As the world’s largest folk celebration, Oktoberfest is a celebration of all things beer. Having originated in Munich, it has been essential to Bavarian culture since 1810, and continues to be today. The two-week long Germanic carnival sees over six million visitors attending every year, and its reach has since spread beyond Europe to the rest of the world.
Singapore is one of the countries slated for an exciting Oktoberfest 2017. We may not have the amusement park rides, or the national capacity to down 7.7 million litres of beer throughout the occasion, but our national passion for the brew remains strong in its own right.
Oktoberfest will see a number of bars fronting craft beers, celebrations, promotions, as well as plenty of bratwursts and pork knuckles to go with.
We’ve combed through the best offerings for the period, and distilled some of the best Oktoberfest 2017 events you can’t miss out on. Here they are.
Sprmrkt’s McCallum Street bistro will be running a couple of promotions till 3 October. The first is Beer O’Clock, where beer prices increase by the dollar per hour, starting at 6pm and ending at 9pm. The establishment will be stocking a number of bottled craft beers for you to enjoy alongside its Ploughman’s Platter — a pork-packed sharing dish that’ll go excellently with your ales.
Sprmrkt, 2 McCallum St, Singapore 069043, +65 6221 2105
The hotel group introduces A Tribute To Oktoberfest, running from now till 3 October. You’ll be able to enjoy authentic Bavarian fare, as well as the festival’s classic bites at both Blue Potato and Crossroads Bar. We’d recommend the specialised Oktoberfest menu at the latter, which includes dishes like pickled pork knuckle and iced black forest cake, washed down with an ice cold pint of weissbier.
Swissôtel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Rd, Singapore 058281, +65 6337 2288
Aside from its stunning views, Level 33 is best known for its seasonal craft beers, all brewed in-house. For Oktoberfest, it has created the aptly-named Festbier, a medium-bodied, straw-coloured blend with a hint of caramel sweetness. The recipe is said to stem from a classic Bavarian blend typically made for the festival.
Level 33, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, #33-01, 8 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018981, +65 6834 3133
The Chop House will be introducing two new things in honour of the occasion. First up is a special Märzen beer imported directly from Munich, which you can only enjoy by the pint-full until 3 October. This Oktoberfest beer is a full-bodied, amber blend with a recipe dating 200 years. We have it on record that it goes exceptionally well with the eatery’s seasonal food platters — the schnitzel in particular. Enjoy it first, thank us later.
The Chop House, Vivo City, #01-161/162, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585, +65 6376 9262
Singapore finally has its very own Oktoberfest in the form of this three-day long extravaganza held on Tan Quee Lan street. A fully air-conditioned marquee will be set up, and patrons can enjoy free-flow Bavarian beer from 6pm to 11.30pm each day, including specially crafted ales made for this very festival. It’s all food, drinks, and a good time.
Oktoberfest Asia 2017 will be held from 19 to 21 October. For ticket purchases and more information, see here.