Strolling Berlin builds up a thirst. Once you’ve seen the Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate in this historically important German city, you’ll want to sample its other major attraction: the nightlife. Berlin has some of the most intriguing cocktail bars in Europe. Here are six you must try.

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Prinzipal's mezcal negroni

Prinzipal

This vintagey watering hole in Kreuzberg hides breathtaking burlesque and creative cocktails with sexy names like A Date with Dita, Elli Fatale and Porn Star Martini, behind a velvet curtain.

Prinzipal Kreuzberg
Oranienstraße 178,Kreuzberg, 10999 

Rum Trader

Intrepid cocktail-bar hunters will delight at this exclusive spot (it only has 15 seats) in Schöneberg, where the lucky few to gain entry discover a 1920s-style speakeasy serving rum-based concoctions.

Rum Trader
Fasanenstraße 40, Schöneberg, 10719

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Fairytale Bar

Be prepared to tumble down the rabbit hole when you ring the bell to enter this whimsical Alice in Wonderland-themed bar in central Berlin, which was inspired by the fairytale fountain at the nearby Volkspark Friedrichshain. 

Fairytale bar
Am Friedrichshain 24, Prenzlauer Berg, 10407 

Buck & Breck

Like many great cocktail bars, Buck & Breck is hidden behind an inauspicious door. Within this bar in central Berlin is a beautifully designed and intimate space for just 14 guests. Come and be spoiled by the bartender.

Buck & Breck
Brunnenstraße 177, Mitte, 10119 

Velvet

This chic, Art Deco-styled bar in the trendy area of Neukölln won Mixology magazine’s bar of 2018 due to its intriguing and impressive seasonal cocktails, which make use of hyper-local produce sourced from the surrounding neighbourhood.

Velvet
Ganghoferstraße 1, Neukölln, 12043 

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Stagger Lee is decked out like a saloon bar / Image: Claudia Goedke (@claudiagoedke)

Stagger Lee

You’ll certainly be staggering out of this Western saloon-style bar in Schöneberg, full of carefully curated old-timey ephemera. It’s named after a Nick Cave song and its cocktails are notoriously strong and to-the-point, but also exquisitely good.

Stagger Lee
Nollendorfstraße 27,Schöneberg, 10777 

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