Photo by Veronica Jonsson
As the summer draws to a close, Berliners are taking their last opportunities to visit their beloved biergartens. Whether you want to hang out with friends, treat visitors to a beer under open skies or if you just want to spend your own afternoon with a good ol' brew, Exberliner has the top five (in no particular order) of the greenest, grandest and grungiest.
Photos by Malgorzata Maslarz, Sigrid Malmgren, Restaurant Grunewaldturm, Veronica Jonsson, Sigrid Malmgren
Prater tourists, hipsters, local families and old-school Ossis rub elbows at Berlin’s oldest biergarten. Prater is maximized for outdoor drinking comfort: lots of shade, plentiful seating and no bathroom lines. Have a bratwurst while you sip a Prater Pils or a colourful Berliner Weiße with a shot of syrup, or move to the restaurant for more copious traditional German grub.
The noisily atmospheric Bavarian-style biergarten, complete with fairy lights and boating lake, is a Berlin summer staple. Situated in a sylvan enclave of the Tiergarten just across from the zoo, it’s the place to lounge over pints of König Ludwig hefeweizen (€4.10) with or without strawberry cake, Leberkäse or oven-baked pizzas.
The biergarten attached to the 19th century tower in Grunewald treats you to Bavarian classics – Traunstein beers and apple spritzer on tap, as well as a simple self-service selection of grilled sausages, coffee and cakes. Expect a unique view over the Havel river and live jazz on the weekends. Best enjoyed during the day, in a deckchair, before the foxes come out of their lairs and punters catch the last bus home.
Offering a multitude of activities including art house cinema at indoor Kino Zukunft (€4.90) or open-air Freiluftkino Pompeji (€5); live jazz and flamenco at the Jazzbar; and outdoor concerts in the tree-canopied Waldgarten, Zukunft is perfect for those who are indecisive. If your'e only in the mood to hangout, opt for a simple chill sesh in the biergarten, which offers reasonably priced house beer (€2/2.80). Perfect for a weekday evening that you won’t have to sacrifice your next day of work for.
Nestled on the banks of the Landwehrkanal in Tiergarten park, West Berlin’s traditional open-air hangout has kept its spit-and-sawdust image conferred by trains passing in and out of nearby Bahnhof Zoo, injecting old Berlin’s shabby charm with a hint of itchy feet syndrome. Flammkuchen (€8.50) for the body; for the soul, occasional live music on Saturday – and herons gliding in to perch on the lock gates.