Berlin Report: bars, cocktail bars and lounges
So spent 6 days in Berlin w/ the wife and visited the following bars, cocktail bars and lounges.
This was our second vacation in Berlin. We plan to return again soon.
Wilhelm Hoeck (Sat afternoon)
Thanks breakfastsandwich for the suggestion. At this neighborhood bar we enjoyed multiple Pilsner Urquells and schnapps (killepitsch) here after shopping at Rogacki deli up the block. Interior space has a weathered distressed appearance; typical of many places in Berlin I guess. Mood was upbeat and cheerful. Music was from a juke box and while we were there was a mix of US and German vintage pop. Crowd was diverse: older men in front, w/ younger group of four, a couple our age (40ish) and an older but jovial group of 6 also in the back w/ us. All appeared to be regulars. Have food but didn't eat.
Victoria Bar (Mon night)
Smart beautiful room, high ceilings w/ large murals and retro 60s feel to bar and dark wood paneling. Wife had 2 gimlets (which she enjoyed) I stuck w/ beer and bourbon. Bartenders were professional. Subdued atmosphere at the time and I don't recall the music or if there was any. Not crowded as we went on a Monday night. Would definitely want to return during a busier time.
Newton Bar (Mon night)
Took a taxi from Victoria Bar and couldn't find the front door at first. Smaller than I expected from photos. Slick interior w/ floor to ceiling windows providing nice views. Had a couple sparkling Rieslings that I liked a lot and wife had a cocktail. Music was 70s Philly International the whole time we were there (~1hr). The crowd at the bar seemed to be regulars (attractive) w/ a sprinkle of tourists in the lounge; again it’s a late Monday night so it wasn't crowded. Visually a bit sterile but comfortable and the staff was attentive and sweet.
Ankerklause (Tues afternoon)
Hit this spot during a Tuesday mid-afternoon while visiting the Turkish market. Not really a bar, a cocktail bar or lounge. Had a couple beers and my wife ordered a cup of coffee; which never arrived. Place had a cute nautical theme and was separated into little compartments inside. Very tight inside. Hipster staff was friendly.
Luzia (Tues late afternoon/evening)
Place was like fly paper: The colors, the mood, the music; ultra-inviting and comfortable: ambient-chill out. We stayed two hours longer than we'd expected. Had high ceilings w/ a weathered distressed appearance as well w/ nice highlights and open; but w/ seating in little nooks here and there. We sat in the window. Drank Jevers and Spatburgunder and coffee. Crowd was mostly twenty somethings w/ a handful of people our age coming in and out but it didn't feel too young. Our favorite.
Wuergeengel (Mon evening)
Deep moody colors reminded us of Luzia; although smaller and the music while we were there was more conventional cocktail bar mix of blues and jazz. We both had solid gin martinis, a good Spatburgunder and a wonderful Riesling. Bartending was again professional (I pulled out a smoke and was almost immediately offered a light). And saw some stunning cocktails being made but didn’t indulge. Crowd was older than Luzia (30s 40s some 20s) and open and friendly. Again they have food but we didn't try.
I've only been to Würgeengel a few times (liked it), never to Victoria Bar (I know, shame!), and Luzia is a little too Prenzlauer Berg hipster-y for my taste.
Ankerklause is nice for a mid-day beer after shopping the Turkish market.
My favorite bars are Rum Depot, Stagger Lee, Reingold. It always depends on the hood I'm staying in, of course. We get pretty lazy if we have a great bar around the corner, and aren't bound to travel for a cocktail (ok, save for Stagger Lee & Rum Depot, maybe).