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Amazing cocktails in Kreuzberg
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The 10 Best Bars in Kreuzberg, Berlin

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Updated: 18 April 2018
Kreuzberg is the original arty and anarchic hub in Berlin. Fascinatingly diverse, the area is known for its cheap eats, techno clubs and amazing bars. From fine cocktails haunts and hidden vintage joints to grungy punk bars, Kreuzberg has the perfect spot to quench everyone’s thirst. Here are the 10 best bars in this happening Berlin neighbourhood.

Das Hotel

Bar, German, $$$
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Cocktails in candlelit bar, in Berlin
Cocktails in candlelit bar, in Berlin | © Max_7000 / Flickr
Proving that good things can indeed come in small packages, the tiny Das Hotel is a sublime little spot just off the Paul-Linke-Ufer. Lit by candlelight and exuding a rustic charm with its weathered piano and vintage furniture, this bar provides a cosy nook for a romantic libation or a rendezvous with a friend.
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Sun - Thu:
4:00 pm - 4:00 am
Fri - Sat:
12:00 am - 4:00 am

Atmosphere:

Quirky, Casual, Relaxed, Cosy

Franken Bar

Bar, German, $$$
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The uber-cool exterior of Franken Bar in Kreuzberg
The uber-cool exterior of Franken Bar in Kreuzberg | © Sascha Kohlmann / Flickr
Franken Bar, located on bustling Oranienstraße, is a old-school, relaxed bar in the heart of Kreuzberg. The bar first opened in the 80s, when the area was still uber-punk and anti-establishment, and this joint still carries a glimmer of that ethos. A true Kreuzberg original, the bar host regular concerts, often with grunge notes. Smoky, dark and with that sought-after Berlin edge, Franken Bar is a gem in the area.
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Atmosphere:

Traditional, Quirky, Loud, Casual

Barbie Deinhoff's

Bar, German, $$$
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Run by the well-known performer Lena Braun, Barbie Deinhoff’s is a rowdy and funky Kreuzberg institution, sporting bright-pink walls, well-worn armchairs and cheap drinks. The bar welcomes a mixed LGBT crowd, offering a number of queer-centric live events, with art shows and parties with DJs from Berlin’s underground scene spinning well into the night. For those on a budget, Tuesday night has happy hour from 7 pm to midnight.
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Tue - Thu:
6:00 pm - 4:00 am
Fri - Sat:
6:00 pm - 5:00 am

Atmosphere:

Quirky, Casual, Relaxed

Clash

Bar, German, $$$
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Live Music at Clash in Kreuzberg
Live Music at Clash in Kreuzberg | © Montecruz Foto / Flickr
Hidden away in the Bergmannkiez area, Clash is a punk-metal bar that embodies the grungy attitude of Kreuzberg. The large space is filled with plenty of seating and there is also a beer garden for warmer weather. The drinks are cheap, which means it’s a fairly young crowd, happily enjoying a game of pool or foosball among friends. There are occasionally live bands on the weekends, and an unpretentious, local vibe.
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Mon - Fri:
12:00 pm - 5:30 am
Sat:
6:00 pm - 5:30 am

Atmosphere:

Casual, Quirky, Unusual

Lerchen & Eulen

Bar, German, $$$
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Lerchen & Eulen interior
Lerchen & Eulen interior | © Oh-Berlin.com / Flickr
Lerchen & Eulen is a Wrangelkiez local with a casual, cosy atmosphere. The interior has a living room feel, with mismatched furniture and relaxed decor. This quirky haunt offers cheap drinks, friendly staff and a local ambience. It gets busy on weekends, so get there early to secure your spot.
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Atmosphere:

Traditional, Quirky, Relaxed, Arty

Prinzipal Kreuzberg

Bar, German, $$$
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The fancy cocktails at Prinzipal
The fancy cocktails at Prinzipal | © Berlin IckLiebeDir / Flickr
Located right in the heart of Kreuzberg on Oranienstraße, Prinzipal nevertheless feels like a secret discovery. Entry is through an unmarked door with a buzzer, and once inside, you will find a long bar and corseted bar staff waiting to fix you one of their fine cocktails inspired by burlesque dancers. Try ‘A Date with Dita’, made with bourbon, grapefruit, lemon, dates and bitters, best drunk while watching one of this speakeasy’s acclaimed burlesque shows.
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Tue - Thu:
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat:
6:00 pm - 5:00 am

Atmosphere:

Secret, Quirky, Relaxed, Casual

Möbel-Olfe

Bar, LGBTQ Bar, German, $$$
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While famed as a gay bar, the crowd at Möbel-Olfe is a wonderfully diverse mix of all persuasions – straight and gay, young and old, locals and foreigners. Located in the lively Kottbusser Tor area, this bar is a Berlin institution and is also appropriately known as the Trinkhalle, literally meaning ‘drinking hall’. Its ample space has high ceilings to which furniture has been attached, a tribute to the space’s original use as a furniture store. The drinks are affordable, and electronic DJs and other musical treats often liven up the evenings at weekends.
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Tue - Sat:
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sun:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Quirky, Unusual, Casual

Lugosi

Bar, Cocktail Bar, German, $$$
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Friends enjoy a quiet night at Lugosi
Friends enjoy a quiet night at Lugosi | © Alper Çuğun / Flickr
Lugosi is a low-key candlelit bar located on Reichenbergerstraße, just a short walk from Markthalle Neun. With bare walls, a dark-wood bar and a well-rounded bar menu offering all the classic favourites with a few special cocktails, Lugosi has an effortless, minimalist vibe. The staff are friendly and the drinks are well-priced, making it the perfect cosy bar.
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Mon - Sun:
7:00 pm - 1:00 am

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Stylish, Romantic, Relaxed

Limonadier

Bar, German, $$$
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The well-stocked bar at Limonadier
The well-stocked bar at Limonadier | © Berlin IckLiebeDir / Flickr
On a quiet residential street between Bergmannstraße and Gneisenaustraße, Limonadier is an unexpected pleasure, with a sleek interior and seriously delicious cocktails. The friendly staff will happily make you a drink to order, or create you an exquisite original cocktail from their menu, made with high-quality spirits and syrups that are made in-house.
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Tue - Thu:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
6:00 pm - 3:00 am

Atmosphere:

Casual, Relaxed, Quirky

Schwarze Traube

Bar, German, $$$
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Man enjoying the amazing cocktails at Schwarze Traube
Man enjoying the amazing cocktails at Schwarze Traube | © Øystein Vidnes / Flickr
Born out of the desire of bartender and co-owner Atalay Aktas to have a local bar in the neighbourhood he grew up in, Schwarze Traube has been a success largely thanks to his superior mixologist skills. The winner of the 2013 World Class Bartender of the Year award, Aktas has cultivated an impressive cocktail menu for this local haunt. Located in Wrangelkiez, the bar wows with black and gold wallpaper, vintage furniture and a vibe that remains steadfastly down-to-earth.
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Mon - Thu:
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
7:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sun:
7:00 pm - 2:00 am

Atmosphere:

Secret, Quirky, Casual, Relaxed