12 best places to go to for Oktoberfest 2015

It takes beer to make thirst worthwhile. Or so goes a German proverb, and a sentiment that fans of the frothy liquid in 50 shades of flaxen gold will surely identify with. Mandy Lim Beitler scopes out the best spots this Oktoberfest season to raise those mugs with a hearty "Prost"!

1. Molly Roffey's Irish Pub (September 9 - October 4)

If the vaulted ceilings with wooden beams and Irish-inspired ambience at Molly Roffey's doesn't impress you, the Oktoberfest set meals certainly will. Bite into a selection of juicy sausages or tear into the substantial pork knuckle platter. Available a la carte at S$29 and S$39 respectively, top up just S$20 to complete each set and get two pints of Erdinger Weissbier. This promotion is only available from 7pm at Molly Roffey's Bras Basah and Dorsett, while stocks last.


2. Alligator Pear, Fairmont Singapore (September 14 - October 18)

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford's inviting poolside restaurant, Alligator Pear, with a selection of gourmet snacks like Crispy Pork Belly and Grilled German Sausage, complemented with Erdinger Weissbier draught made from the finest ingredients. For the true connoisseur, Erdinger Dunkel's richness and smoothness will take you back in time with its age-old recipe. Enjoy any beer of your choice with one gourmet snack at S$30++. To continue imbibing these Bavarian brews till October 31, head over to Introbar for happy hour available daily from 3 to 9pm.


3. Brewerkz (September 19 - October 4)

Head down to one of Singapore's award-winning microbreweries at Riverside Point or Indoor Stadium (above) for a specially created Oktoberfest set meal. Order the authentic beer roasted chicken that's spiced to perfection and served with potato salad, red cabbage slaw and fancy mustard. Or enjoy a half portion of the famous Brewerkz crispy pork knuckle and two bratwursts served with potato salad, sauerkraut, fancy mustard and a tangy dipping sauce. Then simply top up just S$5++ to get your first pint of Oktoberfest Lager to get your night going.


4. RedDot BrewHouse (September 19 - October 30)

For a memorable evening of authentic German buffet, live German music (above) and all-round gaiety, head to RedDot BrewHouse at either Dempsey or Boat Quay. Highlights include the Oktoberfest Grilled Platter with a choice of either grilled mackerel or crispy pork knuckle, and beer brined pork belly served with sauerkraut and mustard. Wash it all down with RedDot-brewed traditional Oktoberfest pints of Vienna and Marzen, even while snacking on fresh pretzels. Come in full Oktoberfest costume and you may even enjoy a pint on the house!


5. Paulaner Brauhaus (September 25 - October 3)

The 16th edition of Oktoberfest at Singapore's only German microbrewery and restaurant promises 6,000 litres of full-bodied Oktoberfest Bier, brewed fresh on the premises at Millenia Walk. Partake in the large Oktoberfest menu dished up in true Bavarian style by executive chef Klaus Lukarsch, as you enjoy traditional and modern Bavarian tunes by the Scharivari Sextett specially flown in from Munich for this occasion.


6. Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant (October 1-4)

Be ready to sing, drink and be merry at Brotzeit VivoCity. Witness the final of the Brotzeit Challenge on October 4, where contestants are vying for the titles of The Server - a test of endurance for the last person standing holding full steins of beer; The Builder - the first to stack the highest and most stable tower of miniature Jagermeister bottles; and The Taster - the person with the most discerning palate who can guess the contents of a mixture correctly. For more entertainment, Anton and The Funny Guys return with the promise of great music and endless hilarity. Foodies will not be disappointed with signature Brotzeit favourites, from the ever-present pork knuckle and grilled sausages to veal schnitzel and honey Bavarian ribs.


7. Picotin Express (October 1-11)

An Oktoberfest menu is on the Blackboard Specials at this popular Quayside Isle bistro just for this season. Whether you pick a table indoors or choose to dine al fresco, you'll be treated to a lovely view of the waters of Sentosa Cove, as well as a selection of traditional German fare. Choose from the delectable Sausage Platter, Honey Glazed Spring Chicken or a classic Pork Knuckle topped with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Select from the wide range of beers, ciders and wines available on the bar menu to complete your meal.


8. sQue Rotisserie & Alehouse (October 1-31)

Throughout the entire month of October, sQue (pronounced "skew" for the skewers used in the rotisserie concept) invites you to drop by its restaurant facing the picturesque Singapore River at The Central to indulge in the Oktoberfest platter they have put together to celebrate this annual international event. Each platter (above) consists of the sQue Pork Knuckle, smoked spicy chicken sausages, pork and beef meatballs with a side of French fries, and not forgetting, of course, a 500ml bottle of the finest Benediktiner Weissbier direct from Germany.


9. Orchid Country Club (October 2-3)

Kicking off in the afternoon with a Golf Challenge open to both members and non-members (fees apply), the Oktoberfest fiesta at Orchid Country Club culminates in an evening of entertainment at the al fresco Vanda Terrace. Have a rollicking good time with sausage-eating and arm wrestling (above) contests, and try your hand at log sawing and coaster flipping challenges. Every voucher booklet purchased entitles you to a free SG50 Oktoberfest mug and vouchers can be used in exchange for German delights, from the ubiquitous pork knuckle and grilled sausages with sauerkraut to roasted lamb leg with berry sauce and beef goulash with mashed potatoes. The Swiss Alpine Lions' live performances accompany the festivities.


10. Bridge Bistro (October 5-18)

Boasting a panoramic view of the seas off the south-west of Singapore, the al fresco dining deck at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club invites both club members and the public to its Oktoberfest celebrations. Order a set lunch or dinner of sausage platters and pork knuckle, and enjoy a complimentary half pint of beer. Mark your calendar for the Oktoberfest fete on October 16, where you can eat and drink as much as you like from 7 to 11pm for S$99 per guest.


11. Oktoberfest Asia 2015 (October 8-10)

Prepare for three days of no-holds-barred partying at Marina at Keppel Bay. Serving only brews from Bavaria's finest breweries - Paulaner Brauhaus, Schneider Weisse, Weihenstephan and Kloster Welterburger - ticket prices include all the beer and gourmet Bavarian food you can eat, and you get to take home a souvenir 500ml beer stein. The original Hofbrauhaus Show brings Bavarian cultural entertainment to Singapore - you won't want to miss the yodelling queen. Fringe activities include games like beer pong and a nightly raffle. According to the organisers, the average person consumed three litres of beer and about a kilogram of food at previous editions of the festival.


12. Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe (October 30)

Getting into the Oktoberfest mood just before the month ends, this cafe located at the Rendezvous Hotel Gallery is inviting diners into its cosy atmosphere reminiscent of the woods of Germany's Black Forest. S-Cafe is well-known for its Swabian cuisine, exclusive imported beers and its traditional Black Forest Cake. For S$88++, enjoy free flow of food, soft drinks, juices, wine and of course, beers. Teetotallers can have the same without the alcohol for just S$50++. Get your booking in by October 12 to enjoy a 15 per cent discount. Diners can expect a live band, fun games and the chance to win lucky draw prizes.


This article was first published in Singapore Airlines’ travel magazine, SilverKris. Go to silverkris.com for more travel stories.