Bars & Pubs

The best places to drink in Berlin – reviewed anonymously by experts



Best beers and local atmospheres

Prater

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This rowdy beer garden has been doing Berliners a brisk service since 1852, and lies across the courtyard from an old ballroom of the same name, attracting a noisy crowd. The enthusiastic beer-swilling, big wooden tables and platefuls of Bratwurst and Bretzeln

  1. Kastanienallee 7-9, 10435
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Natanja und Heinrich

  • Critics choice

By far the most comfortable drinking den in the Weserstrasse neighbourhood, this triple roomed establishment enjoys high ceilings and efficient ventilation, doing away with the smokiness that plagues most places when full. Large windows open onto either side of a

  1. Weichselstrasse 44, 12045
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Bar 3

  • Critics choice

Located in a backstreet off Torstraße, this Bar 3 is a favourite of the media types that prowl the streets of Mitte. With a large horseshoe shaped bar taking up most of the room, seating options are confined to bar stools, otherwise it’s standing only. This place

  1. Weydingerstrasse 20, 10178
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Vagabund

  • Critics choice

America, with its insipid lager analogues and Budweiser even daring to crown itself ‘The King of Beers’, has long been an easy target for German beer-related jokes. Germans take pride in their 500-year-old Rheinheitsgebot (purity law), which stipulates that the

  1. Antwerpener Str. 3, 13353
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John Muir

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Named after the 19th century American naturalist John Muir, who as an outdoorsman most likely understood the health benefits of a good nip of whiskey, this bar aims to bring a bit of a Brooklyn flavor to SO36 with its mounted trophy heads and red-brick walls. There’s

  1. Skalitzerstraße 50, 10997
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Sophisticated drinking

Newton Bar

  • Critics choice

Homage seems to be Berlin’s preferred method for naming bars, and here iconoclastic fashion photographer Helmut Newton is immortalized. An entire wall of this large bar is dedicated to a series of his black and white nudes – for those unfamiliar with his pictures

  1. Charlottenstraße 57, 10117
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Tausend

  • Critics choice

With an unmarked entrance – look for the iron door under the train overpass – and strict entrance policy, this grown-up bar/lounge is as exclusive as Berlin gets. This is where the well-heeled come to be seen sipping innovative drinks in a tubular, steel-ceilinged

  1. Schiffbauerdamm 11, 10117
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Stagger Lee

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This vaudeville bar takes its name from a 1920s folk song about the true-life exploits of a violent Missouri pimp. The styling is suitably Charleston, low-hanging saloon lamps, Victorian wallpaper and an enormous mechanical till add to its faux-Americana charm. The

  1. Nollendorfstrasse 27, 10777
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Würgeengel

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A bit of a mouthful, but this sultry boozer is named after Luis Buñuel’s absurdist masterpiece ‘The Exterminating Angel’, in which a group of bourgeois worthies find themselves inexplicably unable to leave a lavish dinner party. There is certainly an Old World

  1. Dresdener Strasse 122, 10999
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