May 11, 2018
While Berlin has experienced an explosion of all types bars during its post Wall resurgence, the genre of bar that the city is associated with the most is the vaunted living room bar, a first cousin to the dive bar. These living room bars grew out of squats and other alternative residences and came to symbolize the eclectic and hipster-heavy new social scene that was quickly finding a home in the German capital. Decked out in vintage chairs, couches, and lamps, you know you’ve found a good one when you feel like you walked into your Grandma’s house, and Ratzeputz is one of the finest examples, with an ideal location in Neukölln to boot. While many former dive bars in Berlin have gone upmarket, Ratzeputz maintains an authentic and chill atmosphere, just focusing on taking care of customers and providing a space for them to hang out and catch up and listen to good music with cold – and cheap – drinks in hand. There is something absolutely refreshing about this approach, and many people find themselves stopping by this oasis in otherwise busy Berlin with the intention of beginning a long night of bar-hopping, only to find themselves still in Ratzeputz hours later chatting with new friends or the bar staff with no plans to leave. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself sitting right there next to them.