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Beer and more – 4 of the best Berlin pubs

One of Berlin’s top tourist attractions, apart from the Berlin wall and the island of museums, is its beer, and of course the best place to enjoy a glass of beer is in a nice, cosy and most importantly friendly, pub.

Whether you’ve come to Berlin solely for the beer, or you’d like to integrate a drink or two into your itinerary, it’s always helpful to have a rough idea of where you’d like to go before you head off into a huge city you’re unfamiliar with. I was lucky enough to spend a few weeks in Berlin last autumn, and of course I took it upon myself to explore the best pubs in the city. Here are a few pubs which really stood out for me:

Zur Letzten Instanz in Berlin Photo: Roboppy on Flickr

Zur Letzten Instanz in Berlin

A+ for atmosphere – Zur Letzten Instanz

A pub popular with both locals and tourists alike, Zur Letzten Instanz is always brimming with content pub crawlers and has a warm and merry atmosphere. The pub has been feeding Berlin’s population for centuries, all the way back to 1621 to be exact. Inside the decor is simple yet traditional. The only negative thing I would say about this pub, along with many others, is the lack of Vegetarian options on any menu. I was travelling with my veggie friend and she struggled in almost every pub – it seems Germans are meat crazy!

Georgbräu in Berlin Photo: THEfunkyman on Flickr

Georgbräu in Berlin

Riverside view – Georgbräu

Situated on the banks of the river Spree, the Georgbräu offers the option of a beer with a view. The pub serves the usual German beer, as well as its own brew. From what I remember, the interior is tastefully decorated, although I spent my afternoon there outside on the terrace which directly overlooks the river. Overall a lovely afternoon!

Best beer selection – Mommsen-Eck Haus der 100 Bieren

Literally translating to ‘House of 100 beers’ this West Berlin pub prides itself on offering one of the most extensive beer selections in all of Berlin. Although sadly I never personally made it to Mommsen-Eck myself, I’ve been told its cheap and cheerful and a good place if you’re looking to taste a range of German beers.

Zum Nußbaum in Berlin Photo by Nir NussBaum on Flickr

Zum Nußbaum in Berlin

The Golden Oldie – Zum Nußbaum

This pub translates to ‘The Walnut’ in English and dates all the way back to 1571. The building alone is worth a visit – its perfect tall triangular roof, topped off with perfectly square windows is incredibly inviting. The food at Zum Nußbaum is good and typically German, and the beer is even better. The interior is dark and cosy, the heavy wooden decorations give the pub a very traditional feel, and once in, it’s hard to believe you’re still in central Berlin and not in a country pub.

Everyone knows the secret to avoiding a hangover is a good night’s sleep. If you want have a good time and still manage to get some sightseeing done the day after you explore Berlin’s best pubs, make sure you get plenty of rest. Look out for apartments to rent in Berlin and enjoy privacy and flexibility that you wouldn’t experience in a hotel. With no curfews or other hotel guests to worry about staying in an apartment can be a great and stress free option.

My thanks for this article to Oh-Berlin for holiday apartments and accommodation in Berlin

Photo Credits: Zur Letzen Instanz by roboboppy , Zum Nußbaum by Nir Nussbaum , Georgbräu by THEfunkyman

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Hels
    May 31, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I have visited Germany many times, but mainly to the west and south – Berlin only once.

    The joy of an outdoor beer garden or pub is that a visitor can drink and talk, at the same time enjoying the pub architecture, the cityscape, the sunshine and any passers-by who will join in. I think the Georgbräu would have an even greater advantage.. drinking while watching the River Spree float past.

    How many months of the year are suitable for outdoor drinking?
    Hels´s last blog post ..greatest Victorian painter ever? Alma Tadema

    • Reply
      Heather
      May 31, 2012 at 8:44 am

      @Hels I very much enjoyed a visit to Berlin although as it was with my daughter not so much time in pubs – I’d say that April-May through to October are good outdoor drinking months when the sun is shining

  • Reply
    Sherry Ott
    June 3, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I didn’t go to any of these places when I was in Berlin! I think I need to go back and just do a massive pub crawl!
    Sherry Ott´s last blog post ..Angels Around the World

  • Reply
    Miles
    July 30, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I’ve lived in Berlin for a few years, and to my shame I haven’t visited several of the places on your list. I’ll get on to it right now, while the sun is shining! Thanks for the great tips.
    Miles´s last blog post ..Driving Tours on the Continent

    • Reply
      Heather
      July 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      @Miles A beer is best enjoyed in the sunshine I think!

  • Reply
    Martha
    September 17, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for that post. Your observation about no veggie option is so true. It seems to be one of two in Berlin. Either there is the completely new and trendy bar that only serves raw vegan food, or the “Wurst” only option of older establishments. It’s a shame really, but there you go.

    I live in Berlin and found it really interesting to read your views on those pubs.

    • Reply
      Heather
      September 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      @Martha Travelling with veggie friends recently made me realise how difficult it is sometimes to find good food choices even in Europe

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