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 - with live music and lots of fun.
Paulaner am Nockherberg Paulaner am Nockherberg • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

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 12 and 3pm, you get varieties in the menu. 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

Directly at the feet of the Bavaria, the Schützen-Festzelt is located. Not this year, but the Löwenbräukeller on Stiglmaierplatz is open! This is where the Reinbold family of innkeepers is bringing a bit of Wiesn atmosphere this year. In the beer garden or in the "Bräustüberl" you can toast with "Wiesnbier" - of course in a "Maßkrug" - eat chicken, knuckles or homemade "Kaiserschmarrn" and listen to the "Wiesnkapelle" playing live - what could be better! Attention: the last available dates are Wednesday, 22.9., Wednesday, 29.9. and Sunday, 3.10. (as of 22.9.21)

Menu, information and making reservation at Löwenbräukeller

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

Ayinger am Platzl instead of Armbrustschützenzelt

Is your favorite is the Armbrustschützenzelt? 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.

The program at Platzl:

every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: live music with the Platzl Oktoberfest Kapelle
Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.: live music with the Platzl Oktoberfest Kapelle
Sunday, 26.09. from 11 a.m.: Frühschoppen with the FEXERN

The program in the Au:

every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Live music with the Platzl Oktoberfest Kapelle
Tuesday to Friday from 17 to 22 o'clock: Live music with the Platzl Oktoberfest Kapelle
Friday, 24.09. from 17: Uhr Wirtshausmusik with the FEXERN

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 the Theresienwiese to the lake - could be worse! In addition to the Weinzelt, the Kufflers also run a number of restaurants in Munich, including the Seehaus in the English Garden. In the spacious beer garden, you can sit directly on the water, squint in the sun with a wine spritzer or Oktoberfest beer, and enjoy the wonderful food inspired by Kuffler's wine tent. In addition to the typical Wiesnschmankerln, Spaten and Paulaner beer, you can get the Weinzelt Fish & Chips, Steckerlfisch from the Fischer Vroni Standl and an impressive selection of wines for a beer garden.

If you like it really hearty and a bit more central, you'll be in good hands at the Haxnbauer in the old town or the Spatenhaus at the opera.

  • In the Spatenhaus you can experience Michi Högl and friends:
    Saturday 12 - 20.30 h
    Friday 16 - 20.30 h
    Sunday 12 - 18.00 o'clock
  • At the Haxnbauer Michael Bissinger plays the zither - when exactly, you can see here.
  • At the Seehaus the Blechblos'n plays:
    Saturday, 9/25 and 10/2: 4 - 8:30 p.m.
    Friday 16 - 20.30
    Sunday 12 - 18 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 2021 - "oa moi geht's no! (but then it's enough!)", is what Käfer thinks and simply brings the atmosphere from the Käfer Wiesn tavern to the bistro in Munich, to the Käfer tavern and to Gut Kaltenbrunn on Tegernsee! Here you can expect not only the decoration, the festival beer, typical music and the Käfer classics from the Wiesn tent, but also a beautiful view of the lake - without haste, without crowds, but with a lot of charm and idyll. In the newly opened Schmankerl-Hofladen, the Wiesn heart beats even faster: for gingerbread, roasted almonds, this year's Wiesnhaferl and more.

If you don't want to go quite so far out for the Käfer feeling, drop by the flagship store in Munich: the restaurant becomes a Wiesn tavern! With Wiener Schnitzel, duck or Kaiserschmarrn and the typical Käfer decoration and band, you can experience the Wiesn feeling in a small circle. By the way, this is also available to go: at the street sale in Prinzregentenstraße, you can take home roasted almonds, Auszogne, chocolate fruits and more - just like at the Käfer coffee stand at the Oktoberfest.

More details about the Käfer's "No Oktoberfest"

WirtshausWiesn at Chinaturm WirtshausWiesn at Chinaturm • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

  • The Vollmer family's Augustiner Stammhaus 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.
  • 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
  • Is the Steckerlfisch from Fischer-Vroni what you miss most? Then you have several possibilities. Check out the Hirschgarten, 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