don’t have to be of Germanic persuasion to attend, and reap the beer and snacks deals. More info here.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].