Paulaner Festzelt: Reservation, atmosphere, history

Always after the stein

The big Paulaner stein promises what’s to be found: good beer. The modern beer pump system can handle 15 pours per minute.


What’s special: the most beautiful sunny spots, fast beer pipeline

In the Paulaner Festzelt, guests have a clear view of the band and the hustle and bustle from any seat. In the south-facing outdoor area, you can enjoy the most beautiful sunny days of autumn on the Oktoberfest. The smooth Paulaner Oktoberfest beer with a hoppy malt taste is tapped at top speed via the beer pipeline: up to 15 pours per tap in one minute!

The history: the Winzerer Fähndl becomes the Paulaner Festzelt

Since 1895, the Paulaner Festzelt has been an integral part of the Oktoberfest and its Maßkrug on the roof has become a landmark. Until 2018, it bore the name "Winzerer Fähndl" and was renamed to avoid confusion with the Armbrustschützenzelt - the main tent of the "Winzerer Fähndl" shooting guild. From 2004 to 2019, the Paulaner Festzelt was operated by the Oktoberfest hosts Arabella Schörghuber and Peter Pongratz; since 2020, Arabella Schörghuber has been the sole host of the tent. The two have not only given the tent an extremely elaborate and hearty decoration, but also brought it technically up to date in 2010 and ensured even faster beer dispensing at all counters with the first underground ring main.

The audience: Munich regulars and VIPs

Regular guests in the Paulaner Festzelt include the FC Bayern players and other celebrities. During the day, and especially on sunny autumn days, there’s a high demand for the outdoor areas facing south. A typically colorful Oktoberfest audience cavorts here: young, old, or in-between, everyone feels equally at home.

The music: Die Nockherberger heat it up

“Die Nockherberger,” under the direction of band leader Konrad Aigner, will heat things up for the fans of hits and oldies in the Paulaner Festzelt. “Die Bischofswiesener” are one of the oldest and most traditional Oktoberfest bands, and reliably bring the atmosphere in the tent to full speed. They will be supported for two hours in the evening by the party band Nachtstark.

The menu: lots and lots of Munich stories

The menu in the Paulaner Festzelt scores points not just for its own beer and the refreshing Paulaner Spezi drink, but also for a variety of Bavarian and Munich delicacies, from snacks to stews. There are three dishes for vegetarians and one for vegans: the baked sweet potato with African bean stew, tofu cream, and arugula salad. For children, the Paulaner tent offers a quarter of the Oktoberfest classic, farmer’s roast chicken with bread roll. And everything tastes twice as good in the sunny spots.

For backseat drivers: the beer pipeline

The Paulaner beer from the pipeline laid almost one meter underground runs to the taverns at a speed of more than 25 centimeters per second. The “Maß-o-Meter” at the taverns indicates the exact beer speed. Up to 15 pours can be tapped per tap per minute - that’s one beer every four seconds. The beer flows into the mug at about three degrees Celsius (37 degrees Fahrenheit), and is served by the waiters at about six degrees (42 F).

Paulaner Festzelt: Reservation, Seats, Music, Beer and Contact

Host(s) Arabella Schörghuber
Address Wirtsbudenstr.
Phone +49 (0)89 50 22 22 00
Fax +49 (0)89 50 22 22 02
Capacity 6,385
Capacity (outdoors) 1,980
Brewery Paulaner Brauerei Gruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA
Beer 6.0 % vol., 13.7 % wort
Music Die Nockherberger under the leadership of Konrad Aigner, Nachtstark
Speciality Unobstructed view of the band, most beautiful sunny spots, modern beer tapping system