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Where to celebrate Oktoberfest 2021 in Hong Kong

By Beverly Ngai 9 October 2021

Header image courtesy of The Murray. 

Oktoberfest may be on hold in Munich for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t raise a stein and revel in the jubilant spirit of the traditional German beer festival here in Hong Kong. This year, a number of pubs and eateries are putting on their own festivities to celebrate the joyous occasion—we’re talking live music, fun games, and endless draught beer, pretzels, and sausages! If you’re not sure where to party it up for Oktoberfest 2021, check out our round-up of the coolest Bavarian happenings around town!

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Basehall

Trendy multi-concept food hall Basehall is getting an Oktoberfest makeover on 23 October, transforming into a traditional Bavarian beer tent in celebration of the boozy autumnal holiday!

Split into two sessions, the day-long event will kick off with various family-friendly activities from 11 am to 4 pm, such as cookie decorating, ring toss, and painting; followed by an exuberant bash at night complete with live DJ, exclusive “Young Masters Festbier” brewed by Young Masters Ales, festive games, and even a traditional cask-tapping ceremony.

Throughout the day, visitors will be able to sample a variety of Oktoberfest-inspired dishes created by each of BaseHall’s eight vendors, with highlights like chicken schnitzel with zaatar and sauerkraut from Francis, a roasted ham hock Schweihaxe burger from Honbo, and spaetzle with chicken and mushroom sauce from Mamma’s.

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When: 23 October

Basehall, LG9 Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central | (+852) 3643 0865

Photo: The Murray

The Murray

Get grooving to live German music amid twinkly lights, colourful flags, and pretty foliage at The Murray’s Garden Oktoberfest, held at the hotel’s newly launched open-air bar Beer Garden. In the true spirit of the Bavarian beer festival, the garden-themed event will showcase a host of premium beers for guests to sample, with highlights including Gweilo Oktoberfest Marzen, Gweilo Oktoberfest Helles, and Festbier by Young Master Brewery.

Pair these stellar Oktoberfest brews with your favourite German small plates like crispy pork knuckle ($225), Nürnberger sausage ($95), smoked herring salad ($90), and brezel bread ($95). Entry ticket ($128) includes one pint of beer, with additional beer and food available for purchase.

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When: 4 to 16 October

Beer Garden, UG Level, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8888

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Grain

Hybrid gastropub and brewery Grain is staging its first-ever Oktoberfest on 13 and 14 October, fueled with fantastic beer, food, and a six-piece Oompah band performance by Der Hong Kong Oktoberfest Blaskapelle and MC Herr von Speigel to get you properly in the mood!

With the Gweilo Brewlab housed on-site, you can of course count on a fine selection of craft beer to guzzle. Among them, Gweilo Festibrew has been developed just for Oktoberfest, and will be included in the ticket price ($280) along with one currywurst hotdog. Grain’s à la carte menu of innovative comfort dishes will also be available for guests to explore!

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When: 13 to 14 October

Grain, G/F, Shop 1, New Fortune House, 3–5 New Praya, Kennedy Town | (+852) 3500 5870

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Genting Dream

If you’re looking for a truly one-of-a-kind Oktoberfest experience, why not up the ante and take your celebrations out at sea? From 3 to 29 October, Dream Cruises’ Genting Dreams is welcoming guests onboard its Oktoberfest-themed cruise, where a veritable smorgasbord of German food, booze, and entertainment awaits.

Feast on an array of signature German dishes prepared by German-born chef Reinhard Mammes, such as crispy pork knuckles, Nürnberger sausages, and pretzels, and wash them down with German beers from Genting’s inclusive restaurants, the Dream Dining Room and The Lido. Promising plenty of fun for the whole family, you can also expect a diverse line-up of festive activities, ranging from kid-friendly arts and crafts workshops to Bavarian folk dancing and yodelling competition!

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When: 3 to 29 October

Photo: @dockyardhongkong (via Instagram)

Dockyard, Kerry Hotel

Head to Kerry Hotel’s famed harbourside food hall Dockyard for Docktoberfest! From 8 to 31 October, you can enjoy three hours of free-flow beer for just $250, or $230 for early bird tickets purchased a day in advance. Headlining the lively festival is a weekend party taking place from 14 to 17 October, featuring endless beer, traditional German party food, and festive games held nightly from 7 pm to 8 pm.

Get ready to nosh on the likes of crispy whole pork knuckle, pork schnitzel, and German wurst platter, perhaps followed by a little friendly competition in a stein holding contest!

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When: 8 to 31 October

Dockyard, Level 1, 38 Hung Luen Road, Whampoa | (+852) 2252 5228

Photo: @kingludwighk (via Instagram)

King Ludwig

German restaurant King Ludwig is rolling out a special value-for-money Oktober Pass ($580) this month for anyone who enjoys beer, authentic German cuisine, and a jolly good time. Redeemable at any of their branches on or before 30 November, the pass includes six half-litre steins of frosty beer, two mocktails, and two German snacks, with options of either shrimp paste fried squid rings or spiced salted egg popcorn chicken. What’s more, they have curated three new Oktoberfest-inspired snack platters for the menu this season, spotlighting German sausages, pretzels, fried seafood, and more!

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When: Until 31 October

King Ludwig, locations across Hong Kong

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Beverly Ngai

Junior editor

A wanderer, chronic overthinker, and baking enthusiast, Beverly spent much of her childhood in the United States before moving to Hong Kong at age 11 and making the sparkling city her home. In her natural habitat, she can be found baking up a storm in her kitchen, journalling at a café, or scrolling through OpenRice deciding on her next meal.

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