May 11, 2018
As remnants of Cold War Berlin slowly melt away during the city’s undeterred march to the top of Europe’s hotspots list, some sections of the past still proudly linger, and one such part is the iconic Kaffee Burger. Opened in the late 1800s then taken over by the namesake Burger family in the 1930s, the cafe became an institution among East Berlin’s authors, intellectuals, and entertainers in 1970s and not much has changed since those golden days. Frazzled wallpaper, bars on the windows, buzzing low light, and recovered relics from the East German past create an authentic atmosphere unrivaled in a city full of new and polished bars trying their hardest to look old and worn. This street credibility attracts an eclectic – to say the least – crowd that appreciates their tipple and isn’t afraid to enjoy it well into the wee hours. While the heritage of Kaffee Burger is without a doubt its number one calling card, to a new generation the bar is synonymous with two words: Russian Disco. Indeed, the twice-monthly theme night that created by famous Russian writer Wladimir Kaminer has a more-than-loyal following and when the vodka starts flowing and the Eastern European dance pop starts pulsating on these infamous Saturday nights, you’d be a fool to sit on the sidelines.