Dig out your lederhosen, it's that time of year again...

From Oompah bands to tabletop dancing to ginormous bratwurst and even bigger steins of beer; here are the best Oktoberfest activities in the city. Prost! 

2023 09 20 Alberts Schloss Manchester
Celebrate at Albert's Schloss until 3rd October Image: Albert's Schloss Manchester

Albert's Schloss

We couldn't make this list and not mention the biggest Bavarian bar there is in the city. Until 3 October, Albert's Schloss will be celebrating all things Oktoberfest with special German beers, Bavarian feasts, bratwurst, smorgasbords, schnitzel and special showtimes. 

September 16-3 October

2023 09 20 Batch
Burger joint, I Call Myself Sanchez, will be providing the bratwurst Image: Batch Bottlestore

Batch Bottlestore

According to Batch, they've been celebrating Oktoberfest for so long they're 'basically German'. Starting tomorrow, there'll be official Oktoberfest beer on keg and in bottles, all of which are available in steins for that authentic feel. Burger joint, I Call Myself Sanchez, will be providing the bratwurst. Be quick though, as the event is only running for as long as the beer is.

21 September - until the beer is gone

2023 09 20 Manchester Beirkeller
Gather your pals and dance the night away (on the tables, of course) Image: Manchester Bierkeller

Manchester Bierkeller

What's better than Oktoberfest? An Oktoberfest bottomless brunch, of course.
Celebrate in true Bavarian style at Bierkeller with live entertainment and an hour of bottomless bier, stein cocktails and Prosecco. Tickets are on sale for £20.

21 October

2023 09 20 Bundobust
Oktoberfest exclusive dishes from Bundobust Image: Bundobust


Bundobust have launched their very own Oktoberfest menu; Bundobar. The menu features Indian twists on German favourites including a pretzel made with garam massala and  turmeric dough, currywurst koftas, and moong and sauerkraut fritters. Get 'em while they're hot. 

15 September-15 October

2023 09 20 Cloudwater
Say cheers with a few German-inspired beers Image: Cloudwater Brewery

Cloudwater Brewery Taproom

From 27 September to 24 October, Cloudwater Brew Co are hosting Oktoberfest celebrations across all of their venues, including the brewery tap room and city centre pub, Sadler's Cat. They've brewed four German-inspired beers for the special occasion. Expect pretzels and big foamy pours.

27 September-24 October

2023 09 20 Freight Island
Head down to the Bier Hall at Freight Island Image: Freight Island

Freight Island

Freight Island are transforming their massive venue into a huge Bier Hall, packed with comedy acts, Bavarian beers, a dedicated bratwurst menu and oompah bands (of course). 
Expect late night parties over the weekend. 

28 September- 1 October

Oktoberfest Richmond 2022 17593
Party hard at The Lawn Club Image: The Lawn Club

The Lawn Club

Vas is dast? A traditional Bavarian knees-up in Spinningfields? Count us in.
Complete with traditional beers, food, decorations, DJ’s and, of course, a live oompah band, The Lawn Club will be hosting the ultimate Oktoberfest party. Bookings can be made here.

 7 October

2023 09 20 New Century
Burgers and beers go hand in hand Image: New Century

New Century

From supersized pints (£9 steins) to special burgers from Tallow and themed quizzes, New Century sure do know how to celebrate Oktoberfest in style. At New Century, Paulaner Oktoberfest will be on draught and the 'Bavarian Burger' will be a sight for sore eyes; beef patty, smoked German sausage, fried sauerkraut, smoked German cheese and beer mustard mayo - delish'. 

16 September-3 October

2023 09 20 Runaway Brewery
Introducing: Stocktoberfest Image: Runaway Brewery

Runaway Brewery

On the last weekend of September, Runaway Brewery is having an Oktoberfest takeover. There'll be 12 taps of Runaway-brewed, German-inspired beers including three new collaborations with Torrside Brewing, Zapato Brewing and Beer Moth/Yellowhammer. Pretzel and Spelt will be providing Bavarian pretzels, plus there'll be oompa tunes and festive bunting as far as the eye can see. 

28-30 September

2023 09 20 Wolf At The Door
Have a howling good time Image: Wolf at the Door

Wolf at the Door

Northern Quarter favourites, Wolf at the Door, known for their £1 tacos and bao buns have launched their Oktoberfest specials, including frankfurter fries, curry wurst bao, apple strudel tostadas and a variety of themed cocktails including the 'black forest gateaux' and 'damengarten'. Get down before they're gone.

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