Paulaner Brauhaus at Oktoberfest Asia | Photo: Oktoberfest Asia
Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant
For a taste of German fare and fete
This German beer bar and restaurant’s VivoCity outlet has a tantalising line-up for two weekends (10 to 13 October and 17 to 20 October). That includes the rich malt-y flavours of the seasonal Paulaner Oktoberfestbier (to-go 1-litre can and mug, $39.50) and the colossal Oktoberfest Platter ($168). Chow down garlic pork sausages, pork chops, marinated pork knuckle and pork ribs, as German bands entertain ‘live’.
Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant | Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-149/151 VivoCity | Tel: 6278815 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-midnight; Sat, Sun & public holidays noon-1am | Available on 10 to 13 October and 17 to 20 October
Clarke Quay’s Oktoberfest 2013
Dive headlong into Bavarian treats cooked on volcanic stone slabs
It’s an all-round celebration at Clarke Quay, complete with carnival game booths and dancing waitresses dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes. Spend a minimum of $50 on 11 and 12 October at any of the rowdy Quay’s participating outlets, and stand to bring home your own Lebkuchenherz – an Oktoberfest festive cookie. Those looking for a full meal can tuck into the Oktoberfest Special for two ($45++) at Hot Stones – popular for its use of volcanic stone slabs: it’s a meal of bockwurst and bratwurst sausages, served with truffle-scented mash and sauerkraut.
Book a table here| Address: 3D River Valley Road, #01-06 Clarke Quay | Tel: 63334868 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu noon-3pm, 6-11pm; Fri noon-3pm, 6pm -2am; Sat 6pm-2am; Sun 6-11pm | Available from 7 to 13 October
For special edition beer packs
Being the original Oktoberfest beer in Singapore, Erdinger has got everyone excited with a specially created festive pack: five bottles of Erdinger Oktoberfest brews plus a branded glass can be taken home for merely $33. This exclusive brew has higher malt content than the usual, giving it a stronger and more distinctive character. It also seems like Erdinger has gotten a stranglehold on the island this October, as you’d get to buy these packs at supermarkets like Cold Storage, NTUC and Sheng Shiong.
For a quiet, intimate Oktoberfest celebration
There’s a somewhat muffled charm within Carlton Hotel’s Gravity Bar – sleek, modern, it is a fitting place for intimate get-togethers. Usher in Germany’s annual foam gala with the first floor bar’s specially-priced Erdinger Weissbier ($15++ per bottle; usual price $18++), or go for three bottles of Erdinger with a platter of bratwurst sausages ($60++) if you crave more. And if you ever feel woozy, the hotel’s reception desk is a stone’s throw away to book a room.
Gravity Bar | Address: 76 Bras Basah Road, Level 1 Carlton Hotel | Tel: 63118839 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-1am; Sat & Sun 2pm-1am | Available until 31 October
Magma German Wine Bistro
For big groups in cosy surroundings and homely German food
Housed within a teal-coloured shophouse, Magma German Wine Bistro is an intimate space for quality Bavarian fare. Celebrate this month’s German fiesta with the restaurant’s Oktoberfest special for five to eight persons ($298++; usual price, $458++) – four Bavarian sausages, two pork knuckles, meatloaf, two fish sandwiches, one pork roast, one roast chicken, one roast duck, two meatloaves, one metre-long sausage, one Oktoberfest flammkuchen and eight pretzels. There’s even a specially crafted beer ($22 per jug) to go with the theme.
Book a table here | Address: 2-4 Bukit Pasoh Road | Tel: 62210634 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, Mon-Thu 6-11pm; Fri 6pm-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun 11am-11pm | Available until 6 October
Celebrate Oktoberfest with 1-for-1 Japanese lager instead
For the month of October, enjoy a 1-for-1 promotion on any bottled beer at this Japanese bar off Keong Saik Road. Pick from the likes of Sapporo ($12), Asahi Black ($12) and the rare (in Singapore) Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale ($16). An Oktoberfest with Japanese brew, anybody?
Book a table here | Address: 4 Jiak Chuan Road | Tel: 62218262 | Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-1am | Available until 31 October
Mel’s Place Bar & Bistro
For respite with all-you-can-eat crispy pork knuckle
If you’re planning to go somewhere less boisterous, head over to Mel’s Place in the East. You can devote all your concentration to the food here: Mel’s Octoberfeast ($68 nett per person) is a buffet comprising of a crispy pork knuckle [CA1] carving station, Nuemberger bratwurst sausages, as well as sauerkraut with bacon and juniper berries. Each diner is also entitled to a pint of Erdinger, so you’d have something to wash the morsels down.
Book a table here | Address: 2A Kuo Chuan Avenue | Tel: 64403573 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu 4pm-1am; Fri & Sat 5pm-1am | Available on 19 October only
CRITIC’S PICK Oktoberfest Asia 2013
For top class entertainment and food
One of the biggest organised festivals here to mark the occasion, Oktoberfest Asia 2013 is a four-day fiesta (16 to 19 October, $85-$95 per ticket) that would be graced by legendary German footballer, Dietmar Hamann, as well as the renowned Bavarian band, The Original Hofbräuhaus Show. Prepare your beer gut, for a fabulous time padded with traditional German food (pork knuckles, goulash, sausages, etc) and pints of traditional beers and liquors at the Keppel Island Plaza venue. Tickets can be bought on Sistic.
From 16 to 19 October
For the ‘October Beer Festival’
Relish the evening river breeze with a jug of Heineken ($20.10) during Pasta Fresca’s October Beer Festival. The offer is on every Saturday and Sunday of October, from 3pm to 6pm. At its Boat Quay outlet, placate any hunger pangs with an additional grilled sausage, potato wedges and a side rucola salad to go with your beer ($35 in total). A tame but sud-sy option, if you need one.
Book a table here | Address: 30 Boat Quay | Tel: 65326283 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am – 3pm, 6-11pm; Fri-Sun & public holidays 11am-11pm | Available on 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 October
For musical nights with a special brew
Named after the prominent German brewery, Paulaner Brahaus has got a specially-priced brew – until 5 October, the Paulener Oktoberfest Bier is going at $16.90 per pint. If you’re craving for frothy lager with a dose of authentic German music (Munich band Scharivari Sextett is in the house), hop over early to lock yourselves into some seats.
Paulaner Brauhaus | Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-01 Millenia Walk | Tel: 68832572 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm; Sat 6.30pm-10.30pm; Sun 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm
Pies and Coffee
For $7 beers with pie
This gourmet pies and coffee shop is set to liven up Rochester Mall by jumping on the Oktoberfest bandwagon: until 31 October, there will be $7 bottled beers with any purchase of their pie of the month: the sausage, potato and spinach pie.
Pies and Coffee | Address: 35 Rochester Drive, #01-02 Rochester Mall | Tel: 65700080 | Opening hours: Daily 8am-11pm
Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe
Beerfest on University grounds
Size up, and into, Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Café’s Oktoberfest all-you-can-eat offerings and beer: for $55 per person, tuck into free-flow pork knuckle, sausages, salad, sauerkraut, apple pies and draft German beer. They’re already booked up for 4 October, but have extended this initial offer to two weekends.
Book a table here | Address: 141 Middle Road, #01-01 | Tel: 63368675 | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-9.30pm | Available from 3 to 6 and 11 to 13 October