Kottbusser Tor is home to more than just neon lights and satellite dishes. In the streets branching from the station in this neighborhood there are dozens of bars, all serving up great beer and good times. Here is a list of the best ones to stop in at for a drink and a bit of authentic Berlin culture.
If Kottbusser Tor is one of the city’s wonders of peaceful co-existence, then Möbel-Olfe is the bar equivalent. Both are places where different communities meet, such as the bohemian, Turkish and gay communities. At the base of the heart of Kotti, in the giant 1060s housing complex, is Möbel-Olfe. The original giant illuminated sign can be seen along Reichenbergerstrasse. Disco balls, plastic fish, and antlers hang from the ceiling under which there are some trippy squished chairs that pay homage to the history of the venue.
If you’re a lost tourist in Berlin and you find yourself at Das Hotel, then you’re doing alright. Das Hotel is on a charming street and is a popular bar all year-round.Just a short walk down Kottbussor Damm, Das Hotel provides relaxing afternoons and very social evenings. The bar feels more Kreuzberg than Kottbusser Tor; it’s a unique split level maze of a place, with flowers hanging from the ceiling, a piano and burning candles.