Top 5 spots to celebrate Oktoberfest

What do desperate hausfraus, meter-long bratwurst, and dachshund races have in common? They're all part of upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations in the Twin Cities.

So squeeze into your lederhosen and polish your steins: Here are several German-beer-drinking events worth checking out in the upcoming weeks:

5. St. Paul Oktoberfest Mark your calendars for October 9, when the 10th annual St. Paul Oktoberfest takes place at The Klub Haus on 1079 Rice Street, from noon to 11 p.m. There will be German beer, food from the Glockenspiel, live music, and, oddly enough, bed and dachshund races. Wha?

4. Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit One of the biggest--not to mention hardest to pronounce--names in local German food, Gasthof has its big tent out in the parking lot again this weekend (also Oct 1-2 and 8-9) with food, beer, polka bands, and, new this year, a meterwurst--a freaking meter-long sausage!--eating contest.

3. Roma Restaurant and Bar Head out to the hinterlands of Willernie to Roma for schnitzel, spaetzle, beer brats, and lots of German beer, this Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to close. The guys from Lift Bridge will make an appearance and bring a special cask.

2. Muddy Pig St. Paul's Best Beer Bar of 2010, the Muddy Pig, is celebrating fall with a whopping 20 Oktoberfest/Autumn beers on draft, through Sunday, September 26:

Summit Oktoberfest Bell's Oktoberfest Avery Kaiser '08 Hackerr-Pschorr Oktoberfest Ahornberger Landbier Märzen August Schell Oktoberfest Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen Christoffel Wijs Shiner Oktoberfest Widmer Okto New Belgium Hoptober Hartmann Festbier Two Brothers Atom Smasher Oktoberfest Günther Märzen SurlyFest Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Rogue Maierfest Great Lakes Oktoberfest Gõller Fasten Bier Left Hand Oktoberfest Goose Island Harvest

1. Black Forest Inn The granddaddy of German food, the Black Forest Inn, kicks off 10 Days of Oktoberfest tomorrow night. Here's what they told us they've got on tap:

Prost! Night (Friday, September 24) Start Oktoberfest with a toast--not to mention alphorns, a "celebrity keg tapper," and a burlesque show.

Decadent Weimar Republic Kabarett Night (Saturday, September 25) Think the movie Cabaret and add real beer. Black Forest celebrates the decadent, avant-garde period of Germany in the 1920s, with Le Cirque Rouge performing at 10 p.m.

German Chocolate Night (Sunday, September 26) Genuine German chocolate bars, served with beer or cake and coffee and given away as prizes.

The Wurst Night of Oktoberfest (or The Offal Night of Oktoberfest) (Monday, September 27) The night's bratwurst bar includes a few unusual options--like sausages made with pickled tongue or marinated heart. Black Forest will give a prize for the most adventurous eater.

Home Brew Night (Tuesday, September 28) Five brewers will compete for the best beer, to be decided by the audience. A free beer sampler for all diners comes with descriptions and a ballot. Sampling and voting begin at 6:30 p.m, with the Best Home Brew Prize awarded at 9 p.m.

Grimm Night (Wednesday, September 29) A celebration of creepy kids' stories, witches, and monsters.

Schlager Night (Thursday, September 30) A tribute to popular German music.

David Hasselhoff Night (Friday, October 1) Honoring the inexplicable celebrity (especially in Germany) of the Hoff, complete with prize giveaways.

Desperate Hausfrau Night (Saturday, October 2) Guests interpret the phrase "desperate hausfrau," with the audience voting a favorite. The restaurant promises a "surprise celebrity judge."

Drain the Keg Night (Sunday, October 3) This one may be self-explanatory. The Black Forest will start dropping the price of beer at 2 p.m. and keep dropping it until the beer is gone.

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1 E. 26th St.
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