Helmut Kohl

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Helmut Kohl Helmut Kohl in Berlin's Neukölln is an event-driven watering hole with lots of cool art shows & live music. Get creative in Berlin with Party Earth. Berlin Germany 52.46895 13.43533
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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

  • Train:

    S, U: Neukölln, Hermannstrasse

  • Phone:

    176 24673786

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Tu–Su 7pm–open ended
    (Open from 5pm June 1–September 30)

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Helmut Kohl Review

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Helmut Kohl in Berlin's Neukölln is an event-driven watering hole with lots of cool art shows & live music. Get creative in Berlin with Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

Most of the performance art and exhibits are held in this tiny nine-square-meter hole in the back wall. It can get crowded as people shuffle through to see what’s what, but the cocktails are cheap enough to make the wait bearable and in the end it’ll (usually) be worth it.

  • Crowd

    Local alternatives, bohemians, creative students, and the upwardly mobile intellectuals of Neukölln, early 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

    Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Sidewalk patio.

  • Prices

    Beer €2–€3, wine €2.50–€5, cocktails €4–€7, spirits €2–€7. Events are usually free.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: white t-shirts, jeans, sundresses, flip-flops, leather boots, plaid, second-hand fashions, unique dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime PowerPoint Karaoke is scheduled, weeknights for a quiet cocktail, or Friday and Saturday nights for late-night drinking with a creative crowd.

  • Close By

    Just across the street is Ungeheuer (Emser Straße 23), a great place for an afternoon coffee or early cocktail.

Helmut Kohl User Reviews

Average rating:
classy late night spot
Olivia P. Mar 26, 2013
The atmosphere at Helmut Kohl unmistakably Berlin, and while it hosts a fair share of ex-pats, it's never overrun by tourists. The crowd is young but not raucous, you'll find the place full of creative and intellectual types, usually between their 20s and 40s. The drinks are strong and the cocktails particularly tasty. The long front room with the bar makes a great place for a one-on-one drink right by the bar, while bigger tables at the back comfortably accommodate groups. It's a great place to start the night, but it follows the Berlin clock, which means it fills up late.
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