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Things we love:

The party literally doesn’t stop; we’re talking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

There are parks everywhere

The kebabs are banging, especially at 4am

The Badeschiff, a swimming pool in the river Spree

Public drinking is totally legal and acceptable

Things we wish we’d known:

Germans love getting nekkid, head to Tiergarten if you don’t believe us

No one knows when the U-Bahn really closes

Berliners are straight talking, take things with a pinch of salt

They play by the rules here, cross the street at a red light and you will probably get shouted at

Best bars in Berlin
Best bars in Berlin
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8mm
8mm

It is easy to miss 8mm bar, it’s very non-descript, to the point of seeming shut. Once through the door and past the curtain however, things get lively. So dimly lit you almost have an excuse to cosy up to Read More

Ä Bar
Ä Bar

Located in the newly popular Neukölln district, Ä bar is favoured by the hot young things who’ve transformed this area into the hub of creativity for which it is now renowned. It’s a sort of self-service bar situated within a Read More

Bar 3
Bar 3

Minimalist and slick, if you want to feel at home here you’ll need to brush up on your contemporary art knowledge. Not a problem. Located near to the Volksbühne and a host of independent art galleries, this place attracts artists, Read More

Becketts Kopf
Becketts Kopf

An illuminated image of Samuel Beckett lights the entrance to Becketts Kopf, so you know it’s going to be a classy affair. Ring the doorbell to gain entry; it’s not that the door policy is selective, they just want to Read More

Bei Schlawinchen
Bei Schlawinchen

From the outside this iconic dive bar looks more like a circus than a drinking hole, colourful fairground lights present the entrance and the theme is continued inside. A freak show of antique paraphernalia looms from any attachable surface including Read More

Bohnengold
Bohnengold

This place considers itself a bit of a nightclub, but don’t let that put you off. Really it’s nothing more than a wicked bar leading through to a lively club room at the rear of the building. Contrast in concrete Read More

Brut
Brut

Brut is the first French Hessian-Vesper bar in Berlin. Where a lot of the bars in Berlin don’t open until 8pm this is an early bird, opening its doors at 6pm, which is nifty because it gets so busy that Read More

Das Hotel
Das Hotel

Ask any local their top ten bars and Das Hotel will undoubtedly make the cut, this place is a bit of a neighbourhood favourite. Located on the otherwise quiet Mariannenstrasse, your taxi driver probably won’t know where Das Hotel is. Read More

Die Weinerei
Die Weinerei

Sure, we’ve rented things before, but never a glass. For 2 euros, you my friend can become the proud owner of one ordinary looking wine glass, to do with (or fill with) whatever your heart desires (pay what you think Read More

G&T Bar
G&T Bar

As the name implies these guys are big on their gin. Located out the back of Rocco & Sanny (or accessible from Friedrichstrasse) this small speakeasy style bar is livelier than others of a similar description. BarChick rocked up and Read More

Glory Whole
Glory Whole

Not as raunchy as its name might suggest, Glory Whole is a lower basement bar located on Oderbergerstrasse, the road leading to Mauerpark flea market. A small gathering of tables and chairs complete with warm tartan blankets alert you to Read More

Green Door
Green Door

This place takes its name from the following inspirations; a Shaking Steven’s record, a dance routine and a vintage porno, need we go on? With a neon sign lighting the entrance, ring the bell and wait for the hostess to Read More

John Muir
John Muir

Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive John Muir nestled amongst the bright neon lights of Skalitzerstraße and don’t get distracted by the dodgy shisha bars on the way, you’re here for a reason. Their cocktail menu changes with the seasons Read More

Kani Mani
Kani Mani

BarChick doesn’t like to use the word ‘funky’ too often, but this place certainly warrants it. The Egyptian owners have lovingly filled Kani Mani with novelty goods from their own culture and references are everywhere, kind of like Egypt’s answer Read More

King Size
King Size

If it’s a civilised night you’re after then this ain’t your hangout. If you’re looking for an after-hours den of debauchery, pumping techno, hot bearded hipsters and a killer Moscow Mule then get yourself in to one of Berlin’s smallest Read More

Kirk
Kirk

As we stumbled around Schlesisches Tor one evening we ended up at Kirk’s. Now, you could at first mistake this for an unexceptional neighbourhood bar, but you would be wrong. This is a place that doesn’t have to look fancy Read More

Kitty Cheng
Kitty Cheng

Opened by Sam Goitom in 2011, Kitty Cheng is conveniently located in the stylish Mitte area of Berlin. Relatively small in size this intimate spot is notorious for its wild parties. Unusually for Berlin it looks as if it might Read More

Madame Claude
Madame Claude

This bar is smack bang in the middle of the gritty Berlin neighbourhood of Kreuzberg; a paradise for bar-hoppers with hundreds of bars, restaurants and off licences. Madame Claude stands out for sheer strangeness – located underground in a former Read More

Mein Haus Am See
Mein Haus Am See

This is where the Berlin start-up Mafia come to hang, hot young hipsters are everywhere and creativity is buzzword of the week. Located in the forward thinking Mitte district, this former bookshop is laid-back cool; make eye contact and smile Read More

Mozzarella Bar & Bottega Al Contadino sotto le Stelle
Mozzarella Bar & Bottega Al Contadino sotto le Stelle

We love wine, we love cheese and we love bars… which basically makes this a match made in heaven. This Italian Mozzarella Bar is part of the Slow Food movement in Berlin and provides a fresher alternative to smoky bars Read More

Neue Odessa Bar
Neue Odessa Bar

After being directed towards the naked Christmas trees by the guys at sister bar, Le Chat Gris, find yourself in Neues Odessa Bar. As soon as you walk through the door you know this is going to be an upbeat Read More

Newton Bar
Newton Bar

Being located in Mitte, where the wine bars are almost endless, an establishment has to work especially hard to stand out for BarChick. Newton manages it with ease. Taking its name from the photographer Helmut Newton, on entry you can Read More

Prinzipal Kreuzberg
Prinzipal Kreuzberg

This is Berlin’s answer to 20th Century Paris… Moulin Rouge style. And yes, there are nipple tassels. In Berlin’s hippest district, Kreuzberg, hides this wonderland of drink and debauchery; look for the burlesqued-up tranny lurking by a door and it’s Read More

Reingold
Reingold

This 1920s style speakeasy is the bartender’s choice, and it’s so easy to see why. It features one of longest bars in town and hot staff zip up and down it like dancers… on a busy night it’s like a Read More

Rocco and Sanny
Rocco and Sanny

This is the joint venture from Berlin’s bar icon Mario Grünenfelder and the AMANO group. A lower ground floor bunker converted into a bustling grill and bar with minimum fuss and maximum impact. Burgers and serious cocktails are what you’ll Read More

Rum Trader
Rum Trader

Embrace your inner Marty McFly… you’re going back in time. With only a small plaque alerting you to its existence, Rum Trader is by no means a song and dance kind of bar. Ring the doorbell for entry and don’t Read More

Schwarzsaur
Schwarzsaur

Burly, smoky and sehr German, if you want to sample a traditional Berlin booze-up then look no further. This place has a reputation for being the busiest bar on Kastanianallee and was one of the first bars to open after Read More

Soho House Berlin
Soho House Berlin

Located on the corner of Torstrasse and Prenzlauer Allee in East Berlin’s fashionable district of Mitte, Soho House Berlin is a pretty nostalgic affair. If (like BarChick) you’ve spent a bit of time kicking back in London’s Shoreditch House, then Read More

Stagger Lee
Stagger Lee

In a city all about the dark, borderline frightening, techno, Stagger Lee is something different. It’s a New Orleans saloon with swinging doors, little tables and dark corners to snuggle into and listen to classic blues music. Smokers, you’ll love Read More

The Monkey Bar
The Monkey Bar

Located on the top floor of the brand spanking new hotel, 25Hours Hotel Bikini, (just about the coolest hotel in town), the cool kids are all over it like mustard on a wiener. Why the name? Because the floor to Read More

Victoria Bar
Victoria Bar

People hail Victoria Bar for making ‘Potsdamer Strasse cool’ and we can believe it. With walls covered in modern (aka weird) art, the bar is like an gallery in itself. It’s so kitted up with sexy couches, a 20s style Read More

Würgeengel
Würgeengel

This gem of a bar is located in the Kottbusser, an area of Kreuzberg affectionately nicknamed ‘Kotti’ by locals. On a dead end road flanked on all sides by Turkish restaurants and Bohemian bars, Würgeengel’s dim, candle-lit interiors are all Read More