When it comes to the night life in Berlin – there is something for everyone. The consistent factor being that no matter where you go, you’ll be sure to have a memorable night. However unlike most places, things don’t start to kick off in Berlin until after midnight – so when heading for a night out, don’t expect to be home in bed before 2am.
Below is a great sample of places to explore, many of which are frequented by Expats.
BARS, COCKTAIL LOUNGES
Saphire Bar has an extensive selection of Scotch, and wonderful cocktails.
Telephone: +49 30 25562158
Riva boasts an oval-shaped bar and exotic cocktails in very chic surroundings.
Dircksenstrasse 142 Mitte
Telephone: +49 030 24 72 2688
Green Door is cozy and offers an undending list of experimental cocktails as well as the classics.
Winterfeldstrasse 50 U1/15 Nolledorfplatz
Telephone: +49 30 215 2515
6vorne serves food and has what is arguably Berlin’s best and largest selection of vodkas.
Telephone: +49 163 606 1666
BEER BARS, PUBS
Beer bars and pubs in Berlin are not the great cavernous biergartens of other German cities, but more like traditional local pubs. Almost all of them serve snacks at the very least, and many times have full meal menus. Families and children are welcomed.
Zur Letzten Instanz is Berlin’s oldest pub, located in Mitte. Cozy wooden interior.
Tel. 030 – 242 5528
Lemkes Spezialitätenbrauerei GmbH in Mitte has outdoor seating for good weather days and a large selction of seasonal beers.
Dircksenstr., S-Bahnbogen 143
Tel.: (030) 247 28 727
Lindenbräu am Potsdamer Platz is centrally located (in the Sony Center) and has reasonably priced meals and a lively atmosphere.
Tel.: (030) 2575 1280
Restauration 1900 looks more like a French café than a brew pub, and features outdoor seating for nice weather; in the Prenzlauer Berg district.
Tel: 030 – 442 2494
Mommseneck-Am Potsdamer Platz is another centrally located pub with outdoor seating, a large, bright interior, and 12 draft and 100 bottled beers available.
Alte Potsdamer Straße
Tel: 030 – 2529 6635
Berlin has a club for practically every music genre, style, budget and proclivity.
The Sage-Club (Köpenicker Strasse 76, 278 9830, http://www.sage-club.de) has DJs and live music; check their website for updates on acts and special guests.
If techno is your thing, Berghain (Am Wriezener Bahnhof, no phone, http://www.berghain.de) is your place.
Kaffee Burger (Torstrasse 60, 2804 6495, http://www.kaffeeburger.de) has art shows, live bands, DJs, theme nights and other performances.
White Trash (Schönhauser Allee 6-7, 5034 8668, http://www.whitetrashfastfood.com) is a kitsch, outlandish restaurant, bar and disco attracts a large expat and tourist crowd. Here you can eat American style food upstairs or head downstairs for a dance. Music varies depending on the night.
Meeting Other Expats in Berlin
There are a number of online active Expat communities in Berlin to suit all tastes and interests. These groups co-ordinate regular meet-ups. To find out others with similar interests to you, check the following forums.
As with all cultural venues and events, check Time Out Berlin (http://www.timeout.com/berlin), TIP and Zitty magazines (http://www.tip-berlin.de and http://www.zitty.de – only in German) for information and general listings around the city.