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.
The best bars in Berlin are among the best bars found anywhere on the planet. There, we said it. Can we go out now? Let’s go! Berlin is one of the world’s great nightlife cities, a hedonistic haven of thrilling diversity and parties that never quit. Whether you want glitzy cocktail bars or dive pubs that haven’t changed in decades, you’ll find them. You’ll love it.
Berlin is a city that lives up to its hype. The restaurant scene is second to none, the galleries are elite, and the markets are magnificent. The bars? Every bit as awesome as you assume. You’ll struggle to find a bad bar in Berlin, but these deserve extra attention.