Friedrichstadt Palast: Qi - a palace phantasy
Berlin's Friedrichstadt Palast is considered Europe's biggest stage for shows and variety. Have never been to stuff like that, so when gfs and me made it there it was my first time ever attending a variety. I thought this Qi-palace phantasy was quite of an impressive performance. So if one likes shows and entertainement like that, guess, Friedrichstadt Palast is pretty recommendable. Check out their program/link below.
- Theater Travel
Irish Harp Pub Berlin: Home is where the Harp is
Another nice Irish Pub. Nice about this one is the fact that it looks less touristy, and rather little of drunken folks. Food was good, long wait yet. We had chicken wings and country potatos. Live music was good too, given by Eddie and Marty. Since Berlin's hype kinda moved to Berlin-Mitte, visitors of that Pub can find easier parking spots than they used to do. Or take public system as Irish Harp Pub is located near station Adenauer Platz.
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
Kilkenny Irish Pub: Prize-winning Irish Bar
If you've seen one - you've seen them all probably.
Kilkenny Irish pub has a lot of prizes adorning the walls naming it as a national prize winning Irish bar - Guiness association awards, apparently - and it is a fine enough Irish Bar indeed.
Guiness of course, Magners (A rare sight around Berlin, and I was thankful for it) too.
Big Screen, willing to show UK football for those who can't escape it.
- Beer Tasting
Das Klo Bar: "The Toilet" Lives up to it's Name
The tacky Das Klo (The Toilet), located in up-market Charlottenburg, does its utmost to fulfil its name. The door handle as you enter is that of an engaged cubicle and toilet brushes are hung from mesh that covers the ceiling. This is all surrounded by horror kitsch. The chairs vibrate; a hammer comes down from the wall unexpectedly; in a back room, large boulders come down on your head making you think the ceiling is falling in. It is pricey however: a gin and tonic is €4.40 and a litre of beer €8.30. If you want to use the beer taps on your table and pour your own, it’s a hefty €50 for 5 litres - it is a novel experience, and that’s what you’re paying for. The beer also comes in urine specimen bottles when you buy in large amounts, and the wine in blood transfusion packs. They also sell currywurst during the day, and this is served in a potty. Although the welcoming bar staff announce you over the loudspeaker when you walk in, they can be too touchy-feely and consequently ordering a drink can feel as claustrophobic as the cluttered bar itself.
- School Holidays
Mano Cafe: Effortlessly Cool
The Moroccan décor of this candle-lit bar just off the buzzing main strip of Kottbusser Tor allows relaxed conversation over a large variety of cocktails. It’s reasonably priced but not cheap. A long cocktail is between €5 and €7 and bar people will happily recommend their favourites if you ask; the playfully-named ‘Whore in Church’ with fresh kiwi comes highly recommended. The music gives an Eastern ambience but can be drowned out by the chatter of the young intercontinental crowd. Later in the night, you can find space on an old lived-in couch, relax and take in the atmosphere. The bar is open from 2pm on weekdays and 10am on weekends and closes whenever the last people leave.
- Arts and Culture
Hops & Barley: Have a Homemade Brew
Boasting four of its own beers, its own cider – and a special each week - this micro-brewery lies in the bar-cluttered hub of Friedrichshain. The polished copper brewing equipment stands out as soon as you walk in. Aged wooden tables are scattered around inside and it is plainly decorated apart from some exposed venting and basic lighting. Everything they serve is made on the premises and it is definitely worth trying a few. It is also great value for money with a small beer costing 1.90€. It’s easy to keep spending as they work on a tab-basis – you don’t pay until you’ve had your fill. Don’t leave without trying the schwartzbier which has a smooth caramel coffee aftertaste. Above the bar there is a small studio guest apartment which to stay in costs from 17€ - 28€ per night (book online).
Dress Code: None
- Budget Travel
- Beer Tasting
Absinthe Depot Berlin: An Up-Market Absinthe Establishment
This shop-cum-bar with its glossy park-bench outside, enters you into a world of sepia floral wallpaper and French art nouveau artwork. A vintage-lovers highlight is the 1970s brown leather till still holds the bar’s cash. The bar has the choice of five different absinthes (around €4.50 each) which the bar staff will describe to you by taste. Here, they do not set fire to the sugar, but have an ornate tap with which they mix sugar syrup straight into the shot, along with the water. If cigars are to your taste you can buy one from the small selection on show. You can then sit at a wooden table top complete with gilded gold ashtrays and sip away until midnight. The shop has a huge assortment of bottled absinthes ranging from €22 all the way to €280. They also stock absinthe liqueurs from €19 and a large variety of absinthe-related gifts such as absinthe chocolate and gift boxes including the traditional spoon and glass.
Dress Code: None.
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
Deck 5: Berlin's Skyline by the Beachbar
A beach bar in the sky, Deck 5 is a sand-filled rooftop with stunning views of Berlin. Take the lift to the top of Schönhauser Arkaden mall and chill-out tunes will greet you while stepping onto the ‘promenade’ complete with false beach and wooden shack bar. Large delicious fruity cocktails range from €4.50 to €6.50. The piña-coladas are fantastically thick and sweet. Virgin cocktails are available for those not wishing to drink and are equally fresh and delicious. Families are welcome during the day; by night a younger crowd waltzes in just in time for the sunset and stays until midnight. It is difficult to resist relaxing in your deck chair while ticking off Berlin’s iconic sights from the view.
Dress Code: None.
- Spa and Resort
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Posh Australian Bar: Isn't This A Contradiction In Terms?
This is the sort of bar I normally go out of my way to avoid. Not because it's "posh" nor because it's "Australian" but simply because it is gonna be mostly patronised by other tourists.
It did have one advantage though and that was the ashtrays on the tables. Having just got off the train back from Wannsee on a damp January evening a beer and a cigarette were the order of the evening.
The bar itself was friendly enough, although they had run out of anything resembling interesting beer (I had to make do with Heinekin), but when the three guys arrived and started quizzing the barmaid about whether they had Dominican rum that was my cue to leave - Dominican rum in Germany - why?
- Beer Tasting
Adagio Teater: Theatre as nightlife spot, why not?
There is a nice looking contemporary theatre at the Postdamer Square, right next to the Mercedes Benz Building. It wasn't in my plane to visit any of the numerous theatres which exists in the town because I stayed in Berlin shortly, during the weekend only. Do not miss this one if you're staying longer in the town.
Adagio is a place with chandeliers for the healthy and older crowd, target people plus 30.
Spielbank Berlin: Casino&Theatre, door to door
I don't remember if have ever seen before a theatre and casino, door to door, most probably I didn't. As far as I know, those who love and attend theatre don't like casinos, while those who gambling don't have time for the theatres.
Anyway, staying away from the casino is always a good advice.
Adagio is theatre but also suitable for party, gala, concerts, disco nights or get-together.
German-American Volksfest: Tear down this wall
U.S. President Ronald Reagan visited West Berlin on 12 June 1987. After he visited the wall, President Reagan visited the celebration of Berlin's 750th Anniversary as a city.
The German-American Volksfest is a cultural fair and carnival held each summer in Berlin, Germany, that celebrates American life and the close relationship of the German and American peoples. The Volksfest was first celebrated in 1961, closing on August 13th of that year as the Berlin Wall was being erected to separate East and West Berlin. Each summer since that time, visitors to the fairgrounds, enjoyed a typical American carnival midway. History and cultural exhibits are also presented, with each year's festival highlighting a unique theme, such as a particular state or region within the United States. Past themes have showcased New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Mississippi riverboat culture of the 19th century, the quaint New England charm of autumn in Massachusetts, and the trend-setting southern California style of Los Angeles. Other exhibits draw attention to modern or historic events that have strengthened German-American relations, such as the Berlin Airlift of 1948.
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
Scotch & Sofa: A place to chill in Prenzlauer Berg
Of the several (many?!) bars we visited during our stay in Berlin, the Scotch and Sofa stands out for me for a number of reasons. Maybe it was the cool, quirky décor (a mix of old squishy sofas, imaginative lighting and various antiques/junk-shop finds). Maybe it was the excellent schnapps. Or maybe it was simply the fact that it was the last one that we went to, on the last evening of our trip. Whatever the reason it seems that I am not alone, as the bar gets similarly good reviews on Trip Advisor and other review sites. So go check it out if you are in the Prenzlauer Berg area, and let me know if you agree with me.
Dress Code: Casual ~ dressed up ~ either will be fine!
Schiffbauerdamm area: Riverside drinking
If your idea of an evening out, like ours, is a few drinks and a pleasant meal, and maybe a stroll in between, you could do worse than head to the Schiffbauerdamm near Friedrichstraße station. The riverside setting is nice on a warm evening (though the Spree here is not especially picturesque) and there’s a good choice of bars and restaurants to suit a variety of purses.
And we sampled a few of them! We had pre-dinner drinks on the riverside terrace of the Van Gogh bar, with a great Cosmopolitan for me and a beer for Chris, dinner at the Berliner Republik (see my restaurant tip) and, after a little walk, a post-dinner drink (OK, two!) at the Ständige Vertretung, a very lively pub run by exiles from Cologne, serving one of Chris’s favourite beers, Kölsch, where I had a great raspberry Schnapps (Himbeere).
Dress Code: A couple of the restaurants here are quite smart and you'll feel more comfortable dressed accordingly, but for the most part any regular atire will be fine
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
Berghain / panorama bar: you have to see to believe
If you like electronic music then this is the place for you.
Take a taxi, and you will be greeted by what looks like a prison.
If your lucky enough to be let in, then you will be struck by the sheer size of the venue and the crisp booming sound coming from the function one sound system.
Berghain is split into two "clubs"
Berghain which is plays a special breed of techno. Expect muscled gay men dancing to fast hard techno.
Panorama Bar which plays tech house/techno, generally more groovy.
Its a really good experience, but stay away from the darkrooms unless you want some man on man fun.
Generally best to arrive 4am sunday, and leave midday : )
Dress Code: Probably the worlds strictest door policy, it can be random but generally:
On fridays - much stricter and very selective. more likely to get in if you look like a gay man.
If you dress too loud/smart you will definitely not get in.
Basically you have to look like you are there to party, they don't want tourists.
Keep your mouth shut if your an American, learn how to say "Ich bin allein"
Wear gay fetish clothing ; )
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