Ankerklause

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Ankerklause Ankerklause in Kreuzberg is a former boathouse-turned-bar/Café on the banks of the Spree River with great cocktails & grub. Set sail to Berlin with Party Earth. Berlin Germany 52.495637 13.420486
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Ankerklause - Bar | Café in Berlin.
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Party Earth Review Perched over the Spree River canal near the famous open-air Türkenmarkt, Ankerklause is a cozy former boathouse known for its casual daytime vibe, heavy-handed drinks, and raucous late-night parties. Catering to everyone... ... read full review

  • Train:

    U: Schönleinstrasse, Kottbusser Tor

  • Phone:

    030 6935649

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  • Hours:

    M 4pm–late, Tu–Su 10am–late

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Ankerklause Review

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Ankerklause in Kreuzberg is a former boathouse-turned-bar/Café on the banks of the Spree River with great cocktails & grub. Set sail to Berlin with Party Earth.

Perched over the Spree River canal near the famous open-air Türkenmarkt, Ankerklause is a cozy former boathouse known for its casual daytime vibe, heavy-handed drinks, and raucous late-night parties.

Catering to everyone from young university students to retired couples out for a weekend stroll, the venue features a small menu with big items like the Mexican breakfast, French toast, and several gut-busting burgers, all perfect for coating the stomach before diving into the much larger – and mostly under €5 – drinks menu.

The small interior, with its old wooden furniture, seaside décor, and kitschy fish-patterned wallpaper, stays full most days with a diverse crowd of hungry customers, and seating can be especially sparse on market days when the outdoor patios serve as a hub for weary shoppers.

Both patios – one out front and the other directly over the canal – are also popular for relaxing day-long conversations and snuggling in to catch the sunset on a warm summer night.

Families and errant old farts are long gone by 11pm, when the lights dim, the kitchen closes, and the jukebox amps up to draw an evening crowd of local young bohemians and curious tourists who remain on their feet long into the night.

For anyone in need of a coma-inducing breakfast before setting sail on a long day or a few powerful drinks to anchor an even longer night, Ankerklause is Das Boot to satisfy.

Great movie, by the way. Jürgen Prochnow rocks.

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Tip from Jonah:

Ahoy! For a taste of local German cuisine, try the signature boulette, a lip-smacking Berlin meatball.

  • Crowd

    Mixed crowd of young and old, families, and couples during the day – with the biggest crowds on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays when the Türkenmarkt is open – and a youthful crowd of Kreuzberg artists, musicians, and boisterous bohemians at night, 20s to 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ever-changing, constantly updated jukebox stocked with various modern and classic rock, pop, and electronic music. DJs often spin on impromptu nights. Sundown on the patios is beautiful.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small but hearty menu of Mexican, American, and German grub, including a diverse breakfast menu until 4pm and a burger menu 4–11pm. English language menu available and daily food specials.

  • Prices

    Breakfast €3–€11, bar snacks and appetizers €3–€7.50, salads €4.50–€6, entrées €6–€8. Beer €2–€3, wine €2–€8.50, spirits €2–€5, cocktails €4.50–€6.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, khakis, sweaters, sundresses, flip-flops, running shoes, tuques, a lot of wool.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a raucous good time, Sunday morning for a big breakfast to nurse that hangover, Türkenmarkt days for sitting outdoors and people-watching, or any evening for sunset.

  • Close By

    Türkenmarkt, which sets up down Maybachufer right out front of Ankerklause on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (from around 11am to 6:30pm), has tons of great stalls packed with tasty snacks and strong coffee, and is a great way to exercise those legs before collapsing onto the patio at Ankerklause with a cold drink.

Ankerklause User Reviews

Average rating:
I'm there at least twice a week.
Justin S. May 19, 2013
Good mood. Just by the Kanal. Great food (TRY THE TWISTERS) One of my favorite places winter or summer.
People Watching Port
Renee C. Apr 12, 2013
Found at the Maybachufer canal and the beginning of the Turkish market on Tuesdays and Fridays, this is the place to people watch - both inside and out. Inside you'll find a wide mix of people from young to old, to 'how did you end up here?', but the cosy atmosphere and the authentic German food make it all make sense in the end. Outside, starboard (market side) you can watch people strolling arm and arm on a sunny day or carrying bags of fruit and fabrics from the market. Port side, you can watch the boats passing along the canal or daydreamingly imagine you are sailing away to far away lands (with that cosy person in front of you perhaps?). If people watching isn't your thing, there's a classic jukebox that, starting on Thursdays, will keep you upbeat in the evenings. And who wouldn't want to be on the closest thing to a boat that side of the canal anyway? Definitely worth a visit if you need a bit of that sunny feeling, all times of the year.
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