Food & Drink

Where to find the best of Oktoberfest

Published On 09/25/2013 Published On 09/25/2013
Pouring a boot of Kwak at Bru
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1. BRÜ Craft & Wurst 1318 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

BRU Craft & Wurst brings the German a biergarten-like experience to Washington Square West in a block-deep craft beer retreat, from the team behind Finn McCools and Prime Lounge. An impressive beer list draws sud hounds, with Austrian, German and Belgian imports accompanied by American craft ales on a lengthy list. iPads mounted on a copper backboard control taps that you can pour yourself, allowing you to self-serve by the ounce. And all that beer needs to be soaked up somehow: here, Bavarian pretzels are dipped in smokey gouda fondue, veal cutlet is slathered in mushroom gravy, and doner kebab gets doused in spicy yogurt.

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2. Wursthaus Schmitz 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Market East)

If there's one thing Germans and Philadelphians have in common, it's that they can be total jerks when they're backing the same cause. But if there's another, it's liking German food. So thank the glorious bastards behind Wursthaus Schmitz, a white-tiled mega-stall inside Reading Terminal Market from the dudes behind Brauhaus Schmitz.

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3. Frankford Hall 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

One of the only year-round beer gardens, Frankford Hall is also the most traditional German biergarten. The brick-walled Fishtown spot has a menu that features German classics like spätzle, schnitzel, and six different types of sausages. Additionally, the draft beer list has over 10 different German beer selections, all available in large, liter steins. It's especially popular in the summer months, when an opening at one of the picnic tables is harder to find than a parking spot in Fairmount.

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4. Hotel Monaco 433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Old City)

A jewel in Philadelphia's Old City district, Hotel Monaco Philadelphia boasts luxury suites and the famous Stratus Rooftop Lounge, equipped with an awesome fireplace. If only the Founding Fathers could ball this out of control.

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5. City Tap House 3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

City Tap House has an extensive selection of micro-brews and delicious food to go along with them, as well as a killer patio for outdoor drinking.