5 bars where you can meet the locals in Hamburg
The façade is crumbling, because sadly the Aurel – a central feature of Alma- Wartenberg-Platz – is soon to make way to redevelopment. Drop by before the day comes, to down a Grosse Freiheit (beer) with an old friend. Either at the bar counter below the DJ’s platform, or right in front of the Aurel. It’s a great place to watch the neighbourhood’s comings and goings.
2) Toast Bar
Being in the Toast Bar often feels like being at a well-attended party in a nice sitting room at somebody’s shared flat. It’s cosy and crowded, talk drowns out the techno in the corner and somebody’s lit up a smoke. All your close friends, present and future, are in here. And there’s a good selection of cocktails, beer and hard liquor.
The picture behind the counter at thier shows roaring bears, monkeys and goats sitting at a bar. Yet the little bar at one end of Schulterblatt doesn’t shout aloud. Locals are more likely to head for thier to meet their gang.
You inevitably give a grunt when the suggestion arises again: “Will we meet at the Mutter?”. For over 20 years, this dive has been home to many an Astra beer and its appurtenances. Denizens philosophise, argue and snack in a haze of nicotine and beer – as quite a few band singers of the Hamburg School will tell you.
5) Möwe Sturzflug
The Möwe is practically an institution. The bar serves its own mouth-watering creations, including the classic ‘Möwenschiss’ (‘seagull poo’) with Korn/pumpernickel/horseradish, now rivalled by the Hamburg speciality ‘Mexikaner’ (Korn/tomato juice/Tabasco). The room behind the bar could be your own sitting room, in summer you can stand around in the front yard and be cool.
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