If the clink of glasses, the brassy beat of an oompah band and shoe-slapping folk dancers are music to your ears, this is your month to party like a Bavarian. Oktoberfest is on tap at a growing list of venues where you can celebrate all things German -- including, of course, German beer.
Hoist a glass of traditional German lager or ale at the new Bierhaus in Patchogue, The Village Lanterne's new beer garden in Lindenhurst and after the Island's first Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk.
A number of Oktoberfest events feature live oompah bands and Schuhplattler, a German folk dance featuring lederhosen-clad men stomping, clapping and slapping their shoes and thighs.
"For us, the warmth and getting together is what it's all about," says Matthew Buck, general manager at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, where German food and beer have been on the menu since 1902. Oktoberfest mean "being able to enjoy your friends and family while enjoying some good German food," Buck adds.
Here's where you can raise your glass and shout "Prost!" -- the German word for "Cheers!"
1. BIERHAUS PATCHOGUE
32 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-475-9200, bierhauspatchogue.com
Open since December, it features a brick and wood interior and draws younger folks at night.
Brews: 10 German beers including Hofbrau, Hefeweisen, Dunkel, Oktoberfest
Bites: Prix fixe menu ($25.90) includes appetizer, soup or salad, entree and desserts. German specialties range from sauerbraten, bratwurst and jagerschnitzel to strudel and chocolate cake desserts.
Must try: The moderately tangy sauerbraten with chef's special gravy
Beyong the brews: Roll with the live oompah and accordion music Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights
2. PLATTDUETSCHE PARK
1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square, 516-354-3131, parkrestaurant.com
Bavarian Alps-style beer garden wraps around a new two-level, glass-enclosed beer hall with two huge bars.
Brews: Four Krombachers, which Buck says are the most popular pilsners in Germany; Hacker-Pschorr Munich Lager, Oktoberfest and Weisen -- the beer most often served in Germany at Oktoberfest.
Bites: Ten-ounce pretzels imported from the Pilsner Bakery in Munich; "Little Bavarians" bratwurst sliders with apple wood smoked bacon and melted Swiss cheese on a mini-housemade pretzel roll. Pig roast second Friday of every month; $20 a plate includes cabbage and potato salad.
Must try: Krombacher Hell by the half-liter, liter or 11/2-liter boot ($55 and you keep the boot)
Beyond the brews: Oompah bands every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
3. THE VILLAGE LANTERNE
155 N. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, 631-225-1690, thevillagelanterne.com
The restaurant's small landscaped beer garden has 11 blue-umbrella shaded tables in an enclosed backyard.
Brews: 12 German classics on tap including favorites such as Hofbrau, Spaten and Dinkelacker
Bites: Classic diet-busting schnitzel and four kinds of wurst German sausages
Must try: Sauerbraten, a traditional German nosh of beef marinated in brine, thinly sliced and served with red cabbage, gingersnap gravy and sauerkraut
Beyond the brews: Schuhplattler folk dancers, as well as other traditional entertainment
4. BLACK FOREST BREW HAUS
2015 New Hwy., Farmingdale, 631-391-9500, blackforestbrewhaus.com
Oktoberfest through Oct. 17 brings live music and a buffet to the outdoor biergarten.
Brews: Five or six German beers brewed on the premises are on tap on any given day, including amber, pilsner, Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest, India pale ale (I.P.A.) and rye porter.
Bites: Sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel, brats and other wursts
Must try: Flame cake. In this German specialty, a thin-rolled crust is topped with bacon, onion and mascarpone cheese.
Beyond the brews: Bands on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
5. THE BENCH BAR & GRILL
1095 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook, 631-675-1474, thebenchbar.com
Run or walk through scenic Stony Brook, then eat and drink at this sports bar's Oktoberfest 5K. The race starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 -- $55 registration includes an 11 a.m.-1 p.m. after-party with food and drink.
Bites: Buffet-style German sausages, potato salad, pretzels, knockwurst, brats, heroes.
Must try: Homemade German potato salad
Beyond the brews: A DJ spins German music and Top 100 hits