Biergartens are the best place to enjoy the sun, and no where does biergartens like Germany.
As soon as summer breaks, it’s time to hit those wooden benches and have a few cold, cold beers. So here’s a guide to some of Berlin’s best biergartens.
1. Golgatha Biergarten am Kreuzberg
Golgatha is the quintessential Kreuzberg biergarten. Tucked behind Viktoriapark, it has an unpretentious, down-to-earth attitude that places the focus squarely on good beers and a good time. On sunny days, the benches fill up quickly and the hefty grill churns out bratwursts at an alarming rate. Golgatha’s been there since 1977 and, like all good German places, not much has changed since.
U-bahn Platz der Luftbruck
2. Kurhaus Ponte Rosa
This enchanting biergarten is one of the kiez’s best kept secrets. Locals keep this one to themselves. Hidden down by the S-bahn tracks at Yorckstrasse, Ponte Rosa transports you a million miles away from Berlin. Underneath a canopy of foliage, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in Italy or Greece. The beer is Bavarian and they serve surprisingly great pizzas. Shhh – don’t tell a soul.
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Kreuzbergstrasse 42 B
Jägerklause is a metal bar with a rocking biergarten. Located in Friedrichshain, Jägerklause is very much a locals’ bar, Stammtisch and all. They serve excellent Löwenbräu beer which, for Oktoberfest fans, is also available in 1 litre stein glasses (Maß in German). Their outdoor grill is constantly firing, and they serve fantastic, unpretentious hot dogs and burgers, served with their homemade chili ‘house sauce’. For East Berlin architecture fans, this bar is on the street where the film The Lives of Others was filmed.
U-bahn Warschauer Strasse
4. Urban Spree
Urban Spree in the RAW Gelände is an art project-turned-biergarten and street food hub. Inside the building, you’ll find art galleries, artists’ studios and one of Berlin’s best live music venues, but outside, in their expansive biergarten, is where you’ll find most of the action. A centre of Friedrichshain’s ‘party mile’, this busy biergarten bustles to house music and the odd live jazz band, and boasts Berlin’s rough aesthetic – from the graffitied murals by some of Berlin’s best street-artists to an on-site tattoo parlour.
U-bahn Warschauer Strasse
Revaler Str. 99 (corner Warschauer Str. x Revaler Str.)
Prater in Prenzlauer Berg is Berlin’s oldest biergarten – and not much has changed there since 1837. Because of this, Prater has to be the most authentic biergarten this side of Munich. It’s all rows of yellow benches on beer-absorbent wood chips and the smell of roasting bratwursts. Heaven for those looking for the real thing. They also make their own beer – the Prater Pils – which is a light pilsner with a slight bitter edge. Perfect refreshment on a hot Berlin afternoon.
U-bahn Eberswalder Strasse
Originally written for Localeur