Prost! Oktoberfest heats up city taverns and beer gardens just as the weather cools down.
Try your hand (or arm) at a mug holding competition, dance to the polka or challenge the pros at a sausage-eating competition.
Here are the best spots to drink a liter (or two) of brew:
PAULANER BRAUHAUS & RESTAURANT NYC
Paulaner Beer, the No. 1 Bavarian beer exporter, is set to open their first microbrewery/restaurant in the United States soon. The new Bowery bar is going all-out for Oktoberfest, with beer brewed on site and served alongside Bavarian specialties, including locally-sourced artisan sausages, schnitzel with cucumber salad and duck. Sept. 21-Oct. 4. 265/247 Bowery, at East Houston St. Seepaulaner-brauhaus.com/nyc.