How to Have Oktoberfest At Home

We know not everyone is as lucky as some of us were to go to Munich's famed Oktoberfest. And while it's impossible to duplicate the atmosphere (do you really want to pour beer all over your floor?) here are some ways to have your own Oktoberfest at home. And then go sleep in your own bed.


It would be pretty silly if we didn't start this list with the beer. While a true Oktoberfest beer (or festbier) can only be called as such if it's made at one of six breweries within Munich's city limits, many of them are widely available outside of the tents. Paulaner, Löwenbräu, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, and Hofbräu and Augustiner are easy to get your hands on. 

 The first of many 5.9% Oktoberfestbiers

By the Maß

A Maß is a unit of measurement in Bavaria, roughly about a litre of beer. For the true Oktoberfest experience, we suggest grabbing some Maß glasses, or steins as they're known outside of Bavaria, to serve your beer in. We can't be held responsible for your sore wrist the next day.

 Boss. Those are heavy.

Fest Food

We had some great food while in the Schottenhamel tent last week. But if you're looking for the "gotta-haves", we suggest making sure your menu includes rotisserie chicken, brez'n (huge, doughy pretzels), red cabbage or sauerkraut, potatoes and, of course, bratwurst mit brötchen. A currywurst is a great option for a snack too--just sprinkle some of your favourite curry powder over ketchup and smother your bratwurst with it.

So, pretty much starch and meat.

 Don't feel like eating? You could always wear a chicken on your head like Paul.

The Garb

We all know you can't even begin to pretend that you're having an Oktoberfest party if you're not wearing the right outfit. Men have it relatively easy--find some lederhosen and a trachten shirt and get ready to party (socks and a hat can complete the outfit). Women, on the other hand, have some choices to make: if wearing a dirndl, the more authentic styles have longer skirts--below the knees--called a "midi". Tourists and younger ladies tend to wear a "mini". The dirndlblusen (white blouse under the dirndl) can come in varying levels of, ahem, "exposure". But whatever you do, make sure your apron's knot is tied correctly: taken women tie theirs on the right while those who are single--and ready to mingle--tie it on the left. Tied in the back? She's a widow or your waitress. Hands off the ones with it tied on the front--she's a virgin.

Don't feel like going through all that? Then this shirt will do: Löwenbräu Oktoberfest T-Shirt

Zoe and Mark showing off their threads.

The Music

It's not a party without music. And it's certainly not Oktoberfest without some foot-stomping, bench-dancing, beer-spilling tunes. While your traditional Oompah music would definitely go down a storm, here's some of our favourites from the fest that should make it on your playlist:

Sweet Caroline--Neil Diamond

Mamma Mia--ABBA

Sweet Home Alabama--Lynyrd Skynyrd

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)--The Proclaimers

Hey Baby--Bruce Channel

Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down)--Chumbawamba

It's Raining Men--The Weather Girls

Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver

Hang On Sloopy--The McCoys

I'm Walking On Sunshine--Katrina and the Waves

Hayley putting us all to shame with her moves.

The Toast

And finally, knowing the words to arguably the most important Oktoberfest song is imperative. Played at least every 20 minutes, "Ein Prosit" is the most played German drinking song at Oktoberfest. Stand on that bench, swing that stein and pay no attention to the beer you just spilled down the front of yourself--just make sure you sing along!

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit.


Guide to pronouncing the words

Ayn praw-seet, ayn praw-seet
Dare g-moot-lich-kite
Ayn praw-seet, ayn praw-seet
Dare g-moot-lich-kite!

A loose English translation essentially means:

A toast, a toast!
To cheer and good times!
A toast, a toast!
To cheer and good times!

Russ and Mark pretending they know the words to Ein Prosit.

Are you ready to party yet? We're all recovered from our fantastic time at Oktoberfest so we're probably ready to join you. What time shall we arrive?