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1. BRYK BarRykestr. 18, Berlin
2. HopfenreichSorauer Str. 31, Berlin
3. KaschkLinienstr. 40, Berlin
4. Monkey BarBudapester Str. 40, Berlin
5. FragrancesPotsdamer Platz 3, Berlin
6. Comptoir du CidreKollwitzstraße 98, Berlin
7. Kallasch& - Moabiter BarprojektUnionstraße 2, Berlin
8. Bar am SteinplatzSteinplatz 4, Berlin
9. TwinpigsBoddinstr. 57a, Berlin
10. WilmaBadstraße 38, Hinterhaus, Berlin
Small, dark, and stylish, with glazed black subway tiles behind the bar and abstract art on the walls, BRYK is exactly the kind of bar a city could always use more of: an elegant cocktail-and-small-plates lounge with a mission to serve drinks of the highest quality with the highest service in a city that all too often settles for less.
Located in the Kreuzberg neighborhood, Hopfenreich serves up a rotating list of craft brews on tap, many of which are from local purveyors.
This Mitte drinking spot also doubles as a shuffleboard locale, and you can order up excellent filter coffee from fair trade beans along with small brew IPAs and stouts, so you can decide whether to stay sober and alert or pleasantly tipsy while playing a game usually reserved for senior citizens on cruise ship decks.
Sitting atop the roof of the trendy 25hrs Bikini Hotel, this swanky, Charlottenburg lounge not only offers panoramic views, but also pours tasty and adventurous cocktails. Signature libations include the Park Side Fizz (vodka, Orgeat syrup, lemon juice, fresh mint, soda water) and Monkey’s Cobbler (red vermouth, Bermuda rum, lime juice, sugar syrup, fresh berries).
Located in The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, Fragrances is the first bar "dedicated to the art of cocktails in combination with the world of perfume and aromas". After sitting down at the bar, you will be presented with a variety of designer perfumes and can choose your favorite. Then, using essences, teas, flowers, and herbs, they'll create a drink inspired by your chosen scent.
Once a mere pop-up vendor, Comptoir climbed the ladder to open its own brick and mortar serving delicious fermented apple drinks along with a series of exquisite small plates that all have something to do with apples or cider, as well.
With its flea market furniture and junkyard neon sign hanging on the back wall, this Moabit bar might not be the classiest place around, but it's certainly a comfortable and artsy spot to enjoy a drink.
Occupying the ground floor of the recently opened Hotel am Steinplatz in Charlottenburg, Bar am Steinplatz is that one place you reserve for a special occasion. Just New Yorky enough, it’s the quieter, more elegant counterpart to the in-your-face trendiness of Monkey Bar just around the corner. Here’s where you’ll get a creative cocktail fusing elements of classic drinks with some German specialty ingredients in a genteel atmosphere that still feels a bit like a local secret.
This Neukölln bar has succeeded in becoming every Neuköllner’s dream: a living-room-away-from-home where you can expect a DJ session one night, a film screening another, and a supper club in between.
Full of those quirky little details that Berliners hold oh so dear (exposed brick walls, vaulted Prussian ceilings and shelves, and a bar that seems to be fashioned entirely out of driftwood), Wilma has a location to top them all: it can be found in the Hinterhaus (back house) of one of the most grandly decorative buildings in Wedding, right beside the picturesque Panke canal.