Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Oktoberfest Dublin 2011

Die Kruge... hoch! Die Kruge... hoch! Die Kruge... hoch!

Oktoberfest Dublin is underway once again in Docklands. If you've been to the event in previous years you'll find it all reassuringly unchanged: beer, sausages, sauerkraut with pork, pretzels, more beer, Germans in traditional Bavarian costume, live music, and some beer. This year - for now at least - there's the added bonus of wonderfully warm, sunny weather, perfect for drinking outside.

There are several types of beer available, all from Erdinger, including Weissbier (white/wheat), Dunkel (dark), and Fischer's. Wine and non-alcoholic beer are also available.

A half-litre glass has a €2 deposit, refunded when the glass is returned along with a plastic token; for a 1-litre "Stein" (or Krug) the deposit is €5. Some of the bars serve beer only in plastic glasses - I'd recommend making the little bit of extra effort to get a proper glass.

Oktoberfest isn't just about beer though. The food is just as important, and there's a nice variety. Both the food and drink are slightly expensive, but not at all exorbitant. For example a half-litre of beer costs €5.50; a hotdog or a small portion of sauerkraut and pork costs €5. The pretzels are also worth a try at €2.50 for a salty pretzel or €3.50 for a (tastier) cheesy one.

The event is very popular and the venue can become crowded. During the afternoon you'll probably be able to get a seat at a table outside, although you should expect to share. On a sunny day the tent is pleasantly cool and more likely to have spare seats. However in the evening space will be at a premium and the tent can fill up fast - and the tent is where the live music is on. If you're going with a group and can get to the venue before 7:00 pm you should consider reserving a table. It'll cost €260 for a table for ten but there's a good package deal available.

Oktoberfest Dublin 2011 runs until 9th October. From Monday to Saturday it's open from 12:00 pm until 12:30 am. On Sunday hours are 12:00 to 8:00 pm. If you arrive after 10:00 pm you'll need to buy a wristband for €6, which gets you a €5 food voucher and a €1 donation to a charity.

Oktoberfest Dublin is a lot of fun. You don't need to be a beer-drinker to enjoy it. Prost!


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