Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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Alternative to the Oktoberfest tents: The most beautiful beer gardens of Oktoberfest hosts

Where to go other than your favorite tent?

Your favorite tents are not at the Oktoberfest grounds this year, but you still don't have to miss the Wiesn feeling! Though rather quiet and traditional this year, you'll still get your money's worth in the beer gardens and taverns of the Oktoberfest hosts - amidst social distance, masks, hygiene, live music and lots of fun.
Biergarten Paulaner am Nockherberg Biergarten Paulaner am Nockherberg • Photo: Paulaner am Nockherberg

Paulaner at Nockherberg instead of Schottenhamel

On the first Saturday of Oktoberfest, it officially starts with a tapping in the Schottenhamel festival hall at 12 noon. The bubbling atmosphere before and after the tapping cannot be replaced. Great delicacies on the menu and a madly relaxed atmosphere is what festival host Christian Schottenhamel has prepared for you at Paulaner am Nockherberg: "No remidemmi, but a cosy, peaceful Oktoberfest time". In the spacious and cozy beer garden of the Paulaner brewery, you sit under large chestnut trees. If the weather is not good, you can switch to the restaurant. Here and in the innkeeper's garden, the Otto Schwarzfischer Band plays for you all evening. It almost feels like Oktoberfest.

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Biergarten Hofbräukeller Biergarten Hofbräukeller • Photo: Hofbräukeller

Hofbräukeller in lieu of Hofbräu festival tent

As the Isar sparrows whistle from the roofs at Hofbräukeller on Wiener Platz, you can expect a great Wiesngefühlen. In the beer garden, the smell of freshly roasted almonds fills the air along with some relaxed brass music from the Oktoberfest band "Alois Altmann and his Isarspatzen" (Thursday/Friday 5am to 10 pm, Saturday/Sunday 12noon to 10pm). On the table is what would have been served in the Hofbräu tents: light Wiesnbier, crispy chicken, tasty pretzels and tent specialties such as suckling pig mushrooms, cheese noodles, steamed noodles and delicious snacks. Also the midday Wiesn made it from the Theresienwiese to Haidhausen. From Monday to Friday between 11am and 3pm, you get varieties in the menu, for only 8,90€. So everything is taken care of - you only have to serve yourself!

All information about the Hofbräukeller

Biergarten Löwenbräukeller Biergarten Löwenbräukeller • Photo: Löwenbräukeller

Löwenbräukeller instead of Schützen festival tent

Normally, directly at the Steps of Bavaria statue is normally the Schützen festival tent. Not this year. The Löwenbräukeller is at Stiglmaierplatz! This is where the Reinbold family brings a bit of Oktoberfest atmosphere this year. Toast comfortably in the beer garden or in the Bräustüberl with Wiesnbier (with Maßkrug of course) and enjoy chicken, knuckle of pork or homemade Kaiserschmarrn while listening to the Wiesnkapelle, playing live but quietly - from Thursday to Saturday. What could be better?

Menu, information and making reservation at Löwenbräukeller

Wirtsgarten der Grünwalder Einkehr Wirtsgarten der Grünwalder Einkehr • Photo: Grünwalder Einkehr

Grünwalder Einkehr instead of Paulaner festival tent

We will have to do without the Paulaner Festival tent party mood with the Nachtstark band this year, but not without the cosy Paulaner feeling! At Grünwalder Einkehr, the landlords, Arabella Schörghuber and Ramona Pongratz will serve you the original Paulaner Oktoberfest beer and the first-class food from the Wiesn: snacks, Oktoberfest classics, the popular Barnabas menu (also available as takeaway). Have you ever tried wheat beer ice cream? Delicious! All these are accompanied by Bavarian music in a relaxed atmosphere - indoors and outdoors, almost like in a Paulaner tent.

Information on reservations, vouchers and more can be found here

Wirtsgarten Ayinger am Platzl Wirtsgarten Ayinger am Platzl • Photo: Ayinger am Platzl

Ayinger am Platzl instead of Armbrustschützenzelt

Is your favorite is the Armbrustschützenzelt (the crossbow shooter's tent)? Then take a look at the Ayinger am Platzl and the Au. Both taverns, decorated with gingerbread hearts and hop wreaths will spoil you indoors and outdoors with tavern delicacies and cool Wiesnbier. "This is so that we can experience 16 beautiful days in this special year, to which we'll gladly think back to afterwards", Spokesman for Oktoberfest hosts, Peter Inselkammer said, sounding pleased.

On Saturdays from 6 p.m, Fridays from 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, the Platzl Oktoberfest band from Armbrustschützenzelt and the brass band "Die Fexer" respectively, will provide a cosy atmosphere with traditional pub music. The Fexer play in the Au on Thursdays from 7 p.m. and the Festkapelle on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Also, on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Special highlight: You can order your own wooden barrel of Aying beer to the table and tap it yourself. Every keg comes with the original 2020 Oktoberfest mug until 4.10.!

Information about Ayinger am Platzl and Ayinger in the Au

Biergarten Seehaus im Englischen Garten Biergarten Seehaus im Englischen Garten • Photo: Kuffler

Seehaus instead of Kufflers wine tent

From Theresienwiese to the lake or further: Apart from the wine tent, the Kufflers also run several other restaurants in Munich, including the Seehaus at the English Garden. In the spacious beer garden you can sit directly by the water, blink at sun with a spritzer or Oktoberfest beer and enjoy the delicious food, inspired by Kufflers wine tent. In addition to the typical Wiesnschmankerln, Spaten and Paulaner beers, you can also enjoy the wine tent's Fish & Chips, Steckerlfisch from the fisherman Vroni Standl, and a large selection of wines for a beer garden.

For those who like it really hearty and a bit more central, the Haxnbauer in the old town or the Spatenhaus an der Oper are the right places. Here and in the Seehaus (Lakehouse), there is accompanying music. When the weather is good, music is played at Seehaus by the Viehhofern Traditionell (Thursdays-Saturdays from 16-20 o'clock, Sundays from 13-17 o'clock), and in the Haxnbauer, by the zither player, Michael Bissinger (Thursdays-Saturdays from 16-20 o'clock, Sundays from 13-16 o'clock).

Seasons, menu and reservation regulations can be found here

Eingang zum Biergarten Gut Kaltenbrunn Eingang zum Biergarten Gut Kaltenbrunn • Photo: Gut Kaltenbrunn

Gut Kaltenbrunn instead of Käfer Wiesn-Schänke

No Oktoberfest in 2020 - "but a little something is always possible", is the motto of Käfer. This also brings the atmosphere from the Käfer Wiesn-Schänke simply to the Kaltenbrunn estate at Tegernsee! Here you can expect not only the decoration, the beer, typical music and the Käfer classics from the Wiesn tent, but also a wonderful view of the lake - without rush or crowd but lots of charm and idyll. In the newly opened Schmankerl-Hofladen, the Oktoberfest heart beats even faster, for gingerbread, roasted almonds, this year's Wiesnhaferl and more.

If you don't want to go so far out for that Käfer feeling, take a look at the flagship store in Munich; the restaurant turns into the Wiesn-Schänke! With Wiener Schnitzel, duck or Kaiserschmarrn and the typical Käfer decoration and ribbon, you can experience the Oktoberfest feeling in a small group. By the way, you can also go to the street sale in Prinzregentenstraße and take some roasted almonds, Auszogne, chocolate fruits and more with you - just like at the Käfer coffee stand at the Oktoberfest.

More details about the Käfer's "No Oktoberfest"

  • The Vollmer family's Augustinian headquarters in Neuhauserstraße is as comfortable as the Augustiner Festival hall. On Saturdays and Sundays, traditional music groups from the Oidn Wiesn play, and Wiesn beer and delicacies are served daily. All these await you in the Augustiner Keller beer garden. Here the Harthauser-Musi plays on Saturdays from 11am till 10pm, and Sundays from 11am to 4pm.
  • Instead of the Hacker festival tent, this year you will have to go to the Gasthof zum Wildpark in Straßlach. Oktoberfest host, Thomas Roiderer will provide you with some Oktoberfest beer and typical Wiesnschmankerl. On selected days, the Oktoberfest band "Die Kirchdorfer" will play from the festival tent and others. See details!
  • The popular ox specialties from the Ochsenbraterei and matching Oktoberfest beer are available in the spacious beer garden and restaurant at the Chinese Tower in English Garden. This holds on Sundays, and it goes with Bavarian brass music by Mathias Achatz - also at the Zum Flaucher beer garden, the Kugler Alm, the Hopfengarten, the Michaeli- and the Taxisgarten. See the overview
  • The Pschorr festival tent, Bräurosl, will no longer be present at Oktoberfest from next year, but the Heide family still runs the Heide-Volm in Planegg. Until it is redesigned, you should definitely drink a Maß Hacker-Pschorr Wiesnbier in the idyllic beer garden! Visit the Heide-Volm
  • Is the Steckerlfisch from Fischer-Vroni what you miss most? Then you have several possibilities. Check out the Hirschgarten, Augustiner Keller, Hirschau, Gutshof Menterschwaige, Franziskanergarten, Seehaus and Alte Messe beer gardens, as well as the Giesinger Garten and the Gasthaus Jagdschlössl in Nymphenburg by Fritz Kustatscher, the Lindwurmstüberl (not far from Theresienwiese), the Sappralot in Neuhausen or the Schweizer Hof. See the overview
  • Hirschau instead of Löwenbräu festival tent: The great beer garden of the Hagn and Spendler families in the English Garden is always worth a visit. There is Löwenbräu-Octoberfest beer for adults, and for the little ones, there's an adventure playground. Get your local and international beer garden specialties under huge chestnut trees. See more on Location, offers and information