Weinerei Frarosa

Restaurant / Wine Bar
Weinerei Frarosa "In a city that offers everything, the hole-in-the-wall restaurant Weinerei Frarosa still manages to be one of a kind._x000D_ Berlin Germany 52.53407 13.40444
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Weinerei Frarosa - Restaurant | Wine Bar in Berlin.
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Party Earth Review In a city that offers everything, the hole-in-the-wall restaurant Weinerei Frarosa still manages to be one of a kind. For a mere €1 cover charge, patrons can drink and eat as much as they want, then decide for themselves... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily noon–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Weinerei Frarosa Review

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"In a city that offers everything, the hole-in-the-wall restaurant Weinerei Frarosa still manages to be one of a kind._x000D_

In a city that offers everything, the hole-in-the-wall restaurant Weinerei Frarosa still manages to be one of a kind.

For a mere €1 cover charge, patrons can drink and eat as much as they want, then decide for themselves how much the meal was worth and leave their contribution in a bowl by the door on their way out.

Other than an old sign with a barely visible drawing of a bottle of wine – and the people overflowing onto the street – there is nothing to suggest that this unconventional establishment is actually a restaurant, a fact that isn’t helped by the lacy curtains obstructing the view.

The bohemian vibe is accentuated by the odd assortment of chandeliers, mismatched antiques, and comfy sofas that make up the interior décor. The equally bohemian patrons tend to gather around these sofas to sip wine, occasionally making their way to the small bar for a refill and to question the knowledgeable staff about the available wines.

The family-style dinner begins around 8:30pm every night and lasts until the food and wine run out. Not surprisingly, the place is packed for dinner, so many patrons take their plates outside to eat and chat with the other guests. The food – often a vegetarian main dish with a soup or salad – is quite good, but the wine and the neighborly atmosphere are the real draws at Weinerei Frarosa.

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Tip from Emma:

Excellent place for good, cheap food – but the word is out. If you plan on eating, make sure you show up by 8pm. The food runs out quickly!

  • Crowd

    Laid back locals and travelers, 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Bartender’s choice, usually jazz, hip hop, or electronic.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Coffee and cakes served all day. Healthy and vegetarian family-style dinners with wine served from 8:30pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge €1 (€2 on Su) Coffee and cakes €1–€1.50. Wine €2/glass during the day. At the end of dinner, patrons pay what they think the meal was worth (€3–€5 suggested).

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night starting at 8pm.

Weinerei Frarosa User Reviews

Average rating:
Freedom at a Price
Rachel R. Apr 19, 2013
The promise of a pay-what-you-want for an eat-and-drink-all-you-want bar will make any hopeful on-a-budget newcomer’s eyes light up with delight. Unfortunately this suggestion of freedom comes with a price. Food disappears pretty quickly, so if you show up hungry, make sure to show up early. While drinking, it’s exciting to think that you can keep refilling your glass and maybe get away with paying significantly less than you would in most bars. Upon departure, however, when the time comes to assess the monetary worth of what was consumed, the staff will stare you down until you hand over a satisfactory sum. Their successful guilt-trip tactics might result in you paying just as much, or even more, for the food and drinks as you would anywhere else. The eclectic vintage décor is not uncommon for Berlin, and all things considered it is a nice place to sit and chat with friends. It is very bright inside though; therefore it’s not the most romantic place to bring a date.
Cheap isn't always a good thing
Lily P. Mar 31, 2013
Unless you’re looking for a good time with some friends, don’t expect too much from the Weinerei Frarosa. This wine bar is prettily decorated with dramatic chandeliers and quaint mismatched furniture but that’s not what draws its customers. The premise of the Weinerei sounds almost too good to be true: show up after 8 pm and pay a cover charge, receive a glass from the bartender and/or menu then keep going back for more while paying what you want upon leaving. The catch? The food is decent but sparse if you show up late, the wine pretty atrocious and the service is a tad on the rude side. The staff tend to get grumpy with patrons asking for their glasses to be filled, and at the end of the night, they expect more from your pockets despite their policy. But again, if you’re looking for a place to unwind that has a shabby chic yet cozy feel, you’ve found it at the Weinerei Frarosa.
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