This Kultkneipe was founded in Berlin in response to the fall of the Wall and the relocation of the German capital from Bonn. 50,000 people from the Rhineland flooded into Berlin and Ständige Vertretung, affectionately known as StäV, became their home away from home. Evidence of its political heritage is in its title, which in German refers to an institution that functions as an embassy in circumstances where an established embassy is not possible. StäV is testament to the political fractures of post-war Germany and is frequented by politicians to this day, offering the opportunity to journey through the country’s political past over a pint. Today, StäV has become as much a political institution as the Bundestag; books have been written about it, and its 10th anniversary was celebrated by Deutsche Welle in a short film. In Bremen, StäV continues to serve the ‘Rheinisch’ specialities that were designed to cater to its original customers including Kolsch beer and Himmel und Äd, a plate of black pudding with mashed potato, fried onions and apple sauce.
Ständige Vertretung, Böttcherstraße 3-5, Bremen, Germany, +49 421 320995