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New Orleans' Best Oktoberfest Events

Check out this handy map to find where the best places to celebrate beer in the German way are in New Orleans.

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Dust off your lederhosen and practice the chicken dance - it's Oktoberfest. And if there's anything that New Orleans residents love, it would be words that end in "fest."

Traditionally, the Germans celebrate Oktoberfest in Munich for the 16 days leading up to the first Sunday in October. However, here in the New World, we choose to look at Oktoberfest as being celebrated throughout the entire month of October.

Here are a variety of bars, restaurants, and event venues that are offering specialty beer and food to mark the holiday, as well as a few specific, one-time special events. Prost, y'all.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Avenue Pub

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1732 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 586-9243
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Every year, Polly Watts, owner of the Avenue Pub, imports several special unpasteurized, unfiltered casks of small German family breweries in the Antioch region, including beer from Weissenohe, Bayer Theinheim, and Brauerei Zehendner. Tappings will occur on October 3. 10, and 17. This is the real deal for authentic German beer. Also check out the Pub's specially curated German cheese to go with the traditional brews, provided by St. James.

2. Aline Street Beer Garden

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1517 Aline St.
New Orleans, LA 70113
According to owner Jason Comboy, Aline Street provides Oktoberfest all year round. With its dozens of German imports as well as local versions of German styles, the opportunity to drink out of a 3 liter glass boot, oom-pa-pa music on the jukebox, this is the place to be for the full Oktoberfest experience.

3. The Bulldog

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3236 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-1516
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Throughout October, the Uptown Bulldog is offering an Oktoberfest punch card free to any customers who would like to participate. Every fall/Oktoberfest brew purchased will lead to completion of a 12-punch card which will serve as a chance to win a free ice chest full of fall seasonal beer.

4. The Bulldog

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5135 Canal Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 488-4191
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The Mid City Bulldog is also offering a punch card ticket to mark off fall and Oktoberfest beer, including beers from Abita, Brooklyn, Tin Roof, Southern Tier, Blue Pants, Terrapin, Crown Valley, St. Arnold and other pumpkin, fall/harvest, and Oktoberfest beer.

5. The Irish House

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1432 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 595-6755
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The Irish House is celebrating Oktoberfest as well, offering a special of Spaten Optimator to pair with beer braised pork sausage with homemade red cabbage sauerkraut topped with parmesan cheese and arugula salad for 20 bucks. Special good for all of Oktoberfest.

6. Crescent City Brewhouse

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527 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-0571
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Germany native Wolfram Koehler has a solid lineup of German style beers at the French Quarter brewpub. Every fall, the brewery brings back the traditional Oktoberfest style as their seasonal.

7. Salú

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3226 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 371-5809
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Executive Chef Dustin Brien has prepared five German-inspired courses, each paired with a selection of German beers - König Pilsener, Erdinger Champ Hefeweizen, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, and Augustiner Maximator Doppelbock - to give diners an authentic Oktoberfest experience. Dishes include Kartoffel und Biersuppe (beer and potato soup), Knackwurst und Kartoffelsalat (garlic sausage), Schweinshaxen mit Kurbis Spaetzle (pork shanks) and more. The pre-fixe menu costs $40 (beer pairings will be an added cost) and are also available a la carte. Available through October.

8. Rivertown Exhibition Hall

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415 Williams Boulevard
Kenner, LA 70062
The ultimate New Orleans Oktoberfest celebration is sponsored by the Deutches Haus, which is still in exile and therefore holding its party in Kenner on the weekends of October 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25; Friday hours are from 4-11 and Saturday hours are 11-11. Local brewery 40 Arpent is brewing an exclusive Oktoberfest beer for the Deutches Haus celebration as well.

9. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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200 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(505) 552-2739
Come on down for the seasonal Festbier along with the Fall Fest menu which includes Oktoberfest favorites like a traditional German sausage platter and German soft pretzels.

10. Barrel Proof

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1201 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Even though Barrel Proof already had its Oktoberfest celebration in late September (when Oktoberfest actually takes place in Germany - crazy, right?) they still deserve props for busting out liter mugs and filling them with German beers. Check their beer list out for German treats through the rest of Oktoberfest season.

11. St. James Cheese Company

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5004 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-4737
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St. James is teaming up with NOLA Brewing, Crescent City Brewhouse, Cleaver & Co., and Bellgrade bakery to create an Oktoberfest Beer Garden on October 12. The courtyard will be set up family style and the food will be served family style as well, not a pairing but an enjoyment of germanic style cuisine; also the owner of Saint James Cheese, Richard Sutton, has promised to turn up in lederhosen that alone is worth the admission. $30, go to website to purchase tickets.

12. Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

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300 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 586-0300
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On October 16, the Royal Sonesta is hosting a round table luncheon that will celebrate Louisiana craft beer and German roots. Beer from NOLA Brewing and Bayou Teche will be paired with fresh interpretations of classic German cuisine. For reservations, please email nscallan@sonesta.com.

13. Ale

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8124 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
40 Arpent managed to sneak out a couple of kegs of its Oktoberfest beer from going to Kenner for the Deutches Haus celebration and Ale will be throwing a mini-Oktoberfest on October 17 featuring the beer paired with their housemade soft salty pretzel. Prizes and giveaways too.

14. Lüke

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333 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-8890
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Enjoy Oktoberfest inspired food from this German bistro like Chappapeela Pork Schnitzel cucumber and tomato salad, carrot salad, potato salad. Also try the Choucroute Maison, which is a platter of housemade sauerkraut, crispy pork belly, bratwurst, smoked pork shank with plum mustard

15. Mandeville Trailhead

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675 Lafitte Street
Mandeville, LA 70448
(985) 624-3147
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Celebrate "OctoberFeast" on 10/3 for the Grand Tasting at the Mandeville Trailhead. Beer, wine, music, and food for $35.

1. Avenue Pub

1732 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Every year, Polly Watts, owner of the Avenue Pub, imports several special unpasteurized, unfiltered casks of small German family breweries in the Antioch region, including beer from Weissenohe, Bayer Theinheim, and Brauerei Zehendner. Tappings will occur on October 3. 10, and 17. This is the real deal for authentic German beer. Also check out the Pub's specially curated German cheese to go with the traditional brews, provided by St. James.
1732 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. Aline Street Beer Garden

1517 Aline St., New Orleans, LA 70113
According to owner Jason Comboy, Aline Street provides Oktoberfest all year round. With its dozens of German imports as well as local versions of German styles, the opportunity to drink out of a 3 liter glass boot, oom-pa-pa music on the jukebox, this is the place to be for the full Oktoberfest experience.
1517 Aline St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

3. The Bulldog

3236 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Throughout October, the Uptown Bulldog is offering an Oktoberfest punch card free to any customers who would like to participate. Every fall/Oktoberfest brew purchased will lead to completion of a 12-punch card which will serve as a chance to win a free ice chest full of fall seasonal beer.
3236 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. The Bulldog

5135 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124
The Mid City Bulldog is also offering a punch card ticket to mark off fall and Oktoberfest beer, including beers from Abita, Brooklyn, Tin Roof, Southern Tier, Blue Pants, Terrapin, Crown Valley, St. Arnold and other pumpkin, fall/harvest, and Oktoberfest beer.
5135 Canal Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

5. The Irish House

1432 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Irish House is celebrating Oktoberfest as well, offering a special of Spaten Optimator to pair with beer braised pork sausage with homemade red cabbage sauerkraut topped with parmesan cheese and arugula salad for 20 bucks. Special good for all of Oktoberfest.
1432 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Crescent City Brewhouse

527 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Germany native Wolfram Koehler has a solid lineup of German style beers at the French Quarter brewpub. Every fall, the brewery brings back the traditional Oktoberfest style as their seasonal.
527 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Salú

3226 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Executive Chef Dustin Brien has prepared five German-inspired courses, each paired with a selection of German beers - König Pilsener, Erdinger Champ Hefeweizen, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, and Augustiner Maximator Doppelbock - to give diners an authentic Oktoberfest experience. Dishes include Kartoffel und Biersuppe (beer and potato soup), Knackwurst und Kartoffelsalat (garlic sausage), Schweinshaxen mit Kurbis Spaetzle (pork shanks) and more. The pre-fixe menu costs $40 (beer pairings will be an added cost) and are also available a la carte. Available through October.
3226 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Rivertown Exhibition Hall

415 Williams Boulevard, Kenner, LA 70062
The ultimate New Orleans Oktoberfest celebration is sponsored by the Deutches Haus, which is still in exile and therefore holding its party in Kenner on the weekends of October 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25; Friday hours are from 4-11 and Saturday hours are 11-11. Local brewery 40 Arpent is brewing an exclusive Oktoberfest beer for the Deutches Haus celebration as well.
415 Williams Boulevard
Kenner, LA 70062

9. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

200 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Come on down for the seasonal Festbier along with the Fall Fest menu which includes Oktoberfest favorites like a traditional German sausage platter and German soft pretzels.
200 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Barrel Proof

1201 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Even though Barrel Proof already had its Oktoberfest celebration in late September (when Oktoberfest actually takes place in Germany - crazy, right?) they still deserve props for busting out liter mugs and filling them with German beers. Check their beer list out for German treats through the rest of Oktoberfest season.
1201 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. St. James Cheese Company

5004 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115
St. James is teaming up with NOLA Brewing, Crescent City Brewhouse, Cleaver & Co., and Bellgrade bakery to create an Oktoberfest Beer Garden on October 12. The courtyard will be set up family style and the food will be served family style as well, not a pairing but an enjoyment of germanic style cuisine; also the owner of Saint James Cheese, Richard Sutton, has promised to turn up in lederhosen that alone is worth the admission. $30, go to website to purchase tickets.
5004 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115

12. Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
On October 16, the Royal Sonesta is hosting a round table luncheon that will celebrate Louisiana craft beer and German roots. Beer from NOLA Brewing and Bayou Teche will be paired with fresh interpretations of classic German cuisine. For reservations, please email nscallan@sonesta.com.
300 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Ale

8124 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
40 Arpent managed to sneak out a couple of kegs of its Oktoberfest beer from going to Kenner for the Deutches Haus celebration and Ale will be throwing a mini-Oktoberfest on October 17 featuring the beer paired with their housemade soft salty pretzel. Prizes and giveaways too.
8124 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

14. Lüke

333 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Enjoy Oktoberfest inspired food from this German bistro like Chappapeela Pork Schnitzel cucumber and tomato salad, carrot salad, potato salad. Also try the Choucroute Maison, which is a platter of housemade sauerkraut, crispy pork belly, bratwurst, smoked pork shank with plum mustard
333 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Mandeville Trailhead

675 Lafitte Street, Mandeville, LA 70448
Celebrate "OctoberFeast" on 10/3 for the Grand Tasting at the Mandeville Trailhead. Beer, wine, music, and food for $35.
675 Lafitte Street
Mandeville, LA 70448

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