Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Miami — Or Simply Your Love of Beer

By Giselle Mueller of Mandarin Oriental, Miami
September 30, 2011 | Miami, United States
Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Miami — Or Simply Your Love of Beer
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Miami isn’t a place you’d expect to find people dressed in dirndls and lederhosen, but I wouldn’t be surprised to spot a few during Oktoberfest.

This year, Brickell is celebrating the German beer festival with a preview party at (and of) Central Park Miami, October 6-8. You see, what used to be an empty lot on South Miami Ave has been turned into a new park and mixed-use space called Central Park, and Oktoberfest is going to give you a taste of it — literally.

Brickell Bier Garden will set up shop here with hard-to-find German microbrews and a menu that includes cider-glazed pork ribs and warm pretzels served with bock beer mustard. At Central Park’s 10,000-square-foot open space, bands and DJs will host daily parties like “Dance-toberfest” and “Rockin’-toberfest.”

Of course, you could also celebrate Oktoberfest at one of Miami’s great pubs. My favorites include the nearby Brickell Irish Pub and Fado, where you’ll find a lot of locals hanging out.

Or, you could head to Miami Beach, to a truly under-the-radar place: Lou’s Beer Garden. You’ll find a lot of foodies and food industry people relaxing here, enjoying craft beer and a gastropub menu like no other. Oxtail-stuffed roasted bone marrow, anyone?