Even if the Wiesn could not open again this year, you can be sure that the Bavarian spirit of Oktoberfest is still being enjoyed around the world by those countries lucky enough to be able to gather in public spaces again.
Bars and restaurants in Dubai have a long history of marking the occasion and 2021 will be no exception. So dust of the lederhosen and dirndl ready for Oktoberfest 2021- Dubai style!
There will, of course, be additional healthy and safety measures in place this year but plenty still to be enjoyed and celebrations to share. Let’s raise a stein and see where the Oktoberfest action is happening around town.
Is it legal to drink in Dubai? Despite misconceptions that being a Muslim country the UAE is “dry”, it is indeed permitted to buy and consume alcohol in Dubai, provided it’s done so sensibly and in line with local laws – learn more here!
Foxglove & Soho Beer Garden, Meydan
When: 1 to 16 October 2021
The biggest celebration in town this year you will find at Foxglove Steakhouse & Gastropub and Soho Beer Garden. Bottled Bavarian favorites will be available including Erdinger Weißbier, Erdinger Dunkel, and Franziskaner Weissbier. Those who prefer it traditional, grab 1-liter steins of Paulaner Hefe Weissbier and Hofbrau original on tap for 69 AED.
Don’t forget Bavarian bites too, German pretzels served with a selection of traditional dips, pan fried chicken schnitzel oven baked with plum tomato sauce parmesan, mozzarella, and all the trimmings, as well as veal bratwurst sausages served with fries, onion gravy and sauerkraut.
Dishes start from 55 AED.
Live entertainment is also on the cards, 6:00 pm to 3:00 am Tuesday to Saturday.
Learn more at sohogardendxb.com
Wavehouse, Atlantis the Palm
When: 23 September to 2 October 2021
Enjoy Bavarian style dishes, a live German Oompah band and DJ at family-friendly Wavehouse, Atlantis the Palm. Think Brezen pretzels, Reiberdatschi with apple sauce, wurst with bacon and apple sauerkraut and Bavarian meats with wholegrain mustard.
Finish it off with apple strudel, double German chocolate cake and black cherry and raspberry Kuchen – oh and pop-up draught hops stations on the outdoor terrace.
If you’re looking for even more Bavarian specialties at Atlantis make sure to book yourself into brunch at acclaimed Friday favorite Saffron on 1 October 2021 – 455 AED (house beverages) and 495 AED (sparkling).
Learn more at atlantis.com
Brewtober at Brew House, Business Bay
When: 25 September to 14 October 2021
Fancy cheese and charcuterie boards paired with Oktoberfest hops? Pub favorite in downtown Brew House (CityMax Hotel, Safeer Tower) is offering an extensive selection of tasty German dishes as part of their Oktoberfest offering this year.
On the menu you’ll find Kartoffel soup, super-sized pretzels, semmelknodel, veal schnitzel, hackbraten, sauerkraut and potato dumplings. Finish it off with warm apple strudel, black forest pastry, and double-chocolate cake for dessert.
Packages from 185 AED for three pints and a main course.
Learn more at citymaxhotels.com
The Scene, Pier 7
When: Until 15 October 2021
Bavarian favourites with a British twist can be enjoyed at The Scene, Dubai Marina. Dishes include a grilled beef bratwurst in a German roll, chicken schnitzel with traditional coleslaw, grilled bratwurst with mash, The Scene’s smash burger or beyond veg burger.
Deserts on offer include apple strudel, ice cream, custard, and a pretzel bun with salted butter.
Dishes start at 40 AED and hops start at 55 AED per pint.
Learn more at thescene.xyz
Topgolf, Emirates Golf Club
When: 23 to 30 September 2021
What could be better than whacking a few balls while enjoying a few brews? Party golf venue top golf at Emirates Golf Club will be adding one-liter German Beers for 99 AED, or two beers and signature pretzel platters to their offering for 299 AED.
Learn more at topgolf.com
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