Top 10 Quirkily Themed Venues In Berlin, Germany

Claudia Claros

Despite its renown for the best nightlife in Europe, Berlin’s best venues can sometimes be the most discrete dives and hidden corners, which hide surprisingly unorthodox places. Here are the quirkiest Berlin bars.

Die Weinerei

1. Café Cinema

Bar, Cafe, German, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food

Cinema Cafe in Hackesche Hofe, Berlin, Germany
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The oldest bar in Hackescher Markt is tucked between an overpriced tapas bar and the entrance to Hackescher Markt’s unbearably posh commercial arcade. This bar is as quirky as it gets. Apparently caught in a temporal standstill in the late 1980s nostalgia for the golden age of cinema, its walls are decorated with sepia colored posters and photos of the many recurrent nights spent at the bar. The front window is the only light that seeps into the long room, from which you can watch tourists passing by the large glass window. Try their ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’, serving cakes of the day and strong filter coffee.

Die Weinere

The story of this discrete organization captures both the reason we love Berlin and the reason it will be our perdition. These three bars are announced by the multitude standing in front of them, usually holding glasses of wine. The policy after 8pm is that you pay a donation for refills, and on condition that you can find a glass, the wine is served until there aren’t any bottles left. Essentially, the customer pays what they can afford and think the drink was worth. The naivety of the business plan is precisely the key to its success. Only a few years after its inception, the owners now have three local bars around Prenzlauerberg, serving wine and food with this voluntary payment structure. They even offer wine seminars. Die Weinerei is a friendly establishment that can teach many valuable lessons about wine and trust.

Various locations. Forum Fehrbelliner Straße 57, Griebenowstraße 5, and Veteranenstraße 14, Berlin, Germany

2. Mein Haus am See

Bar, German

Mein Haus am See
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‘It’s not a bar, it’s not a club, it’s something sexier in between…’ claims its blogspot page, including a criminal amount of ellipses at the end of the sentence. Its description is accurate, Mein Haus am See is as advertised, a vague something with loud music, attracting many expats and new arrivals looking to start out their night in the raving city. But the venue is quirky for its setup. The bar elevates itself through a series of steps, which climb the far wall, much like a roman amphitheater, functioning alternatively as tables and seats. Capturing the essence of Berlin’s culture of ‘seeing and being seen’, expect to hear Dirty Doering, Nicolas Jaar and Bar25 sets. They are played loudly throughout the night, tricking you into going to Katerblau even though you are working tomorrow. It also has great mojitos and varied classic cocktails, which we highly recommend despite their somewhat costly fare.

3. Dschungel

Bar, German, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Im Dschungel Neuköllns
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Dschungel, i.e. jungle, is nestled in the most sought after district of Berlin, Reuterkiez. Its dusty windows seep a translucent light from the outside that, to the unknowing passerby, seems to illuminate a chimpanzees’ cage. But risking a look inside allows entry into a film-lover’s dream, described by its owner as aspiring to a Vodoo-vibe. This is certainly attained by the drooping leaves and dark ivy. The bar promises atmospheric drinks and psychedelic nights.

4. Juki Barbeque and Soju bar

Bar, Restaurant, Korean, BBQ, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Soju bar
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We can’t be blamed for thinking that the essence of a country’s quirkiness lies in its alcohol. This seemingly normal Korean barbecue restaurant has a specialty selection of alcohol, served traditionally. Served here is everything from fermented sweet potato to rice wine and aloe vera juice (for the prudent ones). Juki’s friendly atmosphere brings you to exotic places and, after a few shots, you might even believe that you are not in the German capital but in a sleek joint on Seoul. The good news is that you can always reconnect to reality by sobering up with some delicious Korean barbecue.

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