Oktoberfest in Dublin – what could be finer? A few cool steins of genuine Bavarian beer in the relaxed surroundings of George’s Dock.
We probably don’t need to tell you what to expect at Oktoberfest but apart from the trestle tables stuffed with happy drinkers there will actually be some proper entertainment as well. While you sip your extraordinarily large beer you can watch and even take part in the Bavarian Games!
This consists of revellers taking part in some Bavarian themed activities such as the traditional folk dance called schuhplattlern, dressing up in your best Bavarian outfit, a yodelling contest and for the more macho among us the “who can carry the most steins” contest. All good clean Bavarian fun and of course, the later in the day the more fun the contestants will be to watch.
Feeling peckish between drinks? There will be some genuine Bavarian food laid on from savoury specialities like bratwurst and sauerkraut to sweet treats like crepes and German Schmalzkuchen which are tiny, tasty donuts.
The best bit is that it is completely free to get into the Oktoberfest, but if you want to stay after 10pm you will need to buy a wristband for 6Euros. If you are part of a group it is possible to reserve a table so you can all sit together.
When the party is over a short walk away across the river is Temple Bar, Dublin’s heart and soul plus a great place to find a club for a late night. Try Fitzsimons Hotel on Wellington Quay for 5 floors of music filled fun.
The red line tram runs directly to George’s Dock from the Smithfield Luas stop just around the corner from Generator Dublin and it only takes about 10 minutes. If you are feeling energetic the festival is slightly under half an hour’s walk from the hostel.