Celebrate Oktoberfest in Mumbai

As much as we would love to head to Germany for the fortnight-long Oktoberfest celebrations, life and responsibilities come in the way. Fortunately, restaurants and bars closer to home are trying their best to bring the German celebration to us. Check out the five best restaurants in Mumbai you must visit for the authentic Oktoberfest experience.

From frankfurters to schnitzels and ribs, blueFROG’s menu has it all covered. They’ve even got beer sorbet for dessert and almost 20 different domestic and international beers. Think happy hours all day.
When: September 17 to October 4
Where: Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai. Tel: 022 6158 6158

JW Café
The chefs at JW Café have created an extensive buffet spread of Bavarian delicacies including pork currywurst for the meat-lovers, pilze in sahnesosse (mushrooms in cream sauce) for the vegetarians, and desserts like berry streusel, accompanied by German-style beers. Unlimited food and beer? We’re sold.
When: September 19 to October 4
Where: JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, IA Project Road, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Andheri (E), Mumbai. Tel: 022 2853 8656

The White Owl Brewery & Bistro
They’ll debut their special Munich lager and a menu paired with fresh artisanal brews from their own brewery. Drink your way through the unlimited beer packages on Monday and Tuesday, avail of special offers on the Oktoberfest menu on Wednesdays and Thursdays, practice for the beer game nights on Thursdays (think: King’s Cup and Beer Pong), get your Beer Passport stamped for free beers through Friday and Saturday and get drinking at the beery brunches on Saturday and Sunday!
When: September 28 to October 19
Where: Tower 2 B, One Indiabulls Center, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai. Tel: 022 3015 1771

Grand Hyatt
Settle down at a large community table in their gorgeous lobby, and dig into the authentic Bavarian menu created by executive chef Hermann. Traditional selections like pretzels, wiener schnitzels and pork kransky sausages, are part of this special menu. Expect German brews like the the Paulaner Hefe Weissbier, Paulaner Munchner Hell, Schnedier Weisse and Erdinger Weissbier too. Get served by staff in lederhosen, while the Falcon Blues play for you and your beer mug(s).
When: September 19 to October 4
Where: Lobby, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumbai. Tel: 022 6676 1149

The Barking Deer Brewpub
They call it the Barktoberfest, and rightly so. Mumbai’s first microbrewery is brewing four different German-style beers including the Oktoberfest Marzen, Mai Bock German Lager, Going Banana Hefeweizen and Kick Ass Kolsch. It’s only fair to couple it with the Bavarian Crostini, Beschwipster Huhn (drunken chicken in beer reduction) and apple strudel.
When: September 28 to October 1
Where: Todi & Co. Mills, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel West, Mumbai. Tel: 022 6141 7400 

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