What was once the sleepy, albeit upmarket, corner of West Berlin, Charlottenburg is rapidly developing a name for itself as being home to some of the city’s finest bars. Although drinkers are able to find classic Kniepen or a Späti or two if that’s more their thing, Charlottenburg really shines as the home of destination bars that make the trip up from Kreuzberg or Prenzlauer Berg worth the BVG ticket. Here are five of the best establishments in the area.
Quasimodo is one of the oldest jazz bars in Berlin. It has played host to a number of the city’s finest musicians, as well as international artists. While Quasimodo’s roots are firmly in jazz, guests are just as likely to hear ’70s disco, funk, soul, or blues on any given evening. Quasimodo is open from 5pm each day, and it serves as an ideal spot for locals to catch the last of the evening sun or huddle together away from the cold. Not far from Zoo UBahn and Kürfustendamm, this is one of the city’s best kept secrets.
Das Klo (that’s German for ‘the loo’) is easily one of the strangest bars in Berlin. A bunch of the chairs at Das Klo are toilets, and for those with more gory tastes, there are a few coffins nestled about the establishment. Beer is served in specimen bottles, and the food is served in potties.