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Las Vegas: 6 beer-worthy stops to celebrate Oktoberfest (including Shacktoberfest!)

Las Vegas: 6 beer-worthy stops to celebrate Oktoberfest (including Shacktoberfest!)
The Las Vegas version of Munich's famous Hofbrauhaus will feature traditional keg tappings on weekend evenings through October. (Las Vegas News Bureau)

Las Vegas channels its inner Munich this week with a string of Oktoberfest events. Whether you crave German beer or food (or both), Vegas embraces the Bavarian harvest celebration more than ever.

First off, Germany's Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig) hosted the first Oktoberfest in Munich in 1810. It's now a festival that draws 6 million visitors to the Bavarian city each fall.

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1. That history and tradition are well represented at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas at 4510 Paradise Road, a re-creaton of the legendary Munich beer hall. There will be partying through Oct. 31. On upcoming Fridays and Saturdays, Vegas celebrities will drive a metal spigot into a wooden barrel to tap kegs of beer. Impersonator Rich Little does the honors on Friday followed by BMX pro Ricardo Laguna on Saturday.

2. Consider Beerhaus at the recently launched gathering spot the Park as a good place to begin beer-hopping. Friday through Sunday the bar will be filling commemorative half-liter and full-liter steins with seasonal beers from breweries, including Germany's Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr and Spaten. The beers make for perfect pairings for homemade bratwurst, German potato salad and fried apples with caramel dip.

Seasonal brews from the U.S. and Germany will be served at Beerhaus, one of Las Vegas' newest places to enjoy Oktoberfest.
Seasonal brews from the U.S. and Germany will be served at Beerhaus, one of Las Vegas' newest places to enjoy Oktoberfest. (MGM Resorts)

3. Just a short stroll up the promenade, Shake Shack at New York-New York hotel-casino will be serving its Shacktoberfest beer through Sunday. Also, adults and kids can enjoy special Oktoberfest concoctions: the apfelstrudel and Black Forest shakes.

House-made Bavarian pretzels are among the treats on the Oktoberfest menu at Vice Versa.
House-made Bavarian pretzels are among the treats on the Oktoberfest menu at Vice Versa. (MGM Resorts)

4. At nearby CityCenter, Vice Versa restaurant at Vdara will be serving homemade pretzels and a sausage plate that includes not only brats but also kielbasa and knockwurst. Diners can also enjoy German wines and beers through Oct. 15.

Bratwurst, knockwurst and other sausages will be featured during Vice Versa's Oktoberfest celebration in Las Vegas.
Bratwurst, knockwurst and other sausages will be featured during Vice Versa's Oktoberfest celebration in Las Vegas. (MGM Resorts)

5. Bratwurst comes topped with house-made sauerkraut and a side of new potatoes through Monday at Crush at MGM Grand. The special includes a glass of Vegas-brewed Sin City Light beer.

6. You can indulge as much as you want during a meal at Caesars Palace's Bacchanal Buffet, where executive chef Michael Putnam has created an Oktoberfest menu. Through Sunday, special dishes include Bavarian beef goulash and sautéed spaetzle.

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