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Teutonic nights: Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Brooklyn

You’re going to get mugged: Grand Prospect Hall’s Bavarian Biergarten will serve up one-liter steins of Germany’s finest beer during its Oktoberfest celebration.
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Oktoberfest, Germany’s annual celebration of beer and gluttony, just wrapped up in the Fatherland, and now it’s Brooklyn’s turn! Here are five places to don your dirndl or lederhosen, hoist your stein, and say “Prost!” — that’s German for “cheers!” — across Kings County.

Dream day

Enjoy the last of the warm weather at Grand Prospect Hall’s lush outdoor Bavarian Biergarten, which will make your Oktoberfest dreams come true through games, giveaways, Deutschland delicacies, and plenty of German beer on tap.

Bavarian Biergarten (265 Prospect Ave. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, www.brooklynbavarianbiergarten.com). Now through Oct. 3 from noon to 1 am. Free.

Play to gewinnen

The party at Park Slope’s Kings Beer Hall — formerly Die Koelner Bierhalle — will culminate with a day-drinking Olympics, in which beer buffs will face off in games of beer pong, boat racing, quarters, and corn hole. And anyone who buys a liter of Oktoberfest beer will receive a complimentary beer boot — the traditional drinking vessel in the shape of footwear – so they can keep the celebration going long past October.

Kings Beer Hall (84 St. Marks Pl. at Fourth Avenue in Park Slope, www.thekbh.com). Oct. 1 at 2 pm. Free.

Arch nein!

Gather under the Manhattan Bridge archway — Brooklyn’s answer to the Brandenburg Gate (if you don’t count Grand Army Plaza) — for Dumbo’s first ever Oktoberfest fair. The Dumbo Business Improvement District will transform the popular gathering into a German beer hall for three straight nights, with the Lighthouse-shaped bar there serving up steins and brats while polka band Melina and the Oompahs and DJ Holzmeister provide the music.

The Manhattan Bridge Archway (57 Pearl St. at Water Street in Dumbo, www.dumbo.is). Oct. 6 and 7, 6–10 pm; Oct. 8, 3–10 pm. Free.

Into the woods

Fort Greene’s Black Forest bar — named for the mountainous region of Germany where its owners grew up — will bring a competitive edge to its Oktoberfest celebration. Revelers can battle to win $100 drink cards by entering a stein-hoisting competition — in which contestants must keep an arm straight while holding a giant, full beer mug — or a German-garb costume contest. All of this will go down as Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party provides some raucous — if not particularly German — tunes.

Black Forest Brooklyn (733 Fulton St. at S. Elliot Place in Fort Greene, www.blackforestbrooklyn.com). Oct. 8 at 8 pm. $10.

Southern style

Traditional Teutonic band Die Spitzbaum will bring some oompah and oomph to Aviator Sports and Events Center’s annual Oktoberfest shindig. The festival also includes a stein-hoisting competition and German grub including soft pretzels and brats.

Aviator Sports and Events Center (3159 Flatbush Ave. near Aviation Road in Marine Park, www.aviatorsports.com). Oct. 9, noon–4 pm. $30.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:57 pm, July 9, 2018
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