Barbie Deinhoff’s in Kreuzberg is a bar, alternative art gallery and indie rock venue that embodies the best of Berlin living. It doubles as a queer performance space, but most people come to its bright, casual rooms for the young, mixed crowd, the top-notch local DJs and the hilarious art adorning the walls. Two-for-one Tuesdays are popular, attracting a particularly skint Kreuzberg crowd.
If the Berlin bar scene is anything, it’s diverse (and thrillingly so). With cocktail dens and speakeasies rivalling Paris and London’s best, alongside a thriving neighbourhood pub and dive bar culture, it’s hard to go wrong when it comes to drinking before you sample Berlin’s storied clubs – or indeed head straight to the next bar along the Strasse.
To really get a sense of this city, you’ve got to spend some time drinking Pfeffi or peppermint schnapps with locals at one of the best bars in Berlin. But what should you know before you go? Many of the following stay open into the wee hours, and most get quite smoky as the night goes on. We say balance out the evening’s vices with a walk in the Grunewald, or air out your clothes the next day if need be. And as with most places in Berlin, don't expect to be able to pay with credit cards anywhere. So find your nearest ATM, and let the night begin.
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