In New York
Oktoberfest with a View
You would think everyone in NYC was German when it comes to Oktoberfest festivities in this town. NYC bars and restaurants start promoting Oktoberfest events by the middle of Sept. and, if you are one who enjoys our city versions of the Munich autumn festival, you will have more than your share to choose from.
One that I recommend: Merchants Hospitality Oktoberfest at Watermark Bar on Pier 15. With or without beer, the 10,000-square foot space, with a panorama of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges and the Brooklyn skyline, is impressive. From Sept. 17-Oct. 2, Merchants Hospitality will be taking it over, offering menu items for $8 and for $16, 1-liter steins of beer. For $60, you can get two-hour unlimited beer tastings (including food), Sa and Su from 3-5 pm and from 8-10 pm.
Communal picnic tables provide the party atmosphere to enjoy bratwurst, hot dogs, pretzels and more, and enjoy the games that go best with beer—giant beer pong, Ping-Pong, cornhole and stein holding competitions. If you have children in tow, they will be entertained with bubbles and face painting activities.
Oktoberfest is free, and will be held every Sa and Su from noon-12 am, Sept. 17-Oct. 2. All tickets are available at the door or at www.eventbrite.com/receive/hMKo7.
» Watermark Bar, Pier 15 (78 South St.) 212.742.8200