For those of us that enjoy München on European speciality meats and knocking back ein or zwei steins of traditional German hops, Oktoberfest is our best month.
It’s not just the incredible food and drink; it’s the chance for frauleins to get dressed up in drindls and plaits and for lads to clad themselves in lederhosen. Then there’s the entertainment; the big brass oompah bands and merry sing-a-longs. It’s just the (teu)tonic after a long summer. Find below some of the restaurants and wunder-bars offering the best Oktoberfest experiences.
Grand Hyatt Dubai, Healthcare City
Oom-pah-pah Oom-pah-pah everyone knows, oom-pah-pah oom-pah-pah the Grand Hyatt’s Oktoberfest celebrations is one incredible show. One of the biggest, most spirited, delicious and authentic in the region, with the exceptionally good Die Kirchdorfer band whisked out of Bavaria for the festivities.
Staff and guests both run with the Germanic dress opportunities creating some memorable moments for your ‘gram feed. The food is expertly curated, ticking the traditional box with a huge variety of European meats.
7pm-1am on Tuesday/Wednesday, 7pm to 2am Thursday/Friday. Brunch Saturday, 12.30pm-4pm. Till 27th October. Grand Hyatt, Festival City. 04 317 2222.
Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills
A weekend of Bavarian beverages, entertainment and eats at Emirates Golf Club. Uber fun times kick off on Thursday from 4pm, with an à la carte offering schnitzel-full of German cuisine classics. The soundtrack comes from a live band, pumping out party-time anthems. There’s an Oktoberfest-themed brunch on both Friday and Saturday, when you can expect family friendly entertainment and a dedicated kids zone.
Emirates Central, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills. Brunch on Friday/Saturday, 4pm-7pm. AED 220 per person. Until 13th October. 04 417 9999.
Garden on 8, Media One Hotel
Stein-tastic deals abound at this terrace watering hole. You can pair the traditional vessel, (or a bucket or tower) with veal bratwurst, chicken schnitzel and loaded fries (from AED 130). For every pint of hops, collect stamps in a ‘passport’ and enter a raffle to win weekend stays and brunches. Teutonic deckmaster DJ EleKtronoiR is bringing the sound of Berlin that will get your feet tapping.
12pm-12am daily (3am weekends), until 13th October. Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City. 04 427 1000.
Wavebreaker Beach Bar and Grill, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
German nationals get 20 per cent off during Oktoberfest celebrations at this beachside hangout. Bavarian band Caipirinha serenade you over a fully licensed menu, with dishes from AED 70.
Until 13th October. 10am-10pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR. 04 399 1111.