● Zum Schneider (East Village) – New-school Teutonic brings Oktoberfest in July. And also October! Live oompah and DJ four nights a week, with Mösl Franzi and the Ja Ja Jas. Oktoberfest specials to wet your whistle. ● Loreley (Lower East Side) – Industrial entrance on Rivington backwater leads to rollicking little biergarten. Pours ‘em like they do in Cologne, knock back a few Gaffel Kölsch or Reissdorf Kölsch and you’ll be wondering where you left your backpack with the hostel address in it. Seasonal brews and food specials mark the Oktoberfest season. ● Blaue Gans (Tribeca) – The Gutenbrunner Austrian Empire creeps further downtown via charming “Blue Goose.” Celebrate the season with heavy-duty special brews from Munich, plus sauerbraten, sausages, and ginormous pretzels.
● The Standard Beer Garden (Meatpacking District) – White plastic furniture keeps pretense in check, as does menu’s focus on draughts and sausages. Serving wenches dressed in the dirndl equivalent of a tuxedo t-shirt. ● Radegast Hall & Biergarten (Williamsburg) – Sit at a picnic table with some well-scrubbed hops hounds, knocking back liters of the German, Czech, and Austrian good stuff. Full menu includes Murray’s cheese and charcuterie, but bratwurst is pretty hard to resist. Go plan your next putsch. ● Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden (Astoria) – Czech your liver at best beer garden in the US of A. Not quite Bavaria, but close enough. Sprawling throwback to a forgotten era makes for an awesome afternoon, sippin’ Spaten under the branches. ● Studio Square (Astoria) – Modernist deconstruction of Bohemian Hall. The biggest in the city, with monster cobblestone patio softened by birch trees and vines. Queens: it’s all about the biergartens. ● Heidelberg (Upper East Side) – Yorkville-circa-1936 holdover with schnitzel, potato pancakes, lederhosen, wood paneling, and enough hefeweizen to make you smell like the inside of a stein for days. ● Der Schwarze Kölner (Fort Greene) – Friendly new biergarten will have you calling the neighborhood Fort Grün. German-only tap and bottle list, plus kraut bites like brats and brezels. Checkerboard black and white floors, communal tables for cool-weather coziness. ● Bia Garden (Lower East Side) – Celebrating Oktoberfest in a Vietnamese beer garden? Why the hell not, it’s New York City! And when your holiday is about drinking beer to excess, does it really matter so much if the suds come from Laos and not Munich?