Berlin

Best Bars in

Berlin
Eclectic, creative and dynamic, Berlin has long been synonymous with decadence and bohemian nightlife. Given the blissfully relaxed licensing laws and the prevalence of 24-hour establishments, the German capital offers a novel and exciting bar-hopping experience.

There are endless good times to be had in nearly all of Berlin’s districts, but if you want to get an immediate taste of what all the fuss is about, head straight to Kreuzberg. Packed with restaurants, bars and clubs, this authentic and multicultural neighborhood is the epitome of cool. Its tree-lined streets, parks and picturesque canal give it a distinct village-like atmosphere, and thrift stores, quirky cafes and street art abound. Check out the food stalls at Markthalle Neun or head to bustling Kottbusser Tor for some delicious global eats. Then, extending from Görlitzer Bahnhof to Moritzplatz, explore colorful and vibrant Oranienstrasse and its adjacent streets, filled with indie boutiques, bookstores and record shops. Come nighttime, all of the trendy, hipster-filled restaurants and cocktail bars in the area are teeming with animation.

Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain also provide some of the city’s most interesting evening spots.

At the heart of trendy Prenzlauer Berg, one of Berlin’s most well-kept neighborhoods, the area surrounding Schönhauser Allee houses a thriving bar and restaurant scene. Check out the Kulturbrauerei, a former historic brewery turned arts and entertainment complex with a wide choice of eateries, bars and clubs. Then, make sure you don’t miss beautiful Kollwitzplatz, the most beloved square in the area, surrounded by countless terraces, cafes and designer boutiques. Finally, head over to Oderberger Strasse and Kastanienallee to find some of the best dining and drinking spots in East Berlin.

Alternative and old-school, Friedrichshain blends history, creativity and a dynamic mix of cultures, which can be felt in its diverse nightlife. Explore its mural-filled streets and mingle with old-school Berliners, hipsters, foodies and punks at the eclectic eateries and drinking dens around Boxhagener Platz. Hang out at Berlin’s oldest public park, hit up Ostbahnhof’s Sunday  antique market, then head straight to Berghain to finish the weekend like a local.

Finally, hip and happening Mitte is the city’s top destination for art lovers and fashionistas. Art galleries, cinemas, indie labels and trendy cafes flourish, and the area is buzzing with stylish nightbirds after sundown. The fashionable area around Oranienburger Strasse and Hackescher Markt has excellent nightlife options and some of the best restaurants in the city. Not to be missed is Hackesche Höfe, a beautifully restored complex of eight interconnected Art Nouveau courtyards housing charming boutiques, bars, cafes and cultural institutions.

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