The big new player in Melbourne for the past year has been the Munich Brauhaus, and I mean BIG! It’s capable of seating over 700 diners at any one time and has space for up to 1100 guests when you include the bar areas. It’s run by the same group that brought you the Bavarian Bier Cafe’s in New South Wales and Queensland and also Löwenbräu Keller in Sydney so they should have an idea of how to run German restaurants.
Located at South Wharf beside the Yarra River a short distance from the the Exhibition Centre, the venue has several bars, dining areas, mezzanine dining levels and an outdoor dining area.
They have the main Munich beers; Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spaten and Hacker-Pschorr. Plus at the moment they have the actual limited run Oktoberfest brews straight from Munich.
There’s entertainment at peak times plus throughout October there’s additional events including competitions and events for kids on Sunday’s.
For current event info and menu’s check out their website at www.munichbrauhaus.com.
Löwenbräu Keller in The Rocks, Sydney, has been operating since 1976 and takes its name from one of the 6 Munich breweries represented at Oktoberfest.
The restaurant offers a traditional Munich basement style venue with all of the traditional German food and beer to match. As you’d expect they have several of the regular Munich and Oktoberfest traditional beers including Löwenbräu, Hofbräu, Paulaner and Spaten. During Oktoberfest they import some of the special Oktoberfest brews with their stronger taste and higher alcohol content.
Oktoberfest celebrations are running through to the end of October with set menu’s available in several options from $49-$65 which includes, entree, main and dessert. Friday and Saturday’s they have Oktoberfest keg tapping nights and live music.
If you’re looking for an Oktoberfest event in Sydney but Oktoberfest In The Gardens doesn’t take your fancy, then this is probably a better option for you.
To see the menu and more info about their special events check out www.lowenbrau.com.au
The Hofbräuhaus in has been a Melbourne icon since it opened in Market Lane in 1968. Thanks to German ex-pat Helmut Meyer, it was the first of the Hofbräuhaus franchises to open outside of Europe. Badly damaged by a fire in 2011 it was fully renovated and reopened
Serving all of the traditional German dishes you’d expect and of course a selection of Hofbräu beers on tap. The Market Lane premises has 3 distinct areas available including the Restaurant which is the largest of the 3 and caters for dining and entertainment. Next door, the Alpine Bar caters for a casual drink and well as food and upstairs is the Bier Hall which is fitted out with long tables and bench seats. The Bier Hall offers a slightly more casual dining experience than the restaurant.
A sister venue at Docklands is also now open called The Hof Downtown. It’s designed as a bier hall come cafe and has all the German food and beers of the original venue although some might say not quite as entertaining.
Bookings are often essential to guarantee a table at the Hofbräuhaus on Friday and Saturday nights and even more so around Oktoberfest time. Competitions are running during the Oktoberfest period including a chance to win a trip to Germany to attend next years Oktoberfest.
Check out their website at www.hofbrauhaus.com.au.
Their Facebookpage has more current information on specials and events.