Dive Bar / Pub
Party Earth Review Franken has the feel of an old English pub with a punk attitude and the prices of a Berlin dive. A huge wooden bar, complete with a boar’s head hanging above it, dominates the front of the pub, where posters and stickers for punk bands cover the wall and give some legitimacy to the bar’s reputation as a punk hangout. Toward ... more
Reviewed by Núria C.
"Sux My take: Sux is a special Bar just because it doesn’t try to be. It’s not trendy, it’s not alternative. So, what’s Sux then? When you go there, y ..." more
Dive Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Tucked away in the East Berlin neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg, The Bird is a New York-style bar and steakhouse in which everything – menu, décor, staff, and clientele – contributes to a classic dive bar feel. Once past the walls hung with license plates, photos, and quotations extolling the virtues of beer, patrons will ... more
Am Falkplatz 5
Party Earth Review Experience a bit of East Berlin history at Die Tagung, where the red walls, Lenin-quoting drink menus, and collection of propaganda posters all recall East Germany as it existed before the wall fell. Despite its theme, the bar creates a cozy, neighborly vibe summed up in its motto Hip ist woanders, bei uns ist Zuhause ... more
In a city that truly embraces the grittier side of nightlife, it shouldn’t be all that shocking that there are some great down and dirty dive bars in Berlin for slurping down cheap booze or drowning away your sorrows.
The Berlin dive bars share a lot in common. They’re usually dingy affairs attracting all types from broke students to destitute barflies. They always have the cheapest drinks in town. And they’re perfect for getting a night started or ending it with one last drink using the spare change in your pocket.
Franken in Kreuzberg is a classic Berlin dive filled with British expats looking for Guinness on tap and Franken’s excellent selection of cider. Here the beer is dirt cheap and the punk rock music is loud and that’s just the way the customers like it.
Over in Friedrichshain is Die Tagung where Berlin Wall era nostalgia lines the walls and locals pop in for their later than average daily Happy Hour. In Prenzlauer Berg, meanwhile, The Bird is a rowdy dive filled with both locals and expats looking for greasy bar food including some of the hottest wings in Berlin.
There are plenty of dive bars to choose from in Berlin so whether you’re searching for rowdy, laid-back, cheap, super cheap, disheveled, or dilapidated, there will inevitably be a great dumpy watering-hole tailor-made for you.