Ze Oktoberfest

#1
Starts this weekend in Munich. Any ARRSEers going? There's a group of us going over, and meeting a few mates there. Much pishing it up!

Whilst I'm on the subject, I am an Oktoberfest virgin...and any does/don'ts/suggestions welcome.
 
#2
Hi Smudge

I,m going down there on Friday.

It all kicks off at 12pm Saturday when the mayor taps the 1st barrell.

I went last year and it was impossible to get into a tent on Saturday. Sunday morning a group of about 8 of us got into a tent with no problem.

Saturday we went to the Hofbrauhaus in the town centre same atmosphere as the tents so well recomended.
 
#3
scruff_1 said:
Hi Smudge

I,m going down there on Friday.

It all kicks off at 12pm Saturday when the mayor taps the 1st barrell.

I went last year and it was impossible to get into a tent on Saturday. Sunday morning a group of about 8 of us got into a tent with no problem.

Saturday we went to the Hofbrauhaus in the town centre same atmosphere as the tents so well recomended.
We're travelling down on Friday also, coming back on Monday. Is there not drinking stalls outside the tents if we can't get in one? If not then you may well see me in the Hofbrauhaus! Will have my potato head badge on, and probably a rugby shirt of some description.
 
#6
Smudge

cant say I noticed any drinking stalls outside the tents. The tent are massive hold up to 3/4 thousand at a time.

There are plenty of bier gartens in Munich. Englischer Gardens and Augustiner are both pretty good.
 
#7
scruff_1 said:
Smudge

cant say I noticed any drinking stalls outside the tents. The tent are massive hold up to 3/4 thousand at a time.

There are plenty of bier gartens in Munich. Englischer Gardens and Augustiner are both pretty good.
Ok. Is it worth going on the saturday to try and get in a tent, or just leave it til the Sunday? Someone told me to get there early, but I'd rather not waste 3 hours waiting around to not get in somewhere!
 
#8
You could try to get into a tent. There is always the fun fare and bratty stands etc. If weather is nice thare is a grass bank you can sit on with a few cans and just watch all the girlies in the Dirndls.
 
#9
scruff_1 said:
You could try to get into a tent. There is always the fun fare and bratty stands etc. If weather is nice thare is a grass bank you can sit on with a few cans and just watch all the girlies in the Dirndls.
Sod that! I'm going for a beerfest! I intend to get leathered :)

I'm looking forward to my 1st gyros pitta mit mayo in a long time!

I'll give the tents a go, if that's a no-go then I'll trundle off to the hofbrau place you suggested. If you see me (I'll have Smudge, or Prince Albert) on the back of my rugby shirt then feel free to pop over for a drink.
 
#12
scruff_1 said:
Hi Smudge

I,m going down there on Friday.

It all kicks off at 12pm Saturday when the mayor taps the 1st barrell.

I went last year and it was impossible to get into a tent on Saturday. Sunday morning a group of about 8 of us got into a tent with no problem.

Saturday we went to the Hofbrauhaus in the town centre same atmosphere as the tents so well recomended.
Seconded, The Hofbrauhaus is really good. :D
 
#13
Well I think you are all a bunch of arrseholes.

The Oktoberfest is on for over three weeks, this Saturday is the Help for Heroes Charity Rugby Match at Twickenham, you should all be going there to support your fellow Servicemen and Women (and get mightily wankered).

Munich's Beirfest won't go away, it'll still be there next weekend and the weekend after.

Where do your loyalties lie?
 
#14
Mitchthebar said:
Well I think you are all a bunch of arrseholes.

The Oktoberfest is on for over three weeks, this Saturday is the Help for Heroes Charity Rugby Match at Twickenham, you should all be going there to support your fellow Servicemen and Women (and get mightily wankered).

Munich's Beirfest won't go away, it'll still be there next weekend and the weekend after.

Where do your loyalties lie?
I have paid to go to a H4H charity dinner night, at epsom racecourse. 10 of us at £65 a head, next month. God knows how much I'll blow on the chairty auction at the end. So wind your neck in, this weekend has been planned for over a year, with friends from around the globe meeting up for ale.

I'm not cancelling this weekend for the world.
 
#15
Mitchthebar said:
Well I think you are all a bunch of arrseholes.

The Oktoberfest is on for over three weeks, this Saturday is the Help for Heroes Charity Rugby Match at Twickenham, you should all be going there to support your fellow Servicemen and Women (and get mightily wankered).

Munich's Beirfest won't go away, it'll still be there next weekend and the weekend after.

Where do your loyalties lie?
Nice sentiment Mitch, but you're way out of order on that one.
 
#19
Mitchthebar said:
smudge67 said:
Here are a few reasons to attend the Oktoberfest!!
As I am sure a lot of guys will agree with me, there were loads of better looking women at the Rugby, especially the ones from the Sun Bus.
Are you still harping on about the Rugby??!

I'm sorry, but I fail to find the bit in this thread where it says "go to the Oktoberfest instead of the rugby"??

Also, the Oktoberfest is on for 16 days, every year, so go when you want.
 

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#20
smudge67 said:
scruff_1 said:
Smudge

cant say I noticed any drinking stalls outside the tents. The tent are massive hold up to 3/4 thousand at a time.

There are plenty of bier gartens in Munich. Englischer Gardens and Augustiner are both pretty good.
Ok. Is it worth going on the saturday to try and get in a tent, or just leave it til the Sunday? Someone told me to get there early, but I'd rather not waste 3 hours waiting around to not get in somewhere!
No No you don't understand, the tents are open, but the queues are small or non existant. Later, when the tents are full you cannot get in unless someone leaves. Which leaves 1000 people outside waiting for someone from the 4000 inside to fall over drunk and be taken out. Once you are in a tent DO NOT LEAVE unless you are done drinking

Aim to arrive at the 'fest at 11am, if you are arriving at 12 you will have to be lucky.

Certain tents are more popular than others so if you find your favourite choice is full and queuing then you need to move RAPID to another less favourite. As Mr Deputy (no relation) says, Some tents do ooompah stuff which if you have a smattering of German you can sing along to. I believe the Panzer songs are frowned upon but the tune is still out there with different (original pre NAZI? words).

Other tents have modern music. Not many though.

Wear stout boots (walking) and jeans and t shirt with light jacket or jumper (which can be removed and tied around waist when if/it gets hot). Munich gets thunderstorms but they're often short and sweet.

Some tents do have outside bits but will only serve you if you have a seat or table. Naturally they fill up rapido as soon as the associated tent is full but people move on more often..

Cash, only cash. No CC's. A round can cost around 50 EUR, ISTR 8 EUR per 1L of beer, so a round for 6 guys = 6 * 8 = 48 EUR. Remember you cannot leave the tent to get more money...

You WILL make new friends and buy them beers and they will do the same, if you can find some yanks then you'll end up drinking for free as they are the most generous people on earth. Chuck a war story in (with a positive "and then the USAF saved our lives angle" and you'll do fine. Remember that southern Germany, or Bavaria as the Bavarians prefer to call it ("are you from Germany? Nein, ich kommen nach Bavaria") is teeming with yanks so wear a UJ(Flag) baseball cap and look for someone in sneakers and white socks.. Maple Leaf dudes too.

Tents open around 10am every day, ends around 10pm IIRC.

My personal record was:

At the Fest:
10 x Maas (22 pints)

back at the hotel
3 x vodka sprite
2 x Hefe Weizen
1 x bowl of chips
1 x American Teacher (size S).
 

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