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Ollie Oct 4, 2006 08:10 PM

Looking for Oktoberfest in a fun place other than Alpine Village or all the way up in Big Bear. Been there done that and it's not all that IMHO. Driving/distance not a factor. Now I'm undecided between Red Lion in Glendale, Old Vienna in Ventura, or Knolls Black Forest. The last two which I've never been to. Looking for great Oktoberfest beer, food & atmosphere. Thanks folks.

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    ChefSmoky RE: Ollie Oct 4, 2006 08:26 PM

    This Saturday Oct. 7, There is an Octoberfest in Montrose. They shut down a couple blocks of the street from noon until 11pm serve beer, brawts, etc. The local merchants usually have sidewalk sales and the like, cheesy german bands are playing, there are rides for the kids, all in all a good time. Pretty much families until the sun goes down and then the younger crowd comes out. After 11 when the street closes the local bars pop off, though most of them try to get a cover charge. Check out Barru, it's one of the nicer ones in the area, but they have the lowest cover. They have reasonable prices, great food, and a couple hot bartenders.

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      ilikefood RE: ChefSmoky Oct 4, 2006 08:58 PM

      If the Montrose "Oktoberfest" is the still the same as when I went 2 yrs ago- You'll be VERY disappointed. The ONLY things that make it Oktoberfest are the name, a few (VERY few) German food items. and the "cheesy german bands". Otherwise it's a pretty lame small street fair. It was sponsored by Budweiser so surprisingly (sarcasm) the only beer available was .... Bud. Budweiser for crying out loud at a so called "Oktoberfest". They didn't even attempt to set up an outdoor/courtyard beer hall.

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      silence9 RE: Ollie Oct 4, 2006 08:56 PM

      Unless I'm mistaken, Knoll's Black Forrest in Santa Monica has been closed for well over a year...

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        Ollie RE: silence9 Oct 4, 2006 09:12 PM

        Well, that eliminates one of three

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          Moose RE: silence9 Oct 4, 2006 10:54 PM

          Knoll's Black Forest has been closed now for over 4 years...bummer.

        2. Professor Salt RE: Ollie Oct 4, 2006 09:26 PM

          There's the one at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Never been, can't say how it is.

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            Ollie RE: Professor Salt Oct 4, 2006 10:44 PM

            One what at Old World Village?

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              wilafur RE: Ollie Oct 4, 2006 10:45 PM

              oktoberfest venue of course!

              never been to the old world village oktoberfest either but i might check it out this year.

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                Das Ubergeek RE: wilafur Oct 7, 2006 04:47 PM

                We're going this year... Old World Village is really, well, er, it's a fake German village in the middle of the suburbs next to the freeway... so don't go expecting Alpine vistas.

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            Just Cid RE: Ollie Oct 4, 2006 11:10 PM

            The Phoenix Club in Anaheim has Oktoberfest from:

            September 23 — October 29

            • Fridays, 6 pm - midnight • Saturdays, 6 pm - midnight • Sundays, 11 am to 8 pm •

            Admission: $8.00, ages 13 and older.


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              SwissMiss RE: Ollie Oct 4, 2006 11:22 PM

              Old Vienna, is a poor choice for anything more then food and a single aging accordin player who knows only six songs, three of which are Italian.
              The food is good and if one is in the area, fine, but not worth a long drive.

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                Nicole RE: Ollie Oct 5, 2006 12:36 AM

                I've been to one in Old World Village. I would say that the food and beer is just as mediocre as Alpine Village, but the atmospere is considerably better at Old World. More fun and festive, in my opinion. And more cute shops in their little village. Anyway, it's ok, but not amazing. They have various events (e.g., dachsund races), so I'll probably go on one of those days to make it more worth my while. But I am not really going for the food.

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                  petradish RE: Nicole Oct 16, 2006 05:17 AM

                  Guess I'll jump in here to defend Alpine Village...but something from the big restaurant (with the happenin' dancefloor)....order some of their creamy & mild pate with rye bread and hefeweizen on tap (yeah, summer beer).

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                  RichardM RE: Ollie Oct 5, 2006 09:55 PM

                  I agree with SwissMiss on Old Vienna. When I lived in Camarillo, I ate there occasionally during the year and enjoyed it. When Octoberfest came they seemed overwhelmed with food and service suffering.

                  Sounds like I'll try Old World Village this year.

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                    SwissMiss RE: RichardM Oct 7, 2006 10:24 AM

                    I will defend Old Vienna to the extent that it is a husband and wife operation and they are easily overwhelmed. Did not mean to diss them, just making the group aware of the realities of the season. In my opinion, there is no truly outstanging German food here in So. Cal. But then maybe I am just homesick.

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