Party Earth Review Opened in October 2011 by Dutch expat Bram van Doren – yes, he probably got called Bram von Stoker a lot as a kid – Fabelhaft is a cozy Kreuzberg dive that’s a downright “fabulous” bar. At least according to the direct... ... read full review
M–Th, Su 7pm–3am, F–Sa 7pm–late
June–September opens at Daily 5pm
Kreuzberg / Neukölln, Berlin –
Opened in October 2011 by Dutch expat Bram van Doren – yes, he probably got called Bram von Stoker a lot as a kid – Fabelhaft is a cozy Kreuzberg dive that’s a downright “fabulous” bar.
At least according to the direct English translation of its name.
Entering the one-room space is like stepping into a gothic castle crossed with an underground bordello, with requisite fin-de-siècle lamps and old candles softly glowing above funky mismatched chairs, each casting soft shadows against the mostly barren and crumbling stone walls.
Mondays through Thursdays, unkempt barflies mix with artsy expats and laid-back locals to exchange jokes and talk politics over cold brews or fresh cocktails, including the popular Moscow Mule made with cucumber, vodka, ginger ale, and hand-ground ginger.
Exuberant crowds pack in when a local comedy troupe performs on first and third Thursdays – in English no less on the latter – but Fridays and Saturdays regularly see the small space fill early as groups of wholly unpretentious friends converge around old wooden tables to savor a glass of wine from the ever-changing drinks list.
Couples, meanwhile, can get a little closer on one of the few dark leather couches, or just relax and listen to ambient blues and rock beneath the hanging fog of cigarette smoke.
A prime spot for hearty laughs or just to chill with a mature, alternative crowd, maybe Fabelhaft Bar really is fabulous.
Relaxed alternatives, musicians, artists, friendly local barflies, and well-traveled expats, mid-20s to 40s.
First Thursdays feature a comedy troupe performing slapstick and one-liners in German, while the show is in English on third Thursdays from around 8 or 9pm. Background blues, rock, and rockabilly on the stereo other times. Free Wi-Fi.
No food. Small outdoor seating section. Smoking permitted inside.
Beer €2.50–€4, wine €3–€5, cocktails €6–€10, spirits €2–€3.
Casual to fun-dressy: t-shirts, jeans, khakis, golf shirts, secondhand three-piece suits, sundresses, colorful sweaters, frills, lace.
On first or third Thursdays to catch a comedy show, Friday and Saturday nights for a crowded house of interesting Kreuzbergians, or during the week for intimate conversation.
Devil’s Kitchen & Bar (Graefestraße 11) has a nice tap list and a hearty Mediterranean menu ideal for filling up before getting fabulous.