May 11, 2018
Café Brecht has a wonderful vintage vibe. The faded furnishings look like they belong in an East Berlin living room; there’s era-appropriate wallpaper, floral sofas, sepia photographs, Turkish rugs, retro coffee tables, and an abundance of old-fashioned lampshades and mirrors. Tea and coffee are served in elegant china teacups, but beer is the real speciality here. Their draught lager comes from an old Czech state brewery and they serve a good range of German bottled beer. Their wines are carefully sourced from smaller providers and they make their juice fresh on site too. There’s an attention to detail that runs through the place both in terms of design and the contents of your glass. They also offer freshly made cakes, croissants and toasties, if you fancy a snack. There’s a small terrace outside but it faces onto a busy street, which makes it good for people watching if nothing else. The venue takes its name from the renowned theatre director Bertolt Brecht and the bar does indeed have a kind of arty atmosphere, a place for debating the relative merits of Sebastian Nubling over a cool glass of lager or a carafe of something robust and red. The bar hosts occasional poetry and literary events and while service can be a little abrupt at times, this seems in keeping with the overall air of the place.