Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Oktoberfest hosts start the WirtshausWiesn 2020

Oktoberfest feeling at Munich's restaurants

What would the Wiesnwirte actually do as there is no Oktoberfest 2020? Alongside the city center landlords, they have come up with something: The WirtshausWiesn (literally means: traditional Bavarian pub's Oktoberfest). From September 19 to October 4, 2020, Munich's restaurants will be serving Oktoberfest beer, chicken and live Bavarian music. With social distancing and security, of course. You can find all information here!
WirtshausWiesn V.l.n.r.: Christian Schottenhamel, Gregor Lemke (Innenstadtwirte-Sprecher) und Peter Inselkammer • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Oktoberfest feeling in 18 restaurants of Oktoberfest hosts

From the Inselkammers' (crossbowman tent) Ayinger in the Au and the Schottenhamel family's Paulaner at Nockherberg to Zum Wildpark (Roiderer family from the Hackerfestzelt): The WirtshausWiesn will take place from September 19 to October 4, 2020 in 18 inns of the Oktoberfest hosts, and also in 36 pubs of the city center landlords - who alongside the Oktoberfest hosts, thought up this event:

"We had to do something during the Oktoberfest season, the Wiesn feeling has to live on, we had to bring that to the city. Munich is the city of the Oktoberfest," says Peter Inselkammer, spokesman for the "Große Wiesnwirte".

His colleague. Christian Schottenhamel adds: "Many regular guests have already called and asked: What are we doing on September 19, the actual deadline? So I said: We'll do something, we'll bring you that Wiesn feeling, it's coming to our taverns and beer gardens".

WirtshausWiesn: mit Sicherheit Sicherheit hat Priorität • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

"O'zapft is": something different on September 19th

It starts on Saturday, 19th September, 2020 - the same day the 2020 Wiesn 2020 would have begun, if Covid-19 handn't put a spoke in our wheel. In many restaurants, the first barrel of beer is tapped at 12 noon, in the Ayinger in der Au inn, for instance. Peter Inselkammer, who otherwise takes care of the tapping on the first Saturday of the Oktoberfest in his crossbow tent, would as well.

Of course, there will be no central "O'zapft is!", since the Wiesngefühl experience of the WirtshausWiesn is deliberately distributed decentrally among the 54 restaurants and cafés of the Oktoberfest and city center landlords. Up until Sunday, October 4, 2020, the Oktoberfest atmosphere would be here. Of course with social distancing and security - the usual Corona rules apply:

"We will of course comply with the regulations in any case," Christian Schottenhamel says, "and oh my, we are all used to it by now: keeping our distance, wearing masks and providing our data, that's part of it and is an important sign. and can do nothing to the real Wiesn-Gfui."

Platzl in München Die WirtshausWiesn findet in der ganzen Münchner Innenstadt statt • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Where can one experience the WirtshausWiesn? Which restaurants are involved?

The WirtshausWiesn takes place in 18 inns, restaurants and beer gardens of Oktoberfest hosts and in extra 36 pubs of Munich city center landlords.

So if you've enjoyed going to the Fischer-Vroni, you can now experience the WirtshausWiesn at the Jagdschlössl in Neuhausen; if the Schützenfestzelt is your favorite tent, the Löwenbräukeller might be for you. Schottenhamel-Gfui is on Nockherberg and a bit like the Hofbräufestzelt, so you can get the feel at Hofbräukeller on Wiener Platz.

Die Wiesnbiere der sechs Münchner Brauereien Die sechs Wiesnbiere (Bierprobe 2019) • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Oktoberfest beer and delicacies

The golden to amber-colored Oktoberfest beer, which is only available at this time of year and has more original wort but also more palatable and stronger, was brewed by the 6 Munich breweries this year as well - and is served in a Maßkrug (measure mug) or as a Halbe. The festival beer from Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten is available at the WirtshausWiesn's participating restaurants.

Since Wiesnliebe also goes through the stomach, you will find the marquees' delicacies on the menus at WirtshausWiesn: "Of course there will be a Haxn there," says Peter Inselkammer, "fresh chicken, pretzels, Kasspatzn, everything you like to eat at the Oktoberfest. Some festival hosts such as Ricky Steinberg from the Hofbräufestzelt in Hofbräukeller also have huts with typical Oktoberfest sweets in their beer gardens - burnt almonds, cotton candy, stomach bread and gingerbread hearts.

Musik bei der WirtshausWiesn Oktoberfestkapellen in kleiner Besetzung • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Costume, tradition and the music from Oktoberfest bands

The WirtshausWiesn is characterized by tradition and coziness. The waiters and waitresses in the taverns will wear Dirndl and Lederhosen (asides the obligatory mask), and the same applies to the guests; traditional costume is expressly desired!

Comfortable as it is, the WirtshausWiesn is, "no Remmidemmi, no party tendency", as Christian Schottenhamel stresses. Particularly on the weekends, groups in traditional costume, Schuhplattler and Goaßlschnalzer will emerge. The Oktoberfest bands of the massive Wiesnzelte will play in a reduced line-up, in the background and "not Helicopter 117", according to Schottenhamel - rather the traditional, quieter music, as one knows it from the relaxed Mittagswiesn (mid-day fest). In addition, there'll be many small music groups and young Bavarian singer-songwriters. It's not for swaying, because there, it is worthwhile to listen to the funny lyrics of the songs - provided you're able to speak Bavarian, as they all sing in dialect.