gurney plaza

Oktoberfest in Penang is coming – Oktoberfest kommt! Update 4

This article update mostly concerns Gurney Plaza and E & O.

Germans are so keen to get started with Oktoberfest they celebrate in September. Which is good business for the German bands and girls in dirndl, because after they can come to places like Penang so we can celebrate Oktoberfest in October, with some authenticity.

Every year Oktoberfest becomes more popular in Penang – at least with restaurants and bars, because it gives a good excuse to try to attract patrons. But the patrons seem to like it too, and it is indeed more popular.

In my area of Penang the Oktoberfests I am aware of are – and with photos from previous years:

Gurney Paragon has an advertisement on Facebook for Oktoberfest. As Facebook is often unreachable (at least using Telekom Malaysia’s Internet connection, I have copied it here.

This took place last week, and you can see the photos (278 of them) on their Facebook site.

Morganfields there at Paragon, from 24th September to 24th October have a promotion they call PORK*TOBERFEST. Ugh. They also have beer deals, such as 5 pints for RM110 nett; 3 pints of Carlsberg for RM50 nett etc.

The Library at Straits Quay have an Oktoberfest on October 13th. Details in their flyer below.

Gurney Plaza are now advertising Oktoberfest on October 19th and 20th in the Al Fresco area between Gurney Plaza and the G Hotel. This is their first time to celebrate it. It starts from 6PM on the 19th, and from 12PM on the 20th.

This is  mostly run by Euro Deli, and has arm wrestling, barrel rolling, sausage eating etc. and will take up most of the Al Fresco area. They will have a local band.

Euro Deli

So when you pay RM100 you get a voucher, shown below…

voucher

…for which you get one free mug, two litres of beer, and one meal – the details of which you can see on the voucher.

And if you pay RM50 extra on the Early Bird Special, you get a voucher, shown below,  worth RM100 for food.

Early Bird voucher

This can be used on the night – but not at the outside Al Fresco area, only inside the restaurant. Or it can be used up until 31st October, 2012.

E & O – October 25th from 7PM. Details. Last year I went and it was great fun, with a German band and tasty food and German and local beer, and wine. The price was about RM120 last year, RM148 per person this year. But E & O informed me yesterday that E & O members cannot use vouchers to get a discount, and so will only get a 20% discount.  Last year they honoured their vouchers.  So this makes it too pricey for me.

Malaysian German Society (MGS) – October 26th & 27th from 7PM. It is probably the original Oktoberfest in Penang as it’s been celebrating for 40 years. Very popular and lots of fun. I have been for several years and always enjoy it. There is a Bavarian band, lots of German food etc. RM30 at door to enter, cheaper for pre-purchase. You pay separately for drinks and food. The programme and menus are as follows:

menu

menu

ladies drinking competition

I am now planning on attending the Gurney Oktoberfest next weekend,  followed by the MGS the following weekend.

Oktoberfest in Penang is coming – Oktoberfest kommt! Update 3

Germans are so keen to get started with Oktoberfest they celebrate in September. Which is good business for the German bands and girls in dirndl, because after they can come to places like Penang so we can celebrate Oktoberfest in October, with some authenticity.

Every year Oktoberfest becomes more popular in Penang – at least with restaurants and bars, because it gives a good excuse to try to attract patrons. But the patrons seem to like it too, and it is indeed more popular.

In my area of Penang the Oktoberfests I am aware of are – and with photos from previous years:

Gurney Paragon has an advertisement on Facebook for Oktoberfest. As Facebook is often unreachable (at least using Telekom Malaysia’s Internet connection, I have copied it here.

This took place last night, and you can see the photos (278 of them) on their Facebook site.

Morganfields there at Paragon, from 24th September to 24th October have a promotion they call PORK*TOBERFEST. Ugh. They also have beer deals, such as 5 pints for RM110 nett; 3 pints of Carlsberg for RM50 nett etc.

The Library at Straits Quay have an Oktoberfest on October 13th. Details in their flyer below.

Gurney Plaza are now advertising Oktoberfest on October 19th and 20th in the Al Fresco area between Gurney Plaza and the G Hotel. This is their first time to celebrate it. It starts from 6PM on the 19th, and from 12PM on the 20th.

This is apparently mostly run by Euro Deli, and has arm wrestling, barrel rolling, sausage eating etc.

E & O Hotel – October 25th from 7PM. Details. Last year I went and it was great fun, with a German band and tasty food and German and local beer, and wine. The price was RM120 last year, RM148 per person this year.

Malaysian German Society (MGS) – October 26th & 27th from 7PM. It is probably the original Oktoberfest in Penang as it’s been celebrating for 40 years. Very popular and lots of fun. I have been for several years and always enjoy it. There is a Bavarian band, lots of German food etc. RM30 at door to enter, cheaper for pre-purchase. You pay separately for drinks and food. The programme and menus are as follows:

menu

menu

ladies drinking competition

I am planning on attending the E&O followed by the MGS – which will keep me busy for three nights running. I may even look in at the others.

Gurney Plaza Beer Watch – 28th September, 2012 – drink beer more cheaply

Feel like a couple of drinks? In the Al Fresco area between Gurney Plaza and the G Hotel one finds bars, restaurants, coffee shops and other food and beverage establishments.  In the evening, and especially on weekend evenings, it is very busy here, but weekdays it is quiet.  Of course, you are more likely to get a better deal at quiet times.

The price of beer is quite high, but several bars have a better deal for some brands of beer, which is available “all day” in some cases – I will check for next time exactly what that means, and the times that these deals apply.  For now, this is a rough guide to what is available at this moment, at least when the establishments aren’t busy.

And please note government tax of 6%, and service charge of 10% will be added to these prices on payment – otherwise known in Malaysia as ++ (pronounced “plus plus”, unsurprisingly).

Euro-Deli:

Buy 1 get 2 free – RM36 pint – Carlsberg

Buy 1 get 1 free – RM36 pint – Asahi Dry

Buy 1 get 1 free – RM30 pint – O’Conners

Buy 1 get 1 free – RM42 pint – Franziskaner; Erdinger; Konig Ludwig

* The Carlsberg here appears to be the best deal of all the establishments

Chicago:

RM9.90 a mug of about 330ml Carlsberg

Buy 1 get 1 free – RM39.90 pint – Hoegaarden; Franziskaner

Michelangelo’s:

Buy 1 get 1 free – RM15 a mug of about 330ml Tiger

Buy 2 get 1 free – RM34 1/2 pint Guinness

Buy 2 get 1 free – RM54 pint Guinness
17 Saloon:

They have an incomprehensible deal on buckets of beer. If you can’t tell at a glance, it’s pretty poor marketing, so I gave up.

Deals come and go, and I know I’ll have to check sometimes, and be as bit less lazy about it and ensure I understand which hours these prices apply. Next time.

Gurney Paragon:

A few minutes walk down Gurney Drive is Gurney Paragon – where Morganfield’s must get a mention for the worst pun I’ve heard in a while – from 24th September to 24th October they have a promotion they call PORK*TOBERFEST.  Ugh. They also have beer deals, such as 5 pints for RM110 nett; 3 pints of Carlsberg for RM50 nett etc.

Brussels Beer Cafe can also be found here – but they don’t have an outrageous pun to prompt me to investigate their latest deals, and I am not really covering Paragon in this blog, anyway.

Coming soon

Coffee Watch (for the day after you’ve visited the above) – but I suspect the cheapest are McDonalds ( ground floor near the above establishments / behind the G Hotel) and Old Town White Coffee (6th floor, under the cinema floor).