Some of us might be still lamenting the end of summer. Here at Bitches Who Brunch, we’re welcoming fall with open arms. Apart from leaning into our basic bitch behavior of consuming pumpkin-flavored everything and snapping photos of fall foliage, we’re ready for the holidays shared among the people we love (read: tolerate).
The first celebration on that list is Oktoberfest. For some, making the trip to Germany for a few days of camaraderie drinking the country’s best beer isn’t a possibility. Thankfully, some of our favorite places in the District are holding events stateside that you won’t want to miss. Read on to see how D.C. is celebrating Oktoberfest and make arrangements before it’s too late.
The Graham Georgetown Rooftop
From now until October 4, enjoy specialties like Devils Backbone’s O’fest, Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese dip, and even a loaded Oktoberfest platter with half-smoke sausage, kielbasa, and bratwurst. It’s a feast you don’t want to miss. Read our brunch review here.
The Graham Georgetown Rooftop, 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, D.C. 202-333-6526
Wunder Garten’s fifth annual Oktoberfest celebration runs until October 6. Until then, you can partake in live music, Bavarian Olympics and a kick the keg party. Dog owners and lovers take note: On Sunday, September 29 and Sunday, October 6 from noon until 2 p.m., there’s a special “dogtoberfest” for your furry friends.
Wunder Garten, 1101 First St NE, Washington, D.C.
City Tap House
Both City Tap locations will be hosting an Oktoberfest-themed brunch on Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu items include bratwursts, German potato salad, spätzle, and meatballs. There’s even a stein-hoisting competition happening and guests can compete for the champion title and a special prize from Victory Brewing Company. Read what we had to say about brunch here.
City Tap House Penn Quarter, 901 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 733-5333
City Tap House DuPont, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 878-8235
A favorite in Eastern Market, Barrel is throwing a proper Oktoberfest soirée. Beer and food specials like Jägermeister cocktails and jagerwurst on a pretzel bun will be in effect and those deals end on October 6. Check out our brunch review here.
Barrel, 613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. (202) 543-3622
Head to Georgetown beer hall for a can’t-miss deal: If you purchase a bratwurst with Dusseldorf mustard and sauerkraut, you can add a pint of Aufsesser for just $1. Specials run until October 6.
Church Hall, 1070 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 847-0953
Head on over to the beer garden’s Navy Yard spot for a myriad of events for three straight weekends honoring D.C.’s bustling beer scene. Festivities are sponsored by On Tap magazine and include a live band with beer and pretzel parings. Read our review here.
Dacha Navy Yard, 79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, D.C. (202) 919-3800
You can order a liter of nine Oktoberfest-themed beers at Franklin Hall for $2 off until October 6. You’ll find an appetizer for every palate, but we suggest ordering the extra-large pretzel served with Port City beer cheese dip.
Franklin Hall, 1348 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 750-8646