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:
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!
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.
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.
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