A Munich-Style Bierhall in Australia
It should come as no surprise that there is a great German bierhall in Sydney, Australia.
After all, Australians love to drink beer and give it to them in large 1-liter mugs, throw in some “oompha” party music and it makes perfect sense because, well, Australians drink lots of beer and Okotberfest is based on drinking lots of beer.
And so it is in The Rocks area of Sydney. Just a up from Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the famous Opera House is Lowenbrau, a German restaurant that doubles as a lively bierhall, making it the city’s prime Oktoberfest party place.
Walk in the bar area and it’s like you were suddenly transported to Munich.
There are barmaids in those sexy fraulein outfits pouring beers in heavy, dimpled glass mugs.
The walls are brick and there is a live band playing oompha music, the same you hear in the bierhalls at the real Oktoberfest in Munich, games like people holding the mug out at arm’s length for as long as possible.
(For the record, PubClub.com’s mug was never more than a few inches from consumption range during our many visits.)
And it’s full of fun party people! They are singing, hoisting those huge mugs and doing cheers with friends and strangers. This bar is fun and, not just during Oktoberfest, but on any weekend night throughout the year.
So if you want to party for Oktoberfest in Munich, head to The Rocks and Lowenbrau.
By the way, if there’s a line outside, it’s for patrons looking for a table to eat; you can usually go right into the bar.
Lowenbrau is located behind the row of English pubs in The Rocks, in a neat little area of small cafes and small shops in a pedestrian square of sorts. The Sydney Tourist office is across the “street.” It’s at the corner of Playfair & Argyle Streets.
BONDI BEACH, MANLEY BEACH & DOWNTOWN OKTOBERFEST LOCATIONS
The Bavarian Bier Cafe in Bondi Beach and the Manley Beach Wharf are two more places to party for Oktoberfest in (well, in the vicinity of) Sydney.
There is a third location of this Germany bierhall, at 24 York Street, in downtown Sydney.