One of the hippest and most lively cities in Europe, Berlin boasts world-class restaurants and a dynamic nightlife scene that’s among the best on the continent. Variety taps into the local vibe and offers some hot spots around town.
Bar am Luetzowplatz
Luetzowplatz 7, 10785 Berlin (Schoeneberg)
One of the city’s most renowned cocktail bars, the sophisticated and artsy lounge has long been a hangout for middle-age denizens out on the prowl.
Bar am Luetzowplatz
Green Door, Winterfeldstr. 50, 10781 Berlin (Schoeneberg)
Classy joint with an enormous and impressive drinks menu has become a favorite watering hole among the Schoeneberg crowd’s yuppy patrons.
Hauptstr. 4, 10827 Berlin (Schoeneberg)
Small, atmospheric bar with a funky vibe and occasional DJs, usually crowded between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Potsdamer Str. 102, 10785 Berlin (Tiergarten)
A stylishly retro lounge behind blacked-out windows and just a stone’s throw from Potsdamer Platz. The walnut tables and long bar offer an excellent meeting point or a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Berlinale.
Linienstr. 136, 10115 Berlin (Mitte)
Located just around the corner from the Oranienburgerstrasse tourist mile, bar caters to gays, lesbians and straights alike, and provides an easy-going loungy atmosphere in Berlin’s busy downtown Mitte district.
Lychenerstr. 9, 10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)
Phone: (49) 30 440 52 545
Named after the famed Bollywood actress, Meena Kumari offers Southeast Asian specialties in a stylishly modern atmosphere.
Puecklerstr. 34, 10997 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
Phone: (49) 30 617 55 02
A veritable Berlin institution, the restaurant is located in a 19th-century market hall and offers a fine choice of Teutonic cuisine.
Trattoria a Muntagnola
Fuggerstr. 77, 10 Berlin (Schoeneberg)
Phone: (49) 30 211 66 42
Traditional family-owned restaurant offers mouth-watering dishes like castrato alla pastorale and caponata.
Ex Oriente Lux
Koepenickerstr. 174, 10997 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
Phone: (49) 30 301 70 70
Middle-Eastern and North African cuisine is served at tables or on comfy pillows in the sultan’s tent. No menus, just tell them you’re hungry and the food keeps coming.
Lutter & Wegner
Charlottenstr. 56, 10117 Berlin (Mitte)
Phone: (49) 30 202 9540
Established in 1811, Lutter & Wegner was destroyed during the war and finally reopened four years ago. Upmarket eatery offers excellent traditional German cuisine and a fine line of its own wines.
Chauseestr. 106, 10115 Berlin (Mitte)
Berlin’s only electronic rock club has remained relatively inconspicuous over the years despite a growing rep for its diverse lineup of hot international artists and live bands.
Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin
The ultra-popular Panorama Bar and the Berghain club, located in the same venue, offer weekend partiers the all-night experience.
Alexanderplatz 5 (12th floor), 10178 Berlin
House and dance beats with an incredible view of the city.
Falckensteinstr. 49a, 10997 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
On the bank of the Spree River, upmarket venue boasts a mixed crowd. Thursdays is hip-hop, Fridays is drum and bass and Saturdays is house.