This long-running cocktail bar is an oasis of fine drink in the sparsely served Prenzlauer Berg. It follows the classic speakeasy model; enter via an unmarked door and find yourself in rooms draped in red velvet. Settle back on the chesterfield sofas and enjoy the fresh air of the no-smoking room – a relative rarity on Berlin’s bar scene. Try the Aviation, a paean to the classier days of air travel: a florid mix of gin, violet, maraschino and lemon. A grizzled portrait of playwright Samuel Beckett – not averse to a drink himself – keeps watch over proceedings.
If you’re in Berlin, it’s likely you’re here for at least a bit of a good time. After all, you’re literally in the party capital of Europe, so even if you’re not cut out for the clubs, a bit of partying is mandatory. Luckily, there’s a middle ground before you have to queue eight hours for Berghain (and likely not get in anyway). And that’s one of Berlin’s many, many bars.
From glitzy cocktail bars to grotty dive pubs, Berlin is a hub for the strange, the wonderful and a little bit of the ordinary too. Of course, a whole lot of them are found in Mitte, one of Berlin’s trendiest neighbourhoods, but there’s plenty across Kreuzberg, Neukölln and more. The nightlife here is unmatched, so you’re guaranteed to love these great bars in Berlin.
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