3 Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest This Weekend

Theresienwiese during Oktoberfest
Theresienwiese during Oktoberfest
Weiko

This weekend is the final weekend of Oktoberfest 2011 -- the longest Oktoberfest since 2006. So if you have yet to share a Maß of Märzen with your menschen, there's still time. Last week, we listed four places where you could get your German drink on. And this week, we're listing three more. So get out there and partei wie es ist 1999. Prost!

Fräuleins at last year's Los Angeles Oktoberfest
Fräuleins at last year's Los Angeles Oktoberfest
Drew Tewksbury

3. The Big:

Where: Los Angeles Oktoberfest, 11301 Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, (213) 915-8003

When: This Saturday between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (The event will pop up at various other locations throughout October, so check the website for additional details.)

What: An afternoon of brats, beer maidens, and drinking -- lots of drinking

Cost: $25 General Admission (Sold Out) includes Maßkrug (one-liter glass stein) and one free beer; $100 VIP Admission includes early admission and unlimited beers; $5 one-liter beers (that's a lot of beer!); $5 hotdogs, sausages, and pretzels; $? German wine

Upside: If you're in the mood for some serious day-drinking, then this is your party. But you'd better buy your tickets now, because they're nearly sold out.

Downside: There's little by way of authenticity at these events. None of the beers are true Oktoberfest beers, and the festivities begin just as the real Oktoberfest draws to a close.

Brü Haus bar
Brü Haus bar
TreasureLA

2. The Small:

Where: Brü Haus, 11831 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, (310) 473-2337

When: Throughout September and October

What: A popular Westside watering hole with German-inspired menu items, genuine Oktoberfest brews, and one-liter steins

Cost: $20 per liter of Paulaner, Spaten, and Hofbräu Oktoberfest beers, glassware included (i.e. you get to take it home); $15 refills; German-inspired food items between $6.50 and $9.50

Upside: Brü Haus is a more intimate and controlled environment compared to large parking-lot Oktoberfest events.

Downside: It can turn into an overcrowded, fratty meat market at night; The bartenders pour beer, but they don't know much about it.

The boot takes no prisoners
The boot takes no prisoners
kasei

1. The Laid-back:

Where: Wirtshaus, 345 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 931-9291

When: September 17 through October 8

What: A non-kitschy German-themed neighborhood hangout with live music every Friday and Saturday throughout Oktoberfest

Cost: $15 per Oktoberfest liter; $28 per Oktoberfest boot; Food between $4 and $16

Upside: Wirtshaus is authentic and inviting, with tasty food, a large selection of German beers, and a dog-friendly patio/biergarten.

Downside: During Oktoberfest, imbibers can only purchase liters or boots of Oktoberfest beers -- no pints (though they do offer $12 flights).


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