About The Old World Village
Huntington Beach, CA Surf City USA
Since 1978, the Biergarten at Old World has been serving the best German, European andAmerican specialties. Voted best Sausage by Hells Kitchen. We pride ourselves in serving up homemade deliciousness and an outstanding eclectic variety of import beer, specialty cocktails all the while enjoying live entertainment. For over 4 decades our customers return over and over again and many of our staff have worked here for over 20 years providing welcoming ambiance and going the extra distance to provide authentic, traditional German, Hungarian, Austrian & American savory dishes such as Wienerschnitzel, Goulash, Sauerbraten, Roladen, Herb crusted Salmon with Asparagus, Tuna Ahi Burgers in our modern yet nostalgic location.
How did this all come to be, you ask?
Josef Bischof immigrated to the United States in 1952 as a tailor. His plan was to stay 2 years….. 70 years later he is still here living out the American dream. He met his sweetheart (soon to be wife) Dolores and they were married in 1955. They bought a small house and transformed it into a home. While working as a tailor in a famous designer studio Irene’s, he started to buy houses and fixed & flip them. Then as he watched the construction of “Ports of Call” built in the English seaside style, he immediately thought to himself that he can build something to honor his heritage, so he and various partners built the Alpine Village in Torrance CA in 1964.
After finding acreage in Huntington Beach, his dream became a reality. With his wife Dolores, they built 45 shops in the traditional Bavarian style. Dolores passed away in September, 2010 but Joe still resides on the property at Old World, along with their daughter and son-in-law Cyndie & Jason Kasko and their son and daughter-in-law Bernie & Barbara Bischof, and grandchildren Markus, Matthaeus, Ronin & Ava.
He and his family built 50 homes above 50 shops in the traditional Bavarian style. They imported lanterns to light the way along the cobble stone streets, left space on the building's walls for 70 vibrant murals, depicting scenes from 18 European countries. They built a church for worship, a hall for gatherings and wedding receptions, also a garden gazebo, a restaurant, and a market. Our colorful maypole depicts ingredients for a happy life, including hearty food and a cozy home.
Later in 1978 he founded and built the Old World in Huntington Beach, nestled between the 405 freeway and Goldenwest College, Old World has always been synonymous with Oktoberfest. Over the last four decades thousands have witnessed the pulsating beat of oom-pah-pa bands direct from Germany, the cheers and laughter of dachshund races, as well as the bizarre but delightful ritual of the “Chicken dance.” The aroma of freshly baked rolls, bread and European pastries fill the air. German specialties such as sauerkraut, bratwurst, sauerbraten, potato pancakes, schnitzel and apple strudel delight guests daily. Visitors flock to Old World as a “family fun” environment. A 9-acre village built in the image of Bavaria complete with 50 buildings, where shopkeepers live above their shop, it also has a Church, Hotel, health and beauty, eateries, coffee houses, bars, novelty shops, music lessons and a German Restaurant, OC’s original 10,000 sq. ft. Biergarten and huge indoor Golden Bear Concert Hall. Home to the famous Oktoberfest.
We also have Dachshund Races each month on Sundays, so check out our Dachshund Races page.
At the Old World German Restaurant & Bakery which is open all rear round, the aroma of freshly baked rolls, bread and European pastries fill the air, on the menu you'll find German Specialties such as sauerkraut, bratwurst, sauerbraten, potato pancakes, rouladen, red cabbage and the real Wiener Schnitzel. And of course, Apple Strudel.
At the Market you can stock up with Brats for your own BBQ, cold cuts & fine cheeses. The Shops in the village are filled with a variety of products and services from crystal, collectibles and clocks to Birkenstocks, health foods & lederhosen.
We are not only known for our Oktoberfest, but also have become the Wedding Capital. Thousands of happy couples have chosen us for their wedding site. We also host countless fund-raisers and business meetings.
Every second Sunday in July is German Heritage Day, with a brass band, folk dancers, free food for the first 500 guests. In the middle of August is our plumfastic Plum Fest. Enjoy music, and delicious fresh baked goods made with sweet juicy plums.
Josef still resides on the property at Old World, his wife of more than 55 years, Dolores, passed away in September 2010, but she left Oldworld in the hands of her capable family, their children Cyndie, her husband Jason, and Bern and his late wife Barbara who passed away in 2017. Along with their incredible staff, they continue to run the German Restaurant, host banquets, festivals, business expos, and the best Otkoberfest in California. Oldworld underwent renovations that have bought a new life to the Old Village, and with the expansion of the Bella Terra entertainment area across the street, Oldworld's best years look like they could be in the future. While keeping with steadfast traditions, Oldworld is a step back in time, but with modern facilities and services to bring the Old World charm to our events. Oldworld's future looks bright and is a place they will be proud to pass on to their kids. Markus, Matthaeus, Ronin & Ava.