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Brats and Brews: Oktoberfest in New Orleans

The Avenue Pub (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Oktoberfest in New Orleans is upon us, and many of the best New Orleans restaurants and bars have their own special ways of celebrating this month of German music, food, and beer in the Big Easy. Deutsches Haus is the Oktoberfest headquarters in New Orleans and presents three weekends full of Germanic fun. There will be German bands performing including Das Ist Lustig, Prost and The Brats; plus a Dachshund race; an Oktoberfest 5K; dancing; German food, beer and more. In addition to the Deutsches Haus Oktoberfestivities, other local New Orleans bars will also be throwing down, German-style. So break out the lederhosens and dirndls from the closet and raise a beer mug to Oktoberfest in New Orleans!

Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in New Orleans

1. Salu–The earliest Oktoberfest celebration I know of, Salu kicked off the celebration with a German style pig roast last weekend. But don’t fret, because they’ll be running a special Oktoberfest menu through October 6. The four course meal is available either a la carte or you can settle in for the full experience at the bargain price of $40. The menu features Bratwurst and soft pretzels, roast beet salad, weiner schnitzel zigeuner and closes out with an apple strudel. Salu has also promised a full slate of German and Oktoberfest-style beers to accompany the special menu.

2. Dat Dog–Dat Dog on Magazine will be rolling out the Oktoberfest carpet this weekend, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy over the details. All I can say is that last year involved the amazing Dat Dog menu (with plenty of brats), specials on German beers, and a traditional polka band. Pair that combination with the huge patio and our beautiful fall weather, and you’ve got a recipe for what may be my favorite Oktoberfest celebration of the year.

Aline Street Beer Garden (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

3. Aline Street Beer Garden–If you’re going to do Oktoberfest right, it should include a stop at the Aline Street Beer Garden, as over two-thirds of their 80+ beers are from Germany. With plenty of great outdoor beer garden-style seating, there is plenty of room for you and your friends to chicken dance the night away. And if you work up a bit of an appetite, you can stop by the Dat Dog Express for a tasty brat.

4. The Avenue Pub–As usual, the best beer bar in the city takes a slightly different approach to Oktoberfest. Rather than simply celebrate any German beer, the Avenue Pub looks to focus on traditionally made beers. Friday October 5 at 3:00 p.m., four beers from traditional Franconian region breweries will be available for sipping. What makes this event extra special is the featured breweries typically do not export their kegs. As beer connoisseurs will be lined up around the corner for this party, I would advise against showing up fashionably late. And as you would expect, the kitchen at the Avenue Pub will be cooking up German specials, including the inescapable brats!

Now that you’ve got some tips to get you started, go forth and Oktoberfest. Cheers and Zum Whol! (“Bottoms Up!”)

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