Ah, it’s Summer again, which means it’s time to dust off your lederhosen and go to a beer garden (otherwise they’d just look weird). To help you figure out where, we’ve narrowed down the eight best in town...
Hofbräu Berlin (address and info)
This traditional beer hall with a large garden space is indeed a piece of Bavaria in Berlin’s Mitte. Proclaiming themselves the biggest beer hall in Europe, the 6,000sqft space is decorated with typically Southern ornamentation and garlands and has all the elements of what makes a German beer hall gemütlich (welcoming). You know, apart from the beer.
Weihenstephaner (address and info)
Located near Hackescher Markt U-Bahn station, Weihenstephaner is a Bavarian-style beer hall with a ton of outdoor seating. Traditional Bavarian food such as sausages, schnitzel, and sauerkraut are served with a wide variety of both light and dark top-notch beer varietals. It’s also one of the few places outside Bavaria where you can find the vaunted Weihenstephaner beer.
Brauhaus Rixdorf (address and info)
Located off the beaten track, Brauhaus Rixdorf is a brewery that serves typical hearty German food and a selection of rich beer. Its large patio, which opens in the Summer, sports a relaxed atmosphere typical of Neukölln.
Brauerei Eschenbräu (address and info)
This small brewery and beer hall has a beer for every season, ranging from pilsners to dunkels and hefeweizens. It is tucked away in a cellar of an apartment building in Wedding, behind a student dorm, and has a pretty gorgeous garden that takes up a large portion of the courtyard. During Summer months, you can get your beer and Bavarian snacks from a small outpost in front of the cellar, too.
Prater (address and info)
Prater is Berlin’s oldest beer garden, and has boozily seen through Prenzlauer Berg’s various transformations over the decades, both before and after reunification. It has a vast yard and picnic-style seating, shaded by chestnut trees, while homemade Berliner cuisine is complemented by a selection of local beers, including light lager (Prater Pils) and darker numbers (Schwarzbier).
Café am Neuen See (address and info)
This picture-book gorgeous spot overlooking a lake is a popular destination for walkers and hikers, particularly in the Summer. Food-wise, they're famed for their Leberkäse (a type of meat loaf popular in Germany and Austria) and pretzels, to be washed down with their plentiful drafts -- and as much as we don't want to condone drinking & boating, you can rent a boat and take it out onto the water, too.
Loretta am Wannsee (address and info)
Located on the outskirts of Berlin, this traditional beer garden is famous for its scenery and an exceptional selection of beers. Authentic Bavarian beer is served with peppers, pears, bacon, or dried tomatoes, BBQ pork knuckle, apricot dumplings, and other Southern specialties.
Bierhof Rüdersdorf (address and info)
Nestled next to Berghain’s Kanteen, Bierhof Rüdersdorf has a stunning upper deck, which at night turns into a warmly lit chill-out spot where one can hear faint rumblings from the club. It's also a great place to warm up for the weekend of partying, but during the day it functions as a typical Berlin beer garden serving a combination of German-style beers/food.
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1. Hofbräuhaus BerlinKarl-Liebknecht-Str. 30, Berlin
2. WeihenstephanerNeue Promenade 5, Berlin
3. Brauhaus RixdorfGlasower Str. 27, Berlin
4. Brauerei EschenbräuTriftstrasse 67, Berlin
5. Prater Biergarten KastanienalleeKastanienallee 7-9, Berlin
6. Café am Neuen SeeLichtensteinallee 2, Berlin
7. Loretta am WannseeKronprinzessinnenweg 260, Berlin
8. Bierhof RüdersdorfRüdersdorfer Straße 70, Berlin
The Berlin location of the legendary Hofbraeuhaus offers the same fun-loving atmosphere, massive steins of delicious suds, and hearty biergarten fare as the original.
This Mitte Bavarian-style beer hall features plenty of outdoor seating where you can enjoy traditional Bavarian food such as sausages, schnitzel, and sauerkraut, as well as a wide variety of both light and dark, top-notch beer varietals.
This Neukölln brewery/resto/beer garden may be a bit off the beaten path, but it's totally worth visiting for their hearty German fare and variety of Rixdorfer light and dark brews.
Although the 2000s baby brewery Brauerei Eschenbräu is know for its seasonals that dominate the beer garden's menu, its still got a handful of mainstays to satisfy beer drinkers of all kinds: a malty pils, a chocolatey dark, a fruity wheat, and a citrusy wheat. They're all easy to drink, and they all pair well with the snacks and other fare that rotates frequently on the beergarden's menu. The cellar's got a traditional German style and plenty of tables, but an evening under the beer garden's winding tree branches and string lights is not to be missed out on.
A venue that once served as a political meeting space, performance venue, theater, and public house is now one of Berlin's oldest outdoor beer gardens. Ideal for big group outings, this chesnut-shaded yard sports yellow picnic-styles tables, doused in light from string bulbs above. The attached Prater restaurant serves as much more than an alcohol sponge, featuring a seasonal menu with classic German fare like schnitzel, meatballs, and an egg/mustard mash called Senfeier mit Quetschkartoffeln, all accompanied by fresh vegetables from nearby farms.
On a large pond in Tiergarten (Berlin’s largest park), Neuen See Café is as close as it gets to a countryside vacation without shelling out for a regional train ticket. You’ll find both tourists and local families here eating Bavarian specialties all season long (try the Flammkuchen, best described as a German pizza).
Located on the outskirts of Berlin, Loretta am Wannsee is a tradition beer garden that's famous for its lovely scenery and massive variety of beers. Come here to grab an authentic Bavarian brew and some peppers, pears, bacon, or dried tomatoes, BBQ knuckle, apricot dumplings, and other Bavarian specialties.