Need an excuse to lift a stein of beer and eat schnitzel and bratwurst? Look no further than Oktoberfest, the Munich, Germany, festival that generally lasts for 16 days and ends on the first Sunday in October. Las Vegas rules mean the festival comes around whenever bars or restaurants feel like throwing a celebration. So grab your lederhosen, braid your hair like a fräulein and get set to yell "Prost!" at the top of your lungs while you down Bavarian dishes and suds. Here, ten ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Las Vegas.Read More
10 Ways To Celebrate Oktoberfest in Las Vegas
1. Carnaval Court Bar & Grill
Head to Carnaval Court at Harrah's Las Vegas on Oct. 17 for a late Oktoberfest celebration. The party starts at 6 p.m. with pretzel necklaces, Sam Adams OktoberFest and other beer options. There will even be a stein hoisting contest, complete with complimentary lederhosen for those competing. In true Oktoberfest spirit, there will be no cover charge.
Crush celebrates Oktoberfest with a German-inspired menu and beer pairing available from Sunday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 4. For $16, get grilled bratwurst with house-made sauerkraut, new potatoes and Pommery mustard paired with a Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest beer.
3. Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
The Golden Nugget throws an Oktoberfest pool party on Friday, Oct. 9, during its annual two-day Fall Beer Festival. Admission to the Oktoberfest is free.
4. Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas
Both Hard Rock Cafe locations on the Strip and at the Hard Rock Hotel celebrate Oktoberfest with the Samuel Adams OctoberFest Schnitzel Burger paired with Samuel Adams OctoberFest beer.
5. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas
Hofbräuhaus, the German beer hall, features guest keg tappers regularly with ventriloquist Terry Fator on Oct. 2, Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars on Oct. 3 and Dirk Vermin on Oct. 10. More guest tappers can be found on the Website.
6. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
Oktoberfest festivities at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar run through Saturday, Oct. 31. Look for pretzel-crusted schnitzel and an Oktoberfest beer sampler with hefeweizen, Oktoberfest and Hefe Dunkel.
7. The Linq Pool
The Linq Pool celebrates Oktoberfest from 8 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 2. More than 25 beer options from 15-plus breweries include Victory Festbier, Hofbrau Dunkel, Ballast Point Dead Ringer Marzen, and Las Vegas’ own Tenaya Creek Oktoberfest Lager and Bad Beat Brewery. Also find apfelstrudel (apple strudel slices), brezel (soft pretzel pieces), wurst (sausage with sauerkraut) and more. General admission starts at $30.
8. Shake Shack
Shake Shack celebrates Shacktoberfest now through Sunday, Oct. 4, with special-edition biers, bratwursts and burgers. Order a $10 Shake Shack bier stein filled with your choice of Brooklyn Brewery’s Oktoberfest brew or ShackMeister Ale. Special dishes include the bacon cheddar brat burger, the ShackMeister Ale with marinated shallots and Shack Sauce, currywurst with a bratwurst topped with crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and curry ketchup, a Bavarian brat topped with Germanstyle slaw, a bacon cheddar brat, and a German chocolate pecan concrete and apfelstrudel shake.
9. Tag Bar & Sports Lounge
Tag Sports Bar at The Linq features a monthly tap takeover program, and in October, Oktoberfest beers at the self-serve tables include Ballast Point Dead Ringer Marzen, Tenaya Creek Oktoberfest Lager, Sam Adams OktoberFest and Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest.
10. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill celebrates Oktoberfest on Tuesday, Oct. 6 starting at 6 p.m. with a specially curated German menu by Spago’s executive chef Eric Klein. The menu includes a German cured meat platter, Bavarian smoked pork loin, chicken weisswurst, schnitzel and more. The $50 tickets include all-you-can-drink beer options from Crafthaus, Ballast Point, Deschutes, Tenaya Creek, Schwendl, Reutberger and Full Sail.