7 Best Bars & Breweries Near Minneapolis to Celebrate Oktoberfest in 2020

As the fall season approaches, there’s plenty of reasons to celebrate in Minnesota. There’s Halloween bringing all the spooky delights, the harvest bringing in pumpkin-flavored everything, and the changing colors of the leaves for the most colorful of strolls. But let’s not count out Oktoberfest as an excuse to get all giddy for the most savory of beers. If you’re looking for a few spots to celebrate Oktoberfest this October, consider venturing to these bars and pubs throughout Minneapolis to celebrate the season.

Oktoberfest Bars in Minneapolis
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Black Forest Inn

1 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

When it comes to seeking some extra German flair for Oktoberfest, look no further than the cultural appeal of Black Forest Inn. Having been one of the longest-standing German restaurants in Minneapolis (open since 1965), this iconic bar has no shortage of beer and wine, but their highlight is by far their Weissbier served as Hacker Pschorr and Konig Ludwig Dark. Open seven days a week.

Mackenzie Pub

918 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Though more Scottish than German, Mackenzie is quite the pub when it comes to an engaging tavern atmosphere. With its neighborhood feel, they offer up a host of local brews and plenty of exceptional munchies to be a great place for a party of drinks and merriment for celebrating the season. Open Tuesday through Friday.

Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room

2500 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

With an open and inviting nature with its brick-based allure, Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room has all the right drinks to celebrate Oktoberfest in Minneapolis. Their drink menu is so massive it’s been grouped by taste, the highlight obviously being Oktoberfest from the August Schell Brewing Company. Open seven days a week.

The Freehouse

701 N Washington Ave #101, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Specializing in everything from breakfast to beer, The Freehouse is a superb spot in Minneapolis to start off Oktoberfest early. Though more adept at food than brew, their drink menu is quite expansive with a host of beers on tap and guest beers. Open seven days a week.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

2716 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

When all that beer gets you hungry as well, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub can dish up as much as it can pour out for its patrons. Their Oktoberfest drink has a bit more kick than your average beer with a taste both malty and rich, served in glass beer stein for that most authentic means of celebrating. Open seven days a week.

Eastlake Craft Brewery

920 E Lake St #123, Minneapolis, MN 55407

If you’re looking for the best places to observe Oktoberfest in 2020, Eastlake Craft Brewery in Minneapolis has all manner of beers ranging from sour & tart, sweet & malty, crisp & yellow, and hoppy & hoppier. Considered a staple for die-hard drinkers, they offer a wealth of award-winning drinks as well as a fine assortment of savory snacks to dine on. Open seven days a week.

Indeed Brewing Company and Taproom

711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55413

With a rousing atmosphere and plenty of fine drinks on tap, Indeed Brewing Company is the place to be for original and seasonal favorites. It’s an especially keen place to enjoy the fall weather with their immaculate patio seating. Open seven days a week.


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