Berlin's 10 Best Watering Holes

Berlin is well renowned for its thriving nightlife and bar and club scenes. The reason for this is partially down to the sheer variety of nightlife options available all over the city. Whether you're in the mood for just a few quiet drinks in a nice atmosphere or up for a huge night out of bar and club crawling, this 10 best list is an eclectic mix which includes 10 of the city's most highly-praised bars with varying atmospheres, locations and price ranges. 

In the mood for a few cheap and cheerful (but very delicious) cocktails, in a fun, beach-themed setting? Head to Bahamas in the popular district of Prenzlauer Berg and get 1litre of your favourite cocktail for just 8 euros!

If a sophisticated after dinner drink or two is on the agenda, get dressed in your finery and head to Solar bar, where on the 17th storey you get to sip divine cocktails and look out at stunning panoramic views of the city.

Or if you're looking for a more uniquely Berlin experience, head to Forum Wine Bar, notable for its 'pay what you think it was worth' charging system, where you pay just 1 euro for glass hire and then sample as many of the wines on offer as you'd like, then pay at the end whatever amount you deem reasonable for what you drank.

With such a great variety of options you simply can't go wrong! So have a read through the list and happy drinking!



Sitting at the top of a block of old office buildings, right in the heart of the very centrally located Alexanderplatz, is Weekend nightclub. What makes this place so special is the spectacular views over the city provided by the panoramic...  Read More

Dr Pong
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Who would have ever thought that taking a grungy bar and putting a ping-pong table in the middle of it would be such a successful concept? Dr. Pong's is a popular alternative bar with Berliner locals, located in the lively Prenzlauer Berg. For...  Read More



Having only opened its doors last year, Prince Charles is fast becoming one of the places to be in the city. Creative and stylish, the club is located in an old swimming pool and decorated thusly. In a minimalist fashion, the area contains tiled...  Read More

Newton Bar


Regularly noted as one of the city's best, this classic West Berlin bar combines class and character to make for a wonderfully interesting atmosphere. Sitting in comfortable leather lounges and surrounded by life-size Helmut Newton nude...  Read More



The cocktail bar to rival all cocktail bars, Bahamas, located just off Schonhauser Allee in the bar-rich Prenzlauer Berg combines a fun atmosphere, great prices and a delicious cocktail menu, making for a very enjoyable night out. Decorated to...  Read More

Bellini Lounge


Located on the lively Oranienburgerstrasse, the Bellini Lounge is an attractive cocktail and wine bar, focused on providing a fun, modern bar atmosphere. A large venue with ample indoor and outdoor seating areas, the Bellini bar is the ideal...  Read More



A cool, grungy, living room-style cafe by day and a pay-what-you-want wine bar by night, Forum, conveniently located in Berlin's Mitte, is a fantastically novel place to go for a few casual glasses of wine. After 8pm, the concept is simple- Make...  Read More



Located along Oranientrasse, possibly Kreuzbergs most energetic strip of bars, restaurants and clubs, sits Luzia. This little gem is very popular with the Kreuzberg hipster locals- known for being sophisticated yet unassuming, with a great...  Read More



Berlin's nightlife is not for the feint hearted. While most clubs are busy pumping heavy electronic beats and not even considering opening their doors until well after midnight, there are a number of alternative (and I use the word very...  Read More



This stylish cocktail bar is located on the 17th storey, providing panoramic views of the city, is an experience not to be missed! The novelty begins when you enter at ground floor- after checking your coat, you enter into an elevator which runs...  Read More


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