OKTOBERFEST, BIERFEST, AND BEER PARTIES IN HONG KONG (Now – Nov 12, 2014)
It’s a beer-tiful time in Hong Kong in October because that’s where all the Oktoberfest fun kicks in! Ale, ale, ale!
While the Germans celebrate their Oktoberfest in September, HK celebrates the festival in October. There are two venues to choose from OR go to both if you’re a keener!
Continue on to see all the food, dancing, and nakedness. Yes, there was nakedness.
We checked out the one that’s been going on for the past 22 years in HK -the Marco Polo German Bierfest 2014. The other one is at the Happy Valley Racecourse organized by the HK Jockey Club and events details are included.
MARCO POLO GERMAN BIERFEST 2014 (OCTOBER 17 – NOVEMBER 8, 2014)
It’s their 23rd anniversary this year and they have their Oktoberfest Festival (biggest one in HK) at the Marco Polo Hotel parking lot rooftop level in Tsim Sha Tsui.
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In my opinion, this really depends where you’re sitting and purely what you’re looking for.
If you’re yearning to party your ass off, and for full-on rowdiness, then definitely sit nearer to the stage & dance floor and don’t forget to chug down that beer. Within no time, you’ll be sure to be standing on your bench shouting alongside everybody else. Definitely bonus points if you’re wearing a beer girl costume.
If you’re looking for a quieter spot just to have a nice gathering with friends and to enjoy each other’s company. Perhaps also to enjoy the view of the harbour, then obviously sit farther back away from the stage.
For us single girls? We had game; we strategically picked a spot that was relatively close to the stage, but most importantly, we sat next to a group of pretty boys (think boy band material) and amid a throng of happy drunks. Our plan totally payed off; we drank the night away and danced to our heart’s content <3
Great for sharing with a group of friends, and to be washed down with a pint of ale!
Much better than expected and much better than last year. The roast pork knuckle served with braised red cabbage and gratinated potatoes is the recommended dish, and the pretzels were not, unless you like your pretzels to be overly salty and hard.
The food, for such a festival, was comparatively decently priced, and above average quality – I mean, my apple crumble was still warm!
Expect the Unexpected:
We had an awesome time, and really, expect the unexpected!
You never know what you might encounter – you know, like perhaps…
Birthday girls in beer girl costumes…
Guys with their shirts half on, half off…
A very enthusiastic lady ogling at this man’s ______ ?
AND even… A wedding proposal – congratulations!!!
DETAILS OF HK OKTOBERFESTS:
ONE. MARCO POLO GERMAN BIERFEST 2014 (OCTOBER 17 – NOVEMBER 8, 2014)
Sunday – Thursday || Adult – HK$140 (includes a glass of beer & Child* – HK$110 (includes a glass of soft drink)
Friday and Saturday || Adult – HK$240 (includes a glass of beer and one Marco Polo German Bierfest beer mug) & Child* HK$120 (includes a glass of soft drink)
Viewing Platform, Level 6, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel
Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
馬哥孛羅香港酒店 || 香港九龍尖沙咀海港城廣東道3號
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Exit C – Walk towards Harbour City near Lane Crawford
OR take the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui & walk towards Harbour City near Lane Crawford
Phone: +852 2113 3217
Dates & Hours:
Sunday & Thursday || 6- 11pm
Friday & Saturday || 6 – 11:30pm
TWO. OKTOBERFEST – HAPPY WEDNESDAY’S @ HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE (OCTOBER 22 – NOVEMBER 12, 2014)
Adults only. $10 HKD to enter the Racecourse’s public enclosures area. There’s a tourist price of $100 HKD to enter the member’s enclosures but must show valid travel documents when purchasing.
Happy Valley Racecourse. 跑馬地體育道
Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay Station, Exit B & take any tram on Hennessey Street marked going towards “Happy Valley”. Get off at Happy Valley.
Phone: +852 2895 1523
Dates & Hours:
Wednesdays Oct 29 & Nov 12 from 7pm onwards.
Alrighty, that’s all for now. Have fun and let me know if you went and how’d you like it! Toots <3