Because our love-hate relationship with foreigners gets magically put on hold whenever October rolls around, here are the top places in Singapore to celebrate the popular German beer festival Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest Asia 2013
This inaugural four-day outdoor fest ($75-85 from Sistic) will have you knocking down pint after pint of Paulaner Brauhaus, Spaten or Schneider Weisse—you pick—and professional servers dressed in dirndls bringing you loads of traditional German food. To keep you thoroughly entertained, there are also live performances from bands such as The Original Hofbräuhaus Show and comic acts like The Comedy Pimp.
The Bank Bar + Bistro
Be here at 6pm on October 10 to take part in The Bank's Oktoberfest celebrations, complete with games, German grub, music and $12 Erdinger pints all night. RSVP with your name, number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the first beer (of many, we're sure) on the house.
Get a bucket of five German beers (we like the Weltenburger Asam Bock) at $60 from Oct 25-26 and the good folks at Bellwethers will throw in a free meat platter, too. Plus, there will be live music, games, prizes and a drinking competition from 6pm onwards.
The crew behind this craft beer stalwart loves Oktoberfest so much, they’ve named a seasonal special after the festival. And guess what? They’ll be giving pints of this malty, nutty amber brew out from October 3-4 to anyone who has the special password—check their Facebook and Twitter—until the keg runs dry. If you’re late to the party, there’s also a $30 deal all night which gets you a pint, two Swiss Butchery sausages, potato salad and sauerkraut.
Tuck into Brotzeit’s massive, meaty Oktoberfest Platter ($168) and wash it all down with Paulaner Oktoberfestbier ($14.90/pint), available on tap from Octover 10-13 and 17-20. (Tip: If you absolutely must hoard this seasonal beer, it’s available for sale in 1 liter cans at $39.50.) Perhaps the biggest draw this year is the final round (Oct 17, 7:30pm) of their inaugural drinking games which pit beer guzzlers against one another.
It's free and easy but no less fun this Oktoberfest season here with beer booths operated by bars around the Clarke Quay area, plus stalls hawking German favorites such as sauerkraut and bratwurst. There'll also be live performances and games to keep you entertained—it’s going to be quite the carnival.
Jibiru October Matsuri
Sure, this Japanese beer spot deviates from Bavarian tradition a little, but who are we to resist Sapporo by the liter? At $18 for a liter, this baby isn't for weak bladders. Craft beer snobs can go for Hitachino Nest brews on tap, starting at just $9.50 a pint. Available October 4-13.
Magma German Wine Bistro
From September 21-October 6, try Magma's Oktoberfest menu of German favorites including the enormous Oktoberfest Special ($298), a spread for 5-8 people. For those on a more liquid diet, celebrate in Germanic style with a special dark OktoberFest Beer ($22 per jug) or the red and fruity cherry beer ($22 per jug). There's also a Sunday Brunch Buffet on September 8, 11am-3pm with traditional German dishes and free flow of wines for an additional $30.
Oktoberfest at Atrium and Pacific Marketplace
Through October 31, throw back one-for-one beers at Atrium with every order of their assorted sausage platter. And take away a free pack of sausages with purchase of five packets of sausages (in flavors like bockwurst, pork and veal bratwurst) at Pacific Marketplace.
Paulaner Brauhaus 14th Oktoberfest
Freshly brewed Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier ($16.90/pint) is available from September 27-October 5, along with a special menu by chef Klaus Lukarsch and live music by Munich band Scharivari Sextett.
Peranakan Place: The Mega Perfect Pour Challenge
From September 24-28, tap your own pint of Erdinger at Alley Bar, Acid Bar or Outdoors Cafe & Bar. If you pour it perfectly, you'll get the next pint on the house.
Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe
This German bar hosts a Beerfest from October 3-6, with an all-you-can-eat and -drink buffet ($50) accompanied by live music. Call 6336-8675 or email email@example.com to book a table.