The 5 best bars for people watching in Berlin

1) Anita Berber

This nightclub/art bar was named after the controversial dancer and actress Anita Berber (1899-1928). It lies hidden on the second floor of an inconspicuous building, which can only be accessed through several backyards, and it will take you straight back to the roaring twenties.

dark lighted interior of Anita Berber bar

Pankstrasse 17, Alte Fabrik Pankeweg, Wedding

+49 (0)176 6181 7262

2) Schwarzes Café

One of the few hipster bars in Charlottenburg, with gluten-free pasta on the menu. Open 24/24 except on Tuesdays, when it’s closed from 3 am till 10 am to get a good clean.

Berlin - Schwarzes Café

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3) Neue Odessa Bar

This place is open every day from 7 pm and gets full after 10 pm. Hardly any tourists come here, which for this part of town is rather unusual. The drinks are tasty and the atmosphere is seedy, but still classy, with red carpet and blurred light. No outside sitting.

people having drinks at Neue Odessa Bar

Torstrasse 89, Mitte

4) Rogacki

Granted, this is not exactly a hidden secret. On the contrary: Rogacki Delicatessen is almost an anachronism in this ever- changing metropolis. It started out as a smoked-fish shop in 1928. Nowadays they sell everything from champagne to cheese, meat and fish. If you’re hungry, you can eat – still pretty affordably – on-site and watch life in City West go by.

Service counter at Rogacki

Wilmerdorferstrasse 145-146

+49 (0)30 3438 250

5) Schleusenkrug

This beer garden can be a little difficult to find but when you do, you won’t regret it! The ‘watergate pub’, which is situated just behind the Zoo, in the fantastic Tiergarten, is an ideal place to rest after a stroll in the park or a visit to the Zoo. Always crowded, with both locals and tourists. You will love the Ostalgia atmosphere.

people having drinks at Schleusenkrug

Müller-Breslau-Strasse 14-B, Tiergarten

+49 (0)30 3139 909

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