Oktoberfest at Wrigley Field was really nothing more than a ploy to get a free Cubs Oktoberfest mug but really any event is what you put into it and of course I had to attend the Cubs game in lederhosen. My friends Parth, Andrea, Suzie and I took the Metra into the city and then the Red Line up to Addison to go to the game.
We arrived about an hour before the game started and proceeded straight into the park. The stadium was pretty empty but that may have been because it was a Wednesday afternoon, last game of the year and a game between two ball clubs each with 100+ losses on the year. Regardless, baseball is baseball and it is always better to be at the ballpark than at work.
The day was a lot of fun. My friend Suzie also came to the game in costume wearing her dirndl at we were a hit. A number of fans and even employees wanted to have their pictures taken with us. The game was good. The Cubs ended up winning 5 – 4 with a base hit in the bottom of the ninth to drive home the winning run after the Astros tied up the game in the bottom of the 8th with a three-run shot that ended up a few seats down from me. I am happy to report that my friend and I were on TV. In the bottom of the seventh inning they had a good 10 second shot of us and Bob Brenly told Len Kasper to get a pair of lederhosen.
After the Cubs victory you have to do what every good Cubs fan does, celebrate the win (even in a disastrous year). Being that we were in the Oktoberfest spirit we headed towards the Hofbräuhaus in Wrigleyville and I was surprised that they were open since their website said they would be closed. We grabbed seats on the patio which was nicely decorated for the season. It was also nice to sit on authentic biergarten tables. I ordered up a Maβ of Hofbräu Oktoberfest and also enjoyed a Bavarian pretzel. We soon made friends who sat at the other end of our table and we started prosting away. Needless to say that Maβ went down quickly and it was off to our next stop.
We were on our way to Prost! but then noticed that the Blarney Stone was open as well. The Blarney Stone is my favorite bar in Wrigleyville so I had to stop in and have a pitcher. That turned out to be bad news for two of my friends and they called it a night. Luckily for me, Suzie was still going strong and we walked to Prost! to have dinner and of course a few more drinks.
As always, Prost! was a great time. There was a table across the way that was doing Das Boot and having a grand time. We were lucky because since we came dressed up we each got a free bratwurst. In addition to the brat we ordered Thuringer and their giant pretzel. Sadly, they were out of Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn but I was happy to have a Maβ of Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest. When the night was winding down and we paid our bill, the manager Eric surprised me with a shot of German schnapps. If you are unfamiliar with German schnapps it is nothing like our fruity, sweet American version. This was like taking a shot of 151. It was supposedly pear flavored but you could barely tell but you know what, it went down pretty easily and I wouldn’t mind having it again.
If you get a chance to go to Prost! make sure to try one of their cocktails in addition to their wonderful beer selection. Make sure to stay and eat as well. You will not be disappointed. Like all good things they eventually come to an end and we cabbed it back to the train station to head home. If the Cubs offer another Oktoberfest event you know I’ll be there but they could really work on making it more well-known and actually give some sort of sense of an Oktoberfest atmosphere. The commemorative mug was very nice and the ticket prices were reasonable so I can’t really complain, plus I also had a great day and the Cubs won so that helps too.
Suzie and I on WGN Sports!
My friends and new friends at the Hofbräuhaus in Wrigleyville
Me at Chicago's Blarney Stone (I always get a picture with the cooler)
Parth, Suzie and I outside the Wrigley Field Marquee