Where to go out

cocktails.jpgBerlin has a very extensive bar scene. Throughout the entire city, there are innumerable beautiful, bizarre and trendy bars and cafés. And this is contantly changing. New bars come and go, while the inventiveness of Berliners has no bounds. Even the names of many bars are so creative and weird that you want to stop by just to see what is behind the name. And the trick works. For example, the “Zu mir oder zu Dir“ (Your place or mine?) and the “Sowohlalsauch“ (Boththisandthat) have gotten good reputations based on their good names. One of the most popular bars of this kind is the table-tennis bar “Dr. Pong“ in Prenzlauer Berg, where you can enjoy the evening with a beer in one hand and a paddle in the other. Usually, several bars are grouped together in specific bar quarters or, as Berliners say, in their “Kiez”. Since Berliners are easygoing creatures by nature, they actually go out only in their own Kiez. Therefore, each Kiez has its own attractions and its own crowd. In Mitte, Tiergarten and Charlottenburg – the tourist center of the city – there are mainly chic cocktail lounges and bar/restaurants such as the Paris Bar. Tourists, celebrities and the well-heeled enjoy getting together in the “Hackesche Höfe” in Oranienburger Straße (Mitte) or on Savigny-Platz in Charlottenburg.

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Beachparty in the City

capitalbeach1.jpgIt all began at a small square on the banks of the river Spree, not far from the Museumsinsel and the city center. This once was the home of the legendary Club “Kunst und Technik”. Then, years later, a new establishment was opened at the very same site, an establishment that soon became a hip meeting place, an establishment that started a boom. In 2002, a resourceful gastronomer discovered the empty lot next to Monbijou Park, had tons of sand shipped there, put up deckchairs and a few artificial palm trees and opened “Strandbar Mitte” (Beach Bar Mitte). Surprisingly, every evening hundreds of guests came here. Ever since, these sandy places have not only attracted guests along the Spree.

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