If there’s one time of year when you really don’t need an excuse to grab a beer, Oktoberfest is it. Moreover, Miami has to be the best place to celebrate this classic German festival this side of Bavaria. But, where to start?
To help visitors to Miami during the Oktoberfest season, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best spots to get your fix of German festivities. Pretty much all the parties listed below offer a decent mix of authentic German cuisine, live music, an unbeatable atmosphere, and of course, plenty of beer.
Easily Miami’s biggest Oktoberfest gathering, Octoberfest Miami is the place to be if you want lively crowds and great food. Tickets begin at $16, and celebrations go from 3pm to 9pm on October 1, at 501 Marlins Way in Little Havana.
Samuel Adams Oktoberfest
Held from September 30 to October 2, the Samuel Adams has become something of a local institution over the past seven years. They usually have a great array of live music, and plenty of cold beer. Better still, it’s free entry. Hard to complain right?
The festival runs from 7pm to around 2am at 2250 NW 2nd Ave. in Miami. Most years they offer special deals for early RSVPs.
If you’re looking to get some serious drinking done, Grovetoberfest is the place to be. Tickets start at $40, but they have a whopping 300 beers available to taste test. The party goes from 4-7pm on October 15 at the Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne.
German International Parent Association Oktoberfest
For something a little more family friendly, the German International Parent Association Oktoberfest event is the perfect choice. Held on October 8, they have rides, German food, live entertainment and activities for the kids. Entry is free, though you’ll have to pay for rides and food. The party starts at midday, and goes until 7pm at The German American Social Club, 11919 SW 56th St., 33175, West Kendall.
If you want some seriously good quality beer, then you should make a beeline (or should I say beer-line?) to Wyntoberfest. Put on every year by the Wynwood Brewing Company, Wyntoberfest caters primarily towards beer fanatics who would rather die than choke down another Öttinger. Their food isn’t bad either. The drinking usually goes from around 3pm till late on October 1. The brewery is located at 565 NW 24 St.
The German American Social Club
The oldest (and some say best) Oktoberfest event in Miami is put on every year by the German American Social Club. It’s been running for six decades, and standard tickets cost $10. The party is on everyday between October 14-16, and 21-23. During the week doors open at 6pm, 1pm on Saturdays and noon Sundays, at The German American Social Club, 11919 SW 56th St., 33175, West Kendall.
Another event aimed squarely at beer nuts, 305 Brews puts on a good show on October 1 at at 3535 NE Second Ave. The festivities begin at 1pm, and go until late. Expect seasonal beers, and pretzels with beer mustard. Good stuff.
Not sure about where to go?
With all these options you might be confused when it comes to picking one. If this is the case get in touch with our concierge while at Red South Beach and we’ll tip you on which is the best one for you. Prost!