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Published August 22nd 2014
Where every gluttonous drinker is forgiven
We were pleasantly surprised and well entertained at Melbourne's own Oktoberfest!
At the entrance, after our names were confirmed on the 9 pm reservation list, we were asked to get a round of drinks at the bar counter to begin with; after which, we would be shown to our table in the dining area.
We brushed past patrons holding large beer mugs and waitresses dressed in dirndl to the bustling bar counter.
We sat next to a bunch of Germans who had to bang their beer mugs down on the table (big wooden ones, thank god!), every time the songs grew patriotic. Surprisingly they didn't seem any bit worried it might break and their confidence wasn't let down until one of them decided to bang a water bottle the same way and shattered it. Although the MC wasn't too happy, all was pardoned in the spirit of the Oktoberfest.
Bavarian traditional foods aplenty and several beer options to go with, a word of advice is to ask for all the different food menus. We ended up looking only at the A la Carte menu since we didn't know this at the time. The bar and deli menus are also worth perusing with several delectable items! It is also recommended to check the online menu beforehand. As it gets louder and merrier as the night progresses, you want to enjoy the time there than waste precious time checking the menu!
The German band went on to play more popular songs like Yellow Submarine, Summer of 69 and Highway to Hell. It is definitely a complete dining experience and considering the fun that we had, the slightly higher prices on the food/drinks menu is very reasonable. Having visited the Bavarian Bier Cafe (owned by the same group) in Sydney years ago, I had high hopes for this venue and I'm impressed.