14 Best Cocktail Bars in Berlin (To check out while in the city)

Variety is the spice of life and what better way to add a little spice to yours than by checking out the best cocktail bars that Berlin has to offer.

If you didn’t already know, Berlin is famed the world over for its, diverse, surprising, and sometimes even surreal nightlife.

It stands to reason why many who visit this gorgeous city would be looking for the best spots to get their drink on.

But there are so many options to choose from. Do you go for the tried and tested local hotspots? Or go in blind? Well, the answer is simple, you trust us of course (wink wink).

So without further ado, let’s have a look at some of the best cocktail bars Berlin has to offer.

1. Beckett’s Kopf 

First up on our list we have Beckett’s Kopf.

This bar, characterized by its dark and atmospheric interior, and iconic picture of Samuel Beckett is one for the books.

Berlin loves its intellectual spark, and it shows. Don’t be surprised if you overhear a couple of strangers exchanging playful, cheeky comments on the existential dread of life over Mexikaner shots at the bar.

Keep in mind, you’ll need to ring for access into Pberg’s favorite

2. Café Salut 

This relaxed, laid-back cocktail bar in Schöneberg cannot resist enticing you with its charming French flair.

An assortment of fruits and herbs gives the drinks an extra touch of freshness. This makes it impossible not to fall in love with this enchanting Parisienne atmosphere!

During the day you can enjoy their tasty, wholesome coffee creations or brownies. But when the sun sets, you and your friends can indulge in one of their naughty cocktail creations – expect things to get interesting.

Later on, in the evening, DJs play funk & soul rhythms for all ages.

Whether it be for a coffee or a tequila sunrise, Café Salut is the perfect place for a catch-up.

3. Barbie Deinhoff’s

Next up is a local Kreuzberg pub, Barbie Deinhoff’s. This establishment is an alternative art gallery and indie rock venue that exemplifies the Kiez life at its finest.

Additionally, it serves as an LGBT+ performance place for queer nightlife.

You can expect bright rooms filled with a young, all-inclusive crowd getting together over cocktails and dance music suited to the occasion.

Two-for-one Tuesdays draw even more cash-strapped locals from all walks of life trying to save money on some of the best cocktails in Berlin. 

4. CSA Bar in Berlin 

You may find yourself feeling like you’re in a time capsule when visiting this cocktail bar in Berlin.

With its panoramic windows offering views of old Berlin, this bar has been one of the city’s most elite nightlife destinations for many years. Why? Because there are no TVs or loud music to compete with good old conversation

Honestly, it just feels wholesome being at this place. It is simple yet elegant with just enough vintage charm to make you feel content.

A trip down Karl Marx Allee will transport people back even further. The street is lined on both sides by historic buildings dating back as far as the last century. 

5. Windhorst’s

Günter Windhorst’s traditional, honest and small bar is a haven for those of you seeking serenity.

Gently curved wooden tables, cozy seating areas, and long communal tables all form part of this establishment. Pick your spot and enjoy stiff old-school cocktails with a modern twist from your favorite bartender.

All while feeling chić, old-school, and modern at the same time! 

6. Klunkerkranich

Here comes everyone’s favorite – and soon to be yours.

The Klunkerkranich, which translates to “wattled crane,” is less exclusive but more representative of Berlin’s scruffy and unpretentious ethos. What’s more, it has an unforgettable rooftop experience.

It has a terrific atmosphere with breakfast options for those who’d like to start their day off right.

On top of some tasty delights, this place also provides a play space for kids – toys included.

All in all, if you’re looking forward to meeting new people from all walks of life, this place won’t disappoint. It truly knows how to make you feel welcome no matter what background you come from!

7. Shochu

The Shochu bar in Uma Japanese Restaurant is an excellent spot for you to enjoy some unique drinks prepared with strong Japanese liquor.

These delightful, aromatic items are made from distilled rice or potato and come complete with exotic materials for flavoring!

This cocktail scene is one of Berlin’s most exciting. From classic, cognac-based beverages and gin martinis to saffron bouquets of jasmine blossom flavored drinks — there are cocktails for all possible tastes here!  

8. Hotel ZOE

Looking for a unique and refreshing G&T experience?

Look no further than Hotel ZOE’s Gin & Tonic Bar. Their talented bartenders will craft you a drink tailored to your exact specifications, using some of the finest gins from all over the world.

With stylish décor and a perfect location in the heart of Hackescher Markt, Hotel ZOE is the perfect place to relax and enjoy one of life’s true pleasures – gin & tonic.

While you’re there be sure to check out their gorgeous terrace too! 

9. Buck and Breck 

The award-winning Buck and Breck cocktail bar is a must-visit in Berlin.

With just fourteen seats, it can be hard to get in. But the intimate atmosphere and world-class cocktails are well worth it.

The sleek, modern interior was designed by Swiss architect Bask and is the perfect backdrop for enjoying one of the bar’s creative cocktails.

Whether you’re looking for a unique night out or want to experience some of the best cocktails in the world, Buck and Breck is sure to impress.

10. Stagger Lee

Welcome to Stagger Lee, the bar that puts a spin on your average night out!

Stagger Lee offers old-fashioned shots and cocktails sometimes served alongside cigarettes to complete the authentic saloon feel.

The bartenders mix up classic cocktails with a modern twist. So whether you’re looking for something old-fashioned or new-fangled, they’ve got you covered.

11. Herr Lindemann

Step into Herr Lindemann on Richardplatz, and you’ll feel like you’re in a different world.

The menu is designed to seem like a plant encyclopedia – the pages are decorated with herb illustrations and detail the medicinal properties of each herb.

But this isn’t just some stuffy old herbalist’s shop – the cocktails here are top-notch and perfectly suited to a warm spring evening.

12. Schwarze Traube

The Schwarze Traube is a unique gem of Kreuzberg that offers tailor-made cocktails to its guests.

Yes, no menus!

Owner and bartender Atalay Aktas was named Europe’s best bartender in 2013, so you can be sure that the drinks here are of the highest quality.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed night out with friends or a lively evening in the town, the Schwarze Traube is worth checking out.

13. George R

George R is the place to go to in Moabiter for an upscale drinking experience.

With a focus on mixology, the drinks are always perfectly crafted and will make you feel right at home with the trendy, young crowd.

Whether you’re looking for a nice craft beer or something more complex like a Kehle öl, George R has you covered.

14. Icebar

The Icebar is the perfect place to escape the heat and explore the cold.

Here, you can enjoy delicious drinks in cold glasses at -10 degrees.

But be warned – after no more than 20 minutes, you may want to head back into the real world.

Additional beverages can be enjoyed in their lounge area, where you can warm up and relax. We hope you have a great time at the Icebar!