The Berliner Cocktail Bar scene is strong. And it keeps getting stronger. Very often you will find some of the bars in Berlin mentioned among the top in the world. Consistently solid drinks, amazing spaces, cool vibes and fun crowds deliver interesting and diverse experiences. Every time.
I, for one, love bar hopping with friends. And bar hopping, in my opinion, means going from GREAT bar to GREAT bar. Sure, the random “Kneipe-and-darts” night can be fun as well. But if you are looking for a winning combination of cocktails and atmosphere you might want to focus on some of our favorite bars below.
PS: I love gin based cocktails! And if you follow me on social media, you know that I am obsessed with Negroni. That said, I always like to try new and exciting concoctions. So I have included recommendations for gin based cocktails at each of these great bars in Berlin.
This “in-the-know crowd” kind of bar has a great location under the train tracks in Charlottenburg. Run by Torsten Bender and Sebastian Mathow (heavy hitters of the Berliner bar scene), this stunning bar delivers beautiful design, great cocktails and a charming and chill atmosphere. Regulars come through the backdoor, legend says. Have an “Amnesia” here (London dry gin, Cocchi di Torino Cherry brandy and Absinth Spray).
Address: Lotte-Lenya-Bogen 551, 10623 Berlin.
There is “new blood” running this beautiful hidden gem in hip Neukölln. In an area filled with average bars, local bar “legends” Filip Kaszubski, Ruben Neideck and Damien Guichard took over the space and are catapulting Velvet into new heights. It can certainly aim for a spot among the best bars in Berlin. Order “Tell You Next Week” here, a delightful mix of gin, sake, grapefruit, lime and rhubarb shrub. Long live shrub!
Address: Ganghoferstraße 1, 12043 Berlin
There is just no other place you need to visit if you are a Negroni fan, like myself. Bar Milano is a favorite Aperitivo Bar in the heart of Mitte. Eya and Kappa, the owners, always make sure the atmosphere is lively and welcoming. And the Italian minimalist design accents are just gorgeous. Have a classic Negroni (gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth). Trust! You’ll thank me later.
Address: Brunnenstraße 11, 10119 Berlin
George R is a trail blazer in the Moabit quality cocktail bar scene. I personally love that you can pretty much get great cocktails in almost every neighhorhood in Berlin nowadays. Prohibition time inspired cocktails and chill atmosphere deliver a unique and pleasurable experience here. George R has been open for a while now but it has managed to maintain its air of mistery and secrecy. A “locals” kind of bar. Try their enjoyable Mr. Remus (Gin, self-made Honeysyrup, fresh lemon juice).
Address: Wilhelmshavener Straße 57 10551 Berlin
Geist im Glas exudes intimate vibes. This sweet gem of a neighborhood bar run by Aishah Bennett has developed quite a loyal following. With good reason. Their wonderful versions of classic/prohibition era cocktails incorporate diverse gins infused with distinct seasonal flavours. The atmosphere alone is merits a visit. As cozy as it gets! Go for the “London Fog” (Assam Earl Grey and lemon zest infused London Dry Gin, shaken into a sour with egg whites, lemon juice and house sugar syrup. It is then spiked with teapot bitters).
Address: Lenaustraße 27, 12047 Berlin
Why not mix great cocktails and fun experimental desserts? This unique combination is what makes Coda Dessert Bar a standout. An indiscernible location from the outside, it transforms into a beautiful space inside. And the surprises keep happening as you go through their dessert menu/cocktail combos. When visiting Coda, try the following: Cocktail – Gin, manzanilla sherry, apple, celery and lemon, + Dessert – Rhubarb, yoghurt and tarragon. It WILL “bring you back to health” for sure!
Address: Friedelstraße 47 12047 Berlin
This stylish and intimate (yet relatively spacious) bar is located in one of the coolest streets of Prenzlauer Berg. The stunning interior is made cozy by a super atmospheric lighting scheme. The cocktail menu is fun and very inventive. An upmarket experience for sure, Bryk is an “off the beaten bar-path” option for a quiet boozy night with fancy friends. At Bryk, make sure to try their “Smokey Gin & Tonic” (Bryk’s own Gin, Dry Tonic Water smoked with lavender).
Address: Rykestraße 18, 10405 Berlin
The list of great bars in Berlin is endless. If the above options are not enough to quench your cocktail thirst, try checking out some other more “traditional” options like Buck & Breck, Reingold, Curtain Club, Bar Marqués, Victoria Bar, Windhorst and/or Würgeengel.
*This article has been graciously sponsored by Gordon Gin. The Awesome Berlin team had complete freedom in selecting the theme, bars and cocktail recommendations.