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.
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.
Perth Oktoberfest fans would know about Oktoberfest In The Gardens which has taken place over in the west since 2011. As the events popularity has grown its organisers now take it on the road to include Melbourne for the first time in 2014 and Sydney also to be included this year.
The dates for this years events are;
- Perth – Saturday 10th October
- Melbourne – Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October
- Sydney – Saturday 31st October
Prices vary between $45-$65 however tickets are almost sold out already!
They have traditional Oktoberfest beers available including Hofbrau, Paulaner and Lowenbrau, along with a few others. Traditional foods are also available including bratwurst, sauerkraut, park knuckle, curry wurst and pretzels.
Entertainment starts off mostly traditional with brass bands, yodeling and accordions with the DJ’s coming on stage later in the evening with more of a music festival vibe setting in.