Food & Drink

The eight coolest bars in Berlin

Published On 08/20/2013 Published On 08/20/2013
Berlin bar
Thomas Hillard
Katherine Sacks
Katherine Sacks
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Green Door
Katherine Sacks
Hotel de Rome
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1. 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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2. Neue Odessa Torstraße 89, Berlin, 10119

This vintage speakeasy plays an 80s loop that compliments the wallpaper and artist crowd. Known best for the wide selection of craft cocktails, their Moscow Mule is endorsed by locals and travelers alike.

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3. Aufsturz Oranienburger Straße 67, Berlin, 10117

Aufsturz's interior is as alluring as its brews. With over a hundred local and international beers, and an interior that also serves as an art gallery, Aufsturz packs in both locals and tourists.

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4. Prater Biergarten Kastanienallee Kastanienallee 7-9, Berlin, 10435 (Prenzlauerberg)

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.

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5. Reingold Novalisstraße 11, Berlin, 10115

This 20s-era cocktail lounge has live music, a swanky outdoor patio, and an extensive list of classic cocktails and classy bar food.

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6. Green Door Winterfeldtstraße 50, Berlin, 10781 (Schoneber)

Green Door's retro house decor -- including plaid wallpaper, pin cushion couches, and trendy telephone lamps -- sets the tone for a pretty elaborate cocktail list. A daily happy hour make this modish cocktail lair affordable.

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7. Stagger Lee Nollendorfstrasse 27, Berlin, 10777 (Schoneber)

Stagger Lee has Old West charm with leather furniture, saloon-style doors, stick candles, and a cocktail list that pours heavy on the bourbon and tequila. Using homemade syrups and fresh fruit, their cocktails have been voted some of the best in Berlin.

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8. Hotel de Rome Behrenstrasse 37, Berlin, 10117 (Mitte)

Nestled inside the swanky Hotel De Rome, Bebel Bar and Velvet Room has seasonal and creative cocktails made with everything from ginger beer and balsamic to arugula. A sleek interior, high ceilings, and red glow beneath the bar set the tone for live music and performers in the Velvet Room. The hotel also boasts an appropriately swanky rooftop that doles out fancy Champagne cocktails and other upmarket creations, along with some of the best views of Berlin's attractions.