Oktoberfest at Home: How to Celebrate Germany’s Favorite Beer Holiday This Year

These picks will have you saying, "Prost!" no matter where you are.
Home bar designed by Heather Wells
This basement-level home bar designed by Heather Wells features modern pieces in a vintage-looking setting, as well as a bowling alley. Photo by Joshua McHugh

For the second year in a row, Germany’s time-honored Oktoberfest has been canceled because of the ongoing pandemic. But, fear not, there is still occasion to don dirndls and lederhosen.

Typically scheduled for two weeks spanning mid-September to early October, the lively festival commemorates the 1810 marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Over the subsequent 200 years, the beer bash has expanded to localities around the globe, from Sydney, Australia, to Blumenau, Brazil. New York City, for one, hosts events on the East River complete with polka dancing and oversize pretzels.

Many of the satellite spots are moving forward with their festivities this fall, with some lasting the whole month of October. Although Munich is the original site of the celebration, key rituals make Oktoberfest what it is, regardless of location. This month, the common pint glass is upgraded to a beer stein, a traditional, often lidded, ceramic mug. Baseball caps are traded for the earth-toned Tyrolean hat, and German folk music and beer-hall tunes help set the mood.

Since we can’t make the trip to Germany’s beer tents and breweries, we’re bringing the party here. From bar accessories to glass-bottle-inspired art, we’ve rounded up 13 über-fun pieces that will have Oktoberfest enthusiasts raising their steins from the comfort of their own homes.

To instantly spruce up your bar or kitchen area, you can’t beat a countertop with connected seats, especially one that can be custom built to fit any space.

Get into the spirit of Oktoberfest with an intricately decorated vintage beer stein sporting a hinged lid and a polished exterior.

Hermès bottle opener
Hermès Cordage Bottle Opener, 1960s

No beer stein? No problem. Drinking straight from the bottle can be the height of style if you open it with this silvered-brass Hermès opener.

Teak ice bucket
Jens Quistgaard Ice Bucket, 1950

Weather permitting, make your celebration alfresco with this teak ice bucket.

Invoking the classic road-trip song, John Kilduff‘s painting adds a colorful touch as you take a bottle down and pass it around.

Re-create Oktoberfest’s trolleys and booths with a rolling bar cart. Souvenirs optional.

A 19th-century beer engine is a sure conversation starter. Just mention “beer on tap.”

For you jewelry aficionados, here’s a themed charm to add to your favorite bracelet this month.

These cufflinks will give even a formal function a subtle sense of play.

Light up your home bar with a some vintage neon.

Fans of pretzels and conceptual art will find the perfect combination in this John Baldessari patterned wallpaper.

Speaking of pretzels, this rolling train carries all you need to season your doughy snacks.

Looking for an eye-catching outfit? A hand-crocheted beer-tab dress will certainly turn heads.

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