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
Café / Pub / Gay Bar
Reviewed by Kirsten H.
"Although mostly popular with Berlin’s lesbian demographic, Silver Future is a gay bar that openly invites “kings, queens, and criminal queers” of all ..." more
Party Earth Review A daytime café, a funky pub, and a retro cocktail bar all manage to coexist at Dachkammer, a combination that keeps the bi-level space full of artsy regulars throughout the day. Afternoons see hordes of college kids gathered at the street-side tables for coffee and a smoke, while other patrons wander past ... more
Party Earth Review A traditional Irish pub – and the first to open in Mitte – Oscar Wilde Irish Pub has become quite popular with an English-speaking clientele in search of pints of Newcastle, Guinness, and other English and Irish beers that can be hard to find in Berlin, not to mention the full menu of hearty Irish dishes like shepherd’s ... more
There isn’t the widest array of pubs in Berlin and the scene isn’t as wild or crazy as the clubs or bars, but there are still some great pubbing options that cater to locals and ex-pats alike who just want to grab some pub grub, drink thick Irish brews from the tap, and maybe catch a match or two on TV.
Berlin’s nightlife definitely leans more towards its crazy clubs, live music, and edgy bars, but the Berlin pubs are a great alternative to the madness and the perfect spots to hang out with friends and tie one on without any hassle. Pubs can be found throughout the city with some great examples like Franken, an English pub in Kreuzberg, or Oscar Wilde Irish Pub in Mitte.
What’s great about the pub culture in Berlin and elsewhere is how ubiquitous the venues truly are. If you’re hankering for some bangers & mash or fish & chips, turn to the nearest pub. If you want to catch a football match, check out a pub. Or, if you want Boddingtons and Guinness on tap, the pub is the place for you.
So before you rock your face off at a live music venue or dance all night till your feet start to blister, check out a pub or two in Berlin and see why the Irish and English have been doing the same for hundreds of years.