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To make progress, you have to roll with the best. Having the right connections not only nabs you freebies, but also grants you information and resources that you would not normally have access to. Using my expansive network, I discover the greatest hidden gems everywhere I travel, and I thank each and every person for their suggestions. No other contact leads me to the greatest fests in my journeys than the organizers of the Los Angeles Oktoberfest.

The 2012 Los Angeles Oktoberfest took place at The Vanguard in Hollywood this past weekend. An upscale spin to the common Oktoberfests that Southern Californians regularly attend, any attendee would feel assured that they truly received their money’s worth. With beautiful fräuleins at every turn of the head and 34oz stein pours at every flick of the wrist, why would anyone want do anything else during this illustrious time?

The entrance led to the indoors portion of the fest, which contained the main bar, VIP section, food, main stage, and more beer.

Walking behind the stage led to the outdoors portion of the fest, containing another bar, cigars, various vendors, and more beer.

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of working the inside bar for most of the fest with all the lovely ladies. Pouring beers kept me busy for most of the day, but I still had lots of fun. Closer to the end, I finally could venture around, drink, and mingle with the drunk masses.

But before I left, I had to snap a quick photo with the lovely Caitlin:

Sunday allowed me to explore much more, as I did not receive an assigned station. After helping out wherever I could, I set out to take photos.

Later on, I caught up with one of the photographers taking photos from the second floor, who allowed me to come up to the otherwise closed second floor so I could take photos too:

Once the live band ended their set, the DJ started blasting the typical club music, prompting the ladies to get up on the bar to start dancing:

I would like to thank Morandell Imports for supplying essentially 95% of all beers present at Oktoberfest. Their large selection of German and Austrian imports perfectly serve the crowd of Oktoberfest, since these session beers drink much more smoothly than beers at the other Oktoberfests, and carry a higher alcohol percentage, albeit you can barely taste the strength, which the flavors mask.

Want to drink these beers and visit these ladies again before Oktoberfest next year? You will have another chance as early as January! Keep your eyes glued to my blog for hints about this upcoming beer fest. Until then, drink up, and stay safe~

The 2012 Los Angeles Oktoberfest crashes The Vanguard in Hollywood this weekend. This mega fest of beer, wine, cocktails, live music, dancers, accordionists, contests, and more triumphs over all other Oktoberfests due to the upscale nature of the event. The other prime Oktoberfests in Southern California feel cheap, whereas the people at LA Oktoberfest really know how to throw a party, just like comparing cheap beer to the awesome beer that guests will drink at LA Oktoberfest. Regular admission costs $35, allows guests to enter at 2pm, and grants each guest a souvenir 1-liter stein and one complimentary beer fill – food or additional beers cost $5 each. VIP admission costs $100, allows guests to enter at 1pm, and grants them unlimited drinks. The fest ends at 5pm for all guests, but keep in mind that LA Oktoberfest takes place on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend!

Tickets for LA Oktoberfest sell out fast every year. Luckily, I can still get a few people in for free as volunteers. Volunteers should work at least three hours between 12pm-6pm on one or both days, depending on the desired day to attend. For more details regarding volunteering, please read this previous blog post.

In exchange for working, volunteers enter the fest for free, and receive one meal & unlimited drinks during breaks or downtime. The club runs the parking lot, so unfortunately you still would have to pay for parking. You will find the parking lot for this event on the northeast corner of Carlos Ave and La Beig Ave, behind Vanguard. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please leave your contact info in a comment below, or tweet me (faster way to reach me) at @OnePunkArmy.

Want to create everlasting memories? Come on down to LA Oktoberfest and meet all the ladies! Oh, and meet me too.

The 2012 Los Angeles Oktoberfest returns next weekend to Vanguard Hollywood. A step above the other well-known Oktoberfests in Southern California, LA Oktoberfest gives guests the LA spin on Oktoberfest. Whereas other Oktoberfests charge you to enter then charge you for every beer you consume, LA Oktoberfest functions more like a beer fest. Guests pay $35 for admission to enter at 2pm, which includes a souvenir 1-liter stein and one complimentary beer fill. Each food item and additional beers cost $5 each. For $100, guests receive the VIP treatment – early entry at 1pm and unlimited beer pours. The fest ends at 5pm for all guests. For entertainment, LA Oktoberfest not only features the finest beer maidens serving beer, wine, cocktails, and more, but also live DJ’s, Bavarian dancers, accordionists, a silent auction, stein-holding contests, and more.

Tickets for LA Oktoberfest sell out fast every year. Luckily, I can still get a few people in for free as volunteers. Volunteers should work at least three hours between 12pm-6pm on one or both days, depending on the desired day to attend. Volunteer duties include:

  • Assist booths with bottles: opening bottles, putting empty bottles back in boxes, helping pour beers, etc
  • Removing boxes of bottles: taking boxes of bottles to the back area (I will show where they go), bringing empty boxes back to booths
  • Transporting ice: bringing bags of ice to booths, emptying water buckets
  • Assist servers with pouring drinks: I recommend bar experience for this
  • Guest service: answering questions guests may have
  • Fulfillment: generally assisting staff with their needs

In exchange for working, volunteers enter the fest for free, and receive one meal & unlimited drinks during breaks or downtime. The club runs the parking lot, so unfortunately you still would have to pay for parking. You will find the parking lot for this event on the northeast corner of Carlos Ave and La Beig Ave, behind Vanguard. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please leave your contact info in a comment below, or tweet me (faster way to reach me) at @OnePunkArmy.