What’s better on a warm summer’s day than cold beers in a leafy garden? Nothing. Nothing, we tell you. Grab your friends, family, visitors and Tinder dates and secure yourself a table at one of these fabulous spots. Here are the best beer gardens in Berlin.
Alte Börse Marzahn
The cultural space between Marzahn and Lichtenberg is slowly growing. New tenants — Fjord Coffee Roasters, for example — are good for the Alte Börse. Apart from quality beer, they also offer an extensive culinary menu. Stews of all kinds are the house speciality, and with their chilli sin carne even vegans and vegetarians will be happy. In the brewery and beer gardens they serve their own Marzahner. If you like it, you can learn how to make it yourself in a beer-brewing class.
Address: Zur Alten Börse 59, Marzahn | Mon–Sun 2pm–10pm
Directions: S-Bahn station Friedrichsfelde Ost
Birgit und Bier
A former garage just off Schlesischer Busch has become one of Berlin’s favourite playgrounds within just 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. And here you can sample a 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.
Address: Schleusenufer 3, Kreuzberg | daily from 2pm, club nights on Fri+Sat from 11pm
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 friendly beer garden, too. We particularly love the fact that the beers are served with equally thought-out food — a rarity it seems. 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. And: with every plate comes a beer recommendation.
Address: Schöneberger Straße 16, Kreuzberg | Tue-Sun 12pm-11pm
Directions: U-Bahn station Gleisdreieck
Café am Neuen See
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.
Address: Lichtensteinallee 2, Tiergarten | Restaurant: daily from 9am, beer garden Mon–Fri from 11am, Sat+Sun from 10am (subject to changes in weather)
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. The central recovery station of Mauerpark.
Address: Bernauer Straße 63/64, Wedding | beer garden: May – October, daily 2pm–2am
Directions: Tram M10
Maria und Josef
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. At the large beer gardens they not only have Bavarian hop juice, but also Southern German snacks. For example: Haxen (pig 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.
Address: Hans-Sachs-Straße 5, Steglitz | daily from 12pm
Directions: S-Bahn Berlin-Lichterfelde West
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.
Address: Parkstraße 33a, Weißensee | April to September Tue–Sat 10am–11am (kitchen open until 9am), Sun 10am-7pm, October to March Sat 10am–10pm (kitchen open until 8am), Sun until 7 pm
Directions: Bus 158
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 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.
Address: Kastanienallee 7-9, Prenzlauer Berg | April to September subject to weather daily from 12pm
Directions: Tram M10
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.
Address: Müller-Breslau-Straße, an der Tiergartenschleuse, Charlottenburg| daily 10am–12am, breakfast 10am–2pm, warm meals 12pm–10pm
Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten
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.
Address: Revaler Straße 99, Friedrichshain | Tue–Thu 12pm-12am, Fri+Sat 12pm–3am, Sun 12pm–12am
Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Warschauer Straße
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.
Address: Neuendorfer Straße 1, Spandau | Sun–Thu, Sun 10am–12am, Fri–Sat 10am–1am
Directions: U-Bahn station Altstadt Spandau
Between industrial wasteland and the techno club to end all techno clubs, Berghain’s beer garden is hidden away. Water splashes from a concrete stele, and an elevated platform catches the last few rays of the sun every evening. There’s a grill for decent burgers and a bar for good drinks. Order a beer from the barrel and the urban idyll is complete.
Address: Rüdersdorfer Straße 70, Friedrichshain | during the summer subject to the weather, Mon-Sat from 4pm – 12am, Sun 12am-11pm, check website for daily opening times
Directions: S-Bahn station Ostbahnhof
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.
Address: Schönhauser Allee 176, Prenzlauer Berg | Tue+Wed from 6pm, Tue+Fri from 4pm, Sat+Sun from 2pm
Directions: U-Bahn station Senefelder Platz
You may know Melanie dal Canton from her beautifully curated high-end cosmetics shop on Knaackstraße. Curated is also a good term to describe the beer garden she started just in front of the metaphorical gates of the city. There’s Andechser beer, organic bratwurst, and a few other wholesome snacks. We don’t need anything else for an afternoon out in the sticks. Or a little break on a cycling tour or hike.
Address: Hobrechtsfelderdorfstraße 30a, 16341 Panketal | Sat 1pm-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm, additional summer opening times on the website
Directions: S-Bahn station Zepernick bei Bernau
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.
Address: Dudenstraße 40, Kreuzberg | During the summer Mon-Sun from 9am–open end
Directions: U-Bahn station Mehringdamm
Translated by Aida Baghernejad