There’s nothing like drinking beer in a crowded hall and while we’re happy to borrow the Bavarian Oktoberfest, Northern Ireland also hosts a few beer festivals of its own, showcasing some of the local beers and ciders from the more than 30 local microbreweries. Here’s a roundup:
Portrush Town Hall, 2 Kerr St, Portrush, Co. Antrim BT56 8DG
Date: 4–5th October, 2019
Time: Bar open: 5-10pm (Friday); 1-10pm (Saturday)
Price: £8 entry which includes a Festival glass and drinks menu. Tokens to purchase beer are sold in £10 ‘packages’, each brewery will set its own prices – expect to pay about £5/pint.
This is set in the cosy Portrush Town Hall and fills up quickly so there’s your excuse to arrive early!
Custom House Square, Belfast BT13FF
Date: THREE weekends of oom pa, beer, bratwursts and live music:
- Friday 4 (5-11pm) – Saturday 5 October (4-11pm)
- Thursday 10 October (5-11pm), Friday 11 October (5-11pm) & Saturday 12 October (4-11pm)
- Thursday 17 October (5-11pm), Friday 18 October (5-11pm) & Saturday 19 October (4-11pm)
Price: Entry £4.50. Steins (1 litre) £9.80; wine £18.00
Group packages available which include reserved seating, table service, meals vouchers, etc. See site for details.
As close to a real German Oktoberfest as you can get in Northern Ireland. Served by staff in traditional Bavarian costumes you’ll get to sup on a ‘full range of beers to meet your palate’ including Paulener Oktoberfest lager, brewed especially for the Munich Beer Festival. There will also be bratwursts, burgers and chicken cooked on a traditional swing BBQ all available with salad.
Entertainment includes an Oom Pa Pa band every night as well as live music from bands Peach, Twenty 2 Ten, Juram, Libreals, Ri and Green Means Go.
Postponed for 2019. Hope to seem them back in 2020!
Guildhall, Derry Londonderry, BT48 6QD
Date: Friday 29 (4-11pm) – Saturday 30 November (2-11pm) 2019
Price: Entry price includes one free drink.
- Friday/Saturday only – £15
- Weekend – £25 (early-bird £20)
Set in Derry’s beautiful Guildhall, come try out beers, ciders and other distilled beverages from the best of local brewers with the cream of local acts, and a selection of great food.
Belfast Oktoberfest at The Christmas Market
Date: 17 November – 22 December, 2019
The Belfast Oktoberfest Beer tent will again be a feature of the Belfast Christmas Market!
The events listed below took place in 2019 and we can hope for their return in 2020 on or about the anniversary date. We will update information as soon as we have it!
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