Oktoberfest Beer Tents

Which beer tent to choose for Oktoberfest

So many beer tents, so little time. At Oktoberfest, you can choose between 14 main beer tents (plus 20 smaller tents). But picking the "right one" can be overwhelming. Which Oktoberfest tent is a good choice for families, has the best yodelers, or is the most popular among locals?

Here is a guide to the beer tents at Oktoberfest. Visit them all as entrance is free and you don’t need tickets (but you should reserve a table well in advance). 

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Schottenhamel

Oktoberfest Schottenhamel Tent
GettyImages / Miguel Villagran
Address
Am Einlaß 3A, 80469 München, Germany
Phone
+49 89 12470524

Dating back to 1867, Schottenhamel is the oldest tent at Oktoberfest. Many say it's also the most important as Schotenhamel is where everything kicks off. At 12 p.m. sharp on Oktoberfest's opening day, Munich's Mayor begins the festival by tapping the first keg of beer with a hearty "O’zapft is!" here at the Schottenhamel tent.

This is one of the largest Oktoberfest tents with nearly 10,000 seats and it is the place to party for young people. Many Munich student organizations base themselves there and it is nicknamed Das Zelt der Jugend genannt (The tent of youth).

Beer Served: Spaten

Reservations: online at festhalle-schottenhamel.de, by email to festhalle@schottenhamel.de or by fax to +49 (0)89 54469319

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Hofbräu

Hofbräu Beer Tent at Oktoberfest
Andreas Steinhoff
Address
Hofbräuallee 1, 81829 München, Germany
Phone
+49 89 291050

The most famous beer hall internationally, the Hofbräuhaus is open year-round in the heart of Munich.

At Oktoberfest, this popular tent is crowded with locals and foreigners alike. It has almost 7,000 seats inside and Bavarian Oompah music fills the air with their spokesman, Aloisius, hanging from the ceiling along with chandeliers draped in hops.

Many guests and all the waiters are dressed in traditional clothing and this tent has a very lively atmosphere.

Beer served: Hofbräu München
Reservations

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Marstall

Oktoberfest Beer Tent Marstall
GettyImages / Joerg Koch
Address
Marstallpl. 5, 80539 München, Germany
Phone
+49 89 218501

Taking over from the storied Hippodrom tent in 2014, Marstall is the newest tent and one of first tents you will see when entering Oktoberfest.

Golden horses preside over this luxurious tent for 3,200 guests. The mood is civilized here where dancing on benches is generally not allowed and children are welcome until the evening.

Eating here is more inventive, even offering vegetarian and gluten-free options. Order sekt (sparkling wine) by the stein and class it up this Oktoberfest.

Beer served: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Reservations

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Hacker-Pschorr

Oktoberfest Hacker Pschorr beer tent
GettyImages / Andreas Rentz
Address
Hochstraße 75, 81541 München, Germany
Phone
+49 89 51060

With almost 10,000 seats, Hacker is another of the large tents at Oktoberfest. Its idyllic ceiling is painted like a heaven with blue skies and white clouds, echoing the blue and white of the Bavarian flag. Locals call this tent Himmel der Bayern (Heaven for Bavarians) and the roof can fold back on particularly nice days.

If you need a break from traditional brass bands, the Hacker tent is the right choice for you. After 7 pm, the atmosphere turns up and a rock band gets people dancing on the wooden benches.

Beer served: Hacker Pschorr
Reservations: +49 (0)8170 7303 or online

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Augustiner

Oktoberfest Augustiner beer tent
GettyImages / Johannes Simon
Address
Neuhauser Str. 27, 80331 München, Germany
Phone
+49 89 23183257

A great option for families, the Augustiner beer tent offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. In conjunction with Family Days on Tuesday, this tent has "Kid's Day" where small guests can eat and drink for less.

The beer is still served out of wood kegs, and many Muenchner consider this to be the best tent at Oktoberfest. It can be hard to get in as 200 tables are reserved for regulars.

Beer served: Augustiner

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Winzerer Fähndl

Oktoberfest Winzerer Fähndl Beer Tent
Andreas Steinhoff
Address
Nördliche Münchner Str. 2, 82031 Grünwald, Germany
Phone
+49 89 62171910

This is the largest tent at Oktoberfest with seating for almost 11,000 people. Winzerer Fähndl and its world-famous Paulaner beer is easily spotted with its six-meter (80-foot) high rotating Paulaner beer glass.

Enter the tent to thousands of FC Bayern Munich soccer fans and locals, both young and old.

Beer served: Paulaner
Reservations: +49 (0)89 62 17 19 10, online

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Löwenbräu

Oktoberfest Loewenbraeu Beer Tent
GettyImages/Johannes Simon
Address
Nymphenburger Str. 7, 80335 München, Germany
Phone
+49 800 52205203

The 15-foot lion sitting above the entrance of the Löwenbräu tent is hard to miss. Every now and then it even lets out a majestic roar of "Lööööwenbräu" and takes a sip from its beer.

No wonder local soccer players from TSV 1860 and their fans like to come here - their nickname is "The Lions". Inside, the almost 6,000 seats feel like they are within a giant beer barrel which suits the older local crowd.

Beer served: Löwenbräu
Reservations: +49 (0)89 47 76 77, festzelt@unionsbraeu.de, or online form

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Ochsenbraterei

Oktoberfest Beer tent
GettyImages / Johannes Simon
Casual Restaurants
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A monster ox on a revolving spit showcases the highlight of this tent. The name is appropriately German for "ox rotisserie".

The tent has been around since 1881 and is a great place to party to a big brass band and eat the iconic meal of ochsen spieß. It is more about the food than a beer here.

Beer served: Spaten
Reservations: +49 (0)89 510 857 60, info@ochsenbraterei.de, or online form

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Pschorr-Bräurosl

Bräurosl Beer Tent
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Enter past the two almost 20-meter-high maibäume (maypoles) to reach the Bräurosl beer tent that has been serving up the beers and party since 1901. It is still owned by the same family.

Alongside Oompah bands, the Bräurosl is proud to have its own authentic Bavarian yodeler. But its not entirely orthodox as the first Saturday is "Gay Sunday".

Beer served: Hacker Pschorr
Reservations: +49 (0)89 55 63 53, info@braeurosl.de, or online

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Käfer's Wies’n-Schänke

Oktoberfest Käfer's Wies’n-Schänke
GettyImages / Alexander Hassenstein

Want to spot some celebrities? Your chances are pretty good at Käfer's Wies’n-Schänke. With 3,000 seats, it is one of the smaller Oktoberfest tents and the atmosphere is less hectic compared to other tents. The tent is also famous for its lavish gourmet food.

The Käfer's Wies’n-Schänke is open later than any other Oktoberfest tent (until 12:30 a.m) but that doesn't make it any easier to make it past the velvet rope. For the best chance at a seat, you might try the additional 1,900 seats in the biergarten.

Beer served: Paulaner
Reservations

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Armbrustschützenzelt

Armbrustschützenzelt beer tent
Andreas Steinhoff
Address
Sparkassenstraße 12, 80331 München, Germany
Phone
+49 89 23703703

This beer tent translates as "crossbow shooters tent" for good reason; a crossbow competition has been organized at Oktoberfest since 1895 and is still one of the Oktoberfest highlights today.

If you are not into sports, you can still have a great time at this tent with live music, dancing, and sing-alongs.

Beer served: Paulaner
Reservations: Send your written reservation request per fax to 089/23703705 or by mail to Sparkassenstr. 12, 80331 Munich

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Schützen

Oktoberfest Schuetzen beer tent
GettyImages / Johannes Simon

Close to the famous Bavaria statue, this small beer tent is actually off the main drag and full of locals. It used to be fairly quiet, but its cozy atmosphere has made it more popular recently.

It is known for its shooting hall complete with 100 shooting stands in the back.. This is where the local shooting clubs host their championships.

Beer served: Loewenbrau
Reservations: Phone +49 (0)89 - 23181224; Fax +49 (0)89 - 23181244

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Fischer Vroni

Oktoberfest Fischer Broni Beer Tent
GettyImages / Johannes Simon

Take a break from the pork and visit Fischer Vroni. True to its name, this seafaring tent in the middle of Bavaria features a boat for a stage and is famous for its grilled "fish on a stick", plus 16 other kinds of fish on the menu.

This is also the location of of a large LGBT party on the second Monday.

Beer served: Augustiner
Reservations

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Weinzelt

Kufflers Weinzelt Oktoberfest
https://www.weinzelt.com/en/

Amid a sea of beers, this is one place you can get a glass of wine. The small wine tent has an extensive wine list as well as sekt (sparkling wine). If you must have a beer, Paulaner Weissbier is on offer.

Besides traditional Oktoberfest dishes, the wine tent also has seafood and Thai delicacies on its menu. The tent is not as crowded as other Oktoberfest venues, and you'll find many families among the visitors enjoying the normal tables with seat backs.

However, it is also open quite late (until 1am) so it is the ideal location for a nightcap.

Wine served: More than 15 different wines and sekt like Nymphenburger
Reservations: +49 (0)89 290 70517, weinzelt@kuffler.de or online

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