We all know the Germans do great beer, and that they’re no slouches in the spirit department, yet for some reason, people don’t entirely trust them to make a delicious bottle of vino, probably because they've had a little to much to drink themselves, because both German wine and German wine bars can be fantastic. Here are eight Berlin spots that prove it.
For German Wein:
This Mitte wine spot opened in mid-2013 w/ quite the back-story, pulling together several winos incl. Austrian & German sommeliers, a 23yr-old wünderchef, a music label exec, and an indie-film maker. Interested? You should be. Together they’ve created a go-to spot for great food -- think bar snacks w/ an Austro-twist (like blood sausage pizza) along w/ independent, top-notch German & Austrian wine makers, focused on biodynamic & natural bottles.
Why drink the best in Berlin when you can drink the best in Germany? With a whopping 900 bottles, and a Michelin-starred chef behind the kitchen, this Mitte favorite was voted the best wine list in the country, so we’re pretty sure you’re going to find a glass of something you’d like to drink here. For the full baller experience, make reservations for the 10-course tasting menu; if you don’t want to go all out, hit the more casual bar menu downstairs.
Tucked near P’Berg’s Helmholtzplatz, this places channels Old World Germany w/ lots of rustic wooden furniture, a menu heavy on traditional dishes (goulash! schnitzel!) and wine barrels sitting around (they call it "aging"). It’s well known as one of the best places to drink German and Austrian wines in the city w/ a cellar full of more than 100 bottles.
Vin Aqua Vin
Former Chef Jan Kreuzinger runs this extremely approachable shop & tasting room, dishing out his cheeky advice for mostly German vinos -- screw cap €6 bottles of Muller Thurgau, Pinot-Riesling hybrids -- alongside a menu of bistro classics like juicy steaks and beef stew. It’s not surprising Vin Aqua Vin is popular: the rustic space and laid-back attitude fits right into the kinda' classy Kreuzberg vibe. You’ll also find Kreuzinger’s own schnapps label, Dry Hazel, on the store’s shelves.
For Italian Vino:
Muret La Barba
One of the city’s favorite spots for a glass of Italian grape hooch, this Mitte wine bar & shop has a list of more than 200 Italian labels. Even better, they’ll open any one of those bottles for you to sample by the glass, nearly all private and small label organic wines, and they also have a great charcuterie platter to bolster their phenomenal homemade pastas.
Weinbar Al Contadino Sotto le Stelle
If you’d prefer a glass of Barolo to anything you’re finding on the German list, head to this popular wine bar, tucked behind Mitte’s busy Torstraße. The place is part of a trio of Al Contadino places -- there’s also a restaurant & a mozz bar -- known for their hearty Italian dishes, massive selection of wines, and just-like-Italy friendly hospitality.
For French Vin:
This P’Berg cheese shop is much loved for its expansive selection of French curds -- more than 50 cheeses directly imported from the source including some of the rarest, smelliest flavors. Two Frenchmen run the show here, and the place also doubles as a tasting café, w/ a handful of tables inside and out & a nice cheese plate that’s available w/ wine.
This old-school French resto is more known as a watering hole than for its steak au poivre, and the menu is heavy on bottles from Bordeaux and Burgundy. The tourists come hoping for a celeb sighting -- have your cell handy, b/c everyone from Paris Hilton to Madonna has been spotted here, and you'll need it to call a cab and immediately leave if you spot them.
1. CordobarGroße Hamburger Str. 32, Berlin
2. Weinbar RutzChausseestr. 8, Berlin
3. WeinsteinLychener Str. 33, Berlin
4. Vin Aqua VinWeserstraße 204, Berlin
5. Muret la BarbaRosenthaler Str. 61, Berlin
6. Weinbar Al Contadino Sotto le StelleGormannstr. 10, Berlin
7. La KäserieLychener Str. 6, Berlin
8. Paris BarKantstraße 152, Berlin
Opened in mid-2013, this Mitte wine bar serves up quality bites like blood sausage pizza and serve a variety of vino from German and Austrian wine makers.
Rutz is a class act all the way, featuring more than 900 (!) bottles of wine to choose from as well as food cooked up by a Michelin-starred chef. If you really want to get the immersive experience, try their 10-course tasting menu.
This place has the look and feel of Old World Germany with plenty of wooden furnishings and a menu laden with traditional German fare, such as schnitzel and goulash, not to mention a cellar featuring more than 100 bottles of German and Austrian vino.
This wine bar features bistro classics like steaks and beef stew, in addition to their large selection of wines and their own schnapps label, Dry Hazel.
This Mitte drinkery is one of the most popular in Berlin when it comes to grabbing a glass of wine. And it's not surprising considering they have more than 200 different varieties to choose from.
Located in Mitte’s busy Torstraße, this is part of three separate institutions from the Contadinos and is known for its massive wine selection and friendly hospitality.
This cheese shop/wine bar imports more than 50 cheeses, including hard-to-find varieties. And their selection of wines always includes the perfect complement to whatever cheese you choose to chow down on.