Party Earth Review Named after the famous statesman who oversaw German reunification, Helmut Kohl is an understated and event-driven bar located on quiet and quaint Emser Straße. For the artists and other creative types flocking to Neuk... ... read full review
Emser Straße 122/123
S, U: Neukölln, Hermannstrasse
Tu–Su 7pm–open ended
(Open from 5pm June 1–September 30)
Kreuzberg / Neukölln, Berlin –
Named after the famous statesman who oversaw German reunification, Helmut Kohl is an understated and event-driven bar located on quiet and quaint Emser Straße.
For the artists and other creative types flocking to Neukölln in search of cheap rent, HK provides an alternative to the standard Berlin student bar. Instead of second-hand furniture that someone may have died in, thirsty young patrons gather around the classy wooden furnishings that dress the otherwise barren space, warmed by the low flicker of candlelight and some of the cheapest whiskey sours in town.
The bohemians who frequent the place aren’t the sort who the famously conservative Kohl would have chosen to hang with, but the venue’s sobriquet is meant to inspire memories and provoke discussion, not celebrate a political dynasty.
The two-room venue fills quickly on event nights, which include monthly art exhibits by the Greek Art Troupe and performances from the Knock Knock Who’s There company, promising a diverse assortment of festive and invariably odd live action.
Also popular is PowerPoint Karaoke, which involves booze-filled creative types gathering on stage to give impromptu presentations as random PowerPoint clips are projected on the wall.
Recurring bands from jazz to acoustic folk fill the rest of the packed schedule, so whether guests are searching for a quiet drink deep inside Berlin’s ever-migrating art scene or a night of creative entertainment, Helmut Kohl is waiting.
Local alternatives, bohemians, creative students, and the upwardly mobile intellectuals of Neukölln, early 20s to 40s.
Frequent events include live jazz and acoustic folk, monthly art exhibits by The Greek Art Troupe (typically on a Friday), shows by the Knock Knock Who’s There performance art company typically on Saturdays, PowerPoint karaoke (typically on Thursdays), and more.
Guests should check the Helmut Kohl Facebook page for an up-to-date schedule.
No food. Sidewalk patio.
Beer €2–€3, wine €2.50–€5, cocktails €4–€7, spirits €2–€7. Events are usually free.
Casual: white t-shirts, jeans, sundresses, flip-flops, leather boots, plaid, second-hand fashions, unique dresses.
Anytime PowerPoint Karaoke is scheduled, weeknights for a quiet cocktail, or Friday and Saturday nights for late-night drinking with a creative crowd.
Just across the street is Ungeheuer (Emser Straße 23), a great place for an afternoon coffee or early cocktail.