Berlin is known for its distinct alternative youth culture and underground music scene, an attitude that floods its bars and nightclubs.
For those who simply want to leave the bustling, overcrowded dance floors of upscale (and sometimes pretentious) nightclubs and enjoy a casual beer, Berlin has a bar for you.
From lively student hangs to romantic candle-lit dens, here are a few of Party Earth's favorite bars that hit the spot but don't break the bank.
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Franken plays the role of both charming old English pub and sassy Berlin dive bar. Punk rock posters and stickers cover the walls reminding patrons that they are in fact in the land of underground rebels. Fortunately, an enormous wooden bar at the front of the room offers a plethora of cheap drinks to help relieve all that built up youth angst.
If you're looking for the kind of place where you can laze away the afternoon enjoying inexpensive beers and cocktails while discussing the state of the world, look no further than the friendly Café Morgenrot. Grab a drink at one of the street-side tables, or head to the free reading room in the back to flip through political periodicals, newspapers, and brochures.
Hops and Barley is a hip Friedrichshain brewery and bar located just a block away from the popular Simon-Dach Strasse. There are three quaint rooms from which visitors can order seasonal brews and fresh warm pretzels for surprisingly affordable prices. This place gets especially bustling around 10pm when groups often push their tables together, creating a warm, communal vibe.
Those in need of a snack and reasonably priced cocktail should head to Salon Schmück, an artsy café that acts as a restaurant, student coffee shop, and casual drinking spot. Patrons can take advantage of a candle-lit patio or head inside to nestle into the comfy sofas. This is a relaxing haven with an impressive offering of all things sweet, savory, and alcoholic.
Helmut Kohl, one of the trendiest bars in Berlin, is known for its cheap whiskey sours, classy wooden décor, and hipster clientele. The name Helmut Kohl refers to the statesman who oversaw the reunification of Germany and reflects the bar's desire to inspire memories and serve as a place that provokes discussion. The venue becomes quickly packed on event nights which include exhibitions by the Greek Art Troupe and performances by the Knock Knock Who's There company.
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