For over 200 years, people have been attending the world’s biggest and greatest beer festival–Oktoberfest. This year is no exception when from Saturday, September 22 until Sunday, October 7 over six million visitors will embark upon the fairgrounds known as the Wiesn.
There are many tents to choose from including 14 large ones and 20 small ones. Often in the shadow of the larger tents the smaller tents go unnoticed by international visitors so read on to gain more knowledge.
This tent looks like a large Bavarian mountain hut and specializes in veal and it’s so yummy some call it the “real deal veal”. Able’s Kalbs-Kuchl serves dishes such Kalbsbraten (roast veal), Kalbstafelspitz (boiled veal), and offer plenty of veal alternatives too. The tent is traditional Bavarian with a warm and cozy atmosphere and definitely a place to wear Tracht (traditional Bavarian clothes such as a Dirndl or Lederhosen).
Able’s Kalbs-Kuchl is located directly opposite the largest Oktoberfest tent Schottenhamel and is in front and to the left of the Braeurosl (See letter K on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 300
- Beer: Spaten & Franziskaner Weissbier
- Website: http://www.kalbs-kuchl.de/
Ammer Hühner & Entenbraterei
In 1885, poultry dealer Joseph Ammer was allowed to construct his small booth at Oktoberfest, creating the world’s first chicken roaster. Aside from finger licking Bio-roasted chicken (you can order it light, medium, or dark), the roasted duck is awesome as well as the other Bavarian cuisine. If you’re hungry and on the run, you can purchase food on the street in front of the tent.
You’ll find Ammer opposite Hofbraeu near the middle of Wirtsbudenstrasse (See letter M on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 450 inside; 450 outside
- Beer: Augustiner
- Website: http://www.ammer-wiesn.de/
Bodo’s Café Tent
You won’t find beer at this tent, only exotic cocktails, Prosecco, Champagne, and coffee. Last but not least, this is the place for strudel fans with favorites such as apple and other sweet and spicy variations. From 9:00 a.m. they offer a special Oktoberfest breakfast. During the day it’s rather calm, then early evening the music starts and at 7:00 p.m. the party gets going as the band begins to play Oktoberfest song favorites and visitors switch from coffee to exotic drinks at the cocktail bar.
Bodo’s is located on Strasse 2 near the Ochsenbraterei tent (See letter N on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 450
- Beer: None, only wine, cocktails, and Champagne.
- Website: www.bodos.de/
The cute two-story cottage specializes in Rostbratwuerstl (roasted brats) grilled over a wood fire and offers a unique atmosphere for those wish a change from the larger tents. Augustiner beer is proudly served from a wooden cask. It gets busy outside the tent as people gather for street sales of the savory brats.
To find Zur Bratwurst, look for the timbered house on the corner Matthias-Pschorr-Strasse and Schaustellerstrasse (See letter G on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 170 inside (2 levels)/Outside 40
- Beer: Augustiner
- Website: www.zurbratwurst.de
This is another tent for sweet lovers and looks like a ‘Candyland’ game board and also resembles the fairytale Bavarian castle of Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein. Run by one of Munich’s most famous bakery Rischart, the sweet decorated tent holds a daily commemoration of the occasion of the first Oktoberfest–the wedding of Ludwig I and Therese of Saxony. You can watch live as Kaiserschmarrn (light and fluffy fried chopped pancakes served with caramelized raisins and chopped almonds, topped with whip cream) and prepared in gigantic iron-pan. Things heat up at night and you can burn off calories dancing the music and the band pumps it up on the catwalk.
Cafe Kaiserschmarrn is on Matthias-Pschorr-Strasse, not too far from the Weinzelt (See letter P on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 370
- Beer: None. Only coffee, wine, champagne, andcocktails.
- Website: www.rischart.de
Since 1950, Cafe Mohrenkopf has been baking cakes and pies fresh daily directly in their Oktoberfest tent. The specialty of the tent is Mohrenkopf, a small, chocolate-glazed cream-cake. The coffee in this tent comes from one of Germany’s renowned coffee-specialists, Dallmayr. Inside there is also cocktail bar where you can order Champagne, XXL cocktails and long drinks. Happy Hour at the bar in the tent is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cafe Mohrenkopf is located just off Strasse 3, behind the Braeurosl tent (See letter Q on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 420
- Beer: None. Only coffee, wine, champagne, and cocktails.
- Website: http://www.cafe-mohrenkopf.eu/
Feisingers Ka’s und Weinstubn
This is a great place if you are visiting Oktoberfest with a mixed group of beer and wine drinkers. You’ll find not only beer being served, but wine too. The specialty of the house in this unique dish called Raclette, a popular party food which is melted cheese served on bread or potatoes with spicy extras such as, pickled cucumber and onions. The tent is relatively unknown and often has last minute openings since they don’t give away reservations for more than half of their seats in the tent.
Feisingers Kas und Weinstub’n is located in front of the popular Winzerer Faehndl tent (See letter H on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 92 inside/90 outside
- Beer: Franziskaner Weißbier
- Website: http://www.wiesnzelt.de/
This is the one of the smallest of all Oktoberfest tents with less than 100 seats. It has a cozy atmosphere and is visually appealing since the walls and the ceiling of the tent are decorated with old instruments, cooking utensils, mugs and paintings. Due to its size, you’ll get great service and this is truly a great place for an authentic Oktoberfest experience due the warm atmosphere. Meal choices range from typical Bavarian fare such Schweinshaxn (grilled pork) to Obatzda (a cheese specialty). For anyone on-the-go, the Gloeckle Wirt also offers sausages and other grilled specialties for sale in front of the tent.
The Gloeckle Wirt tent is located north of the Schottenhamel tent on Wirtsbudenstrasse (See letter E on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 98
- Beer: Spaten & Franziskaner Weissbier
- Website: http://www.gloeckle-wirt.de/index_EN.php
Heimer Hendl- und Entenbraterei
This tent is a staple at Oktoberfest and very popular among the locals. It is a relatively quiet tent since there is no live band. The house specialty is the roasted duck with its unique taste coming from the secret combination of spices –probably no match for KFC. The duck that is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside and is served with potato-dumplings and Blaukraut (cooked red cabbage that has a deep blue hue).
To find Heimer’s follow the savory scent or walk to the Hacker-Pschorr tent and you’ll see it right in front (See letter D on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 320
- Beer: Paulaner
- Website: http://www.heimer-entenbraterei.de/
Heinz Wurst- Und Huehnerbraterei
Since 1906, the tent has been a Wiesn staple proudly specializing in authentic Oktoberfest tradition. They offer sausage and chicken dishes you can also buy to-go and offer vegetarian options. They have a lot of specials, such as, if you purchase 10 coupons for chickens you’ll get one FREE! From Monday till Friday (except on Oct.03.2012) meals are offered at discounted rates.
Just follow your nose or find the tent in front of Hacker tent (See letter F on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 360
- Beer: Paulaner
- Website: http://www.heinz-huehnerbraterei.de/
Traditional, relaxed, and personal–all reasons regulars keep coming back to Hochreiter’s. Not only is the service warm and welcoming but the food is fantastic. This tent specializes in Haxn (roasted pork knuckle or ham hock) where their BBQ expertise is put to the challenge. The results were great since over 10,000 were eaten during a previous Oktoberfest.
And then there’s the Hochreiter’s Carousel Bar, the largest transportable carousel bar in the world. It takes a minute and a half to do a full revolution on this bar and the occupancy is listed at 130 persons.
Hochreiters Haxnbraterei tent is on Wirtsbudenstrasse between Poschner and Wildmoser tents (See letter B on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 300
- Beer: Franziskaner, Loewenbrau
- Website: http://www.haxenbraterei.com/
Poschners Huehner-Und Entenbraterei
Ah, there’s nothing like Poschner’s famous roasted chicken and duck and this small tent has been serving Grandpa’s recipe for four generations. The nice thing about this tent is that you are guided to your table just like in a real restaurant, so no need to elbow your way through the crowds. Specializing in chicken and duck meals, their food can also be purchased on street level as well as in the tent itself.
Poschner’s is located between the Hacker and Hofbraeu tents at 115 Wirtsbudenstrasse (See letter C on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 350
- Beer: Hacker-Pschorr
- Website: www.poschners.de
With seating for about 100, Schiebl’s comfy coffee house tent is a nice place for the entire family. Another restaurant for sweet lovers and those longing for Irish Coffee, an Oktoberfest insider favorite. Schiebl’s also offers various strudels and cakes, as well as wines and spirits, and vegetarian options.
The tent is next to Ammer tent, opposite Hofbraeu on Wirtsbudenstrasse (See letter L on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 100
- Beer: None, wine and spirits
- Website: http://www.schiebls-cafebetriebe.de/
Technically it’s not a tent, but sort of bar resembling a giant Bundt cake, hence the German name Guglhupf. The tent is also open a bit longer than the beer tents and closes at 11.30 p.m. Aside from drinks, guests can order classic raisins, nuts, or plum cakes, as well as savory ones with olives or salmon.
If you don’t find Guglhupf during Oktoberfest locted on Schaustellerstrasse near Schichtl’s, visit the Munich city location at Kaufingerstrasse 5 (See letter O on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 60
- Beer: None, wine, spirits, and long drinks
- Website: www.wiesnguglhupf.de
When the chicken crosses the road it heads toward this tent. Owned by family Wildmoser since 1981, this small tent has been adopted and popularized by the Munich locals. They specialize in all sorts of poultry dishes and have lively entertainment.
The tent can be found in front of the Hofbraeu Festzelt (See letter A on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 320
- Beer: Hacker-Pschorr
- Website: http://www.huehner-und-entenbraterei-wildmoser.de/
This is the one of the newest tent at Oktoberfest and since the opening in 2009, people have been admiring the game-inspired decor, dishes like roasted wild boar, venison, rabbit, as well as typical Oktoberfest cooking.
Wildstuben is away from most of the tents. You’ll need to walk south on Strasse 3 and turn left on Schaustellerstrasse (See letter R on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 200
- Website: http://www.wildstuben.de/
Wirtshaus im Schichtl
Since the opening in 1869, Wirtshaus im Schichtl has held on to traditions such as daily executions (not real ones of course, or are they?). Stand out front and watch the Barker work the crowds or go inside for a small fee to see the show. You can order food as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Wirtshaus im Schichtl is also far from most the large and small tents. You’ll need to walk south on Strasse 3 and turn left on Schaustellerstrasse, go past Strasse 2 and it’s on the right (See letter S on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 120 and plenty of room in front
- Website: http://www.schichtl.by/wirtshaus.htm (German)
This tent is famous for its traditional duck and roasted chicken dishes, cozy atmosphere, and daily entertainment. If you can’t get enough of their chicken, they offer takeaway chicken and other dishes.
You’ll find the Zum Stiftl tent outside the Loewenbraeu tent at the south end of Wirtsbudenstrasse (See letter J on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 440
- Beer: Paulaner
- Website: www.stiftl.de
Great food. Great beer. Awesome atmosphere. What more could you ask for? How about daily specials just under 6 Euro and ½ meter (19.6 inches) long brats? This is another great tent to meet close friends and family for beer, brats, and more.
Burtschers Bratwursthuettn is on Wirtsbudenstrasse between Strasse 3 and Strasse 4 (See letter T on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 90
- Beer: Spaten, Franziskaner
- Website: www.wiesn-bratwurst.de
The newest tent at Oktoberfest is taking its 100-year tradition as one of Munich’s finest butchers to the Wiesn. This is the place to go for a traditional Bavarian meal consisting of Weisswurst (veal sausage), sweet mustard, and a pretzel. Get there early because there is an unwritten law in Bavaria that the Weisswurst must not be eaten afternoon.
Aside from enjoying a typical Bavarian breakfast, the Metzgerstubn offers a variety of local favorites such as Muenchner Leberkaes (liver meat loaf) freshly prepared and baked on the premises.
Metzgerstubn is at the end of Wirtsbudenstrasse before Strasse 1 (See letter U on Oktoberfest small tent map).
- Seats: 130
- Website: http://www.vinzenzmurr.de/wiesn.htm
Wow, that about covers the small tents and hopefully you know about the large ones as well. Now you can make up your mind and visit one or all of the fantastic Oktoberfest tents.
Keep in mind that entering the Wiesn as well as a beer tent is free. You will need a beer tent reservation in order to drink and eat. Most reservations are gone as early as March, but you can always contact the beer tents and try to get one. Remember, no seat, no beer. Lastly, the 2012 Oktoberfest beer price is 9,10 Euro – 9,50 Euro for a liter of beer.
Have a great time in Munich at Oktoberfest 2012 and to start planning for Oktoberfest 2013 scheduled from Saturday, September 21, until Sunday, October 6, 2013.