Celebrate Oktoberfest in Las Vegas


Published on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 by Jason Bushey
Oktoberfest in Las Vegas

Oktoberfest in Las Vegas is a beer-infused, brat-filled party taking place at various locations throughout the upcoming month. If you're in town this October (and you like to drink), there are some can't miss Las Vegas Oktoberfest parties taking place on and off the Strip through Halloween.

Here are a few of the Oktoberfest highlights in Sin City, whether it's drinking, eating or listening to live German music you're most excited for! (We won't judge if you prefer the last one.)

Okbtoberfest 2012 Las Vegas

 

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

No conservation about the best Oktoberfest parties in Las Vegas is complete without mentioning Hofbrauhaus, located on Paradise Road. As it turns out, Hofbrauhaus kicked off their Oktoberfest (as did the Mayor of Munich, uncoincidentally) this past Saturday with the tapping of their seasonal Oktoberfest Lager. However, while that specific party may have come and gone, Oktoberfest at Hofbrauhaus Vegas extends well into the month of October.

Hofbrauhaus will be tapping a fresh keg each Saturday through the 29th, with the festivities beginning at 7pm. However, if you happen to be in Sin City in the middle of the week, you can visit Hofbrauhaus on weekday nights to enjoy live cuts from the house band, Dle Alpenlauser. Don't be surprised if you encounter a celebrity host at tone of these keg tappings, too. (Here's a link to the Hofbrauhaus Events Calendar.)

Ellis Island Brewery & Casino

Naturally, you'd expect the brewery voted "Best in Nevada" by the National Brewer's Association to whip up something special for the season, and Ellis Island didn't disappoint. Their Oktoberfest beer (which we've heard little about, to be fair) is available through October and has the distinction of being crafted right on site. If you're a micro-brew supporter, make sure to drop in at this Vegas brewery just Off Strip for a free tour and a (not free) Oktoberfest brew.

Freakin' Frog 

Cheapos, have you noticed that this dive bar near UNLV seems to show up every time we make a list about drinking? There's a reason for that; it's the variety, Cheapos! Well, that and the prices (cheap) and atmosphere (a bit college-y, but overall awesome). According to Las Vegas Weekly, you can expect 15 festival-inspired beers - plus another 5 Oktoberest recipes - through the end of the month. However, LV Weekly says the best date to pop into The Frog is October 1, when they tap what their owner, Adam Carmer, delcares as the "only wooden kask in the state."

Golden Nugget Oktoberfest Pool Party

As the finale to their Fall Beer Festival, the Golden Nugget is inviting over 200 domestic and imported beers - plus tons of Oktoberfest fare, live entertainment and (hopefully) some beach bodies - poolside on October 20th. We like this Las Vegas event a lot since admission is FREE and the party rolls from 3pm to 9pm. However, you may want to rethink that second third Bratwurst if you plan on partying shirtless. A little advice, from Casino Boy to You.

Dog-Tober Fest at Big Dog's Draft House

Last but not least, this Oktoberfest celebration at the notorious Big Dog's Draft House in Las Vegas is a little off the beaten path, but the beer and brat selection make it worth the trip. Located northwest of Sin City, the Dog-Tober Fest kicks off Saturday, October 6 at 2pm. Admission is FREE and a big slice of the proceeds are going to charity, so you can feel good about ordering yet another of their Chocolate Lab beer since a $1 of your purchase goes to the Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation. You can also enter into a ton of great giveaways and mix it with up locals and tourists alike for something completely different on your upcoming Vegas getaway.

There you have it, Cheapos; the shortlist of awesome Las Vegas Oktoberfest parties to choose from. Tell us what - and where - you like to drink during Oktoberfest in the comments section below!

 

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Comments

I always like to make a trip to the 777 Brewpub in Main Street Station when I visit. They have started serving their traditional Oktoberfest Bier. Also, the Hefeweizen has become a full-time offering