Is Berlin the party capital of the world? A quick trip to the city will show you that people are visiting Berlin more and more not for its tourist attractions but for its cutting-edge nightlife. Much of the action takes place in and around the city’s countless bars and clubs. Here are nine of the best bars in Berlin, a mix of well-liked and lesser-known, new bars in the four happening districts of the city.
The latest Berlin neighborhood to be hailed as the centre of all things hip.
Rotbart is a new spot on the Neukölln bar map located at the most beautiful part of Neukölln, Rixdorf. Beers on tap are cheap at 1.90 euros and it offers a large selection of wine and liqor too. With its cozy design of vintage chairs and wooden tables and flickering candles, it’s a perfect place for an evening out with friends or family.
Alter Roter Lowe Rein
Alter Roter Lowe Rein or “Old Red Lion Inn” sounds pretty old school but this bar is actually quite cool and cozy. It’s beautifully rustic and typical of Berlin bars. Loyal barflies love the Augustiner on tap. There’s always something going on so check their event calendar.
You wouldn’t miss Kindl Stuben off the list. If you walk along the main and crowded Sonnenallee street in Neukolln. Despite being on this street, it still manages to attract locals and maintain a friendly service. It is known as a beer bar but it also offers great breakfast and dinner menus. Plus they serve free popcorn!
One of the trendiest districts in Berlin.
This is one of my favorite bars in Kreuzberg. Luzia has a large industrial space juxtaposed with mismatched tables and peeling vintage wallpaper. I love the big glass windows overlooking the bustling street scene. It makes the space feel airy and open. Imagine drinking by the window while it snows outside. Magical.
Das Hotel is a sexy, little spot just a block away from U-bahn Kottbusser Tor. Its interior exudes the true meaning of the German word gemütlich: brick walls, battered old pianos, fresh flowers and candles melting into messy wax sculptures. This place has so much character. Come early so you can get a table.
While popularly known as a “homo bar” (it explicitly says so on a sign by the window so you cant miss it), the crowd at Möbel-Olfe is a delightfully diverse mix of all denominations – straight and gay, young and old, locals and foreigners, pretty and ugly. Whatever you are, you’re welcome here. The best day to go is on Thursdays but it can get very crowded after 11PM. It has a great atmosphere and it’s kind of okay to flirt.
Berlin’s bohemian ‘hood.
Newly opened last year, Bryk Bar is not another Berlin ruin bar. It’s actually the opposite. It’s stylishly designed with elegant but comfortable furniture and vintage finds from around the world. But that’s not important because the main draw is the drinks. A quick look at their drinks menu will tell you why. The drinks have names like “There is a new fish in town…get your hinge!” or “Breaking into a bad scene with Walter White”. I love a bar that delivers the drinks with a sense of humor.
A really nice bar that looks like it was designed by super hipster college students. Located at Torstrasse across the street from the somewhat other bar called Club der polnischer Versagen (Club of Polish Losers), Muschi Obermaier is a favorite among the younger crowd. Loyal patrons love that it’s a hybrid bar and club where you can drink and dance. It plays live music too.
One of the trendiest districts in Berlin.
Kptn. A. Müller
Even though it’s located at Simon-Dach-Strasse, a street of tourist traps in Friedrichshain, Kptn. A. Müller has maintained its low prices and living-room vibe. Its interior is unassuming and minimal with fading wallpaper and random old pictures of ocean liners. People love the free table-football. And it’s a great place to have the most random conversations from the most random people from all over the world. It’s a great place for a pre club drink specially if you plan to head out to the most famous nightclub in the world, Berghain. The club is less than 10 minutes away by foot.
DJ Yabis writes one of the most popular European travel blog, Dream Euro Trip. When not traveling, you will find him in Germany throwing dinner parties or designing his dream apartment.