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Sydney’s North Shore may not have the hustle and bustle of the inner city, but there’s still plenty going on here. You just need a bit of imagination to unearth some great local entertainment options.

This month, we’re all about Oktoberfest, which is a wonderful excuse to head out and celebrate spring with family and friends after your winter hibernation. When it comes to an exuberant celebration of music, food and drink, Oktoberfest is unique. What’s more, you don’t have to get on a plane, because there are some fantastic restaurants, clubs and breweries to enjoy this wonderful Bavarian tradition right here on the North Shore.

Oktoberfest has its origins in Munich, and was first held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of a Bavarian prince. Despite the name, over time the start date was brought back to make the most of September’s warmer days and nights. It now runs every year from 19 Sept to 4 October, and is celebrated around the world.

Happily, in Sydney we’re celebrating the start of summer, not its end. Oktoberfest is a wonderful reminder of the many different people and cultures we have in our city, and how this allows us to enjoy a taste of far-away destinations on our doorstep. Read on for six places to tap into the Bavarian spirit right here on the North Shore.

Oktoberfest in the Gardens

If you want to go all out, this festival on October 26 at the Domain, in the Royal Botanic Gardens, has you covered. Two massive beer halls, traditional German food, music, roving performers and even a silent disco will get you right into the spirit of the season.

Check out the Oktoberfest website, which also has a handy link to a costume shop for your lederhosen.

The Bavarians

This established restaurant in Chatswood (with other nearby venues at The Rocks and Manly Wharf) offers traditional and very hearty Bavarian food. With local craft beers and imported German beers, share platters, big screens for sporting events and kids eating free on Sundays, it’s the place to go for a group celebration or family meal.

Don’t miss the Oktoberfest special events, which include Oompah bands, special share platters and even the chance to win a trip to Munich. Bavarian classics will be on hand including pretzels, schnitzel, bratwurst and pork knuckle.

Check out The Bavarians website for opening times, menus and bookings.

Stuyvesant's House

This traditional German restaurant in Crow’s Nest is a popular lower North Shore establishment, with loyal customers praising the friendly service, quirky decor and excellent food. The chefs also make the most of Australia’s fine seafood, pairing it with classic techniques to produce something traditional and delicious. There’s also a choice of nine different schnitzels, and you can order brown bread with schmalz (dripping). Old school classics include garlic prawns, oyster mornay, lobster thermidor and steak Dianne, or if you’re very hungry a whole suckling pig. Bring an appetite.

Visit the Stuyvesants House website for more information.

Kaiser Stub’n

Another old-school classic restaurant that has been serving up traditional German and Austrian classics to Sydneysiders for two decades. House specials include roast duck and pork knuckle with sauerkraut and a bread dumpling. Leave some room for apple strudel.

Visit the Kaiserstubn website for full menu details.

Austrian Club Sydney

The Austrian Club in Frenchs Forest extends a warm European welcome to its guests, with cosy rooms inside a country-style building. Established in 1961 by Austrian immigrants wanting somewhere that reminded them of home, it has served its purpose well over the years. Traditional menu items include chicken liver pate, beef goulash, roast pork and apple strudel.

Oktoberfest is also celebrated here every year – check the Austrian Club Sydney website for details.

Flat Rock Brew Cafe, Microbrewery, Naremburn

This family-owned, family-friendly microbrewery in Naremburn offers six tap beers which are its own creation, then there’s guest ones from boutique Australian beer makers, plus two hand pumped beers.

Flat Rock Brew Cafe’s award-winning beers are made using a compact German Braumeister system. Try some European-inspired brews such as cloudy wheat beer and sour cherry stout. As well as craft beers, you’ll also find a choice of bottled brands from all over the world.

You can also wash down the delicious beverages with garlic bread, schnitzel, chips and generous share plates. Learn more on the Flat Rock Brew Cafe website to see all their beers.

Here’s to a fantastic Oktoberfest, where ever you head. Skol!

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