The beer hall is one of the great German institutions, history has been fashioned in these historic places from politics to discussing the latest current affairs. The beer hall is not just somewhere to drink beer and get drunk, it is far more important to German society than that. Berlin has some famous beer halls that are dotted around the whole city and we focus on some of the very best.
Located in Charlottenburg, this fairly small beer hall is more like a cozy English pub. Nearly every inch of the walls is covered with some sort of memorabilia so much so it looks like Ollivanders Wand Shop in Harry Potter. The décor consists of bare wooden tables and chairs with some bench seating to accommodate more punters. Food is also available but tends to be on the pricey side but is utterly delicious and comes in large portions too. Try one of the house specials, which is beef roulade with red cabbage. Most patrons come for the beer and there are nine different types on tap.
Zum Nussbaum has to be one of the smallest and oldest beer halls in Berlin, if not the whole of Germany. From the outside it oozes German charm and upon entering you will see just how petite the Nut Tree actually is. There is only seating for around twenty people, which is its charm. Situated in the Old Quarter in Berlin, this famous pub has welcomed many famous Berliners through its doors, including Heinrich Zille. If you want to meet the local people of Nikolaiviertel, then this is the very place.
Brauhaus Lemke Am Alex
A highly popular rendezvous in the heart of Berlin is the modern Brauhaus Lemke Am Alex. Many patrons visit this German pub for its food, which is reasonably priced and great value for money. The beer is also highly recommended at this establishment including the Brauhaus wheat beer and the popular Brauhaus pilsner.
Hofbrauhaus Munchen Berlin
If you want to experience a true Bavarian beer hall, then the Hofbrauhaus is the very place to go. It is huge, loud and distinctly German. It is the nearest experience to Oktoberfest that you can get in Berlin and the shenanigans that go on are close to the great festival. The hall is huge, and the seating is laid out like a school dinner hall with long tables. The stage at the end of the hall enables live music to be performed by Oompah bands. Not to be missed is the traditional beer hall food, so a myriad of pork dishes and sausages adorn the serving platters.
From the sublime to the ridiculous, and our last Berlin pub is much different than the previous one. Located close to the famous Brandenburg Gate, is Art-Berliner Wirtshaus. And for those that have never frequented it before – you can be excused for thinking you had just entered an English tearoom. The brightly lit room is decked out with small tables and chairs and provides a most intimate setting. The waiting staff are friendly and approachable and will be happy to bring beer and food to where you are sitting. These great beer halls in Berlin are very different from each other, and range from vast, dark bars to intimate almost British-style pubs.