It’s a good time to be a beer geek in Bangkok.
When: through Nov 2; 5-11pm
Where: 1 Sukhumvit Soi 20; BTS Phrom Phong
Why: One of our favorite German restaurants, Bei Otto is as German as it gets, from the cuisine to the beer hall vibe and mechanically efficient service. That authenticity bleeds into the restaurant’s Oktoberfest party. Expect big tents and long tables, Thai waitresses in Bavarian outfits, live oom-pah music, barrel hats, sausage eating contests and more. If you’re still thirsty, check out Bei Otto’s spinoff in Ekamai, Alexander’s German Eatery (37/3 Ekkamai Soi 12).
When: through Nov 21
Where: Hotel Indigo; Wireless Road. BTS Phloen Chit
Why: This dangerous, two-month-long deal offers a beer buffet from 5-7pm every night. That means beers from around the world for just B399—no word yet on the beers available for the deal, but there’s a solid list of 25 beers on the menu, including Ballast Point and Maisel’s Weisse on draft, so expect more than just Singha or Chang. Bonus: buy-one-get-one snacks, too.
Siam Best Brews Rooftop Carnival
When: Oct 18-19; 5-11pm
Where: amBar rooftop bar; Four Points by Sheraton. BTS Asok or Nana
Why: This two-day beer bash is less a German festival and more like a Thai temple fair (seriously), so leave the lederhosen at home and come prepared for games like darts, Wheel of Fortune and ring toss. For refreshments, you’ve got Thai food and beer from the likes of Full Moon and BrewDog, and there’s live music both nights starting at 7pm.
The German-Thai Chamber of Commerce
When: Oct 25-26; 6:30pm-1am
Where: Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park (Sukhumvit Soi 22). BTS Phrom Phong
Why: Because they’re the experts, and probably the only ones who have internalized German traditions. The celebration claims to be Thailand’s “one and only authentic German experience,” promising a feast, festive music, men and women in traditional attire and genuine Paulaner Oktoberfest beer. B2,500 (non-members) gets you a full buffet, plus a beer and souvenir mug.
When: Nov 1-3; 5-11:30pm
Where: Show DC; Rama 9 Road. MRT Phetchaburi
Why: Thailand’s largest craft beer festival. More than 300 brands will be doling out beers, and tons of brewers are expected to attend. It’s an excellent way to learn about beer—perhaps no better way than by joining one of the beer shotgunning contents we’ve seen promoted on the event’s Facebook page—and there are concerts every night, headlined by Joey Boy.
When: Nov 8-9
Where: The Link Makkasan
Why: Now in its fourth edition, this once small-scale festival has outgrown its humble former digs. This year expect more than 250 beers and ciders, plus 15 food stands and live music from the likes of Polycat. One day passes go for B499 until Oct 7, and door prices start at B599.
Mikkeller Running Club
When: Oct 5; 5:30pm
Where: Mikkeller Bangkok, 26 Ekkamai Soi 10 Yaek 2. BTS Ekkamai
Why: You might be intaking more calories than you burn at the monthly Mikkeller Running Club (MRC) meetup, but at least you’ve earned them. The MRC group traces a 5.6 km course around the neighborhood the first Saturday of every month. All runners get a cold draft beer. Stick around for even more beer, food and fun after the run. In the spirit of Oktoberfest, the bar is offering special food and beer combos.
The Irish Pub Bangkok
When: through Oct 6
Where: Four Points by Sheraton; Sukhumvit Soi 15. BTS Asok or Nana
Why: It makes about as much sense as a German pub celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, but this is still a winner. Live music plays Wed-Fri, and the kitchen has lined up a smorgasbord of German delights, including pork knuckle, pork stew and classic wuerstchen (sausage platters with mashed potatoes). Wash it all down with a cold German brew, starting at B239 for a pint.