September 30th, 2011

Celebrating Oktoberfest in Marina del Rey

Zum Wohl, fellow MDRers! It’s that time again…Oktoberfest, that is. Where are the oom pah pah bands? The brats? The chicken dances? The biers? We’ve got your local Oktoberfest guide, right here. Steins up, Marina del Rey!

1. Alpine Village

We would be remiss if we did not mention Alpine Village in Torrance (only 17 miles from Marina del Rey)—it’s home to the oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California, held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between September 9 and October 23. You’ve got the works: Oom Pah Pah big bands, contests, chicken dances, traditional German fare, German beers and Riesling for the fraus. Reserve your tickets online. General admission tickets cost $10; VIP tickets cost $50 and include special VIP entry (no waiting in line), reserved parking, reserved table in the VIP section and VIP restroom.

Alpine Village
833 West Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90502

2. Tony P’s Dockside Grill

If you’d rather stay close to home, you can still celebrate Oktoberfest and stay right in your backyard. Thanks to the geniuses at Tony P’s, you and your frau (or freund) can enjoy a five-course, five-beer dinner on October 19. These dinners are famous in Marina del Rey for quality, fun and Germany’s best beer offerings. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Call (310) 823-4534 to make your reservations – seating is limited to only 60 guests. $55 including tax and tip. All reservations must be pre-paid.

Tony P’s Dockside Grill
4445 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

3. Wurstküche Venice

If you fancy yourself a foodie (“Oktober-WHUT?”), there’s still no reason to shun the celebration completely. After all what could be more German than sausages and beer? Luckily the brilliant minds behind the beloved Wurstküche in downtown L.A. have recently brought their juicy exotic sausages, homemade dipping sauces and 24 imported biers on tap to Lincoln Boulevard—right in the heart of Venice. (September 19 was their soft opening).

623 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

4. Chalet Edelweiss

Sometimes you just want the classics. Chalet Edelweiss in Westchester, only a hop and skip from Marina del Rey, is just that. A typical family-owned, neighborhood restaurant serving up Swiss-influenced dishes and plenty of German beers on tap, it’s a place where you can bring the kids and enjoy traditional Bavarian fare. Starting September 17, Chalet Edelweiss will have a special Oktoberfest menu featuring everything from giant pretzels and sausages to homemade black forest cake and fresh applestrudel. It won’t break the pocketbook either, if you pick up a $25 coupon for $10 online first.

Chalet Edelweiss
8740 Sepulveda Blvd
Westchester, CA 90045