I’ve listed for you my 5 favorite bars in Berlin. Why five? Because how many favorites is anyone ever supposed to have? Stop pretending you’re going to check out 20 different recommendations on a listicle on the internet.
Das Stue Hotel
Prior to our little tasting event I had not been to the Stue hotel in the former Danish embassy, but I was stunned by the intricate contemporary interior design and the exquisite service. At Das Stue, the wines were chosen before the menu (with help by no other than Rakhshan Zhouleh himself), which should tell you something about the priorities of the house.
Das Stue Hotel, Drakestraße 1, 10787 Berlin
The Cordobar is an institution for Berliners with a knack for wine. The easy-going, Austrian and slightly punkish atmosphere of the petite bar doesn’t hint at the carefully curated and highly stunning wine menu. Better if you’re hungry, too, as the tapas style snack dishes have absolutely deserved their Bib Gourmand treatment.
Cordobar, Große Hamburger Str. 32, 10115 Berlin
The youthful, Italian vineria right next to its restaurant sister Goldener Hahn in Kreuzberg’s picturesque Pücklerstraße is a wonderfully romantic but lively location for a night-cap. I specifically like Gallina for its lack of business-casual customers and fratboy tourists; a feel-good place for the neighborhood. Just like in Italy.
Bar Gallina, Pücklerstraße 20, 10997 Berlin
While I’m not honestly subscribed to the whole ‘natural wine’ act that has been flooding the city, I can appreciate the concise wine menu at Wild Things. It’s one of my favorites during the weeks, for when the evenings are slow and the rain is painful. It’s not as cozy and more of a “trendy” place than other wine bars, but out of all the other natural wine bars (jaja, for example, is so tiny that you end up sitting on someone else’s lap), Wild Things was the one that didn’t annoy me. Their snack menu is worth a try, too, although steeply priced for this part of Neukölln.
Wild Things, Weserstraße 172, 12045 Berlin
At Facciola, nights are always young. This fresh Italian wine bar serves delicious drinks and accompanying snacks, but for me, it’s really the kind, generous and highly entertaining owner Aurora and her charming staff that make any visit here an experience. Don’t expect to leave this place sober. Or alone.
Facciola Berlin, Forster Str. 5, 10999 Berlin