When Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburgausen tied the knot in 1810, they kind of threw the best wedding party in the history of wedding parties.
For a five full days, the royal couple invited the citizens of Munich to join in on the celebrations, by eating well, drinking well, and dancing to live music on a meadow on the outskirts of town. The people enjoyed the party so much that it soon became an annual tradition, known today as the big and beloved German ‘Oktoberfest’.
From the beer-tapping ceremony to the pretzels, the sauerkraut, and the women’s dirndl dress fashion, the folk festival is now one of the largest and most famous of its kind. And as the season for beers and bratwursts rolls right around again this mid-September, we know just the right places to celebrate in Bangkok – for all those times Munich may feel like too many flight miles away.
Bringing the time-honoured debauchery straight out of Deutschland, we’ve put together a list of hot spots to clink glasses (or, well, one-litre beer mugs) and celebrate Oktoberfest 2018 in the city. Got your lederhosen ready? Prost!
Hero image credit: Bence Boros/Unsplash
137 Pillars Suites & Residences
Date: 22-23 September; 28-30 September; 5-7 October
Bringing a true slice of Bavaria straight to the heart of Bangkok, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences is inviting guests to their very own Biergarten for the next three weekends to celebrate food, community, and craft beer. Welcomed by staff dressed in traditional dirndls and lederhosen (a must-see and a must-Instagram), the luxury boutique hotel will be serving up German Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier, as well as an array of German culinary delicacies from Uncle Boss, Super Chef, Get the Grilled, and CW Currywurst. Featuring live music and plenty of pork knuckle, pretzels, and apple strudels, it’s the perfect excuse to sing ‘Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit’ this month.
137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, 59/1 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Klongton-Nua, Wattman, Bangkok +66 2 079 7000
The Huntsman Pub at The Landmark Bangkok
Date: 22 September – 7 October
Time: 11am – 10.30pm
A traditional British pub may not be the first place that comes to mind for celebrating a classic German festival, yet one glimpse at the Oktoberfest 2018 menu at The Hunstman Pub is sure to turn things around. Located inside The Landmark Bangkok, the venue will be serving up authentic German specialties, ranging from crispy schweinshaxe with Sauerkraut to German sausages and meat loaf. Alongside a mug of Erdinger beer, it’s the most delicious way to sample the traditional hearty staple in the homey environment of a true house of beer.
The Huntsman Pub, B/F, The Landmark Bangkok, 138 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok, +66 2254 0404
GTCC Oktoberfest 2018 at The Shangri-La
Date: 26 October and 27 October
For an experience that will teleport you straight to the music and mania of Munich, the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) Oktoberfest is sure to come close. A highly anticipated event each year, the celebration will see live entertainment by especially flown-in Bavarian bands, as well as Oktoberfest beer provided by Paulaner. Sit on authentic wooden Festzelt benches, and enjoy a whole range of German culinary treats from the buffet. Tickets are priced at THB 2,000 for members, and THB 2.500 for non-members. As an added plus, all visitors will also get to take home a traditional German beer mug as a gift. Prost!
Grand Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok, 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
Aqua at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
Date: 24-30 September
Time: 6pm – 12am
The traditional Oktoberfest is celebrated outdoors on a fairground (or Wiesn, if you’re an insider), and whilst duplicating this exact experience may be a little hot, humid, and rainy for Bangkok, Aqua at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel offers up a beautiful alternative. Inviting guests to the courtyard by the koi pond, the venue is launching a week-long Oktoberfest celebration, serving up German beers and snacks, including liver sausage, veal meatballs, and melted pork fat with chive and apples. Enjoy the music and take in the festival flair.
Aqua, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, 155 Rajadamri Rd., Bangkok, +66 2 126 8866
Date: 21 September – 7 October
Time: 5pm – 2am
Located inside Thonglor’s fresh neighbourhood hangout spot 72 Courtyard, trendy beer garden restaurant Beer Belly will be serving not one but three German beers for their Oktoberfest celebrations, including Paulaner (Dunkel), Weihenstephaner (Original/Vitus), and Erdinger (Weißbier). For nibbles, order the mixed premium sausage platter, or try one of the specialty hot dogs, ranging from the original curry wurst over to a Thai-inspired larb hot dog. Come for the food and drink, stay for the fun and games (and prizes). From Beer Pong to Pong Connect and Flip Cup, it’s truly the most millennial cool way to celebrate Oktoberfest in town.
Beer Belly, G/F, 72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit 55 Thonglor, Bangkok, +66 2 392 7770
Aka Aza Rooftop at Amara Bangkok
Date: 22 September – 7 October
Aka Aza Bar at the Amara Bangkok is cooking up a Southern German storm and bringing all of Munich’s culinary favourites to town this month. Created by executive Chef Nattakit ‘Toei’ Kallayanamitr, the sky bar is serving up a menu of Bavarian crispy fried pork knuckle with sauerkraut, Bavarian roasted chicken, pork schnitzel with caper sauce, and an assorted sausages platter. Paired with a pint of Paulaner beer, the venue brings a relaxed spin to the buzzing beer festival, allowing guests to unwind on its rooftop, and spend hours merrily overlooking the sunset over Bangkok city. The best of both worlds.
Aka Aza Bar, Amara Bangkok, 180/1 Surawong Rd., Sipraya, Bangrak, Bangkok, +66 2 021 8888