Le Croco Bleu
The name comes from two crocodiles that allegedly were taken here from Berlin Zoo to escape the dangers of World War II. Their memory lives on through Le Croco Bleu‘s themed décor and the preserved animals scattered around the bar. It’s not every day you can look a crocodile between the eyes while sipping at a Weißbier.
Le Croco Bleu, Prenzlauer Allee 242, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)1515 8247804
For fans of Quentin Tarantino, this is a must-see bar, dedicated to the legendary director and his illustrious back catalogue. Expect to enjoy your beverage while Reservoir Dogs or Kill Bill screens in the background, and listen to a playlist of music from his soundtracks. However, on weekend nights DJs play superb electronic music so you can dance until the sun rises. It’s no secret that Quentin and Brad Pitt visited while in Berlin.
Tarantino’s Bar, Brunnenstraße 163, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 40500355
Everything is upside-down here, literally. The furniture is stuck to the ceiling, and to top it off the place used to be a brothel. Popular with students and the hipster types of Kreuzberg, Madame Claude‘s atmosphere is cool and vintage. When the evening arrives, the dance floor comes alive, and music plays all night long. Just remember not to embarrass yourself by trying to dance upside-down, too.
Madame Claude, Lübbener Str. 19, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 84110859
cranetvtravel – “The most interesting thing bout Madame Claude is you can come without stress…you just come and you can enjoy music and talk to people.” This alternative bar is nothing like you’ve ever seen! / 3:00
This cute wine bar’s success relies largely on the honesty of its drinkers. The clientele play 2 Euros to rent a glass and can drink as much wine as they like. When they leave they can pay as much (or as little) as they like in the tips jar. It’s an odd system, but seems to be paying off due to its welcoming and trustworthy atmosphere, or maybe it’s just hard to be selfish with all that booze rushing through the veins.
Die Weinerei, Veteranenstraße 14, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 4406983
This one might be considered unusual, as Bar Tausend is represents the more grown-up and well-dressed side of the city. A contrast to the typical Berlin relaxed vibe, with a stricter door policy and a wonderfully chic interior, be sure you come dressed to impress when you arrive. There is no shortage of great drinks, including an adventurous wasabi cocktail.
Bar Tausend, Schiffbauerdamm 11, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 27582070
Das Klo Bar
Even by the standards of this list, Klo Bar, which directly translates into ‘toilet bar’, is one-of-a-kind. Guests can expect shaking tables, beer served in hospital urine bottles, food served in bedpans, coffins and toilets instead of chairs, and a number of other surprises you will have to discover yourself. Consider it a very unique experience that you won’t forget in a hurry.
Das Klo Bar, Leibnizstraße 57, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 43727219
Fritz Walther – Definitely looks like a unique experience… / 1:41
Located on the roof of a car park, Klunkerkranich describes itself as a ‘community roof garden.’ It is open from March to November and is custom built each year. The summer vibe is alive here with wooden decking and even a sand pit. A great place to drink and watch the sunset across the Berlin skyline.