Berlin drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Club in Friedrichshain

Berghain/Panorama Bar

Only world-class spin-masters heat up this hedonistic bass-junkie hellhole inside a labyrinthine ex-powerplant. Hard-edged minimal techno dominates the ex-turbine hall (Berghain), while house dominates at Panorama B…
Top Choice Club in Scheunenviertel

Clärchens Ballhaus

Yesteryear is now at this early-20th-century dance hall where groovers and grannies hoof it across the parquet without even a touch of irony. There are different sounds nightly – salsa to swing, tango to disco – and…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Scheunenviertel

Buck & Breck

Liquid maestro Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro and his baseball-cap wearing team treat grown-up patrons to libational flights of fancy in their clandestine cocktail salon with classic yet friendly flair. Historical short …
Top Choice Club in Friedrichshain

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At this gritty multifloor party pen with lots of nooks and crannies, a steady line-up of top DJs feeds a diverse bunch of revellers with dance-worthy electronic gruel. Intense club nights usually segue into the morn…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in City West & Charlottenburg

Bar am Steinplatz

Christian Gentemann's liquid playground at the art deco Hotel am Steinplatz was crowned 'Hotel Bar of the Year' in 2016 and 2017, and for good reason The drinks are simply sensational and the ambience a perfect blen…
Top Choice Beer Garden in Prenzlauer Berg

Prater Garten

Berlin’s oldest beer garden has seen beer-soaked days and nights since 1837 and is still a charismatic spot for guzzling a custom-brewed Prater pilsner (self-service) beneath the ancient chestnut trees. Kids can rom…
Top Choice Bar in Scheunenviertel

Strandbar Mitte

A full-on view of the Spree River and the majestic Bode-Museum combines with a relaxed ambience at Germany's first beach bar (since 2002). A stint here is great for balancing a surfeit of sightseeing stimulus with a…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Kreuzberg & Neukölln

Thelonius

Embraced by a mellow soundscape and complexion-friendly lighting, well-mannered patrons pack this narrow burrow named for American jazz giant Thelonius Monk. Owner Laura Maria, who travelled the world before returni…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Kreuzberg & Neukölln

Schwarze Traube

Mixologist Atalay Aktas was Germany’s Best Bartender of 2013 and hasn't missed a step since. He and his staff still create their magic potions in this pint-sized drinking parlour with living-room looks. There's no m…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Friedrichshain

Briefmarken Weine

For dolce vita right on socialist-era Karl-Marx-Allee, head to this charmingly nostalgic Italian wine bar ensconced in a former stamp shop. The original wooden cabinets cradle a hand-picked selection of Italian bott…