Bangkok adopts the Munich spirit as it joins the Bavarian city in celebrating Oktoberfest
It’s time to fill those thick-bottomed beer mugs and eat, drink and be merry, as Bangkok joins Munich in celebrating Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest and most famous beer festival.
In Germany, it kicked off last weekend and is running until October 7 but here in the Land of Smiles, the running time has been extended in many cases, giving punters plenty of chances to say prost.
BeerVault at the Four Points by Sheraton was the first venue to launch its Oktoberfest promotion last Saturday and the good news is that it runs until October 31 with a “buy one, get one free” offer on all German beers, which are priced from Bt120 a pint. Head over there for ice cold Paulaner, Erdinger and 12 other kinds of German suds along with authentic German food at attractive prices. There’s also live oompah and polka music plus some traditional Bavarian costumes.
Novotel Bangkok Platinum cooks up traditional German specialities this Sunday and next for brunch at The Square Restaurant. Among the heart-warming dishes are leberkn suppe (liver dumpling soup with crouton), bratwurst, schweinshaxe (pork knuckle with sauerkraut), kartoffelknodel (potato dumplings with nutmeg) and apple strudel with vanilla sauce at Bt1,099 per person. Wash it down with a bucket of four Singha beers at Bt400.
From Monday until October 28, the Speakeasy at Hotel Muse Bangkok celebrates the festival of hops with drinking games for girls, coin pong with the bartender and even a log sawing contest.
Order a litre of beer and down it in less than two minutes and you win free flow suds for two hours. Can’t down it? Then you have to pay for the litre. Or save yourself the trouble and get a free-flow deal at Bt600 net. Tantalising German platters start at Bt1,000.
On November 3, the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce is hosting a one-night Oktoberfest blow-out at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok with a “genuine Bavarian Oktoberfest ambience just like in Munich”.
Entertainment comes courtesy of the Oktoberfest band from Paulaner Brewery. Tickets cost Bt1,800 (Bt1,500 for members) for which you get an authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest buffet prepared by a chef flown in from Germany and a souvenir mug.
There are several other German venues to experience in Bangkok as well. Perhaps the best known is Bei Otto, which serves traditionally prepared German cuisine with a vast selection of drinks.
Brew Beer and Ciders has more 100 imported bottled beers including some hard-to-find German varieties while microbrewery and Thai restaurant Tawandang German Brewery on Rama III Road has always been a hotspot for those who enjoy tasty Thai dishes, foamy house-brewed beers and saucy entertainment all night long.
Or you can try Red Sun by Tawandang, which opened earlier this year in Siam Discovery Centre, serving up its lager, weizen and dunkel beers, which are complemented perfectly by the one-kilogram deep-fried pork knuckle.
Here’s to you
BeerVault is on Sukhumvit Soi 15 and is open daily from 3pm. Call (02) 309 3201.
The Novotel Bangkok Platinum’s Sunday Brunch is served from 11.45am to 3pm. Call (02) 160 7123.
- Hotel Muse Bangkok is on Langsuan Road. Call (02) 630 4000.
- The Millennium Hilton Bangkok is on Charoennakorn Road. To reserve the GTCC event, call (02) 670 0600 extensions 2003-2009 before the end of October.
- Bei Otto is on Sukhumvit Soi 20. It can be reached at (02) 262 0892 or by visiting www.BeiOtto.com.
- Brew Beer and Ciders is at the Seen Space on Thonglor Soi 13. Call (02) 185 2366 or visit www.BrewBkk.com.
- Tawandang German Brewery is on Rama III Road. Call (02) 678 1114-6.
- Red Sun by Tawandang is on seventh floor of Siam Discovery Centre. Call (02) 658 0821-2.