Bars in Berlin
Set out below are some the bars in Berlin that we visited on our weekend trip!
Prater is Berlin’s oldest beer garden, serving beer since 1837! It is located at Kastanienallee in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg around a 20 minute walk from Berlin Cathedral.
With seating for 600 people, Prater Beer Garden is a winning choice when the sun is shining. The best bit is it wasn’t crowded and there were plenty of space along the long wooden benches. This just doesn’t happen in London! There were strings of fairy lights up around the venue, which must look really gorgeous in the evenings.
We relaxed and played cards over a Prater Pils (0.3l €3.50) and a glass of Reisling (€4.50). We also fancied a snack so couldn’t resist a Rostbratwurst ( €3.80) and a Krakauer (grilled spicy sausage) (€3.90) together with Nudelsalat (€4.50) which was a pasta salad with rocket and Parmesan. This is one of the best bars in Berlin for outdoor space and local food and is open daily from midday between April and September.
On the theme of beer gardens, we paid Schelunsenkrug a visit on the west edge of Tiergarten. Similarly to Prater, there is a large outdoor area with tons of long benches both covered and not covered. You can even nab a table overlooking the canal itself.
We had a local beer (€3) and glass of Riesling (€4) sitting in the sun. There were a few dishes on offer including Schnitzel, bread dumplings, salads and pasta. We had lunch booked so didn’t try them out. This is a great recommendation if you are visiting Tiergarten area.
We also wanted to visit Café am Neuen situated a 15 minute walk from here surrounded by a lake. Sadly the rain absolutely poured down so we took shelter inside!
Monkey Bar is one of the best bars in Berlin for rooftop views, situated to the south of Tiergarten. Situated on the 10th floor of the 25hours Hotel, it offers gorgeous views of the city and the zoo through its huge windows and outdoor terrace.
We were keen to try out the cocktails so had a Rafiki: Gin, Rhubarb, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Rosemary (€12.50) and a Monkey’s Cobbler:13 Red Vermouth, Dark Rum, Lime (€13). Both of these looked and tasted great! This is a cool and laid back rooftop in Berlin which we recommend.
Solar Bar is located just opposite Anhalter Bahnhof (former station) and just minutes away from Potsdamer Platz and Brandenburg Gate.
The entrance to Solar Bar is hidden in between apartments so keep an eye out! On the 17th floor is a lovely space decorated in red and black with views over Berlin. There are swinging chairs to make yourself comfortable as well as stools and tables and chairs.
They offer a “Happy Sunset” deal between 17.30 and 20.00 where all cocktails are €8.50 and a glass of champagne is €9.50. We had an Agent Basil Smash with Szechuan pepper infused gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup (€13 non happy hour) and a Negroni. There is also a gorgeous restaurant on the 16th floor available for reservations. Dress code should be smart.
Einstein Unter Den Linden is a traditional Austrian bar and restaurant with lots of sidewalk seating to people watch over a drink.
We sipped on an Aperol Spritz and a beer and tucked into a charcuterie board with Austrian meats and cheeses. Really chilled and relaxed place with reasonably priced drinks.
Pauly Bar is part of the popular Pauly Saal restaurant open from 6pm Monday-Saturday. The bar is a perfect place to chill with friends or on date with comfortable sofas and a great small bites and cocktail list.
From the bar menu, we tucked into the Crispy Goat Cheese Cigars with zucchini and olive spume (€8) and the Duck Rillettes Melba Bread (€8). Amongst other dishes, Pauly Bar also offers Seabass Ceviche, Oysters and a Cheese Selection.
The cocktail list is split into “Something New”, “Disco longdrinks” and “Borrowed”. From the Something New section we had the Countess Blazh with Vodka, Lillet Rosé, Slivovitz, Lavender, Lemon Bitters, Lemon ( € 12) and the Siam Hotshot with Dry Gin, Pineapple -Cucumber-Thai Basil Shrub, Galliano, Lemon, Celery (€13). The staff were lovely and really passionate about the cocktails.
The name translates to my house on the lake and is a combined cafe, bar and restaurant open 24 hours! It describes itself as not a bar, not a club but something sexy in between and that actually made sense!
It felt like a pretty cool place with a small bar area with the staff holding their money in bumbags! There is a large sloping seating area where customers sit on stairs and people watch. There is random furniture and disco balls making for rather quirky decoration. We really liked the vibe here and had a Gin Sour and G&T which put us back €17.
This bar dates back to 1913 and is proudly an old fashioned but established venue in Berlin. The focus is on dance (it is a ballroom for a reason!) with salsa on Monday, tango on Tuesday, swing on Wednesday, chacha and waltz on Thursday and Sunday afternoon, and a live band on Friday and Saturday.
We visited on a Saturday at around 11pm and paid €5 entry. The crowd appeared to be predominantly local with an average age of mid-late 30’s. It felt like we were at a German wedding / birthday party with the live band and DJ playing in between. And do you know what – we bloody loved it! Drinks are averagely priced with a beer and wine around €10.
We walked past this bar on the way to the main station, Hauptbahnhof. We could not resist diverting to have a drink by the river Spree on a deckchair!
No regrets on a sunny day where we people watched and waved to people on the tourist boats. A beer and a diet coke was €6 which I happily paid given the location and outdoor space.
A Bar has a great chilled out atmosphere with live acoustic sets and a foosball table. The drinks were very reasonably priced with two wines coming to only €6!
This bar takes up the huge roof terrace on the top of Neukolln Arcade! The entrance to the roof is located inside the mall and you can chill and drink delicious cocktails whist listening to live bands.
East London Girl: Bars in Berlin