Food & Drink

These are Berlin's Bad Decision Bars

Published On 01/07/2014 Published On 01/07/2014
Berlin's Bad Decision Bars

First off, nobody intends to go to a Bad Decision Bar -- unless that is, they intend to wake up to a half-eaten floor-schnizel and half a dozen empty shots of what they hope was Jager while wearing someone else’s non-novelty lederhosen -- but then Berlin has at least seven that are still in business, so clearly  good intentions can fall by the wayside even here.

Katherine Sacks

Druide Bar
Prenzlauer Berg
Okay, so this place has more than 170 different types of absinthe, and they have them all on happy hour offers of 2-for-1. What. Could. Go. Wrong.

Monster Ronson's Ichiban Karaoke

Monster Ronson's Ichiban Karaoke
Friedrichshain
What goes into your mouth: way too many of some of the cheapest drinks in Berlin. What comes out of your mouth: what Katy Perry's "Firework" would sound like if a velociraptor sang it.

Badfish

Badfish
Prenzlauer Berg
They do Whiskey Wednesday (and pair each brew you order with a shot of Jameson), and you do Oh-God-please-don't-let-those-photos-of-me-playing-beer-pong-in-a-pink-tube-top-be-on-Facebook Thursdays. 

Marcus Bräu

Marcus Bräu
Mitte
It’s not hard to find good beer in Berlin, but at this old-school brewery, the question is not what you are drinking (spoiler: it's beer) but how much your stomach can physically hold by volume. Luckily, they have a 3-liter beer tower or the 1-meter beer paddle loaded w/ 12 brewskis to answer the question.

Karmanoia

Salon zur Wild Renate
Friedrichshain
Renate takes Berlin’s "secret locale" scene it to the extreme w/ the art house/junkyard basement Peristal labyrinth, which is impossible to navigate even if you are stone-cold sober. Which you will not be. At all. 

Thomas Hillard

Bei Schlawinchen
Kreuzberg
They have cheap beer, they're open 24hrs, and if you think you're leaving without winning at least one game of foosball against that douchebag in the Dutch soccer tee even if it takes you until 4a and costs six rolls of Euros, you are sadly mistaken, friend.

Soju Bar

Soju Bar
Kreuzberg
You're drinking Korean vodka in a laser-lit European club filled with cool neon signs! It's totally the future! Wow, future-booze is strong... man, that pot plant looks hot...

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1. Druide Bar Schönhauser Aller 42, Berlin, 10435 (Prenzlauerberg)

Calling all absinthe lovers: this Prenzlauer Berg drinkery serves up an astounding 170 different kinds of the drink, and they'll usually have 2-for-1 deals and other money savors to get the most bang for your buck.

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2. Monster Ronson's Ichiban Karaoke Warschauer Str. 34, Berlin, 10243 (Freidrichshain)

Monster Ronson's is always a good time, mostly because it's hard not to have fun during karaoke and also because their drinks are ridiculously cheap.

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3. Badfish Stargarder Str. 14, Berlin, 10439 (Prenzlauerberg)

Badfish knows how to chill. This low-key bar is a throwback to a New York City-style dive, featuring beers made in Brooklyn and shot deals throughout the week.

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4. Marcus Bräu Münzstr. 1-3, Berlin, 10178 (Mitte)

Not only can you get a myriad of delicious brews at this beer hall, but you can also order some tasty German fare, with the epitome being their classic schnitzels.

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5. Salon zur Wilden Renate Alt-Stralau 70, Berlin, 10245 (Freidrichshain)

Best described as an art house/junkyard basement, Salon zur Wild Renate will most definitely be one of the strangest bars you ever visit, considering they have a MAZE IN THEIR BAR.

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6. Bei Schlawinchen Schönleinstr 34, Berlin, 10967

A down and dirty dive bar, Bei Schlawinchen is like a mausoleum for knick-nacks. They are also open 24hrs, so if you want to drink Dunkel and play foosball at 9a, we won't judge you... others might though.

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7. Soju Bar Skalitzer Str. 36, Berlin, 10999 (Kreuzberg)

Thumping DJ music and neon lights fill this Kreuzberg club nightly, making sure that you have the option of dancing your ass off in addition to drinking your fill.

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