There’s no shortage of nice bars to go to in Berlin, and definitely no lack of live music events. Yet Café Lyrik is a unique combination of both, showcasing the best of jazz, blues and much more in a cosy, laid-back setting.
Located on a quiet street in the buzzing Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood, this gem of a bar is a rare find. You might not give it a second glance as you walk past its graffitied facade, though once its doors open it reveals a charming interior that might just pique your interest.
The inside is bright and charismatic, featuring a lovely (permanent) exhibition of art on the walls, all created by the owner herself which only adds to its charm. There are some tables and a few stools at the bar (though not many, so make sure you’re there early to secure a spot) and a few more tables outside. You’ll also find a very friendly dog wandering around (belonging to the owner) that might decide to come and keep you company for the evening.
The best thing about this place though, is the eclectic mix of entertainment on offer: whether you like to enjoy a nice glass of wine whilst listening to French chansons or get jiggy with it to some lively Yiddish music, you’re bound to find something in their programme that you like. What makes this place so special is that it’s not your typical concert venue showcasing the hottest new talent in town but a place to enjoy music of time past. 30s Jazz and Gypsy Swing are just some of the delights on the menu, sung in their traditional languages and played with instruments of that style – performances that are hard to see these days outside of a music school. Even if you’re not familiar with the music, you’ll no doubt get caught up in the atmosphere of the bar and the passion of the performers.
The programme changes each week (so check the website) but whichever night you go along you’ll be amongst a happy crowd that’s either clapping, singing or even dancing along.
The vibe is relaxed and friendly with a nice mix of all ages; you’ll also find that many of the people that are walking past stop to pop their heads in and watch for a little while once the shows get started and more often than not, they’ll stay for an impromptu drink. The drinks menu has some nice wines on offer, however make sure you don’t arrive hungry as they offer a very small selection of snacks but that’s about it.
Café Lyrik opens its doors from Wednesday to Saturday and each night offers something memorable – who knows, maybe you’ll discover something new! If you really like what you see there’s a chance to buy some merch from the acts or if you’re feeling generous, the owner will pass around a hat for you to show your appreciation – it’s basically a free concert so why not!
Whether you’re there to enjoy a warm summer’s evening outside or a cosy winter’s eve indoors, you’ll be in for a night of good entertainment and company.
Check out Café Lyrik’s Facebook page for up-to-date events.
Address: Kollwitzstraße 97 Berlin, Germany
How to get there:
U-Bahn: Eberswalder Straße (U2).
Tram: Husemannstraße (M10)
*This article was written by Natalie Lunt and edited by Tulio Edreira.