While there’s no denying that Munich, Bavaria, Germany hosts the ultimate Oktoberfest celebrations, Pittsburgh’s countless German pubs, festivals and biergartens are proof that you don’t have to leave the country to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of this celebration of Bavarian culture. The city’s German restaurants and bars boast some of Oktoberfest’s best seasonal brews and treats while a variety of ethnic festivals deliver plenty of authentic Oktoberfest fun. From Bavarian dance troupes and the iconic smell of sauerkraut to the city’s largest Oktoberfest bashes, there’s plenty of ways to get in touch with your inner Bavarian. If you’re searching for the best ways to celebrate Oktoberfest right here at home, check out these Bavarian bars, heritage festivals and German biergartens.
2705 S. Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
With its selection of Bavarian brews and bites, Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh is perhaps one of the city’s most well-known German bars. There’s no better way to kick off your Oktoberfest festivities than in Pittsburgh’s most authentic Bavarian beer hall where you can celebrate the merriment with seasonal lagers like Oktoberfest, the very beer served at Hofbrauhaus Munich’s Oktoberfest. Chow down on the restaurant’s Oktoberfest giant pretzel, bratwurst chili, sauerbraten and other traditional German dishes while listening to live music. Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh is located in the city’s South Side area.
Penn’s Brewery Oktoberfest & Autobahn
800 Vinial St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Date: Sept. 27, 2013
If you’re looking for a one-stop brewery where you can find the best Bavarian brews, music and food, Penn’s Brewery is the place to be. Celebrate this year’s Oktoberfest on Friday, September 27 with the German/Bavarian music of Autobahn from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Indulge in the restaurant’s selection of German-inspired appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts paired with a stein of Penn Weizen, Oktoberfest Bier or Cool River Kolsch. Penn Brewery is situated in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood.
Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest
Various locations throughout downtown Canonsburg