The people of Germany found the recipe for a good celebration more than 200 years ago: simply, beer. Since 1810 Oktoberfest has become a way of life not only for the Bavarian locals and Europeans, but for tourists across the world who come to Munich for the two-week celebration.
Thousands gather each year under sweltering tents, waiting for the mayor of Munich to tap the first keg and begin the celebration.
Of course, like any other foreign celebration that involves alcohol, bars around the United States have embraced the celebration and come up with their own ways to partake in the festival. Oktoberfest officially runs from Sept. 17-Oct. 3, but in Vegas it can last throughout the year.
Here are a few places in Las Vegas to celebrate Oktoberfest:
You can’t have Oktoberfest without the Hofbräuhaus , the original brew house of the Bavarian kings located in Munich. Las Vegas has its own Hofbräuhaus, located across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel, which is the only replica of the Bavarian staple.
Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas will celebrate Oktoberfest from Sept. 17-Oct. 31 with celebrity keg tappings every weekend. Vegas icons Siegfried and Roy will start the celebration, as they have every year but once since Hofbräuhaus opened eight years ago. The magical duo will tap the first keg in a celebration from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 17. On Sept. 23, the gorgeous ladies of “Fantasy” will continue the celebration followed by Corey Harrison of “Pawn Stars” on Sept. 30, former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman on Oct. 1, star of “Peepshow” Holly Madison on Oct. 7, Vegas personality Robin Leach on Oct. 8, the cast of “Beatleshow,” Oct. 14 and the men of “Thunder from Down Under,” on Oct. 29.
Additionally, Hofbräuhaus has live German bands nightly along with stein-holding contests and women-only drinking contests Friday and Saturday nights.
Hofbräuhaus is home to the same German beer you’ll find at Oktoberfest and at the original Hofbräuhaus and features a menu of authentic German and Bavarian cuisine.
The Pub at Monte Carlo celebrates “Pubtoberfest” from Sept. 17-Oct. 1 with seasonal kegs from Sam Adams, Blue Moon and Spaten. Guests can grab 20-ounce pints for $5 or for $12 can try one of The Pub’s more than 130 beers on tap in a 32-ounce “Das Boot” beer boot. A special menu will be available with German favorites such as giant soft pretzels, Vienna-style frankfurters, weiner schnitzel and sauerbraten.
The 17-day event will culminate at noon Oct. 1 with a the Pubtoberfest Festival where The Pub will be transformed into a beer garden featuring more than 25 beers and an all-you-can drink beer sampling for $25. A Bavarian sing-a-long will be hosted by the Dueling Pianos beginning at 5 p.m. and will feature popular German drinking songs. At 6 p.m., guests can participate in the Pubtoberfest Food Eating Challenge where whoever can down 50 sliders and a “Das Boot,” the fastest will earn $500 cash.
Additionally, there will be beer pong contests and a “Das Boot” beer-chugging competition every hour throughout the day.
The Irish get involved in the Bavarian party when McFadden’s at the Rio hosts an Oktoberfest on Saturday. The party starts with a pregame open bar from 8-10 p.m. for $15. A second open bar starts at 10 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m. for $20 for women and $30 for men. Additionally, Sam Adams will be giving away Oktoberfest prizes all night.