The best bars in Berlin for creative after work drinks
The German capital’s free and offbeat spirit can be found in its countless bars, which are also the best places to mingle with locals. With 55 percent of the population under 45, a thriving cultural landscape and vibrant dynamism in the fields of design, fashion and the startup world, you’ll find that Berlin is one of the most interesting places on the planet to meet new people.
We can’t say we didn’t have our work cut out for us, but here are our top 5 Berlin bars to transition from work to play – and get inspired in the process.
Geist im Glas
This warm and welcoming Neukölln drinking den is a neighborhood favorite. The atmosphere at Geist im Glas is quintessential Berlin, and the same attention to detail goes into the drinks as in the space’s lovely vintage decor. Their speciality is house-infused spirits, which are deftly mixed into unique, delicious creations. We strongly recommend a second visit during the day for one of the best weekend brunches in town. The fluffy pancakes, generous huevos rancheros and stiff breakfast cocktails are enough to cure even the hardest of hangovers.
Another Berlin must-visit. You’ll feel right at home inside this pocket-sized venue in Kreuzberg that doubles as a great people-watching spot. The charming, stylishly worn interior strikes that typically local balance between industrial and cozy, perfect for a casual date or a relaxed drink with friends. The music selection is top notch, and if you’re lucky you might even catch an awesome live performance. Make sure to come early to snag a table, and have the friendly staff whip up something special just for you.
Located on Kreuzberg’s buzzing Oranienstraße, Café Luzia has been a longtime favorite among locals and tourists alike. With its cool and laid-back atmosphere – think exposed bricks, high ceilings, vintage furniture and a stylish crowd of regulars – the roomy café-bar hybrid is hipster central, and there’s always something going on. Its proximity to some of the city’s most popular nightclubs also makes it a prime pregame location, with weekend DJ sets turning up the heat until the early hours.
With a prime location on Mitte’s gallery-packed Brunnenstraße, this minimalistic bar is a Berlin creative scene hotspot. While tiny, KIM Bar is an undeniably atmospheric space with a distinct industrial vibe: raw concrete floor, blocky furniture, neon lighting and touches of light wood and metal. This is where the neighborhood’s fashionable art world people come to discuss the latest exhibitions and gallery news over Whiskey Sours and Moscow Mules while listening to an eclectic soundtrack of live electronic music. As most cool places go, it gets crowded (and loud) pretty quickly, especially on the weekends.
This delightful little bar in bohemian Schöneberg is certainly a secret worth discovering. The intimate space is styled in a trendy, retro 70s way: think checked wallpaper, lots of kitsch paintings , statement lighting and random ornaments (we’re partial to the illuminated dog on the bar, which is apparently the place’s mascot). A longstanding destination in the neighborhood, Green Door prides itself on its cocktails. Owned by playwright Fritz Müller-Scherz, this local institution is apparently all about “the power of positive drinking”. Drinks are put together with real care and, in a city that takes its alcohol very seriously, Green Door can justifiably lay claim to some of the best concoctions in town. The venue stays open until the early hours and happy hour is 6-8 nightly.