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The best beer gardens in Berlin

Where are the best beer gardens in Berlin? Is there anything better on a warm summer’s day than cold beers in a leafy garden?

Schankhalle Pfefferberg on Schönhauser Allee. (Photo: Andreas Krause).

Grab your friends, family, visitors and Tinder dates and secure yourself a table at one of these fabulous spots. This is our list of the best beer gardens in Berlin (Spandau is Berlin, right?).

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Zenner

When the sun’s out, crowds flock to Zenner in Treptower Park. Photo: IMAGO / Jürgen Held

Not far from the river island attraction Insel der Jugend, Zenner is known as one of Berlin’s most idyllic beer-drinking spots. The party atmosphere at Zenner isn’t just down to their great music and setting. Started by the founders of Wilde Renate and Else – Tony Ettelt and Sebastian Heil, Zenner has a real vibe going. The beer garden is open until late in the evening, and depending on the weather, opening hours are often spontaneously extended.

  • Zenner Biergarten und Weingarten, Alt-Treptow 15, Treptow, details.

Frannz-Club

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In Prenzlauer Berg’s Kulturbraurei, the Frannz-Club used to be the main restaurant of the original Schultheiss brewery that once stood there. Today, it’s a go-to spot for parties, concerts, cultural events and, of course, drinking beer. You can also do some great people-watching while you tuck into one of Frannz-Club’s hearty dishes. Expect plenty of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options too!

  • Frannz Club, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, details.

Loretta am Wannsee

A relaxed atmosphere, honest food and beer on tap with a view of Wannsee: this is how the Loretta attracts its guests. Photo: Loretta am Wannsee

Southwest of Berlin on the banks of the beautiful Wannsee, you’ll find a beer garden with high gastronomic standards, real brewing traditions and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Loretta am See has beer on tap and a menu full of bellly-filling fare. Make sure to time your visit so you can catch the sun setting over the lake.

  • Loretta am See, Kronprinzessinnenweg 260, Wannsee, details.

Pfefferbräu

Photo: Daniel Wetzel

Take your pick of Pfefferbräu’s selection of house-brewed beers while you soak up the sun on their terrace overlooking Schönhauser Allee. We’d go for their namesake brew – the Pfefferbräu is a crisp light beer with a strong spiciness and pronounced hop notes. If you work up an appetite, you’ll be well catered for by their menu of upscale traditional European fare.

  • Pfefferbräu – Restaurant & Bergbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 176, Prenzlauer Berg, details.

Revier Südost

A (concrete) beer garden serving tasty pizza straight from the wood-fired oven. Photo: Friederike Ossenschmidt

This trip to Niederschöneweide is certainly worth it! While it’s not your typical leafy green beer garden and more of a concrete jungle, Revier Südost’s spacious outdoor area is just the thing for a cold beer in the sun. A stellar DJ lineup and occasional pub quizzes will keep you entertained, and if you get a little peckish, order one of their freshly made wood-fired pizzas.

  • Revier Südost, Schnellerstr. 137, Niederschöneweide, details.

Berliner Berg Brauerei

Photo: Marcel Wogram/Berliner Berg

First and foremost a top-quality brewery, Berliner Berg Brauerei is all about combining the tradition of German brewing with the culture of international craft beer. And what they come up with is a selection of seriously impressive beers. At the brewery’s low-key beer garden, you can try a chilled Berliner Weisse, or a no-frills pilsner. A food truck is usually parked nearby.

  • Berliner Berg Brauerei, Treptower Str. 39, Treptow, details.

Birgit und Bier

Birgit und Bier is crazy funfair for the nighttime crowd. (Photo: Viktor Strasse)

A former garage just off Schlesischer Busch has become one of Berlin’s favourite playgrounds in the last two years. Birgit & Bier doesn’t follow a classical concept and can’t be pigeonholed. It’s a club, beer garden, bar and funfair. A place to dream and to escape everyday life. Simply put: it’s the midsummer night’s dream of Berlin’s club scene. You can sample a very unique beer — Pilsner Urquell Tankbier. If that’s not enough, they also have street food stalls and a bar with wine and various craft beers. Later in the night, the bar makes cocktails and DJs play dance music.

  • Birgit und Bier, Schleusenufer 3, Kreuzberg, details.

BRLO Biergarten

Good beer and good vibes at BRLO. (Photo: FA Schaap)

When a beer called BRLO first filtered its way into Berlin, you’d probably have assumed this was another start-up with a canny instinct for the craft beer zeitgeist. But, once you’d finished a bottle, you could actually taste what was behind it: craft and passion. A brewery quickly followed, built from shipping containers with distinctive flair, and now there’s a cosy beer garden, too. We particularly love the fact that the beers are served with equally well thought-out food — a rarity in Berlin. Ben Pommer, a born-and-bred Berliner with a background in fine dining, developed the concept. Obviously there’s meat: tender ribs, for example, straight from the smoker, but really outstanding are the vegetables, a perfect composition of acidity, sweetness and smokiness. Plus, with every plate comes a beer recommendation.

  • BRLO, Schöneberger Str. 16, Kreuzberg, details.

Café am Neuen See

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Is this really Berlin? Café am Neuen See feels like a trip to the woods. (Photo: Oh-Berlin.com/flickr).

The unmissable legend. As soon as the sun shines, two- and four-legged Berliners trek to the beer garden and café in Tiergarten, next to lake Neuer See. The self-serve area has become its own pavilion with several cash registers, food and beverage stations, just like a canteen. On the menu: pretzels, pizza, pasta, and the Bavarian classics of all German beer gardens: Weißwurst and Leberkäse, bratwust, shandy and wheat beer.

  • Café am Neuen See, Lichtensteinallee 2, Tiergarten, details.

Mauersegler

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We all know that Mauerpark is a Sunday hotspot. But Mauersegler, right next door, is bustling every day and is actually one of the most popular beer gardens in Berlin. They have fresh, cold beer, a grill, plus snacks and coffee. The biggest football games are shown, and on Sundays you can listen to the karaoke singers in the park.

  • Mauersegler, Bernauer Str. 63/64, details.

Weihenstephaner Lichterfelde

Summer beer in a cool leafy spot: Maria und Josef (Photo: White Kitchen )

Bavaria in Berlin? Yep, that’s right. Bavarians and Berliners harbour a fairly healthy mistrust of each other, but this beer garden in Steglitz does its part for intercultural dialogue. Formerly known as Maria und Josef, the large beer gardens not only have have Bavarian beers, but also Southern German snacks. For example: Haxen (pork knuckles) and Obatzda, the Bavarian answer to hummus, a mixture of mashed cheese, paprika, butter… and beer. Order a Maß beer, the traditional Bavarian beer glass which holds a litre, and you’ll feel like you’re in Munich.

  • Weihenstephaner Lichterfelde, Hans-Sachs-Str. 5, Steglitz, details.

Milchhäuschen

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Right next to Weißensee, there used to be a little ‘milk hut’ selling all manner of dairy products. Used as a tavern since GDR times, there’s now nothing left of the historical hut. These days it’s a glass pavilion next to the shore, with cheery blue and yellow furniture. The sunny terrace has two floors with about a hundred seats. This chic, laid-back location is more calm and relaxed than most. There’s also breakfast (but only from 10am to 11.30 am), while the rest of the day it’s savoury treats like pickled herring and Nürnberger bratwurst on the menu — but also appetising cakes and ice cream sundaes.

  • Milchhäuschen, Parkstr. 33a, Weißensee, details.

Prater Biergarten

Prater is Berlin’s oldest beer garden (Photo: Prater Biergarten).

At almost 170 years old, Prater Garten is one of the most iconic beer gardens in the city. Locals, business types, students and international tourists meet here under the chestnut trees. Their own Prater Pils is made by a brewery in Frankfurt/Oder, the food cooked fresh on the grill, and good vibes are guaranteed.

  • Prater Garten, Kastanienallee 7-9, Prenzlauer Berg, details.

Schleusenkrug

The beautiful Schleusenkrug is open all year round. Photo: Imago/Schöning

Located right in the middle of Tiergarten, Schleusenkrug feels like a trip to the countryside — despite being only a few steps from the U-Bahn station. Inside, it’s narrow and tight, while the outside area with wooden chairs and beer benches is pretty large. During summer, Neuland meats sizzle on the barbecue, marking a commitment to quality. The rest of the year, they have a seasonal weekly menu with soups, salads, Alsatian tarte flambée and several main dishes.

  • Schleusenkrug, Müller-Breslau-Str., an der Tier­gartenschleuse, Charlottenburg, details.

Urban Spree

Not your usual beer garden: Urban Spree. (Photo: Julien Barrat)

There’s so much to discover at RAW, and for many, Urban Spree is the starting point of a wide-eyed adventure through Friedrichshain’s most famous cultural space. The 900sqm beer garden has a sort of ‘creative building lot’ vibe. Urban, yet cosy. Arty happenings, both inside the venue and out in the garden, as well as street food stalls, complete the experience.

  • Urban Spree, Revaler Str. 99, Friedrichshain, details.

Brauhaus Spandau

Spandau has a lot to discover: old churches, beautiful markets, and one of the best beer gardens in town (Photo: Brauhaus in Spandau GmbH).

This red-brick building used to be a wash house. The copper brewing kettles and wooden furniture fit perfectly with the hearty food. From meatballs to ham stewed in dark beer, served with sauerkraut and dumplings. On Sundays there’s live music, and Spandau’s families lay siege to the venue. If you can’t find your way home once you’re done, book yourself into their hotel on the same compound.

  • Brauhaus Spandau, Neuendorfer Str. 1, Spandau, details.

Schankhalle Pfefferberg

A brewery in the middle of the city? Yes, Schankhalle Pfefferberg on Schönhauser Allee. (Photo: Andreas Krause).

At the old bar of the historical brewery and the sunny terraces above Schönhauser Allee, you can order traditional snacks such as Schmalzstulle, (bread and dripping), liver, or boar rissoles – and the delicious Treberbrot, a bread with crushed malt left over from brewing beer. Most importantly, however, they have their own beer, brewed here since 2013 — a crisp, zesty and hoppy lager. Their malt beer comes unfiltered and has a mild taste, and, lastly, there’s an Alt, resembling an ale, with a strong hoppy bitterness and a mild note of nutty caramel. The master brewer really knows his craft, as he’s shown before at the brewery at Südstern.

  • Schankhalle Pfefferberg, Schönhauser Allee 176, Prenzlauer Berg, details.

Golgatha

Golgatha in Viktoriapark is Kreuzberg’s green “neighbourhood living room”. Photo: Golgatha/Schahrzad Derakhshan

It’s a stone’s throw from this cosy beer garden to many sights in Viktoriapark: the petting zoo at the foot of the hill, the 180-degree lookout terrace at the top of the park, and the beautiful waterfall in between. Golgatha quenches thirst and hunger and is the perfect finish to a walk in the park.

  • Golgatha, Dudenstr. 40, Kreuzberg, details.