Party Earth Review Located on the ground floor of the artist’s colony Tacheles, Café Zapata is a popular hangout for the free-spirited and open-minded people of the world – many of whom lurk in the bar’s dimly lit interior, occasionally... ... read full review
Oranienburger Strasse 54-56a
U: Oranienburger Tor
Mitte, Berlin –
Located on the ground floor of the artist’s colony Tacheles, Café Zapata is a popular hangout for the free-spirited and open-minded people of the world – many of whom lurk in the bar’s dimly lit interior, occasionally illuminated by flames that whoosh over their heads from the bartender-operated, fire-breathing dragon.
Afternoons and evenings draw a scattering of patrons who lounge in the graffiti-covered main room, but the larger crowds show up at night to hear the mix of live bands and DJs that keep the clientele entertained nearly every night of the week.
The crush of people can sometimes make the heat unbearable in the summer, but patrons can always take a break in the laid-back Tacheles courtyard.
As one might expect, the area is extremely liberal and a lot of fun for those who want to break free from traditional commercial bars.
If you go on a busy night, it may be difficult to actually work your way up to the bar. In that case, your best bet is to slip out the back door and go to Zapata’s cantina, just to the right. You can get beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks more quickly and just take them back inside with you.
Free-spirited, liberal hippies and alternative types of all ages.
Different music every night starting around 10pm, often includes Latin, house, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, and alternative. Check the website for a schedule of events.
Cover charge on some nights €2–€5. Beer €2.50–€3.50, cocktails €6–€8, shots €2–€3.
Random weeknights can be completely packed, but the weekends are guaranteed to be rowdy any time after 10pm.
The Tacheles artist colony takes up most of the building where Zapata is located, and includes plenty of galleries and studios to visit.