The ever-growing Bratwurst offers Kitzbuhel alpine cabin atmosphere featuring a bar in its garden and remarkably hard rock sound in the evening.
Having one of the visually more remarkable appearances on the outside, “Zur Bratwurst” references long-gone days of Oktoberfest tent architecture. In 1894 the Bratwurstglöckl that can still today be found next to Munich’s cathedral, received its Oktoberfest incarnation.
After a decade-long hiatus, Bratwurstglöckl-host Michi Beck was able to revive the restaurant’s Oktoberfest tent in 2000 and built a new tent citing the general aesthetic of the original tent and an illegal cellar. Due to his bankruptcy, the tent soon changed ownership and was taken over by Werner Hochreiter in 2007.
Just like the Hochreiter family did with Haxnbraterei and Kalbsbraterei, the old tent was continued with only a few changes. A lot changed, however, after 2012, when the tent moved from its old location in front of the Winzerer Fahndl to the Esperanto Square entrance, next to the Toboggan.
The tent itself got significantly extended, but not necessarily prettier, and received a beer garden, that was once again extended in 2015 and since then even has a champaign bar that will be rebuilt for the next Oktoberfest.
Especially sitting outside, you could easily be mistaken to sit at a Kitzbühel ski cabin. The crowd is a little older, Dirndls twinkle a little more and if you don’t order champagne, at least get a “schaumige”, which just means more head and less beer in your glass at a higher price per liter.
Unsurprisingly, sausage has the lead role on the tent’s menu, but pork knuckles, ribs, or suckling pig are being served as well, to name some examples.
The admission policy is highly questionable. While a Volksfest is supposed to be open to anyone, the tent’s bumpers may reject you for not wearing the right clothes, being alone, or not having a “champagne band” around your wrist – just to enter the beer garden.
Zur Bratwurst may be the wildest of the small tents. The Wuidara Pistols who play at some nights probably have the hardest sound of all Oktoberfest party bands.