22 September - 9 October
Listen to the sound of bratwurst sizzling on a charcoal barbecue, weissbier hissing into cavernous krugs and strains of happy Bavarian mountain song lilting on the Autumn breeze – you must be in Munich, right?
Nope, not this time. This time, Munich and the sweet Bavarian nectar that is weissbier have come to Dublin and made themselves quite at home on the über-scenic docklands. Beer appreciation is a must. Lederhosen and yodeling are optional.
Oktoberfest by Day
Start the day with a sample of our Ireland’s own liquid legacy at the Jameson Distillery in Smithfield before hopping on the Luas and gliding dockside to begin a day of German-style fun. Before sourcing a sizzling sausage and tongue-tingling beer make a little visit to the beautifully restored Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship moored close by. Then follow the iconic sound of tooting alp horns to where the beery fun is just kicking off.
Music and beer is just the beginning. There’ll be bopping to mix-master DJ Udo, not to mention Miss Oktoberfest and Strongman competitions. You may have heard of happy hour before and thought it to be just a tantalizing myth, but in this beer tent the hours of 12-3 Monday to Friday are bargain central. Add one of those baguette-size sausages and you’re all set.
Oktoberfest by Night
Break up the beer drinking with some drama at the Dublin Theatre Festival and a quick bite at Fallon and Byrne. Then it’s back to Oktoberfest for a Bavarian nightcap and a lively debate about which is tastier – porter or weissbier. Try pairing your beer with a giant sausage – that’s how they do it Munich after all!