By Neil Cameron
Berlin is a BIG city and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming where to start. So many choices, such little time. Where to eat, where to drink, where to sleep and where to party? I have compiled a list of the best places (according to us!) on where to eat and drink once our tours have finished.
Where to Drink in Mitte
This one is for all you beer lovers out there. Aufsturz has a choice of over 100 different kinds of beers (and most of them come with their own unique glass!) The bar sits on one of Berlin’s busiest nightlife streets and this place is huge. With over 200 seating places inside and a further 100 places outside in the summer this is a great place to come with a group of friends or a good place to get to know others. They also have a choice of over 40 whiskeys and have a delicious menu of traditional German food to help you when deciding on your next beer. Prost!
This friendly neighbourhood bar is tucked away in the Jewish quarter of Berlin. Once you descend the stairs you enter into what looks like someone’s living quarters, the walls have funky decor, there are numerous comfy couches, the place has a laid back atmosphere and drink prices are cheap.
If you think that Oranienburgerstrasse is a little too touristy then pop around the corner and head to Firebar, you wont be disappointed.
Only in Berlin! This bar works on a pay what you think policy. Initially you pay € 2 for an empty wine glass then you are allowed to drink as much wine as you like and at the end pay for what you think it was worth. There are the standard red, white and rose wines on offer as well as juices and they also do simple breakfast and dinner fare which works on the same basis.
The bar that never sleeps. This place is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each night of the week there is a different style of music from reggae to Russian disco. The drinks are cheap and the staff are friendly. The bar/club is located right near two popular hostels, St Christopher’s and Wombat’s so pop in if you have your dancing shoes on.
This is a branch of the world famous bar in Munich although don’t expect the same thing. This is faux Munich but you still get a sense of all things traditional German. There are Steine (1 litre beers) on offer as well as all things pork. (The Germans can’t get enough of their meat). This place even has the long wooden beer tables and “um pa pa” bands. The great thing about this place is that it is huge, it can accommodate hundreds inside and out so a great place to meet other like minded beer enthusiasts.