Café Zapata

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Café Zapata 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... Berlin Germany 52.525863 13.388418
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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

  • Hours:

    Daily noon–late

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café Zapata Review

The Scene

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...

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

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.

  • Crowd

    Free-spirited, liberal hippies and alternative types of all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Cover charge on some nights €2–€5. Beer €2.50–€3.50, cocktails €6–€8, shots €2–€3.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Random weeknights can be completely packed, but the weekends are guaranteed to be rowdy any time after 10pm.

  • Close By

    The Tacheles artist colony takes up most of the building where Zapata is located, and includes plenty of galleries and studios to visit.

Café Zapata User Reviews

Average rating:
Good place to visit
Julio A. May 17, 2013
I stand in front the scene all night long and it was amazing to see that people have fun while drinking with their friends.
Total madhouse
Chris K. Nov 19, 2012
Cafe Zapata just across from my hostel in Mitte, and so I felt obliged to check out this intense-looking bar and lounge. And boy, did I. This place was absolutely packed, overflowing with loud and gorgeous patrons who wanted nothing more than to drink long fruity cocktails and dance the night away. Expecting more of a beer bar kind of vibe, I was swept up in these intense and heavy-drinking crowds, even doing a little dancing before I spilled back out onto the street and stumbled my way home for some much-needed sleep at about three in the morning. Not to be experienced on an empty stomach or without due warning, and definitely a place to consider your night officially gone.
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