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Berlin Nightlife, Bars and Beer Gardens Guide

Berlin may be famed for its cafe culture and cuisine – but the city enjoys a vibrant nightlife scene, too. If you’ll be traveling for a sports event to the city – perhaps to catch one or more of the Euro 2024 matches, you’ll be excited to learn just what’s on offer. You’ll find some of the highlights below, from iconic nightclubs to cozy pubs where you can either dance the night away or sample some of the region’s finest craft beer in a relaxed setting.

Berlin’s Beer Garden Treasure Trove

A sports traveler’s trip to Berlin isn’t complete without a visit to one of the city’s many beer gardens. You’ll find a wide range here, from contemporary spaces featuring a cutting-edge design to authentic bierkellers with vibrant atmospheres and plenty of live entertainment. Here are some of the best places to head to in Berlin to soak up the classic beer garden atmosphere.

Berlin Brewdog, Marienpark

As well as a restaurant, this historic building, now the home of Berlin Brewdog, has a stunning and spacious beer garden where you can savor craft beers from the region, including those freshly brewed onsite. Brewery tours, duckpin bowling, and shuffleboard can all be enjoyed here, too.

Golgotha Biergarten, Kreuzberg

Located in the heart of the lush Viktoriapark, visit this beer garden on a summer’s evening to relish one of the range of beers, cocktails, or wine while relaxing on the sun terrace. You can also grab some homemade fare from the charcoal grill and enjoy a little dancing when the sun goes down.

Schleusenkrug, Tiergarten

Enjoy waterfront views from this large beer garden that can accommodate up to 500 guests sitting outside – choose to sip your beverage on the terrace or under the shade of the trees. Watch the boats go by on the river as you prepare for your next adventure, whether this is a football match or a trip to the nearby Berlin Zoo.

How About the Best Berlin Pubs?

And if you’re looking for a pub to visit for a lunchtime drink or some evening sociables? Each of the below venues is both highly-rated and extremely popular with local Berliners and visitors alike.

Bierbar Alkopole, Alexanderplatz

A tiny bar tucked away in a quiet side street, the Bierbar Alkopole is proof of the adage, “Good things come in small packages!” Here, you can soak up the great atmosphere along with a drink, take in the eclectic decor, and even pop a song or two on the jukebox.

Hops and Barley Hausbrauerei, Friedrichshain

One of the highest-rated pubs on TripAdvisor for sports travelers, Hops and Barley offers friendly staff, a welcoming atmosphere, and a great selection of beers, wines, and spirits. Located in a lively, vibrant part of the city, live music is a regular feature here.

Windhorst, Mitte

A pub and cocktail bar in the center of Berlin, this venue exudes a cool, relaxed ambiance and staff who are both knowledgeable and passionate about the drinks on offer. Try one of the traditional cocktails, or sample one of Windhorst’s bespoke creations.

Best Cozy Pubs in Berlin

And if you’re in the mood for something a little lower-key in the evening? Try one of these cozy spots to enjoy a quiet drink or two.

Schwarze Traube, Kreuzberg

With an intimate, speakeasy vibe, this hidden gem of a bar boasts vintage decor, nicely dimmed lighting, friendly staff, and a cozy ambiance. The selection of cocktails on offer is particularly impressive.

Bar Tausend, Mitte

Tucked beneath a railway bridge in the Mitte district, Bar Tausend is both contemporary and cozy, with plush seating areas and a unique atmosphere. If you’re thinking of paying a visit, be aware that this venue operates a strict dress code policy.

Le Croco Bleu, Prenzlauer Berg

With its exposed brick walls, candle-lit tables, and live piano music, this cute bar exudes a wonderfully romantic atmosphere. Choose from an extensive selection of wines and cocktails, along with one of the tempting charcuterie and cheese platters.

Looking for Bars and Pubs Near the Euro 2024 Venue?

If you’re planning on catching one of the Euro 2024 matches at the Olympiastadion (the Berlin football stadium), it’s a good idea to get familiar with the bars and pubs in its vicinity. Don’t forget, too, that there will be a range of vendors within the stadium itself and the surrounding grounds, selling a wide selection of food, snacks, and drinks. 

Plus, all of the pubs and bars below are within a ten to fifteen-minute walk of the Olympiastadion:

  • Olympia-Eck, Olympiastadion. Located right opposite the stadium, this venue offers a bistro, cafe, and beer garden. The latter has room for 200 people and enjoys a great view of the Olympiastadion itself.
  • Westend-Klause, Reichsstr. 80B – a relaxed bar with a casual atmosphere serving great beer. Food is available, too.
  • Stadion Terrassen, Jesse Owen Allee 2 – a bar and diner just a five-minute walk from the Olympiastadion; enjoy a range of coffee, cakes, lunches, and beer at this venue.

Berlin’s World-Famous Nightclubs and Music Venues

And if you’re in the market for some exciting entertainment when the sun goes down? Berlin is home to many iconic nightclubs, including the world-renowned (and almost indescribable) Berghain. For burgeoning DJs around the globe, playing here is the ultimate mark of success.

Berghain, Friedrichshain

One of the most famous nightclubs in Berlin – if not the world – Berghain, housed in a former power station, is full of darkened rooms and out-there characters and really is a venue like no other. Inside, the atmosphere is welcoming, and an overarching ethos of non-judgementalism applies throughout. Check out this video for more information on how Berghain grew to become the behemoth of the clubbing world it is today.

Havana Club, Schoneberg

If you’re in the mood for some dancing, head to the Havana Club to enjoy the venue’s four dance floors and an unforgettable night. Each floor has its own resident DJ and distinct musical flavor, so whether you’re in the mood to boogie to reggaeton, salsa, or a selection of old-school disco classics, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Sisyphos, Lichtenberg

A wonderful mix of a music festival, nightclub, and pizza palace, a trip to Sisyphos really is like going down a weird and magical rabbit hole. As well as a beach, you’ll find a lake, an abandoned bus, and a multitude of dance floors to explore and enjoy. It’s open straight through from midnight on Friday nights to 10 am on Monday mornings.

Pro Tips when Heading to a Nightclub

If you’re looking forward to experiencing one of Berlin’s many epic nightclubs, there are some key things to bear in mind to ensure, firstly, that you’ll get in and, secondly, enjoy the best night ever.

  • Go for a laid-back look – an elaborate dress may not fit in with the country’s techno scene.
  • Avoid going out in an extra-large group of people.
  • Don’t become intoxicated or talk too loudly while queuing to get into a club – this could spoil your chances of getting in.
  • Be prepared that you may be required to cover the camera on your phone before being allowed entry.
  • If you do know a few phrases in German, use them if possible – always be polite and respectful.
  • Don’t head to a club before 1.00 am – clubs don’t start getting busy until about an hour after this.
  • Always carry cash, as many nightclubs in Berlin don’t accept cards.

It’s also important to pre-plan how you’ll get back to your accommodation at the end of the night. Germany boasts an excellent public transport network, with many services running through the night, making traveling back to bed easy!

The New Comedy Club Scene

In recent years, the comedy club scene has burgeoned in Berlin, and you can now find numerous shows in the city featuring rising talent, renowned artists, and cabaret performers. Head to the Quatsch Comedy Club in the East End’s Theater District or the Kookaburra Club in Prenzlauer Berg to catch a show. As well as enjoying plenty of belly laughs, you can also enjoy a reasonably-priced meal and drinks at these venues, making for some great all-around evening entertainment.

Alternatively, the Comedy Cafe Berlin is the city’s first international alternative comedy stage, school, and bar and offers an English language program, too. If you’re feeling brave, you can even jump up on the stage and have a go entertaining the crowd yourself.

Where to Grab Some Late-Night Food in the City

If you’ve had a great night (and early morning) hitting the bars and clubs of Berlin, there’s a good chance you’re going to be feeling peckish. If you need a snack before heading back to your accommodation, we’ve got you covered. These late-night eateries are the places to go to get refueled.

Curry 36

You’ll find the extremely popular Curry 36 kiosk in Kreuzberg, and it’s open until 5 am, so it is perfect for post-club snacking. Quick and convenient, many visitors cite Curry 26’s currywurst as the best in the city.

Schwarzes Cafe

This 24-hour eatery in Charlottenburg opened in the 1970s and is still serving Berlin’s late-night partiers today! Enjoy a refreshing milkshake or a comforting strudel or homemade cake to help you unwind after all the excitement.

Imren Grill

With numerous locations dotted around the city, this late-night chain of grills serves up delicious kebabs, falafel, baked pittas, and lentil soup. Plus, you’ll receive a free cup of Turkish tea while you wait for your order to be served.

Final Thoughts: Making the Most of Berlin’s Nightlife Scene

If you’re traveling to Berlin this year, experiencing the city’s diverse, vibrant nightlife is a must. Whether you’re in the mood to sample some iconic nightclubs or a contemporary dance performance is more your thing, you’ll find a range of options to tantalize and delight. If you are traveling to view one or more of the Euro 2024 matches, be sure to check out the bars and restaurants both within the Olympiastadion and near the venue, as well as the spectacular view from the onsite Bell Tower.

Use the guide above to start planning your Berlin adventure, and make a shortlist of your must-see nightlife spots – and don’t forget to build an opportunity to enjoy some late-night/early-morning currywurst into your itinerary!