The annual Bavarian festival is in full swing across the globe in Munich, but plenty of D.C. bars and restaurants are getting in on the excitement.
Drink in all things fall with these Oktoberfest-themed beers, dishes, and activities.
Drift on 7th
1819 Seventh Street NW
Every Monday in October, the self-styled beach bar plans to feature a flight of four beers alongside chef Ferhat Yalcin’s classic fish and chips for $10 each.
MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Avenue, Oxon Hill, Md.
On Saturday, October 14, hospitality hub MGM National Harbor will celebrate its first Oktoberfest with TBD details.
11820 Trade Street, North Bethesda, Md.
From noon to 6 p.m Sunday, October 15, guzzle German-style beers from the local scene and beyond. Think: Bluejacket’s For The Company, Hysteria Brewing Company’s Yellow Sudmarine, Weissenohe Mönchskeller, and Gänstaller Bräu Franz Xaver. There’s also a live oompah band as well as Red Apron-supplied meats (bratwurst, kielbasa, half-smokes and more). Large format pours will be served in a commemorative 20-ounce mug.
1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Every Saturday afternoon in October, beginning October 7, a Bavarian-style satellite bar will pop up from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Expect polka music and pours of Spaten. The first beer is $10 and comes with custom stein; refills are $7. Executive chef Jonathan Dearden’s plans to feature pretzels, beer cheese, bratwurst, schnitzel, and potato pancakes. Organizers say dogs sporting lederhosen may inspire a “Dogtoberfest” in the future.
11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Va.
Executive chef Kevin Ettenson is rolling out a beer and brat special — available during lunch, dinner, and happy hour every day — good through Tuesday, October 31. German sausages will be paired with seasonal draft beers from local craft breweries.
Station Kitchen & Cocktail
2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW
The Embassy Row hotel’s restaurant menu rotates to Oktoberfest all month. Think: brats in a blanket (bratwurst wrapped in soft pretzel, served with sauerkraut and spicy mustard).