Raise a stein for Oktoberfest in Las Vegas

You don’t have to be in Germany to celebrate one of its most famous events. Several bars and restaurants around Las Vegas are holding Oktoberfest celebrations.

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held annually in Munich to celebrate beer — and one of the best places to raise a stein is Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas.

Hofbräuhaus, located on Paradise Road across from the Hard Rock Hotel, is an exact replica of its Bavarian counterpart, with much of the building materials imported directly from Germany. The restaurant is a replica of the Die Schwemme, the beer hall that is considered the heart of the original location in Munich. The tables, chairs and even the hand-painted accents on the ceiling are what you would see in Germany.

There is also a beer garden located just past the beer hall that is similar to the German version, only indoors.

You can celebrate beer all year round at Hofbräuhaus, but this year’s official Oktoberfest kicks off Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. with a celebrity keg tapping from Siegfried & Roy.

Partygoers can  enjoy the original Oktoberfestbier, a lager with 6.3 percent alcohol, imported from Munich. There will be live entertainment nightly, stein holding contests, fresh roasted almonds and pecans and daily food specials available after 4 p.m. including Bavarian classics like stuffed cabbage rolls, pork roast with onion beer gravy, smoked meats and sausages and more.

Throughout Oktoberfest, Hofbräuhaus will welcome various celebrity keg tappers:

Spago restaurant at the Forum Shops at Caesars will host its first Oktoberfest celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 6 – 9 p.m.  The event will feature Executive Chef Eric Klein’s contemporary interpretations of traditional German fare plus an array of breweries offering more than one dozen selections of fine beers. Tickets are priced at $70. Sample menu items will include pretzels and house-made mustards, house-made sausages, knishes, mini schnitzels and more. Participating breweries include Schonramer, Reutberger, Hopf and more.

On Thursdays and Fridays, from Sept. 19 to Nov. 22, the patio at Press lounge at the Four Seasons hotel at Mandalay Bay will transform into a beer garden, offering a variety of craft and Oktoberfest beers, beer-inspired cocktails and beer-centric dishes.

At Press, servers will don whimsical, Bavarian beer fest inspired T-shirts while serving up an array of local and regional brews. A selection of hearty, Bavarian-inspired dishes conceived by Executive Chef Michael Goodman will pair with the beers.

The Press patio will include traditional blue and white umbrellas, comfortable sofa seating, fire pits and heaters overlooking the Four Seasons pool.

Park on Fremont will bring out the beer for an Oktoberfest drinking dare starting Saturday, Sept. 21 until Sunday, Oct. 6. The Downtown venue will challenge patrons to try all of the bar’s beer selections from around the world.

With each brew enjoyed during the Bavarian festival, beer-lovers will receive stamps on their Park on Fremont Oktoberfest punch card. Any partygoer who tries all 66 of the rustic venue’s beer selections will be awarded a discounted night at El Cortez Hotel & Casino and $50 gift cards to Park on Fremont and Commonwealth.

Oktoberfest will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 5 at Neonopolis in Downtown Las Vegas. VIP admission is $100 at 6 p.m. (glass stein and unlimited refills) and general admission is $35 at 7 p.m. (glass stein and 1 fill). All proceeds benefit the American Parkinson Disease Association. There will be entertainment, a DJ, stein holding contest, live auction and more.


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