The Berliner is gearing up to bring a slice of Bavaria to our doorstep. Aaron Simmonds donned his liedwehosen and sent to find out more…


The German-inspired bar and restaurant will be bringing a slice of Munich to Beeston later this month in what may be the town’s first Oktoberfest celebration. Patrons will drink from traditional steins, served by staff in full lederhosen, and the garden will be occupied by a beer-truck. Not a beer-car or beer-van, but a truck! The truck and bar will be stocked with authentic Deutsches and Bavarian biers, such as ABK Hell and other cult favourites, some from breweries over 700 years old – though, I imagine the beer is slightly fresher.

Other frivolities will include live music from bands, including the self-proclaimed funkatronic luchadors, Revenge of Calculon, and Spanish guitarist and singer, Kay Corominas. Bratwurst and beer deals will be instated to ensure pilgrims are well fed and well drunk. There was also talk of a sausage eating contest and a stein carrying challenge…could a Beestonian beat the previous record of 29 steins held at once? We’ll have to wait and see.

Artist, Louis Johnston, is involved to furnish the bar for the event. He has made tables and a two-tiered bench by upcycling old wooden pallets. He has also added vibrant colour to the bar’s interior with street art inspired by Berlin wall graffiti.

When we asked Berliner co-owner, James, what he expected from the event, he simply said, ‘Chaos. It’ll be great.’ Und mein Gott, I hope it is!

Celebrations will take place from Friday September 29 – Sunday October 1, and entry is free.