Do you love boats and Bavaria? Have I got the bar for you. The Frying Pan at Pier 66 gets an Oktoberfest makeover this month, with live music, costume contests (good thing you got those ‘hosen), and oodles of schnitzels and strudels. Twenty dollars buys your first beer in a souvenir mug, followed by discounted refills all night long. The magic mug lets you skip the line before 4pm, too, so plan ahead -- that boat is going to get packed.
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In 1810, Bavarian citizens were invited to carouse through the fields outside the city gates. Continue this tradition of drinking on the move with an Oktoberfest pub crawl; a $60 ticket to the 10-hour crawl gets you a 12-ounce German beer at every bar along the way. Learn a few German drinking songs (you already know one... John Denver’s “Country Roads” is an Oktoberfest classic, for real) and spend the night singing on the street like a Bavarian peasant proclaiming his fealty to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
If you’re getting a little sick of schnitzel and fixin’s, this Oktoberfest takes a more global view of pickled cabbage. Functioning as a fundraiser for the Voelker Orth Museum -- a bird sanctuary and Victorian garden -- this party is a little lower-key and higher-class. With live music, a surprising mix of German- and Korean-American food, and an end time of 8:30pm, you can celebrate Oktoberfest without the crowds or ensuing hangover.
Another less-than-traditional Oktoberfest, Bronx Brewery is celebrating “Das Bronx,” the new version of their Berliner Weisse style beer. Featuring multiple DJs, local drummer Anthony Anderson, and singer Xio Lynn, they’ll also have food trucks on site to soak up all that beer. The first 150 tickets buyers get a limited-edition stein, so you can train at home for next year’s steinholding championship.