Cool bars and pubs where expats hang out

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Can anyone suggest a good bar/club where there is a good mix of non-germans, maybe a place where german women go to meet meet non-germans?

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Obviously there are many, many nice bars and lounges all over the city...My question is: Where are the really cool bars and pubs that are regularly frequented by expats and friends? I am assuming most would be located in the P-berg/Mitte, Schoeneberg, Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg districts. I think it would be really cool to get some tips on where you can go to meet other friendly, open-minded and interesting people who are into socializing and meeting others. Preferably places that are busy earlier in the afternoons and evenings as well...One place I can recommend is : Slumberland at the Winterfeldtplatz market ( walk there from U-Nollendorfplatz...up Maasenstr). Especially on Saturday mornings when there is a very nice market with all kinds of foods and other things going on. Then, the bar opens early ( 11am-4pm)and a people gather there after shopping and browsing the market:

 

 

David Bowie was a regular here in the old days when he lived in Berlin...it's a cool crowd with sand on the floor and really good music, and tables outside

 

http://www.tip-berlin.de/essen-und-trinken...ars/slumberland

I'm hoping to hear about some other cool places that people have discovered...thanks in advance, ciao, Andrew

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Thanks for the tip Blue Cow! Just found this : Connect Berlin, English-speaking meetups and events meets in winter weekly on Thurs. at 7:30 pm at The Lir ( Irish Pub and restaurant/beergarden.)..Sounds and looks pretty good! http://www.thelir.de/

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Hi all. I'd love to revive this thread and would be interested to know, four years on, where most of the English speakers hang out in Berlin these days. What are your favourite expat hangouts? If you're in Berlin and into hanging out with English speakers, which, perhaps you're not. I already know about the Stammtisch locations (the Boat Party, Gaudy St. Cafe, Travolta) but would like to know what has become a popular English speaking hotspot in 2012.

 

At a guess I would say: Belushi's, maybe Oberholz, The Lir, wherever the Thursday night drinkers go, White Trash, maybe Prater. But from that list, you can tell I live in the east. What's happening for expats on the other sides of town?

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heya fleen!

 

There are quite some English-speakers hanging out in the hipster bars of Neukölln, specifically, the Ä and Tier, which are both on opposite corners of Weserstraße at Fuldastraße. There will be plenty of English to be heard at any Irish pub in town; Kilkenny at Hackescher Markt, while not necessarily one of my favorite places on Earth, is probably the "coolest" of them (RIP Murray's/Emerald Isle). Eschschleraque is in the Hackescher Höfe; Cafe Cinema is directly in front of it on Rosenthalerstraße. The former is more of a "Touri Laden" until the wee hours of the morning, when it turns into a hotspot for English-speaking gastro industry workers; the latter is more full of aspiring novelists and pleasantly nerdy transplants playing chess and backgammon. Neue Odessa in Torstraße has gained itself quite the reputation for Brits and Irish looking to avoid Germans at all costs (though I am somewhat incensed at necessarily having to be the Old Odessa, given that they've decided they're the new one). Barcomi's in the Bergmann- and Sophienstraßen are more for coffee and cake, but it's run by Yanks and lots of Americans flock there for cheesecake and bagels. Fire Bar in the Krausnickstraße is a bit hard to find but usually has a group or two of English-speakers hanging out there.

 

Good luck and let me know if I can escort you to any of the above ;)

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Great list, thanks dessa! Of course, I had forgotten about Barcomi's.

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Barcomi's in the Bergmann- and Sophienstraßen are more for coffee and cake, but it's run by Yanks and lots of Americans flock there for cheesecake and bagels.

 

So that's why the cake is so good! And there was me thinking I'd actually found some Germans who could make good cake!

 

To add to the list, I often hear English at Cafe Engels (particularly during the day) on Oderstraße and at Frollein Langner (Okerstraße). Cafe Engels actually has a pretty decent cake selection too come to think of it. Both of these are in Schillerkiez, just off of Hermannstraße.

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If Expats hang out there, then the place ain't cool ;)

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I'm astonished that nobody's mentioned Dolores yet! :-)

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well, to be fair, the name of the thread is "bars and pubs", and Dolores couldn't even be classified as a place to sit and drink a coffee while screaming at the top of one's lungs in the wonderful English language--it's a burrito joint. That said, I do enjoy a Dolores burrito, although I usually take it to go ;)

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Cafes, restaurants, burrito joints and other random hangouts are warmly accepted too. Thanks for the suggestions, y'all.

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Goldman's Bar, a small bar below the Circus Hostel at Rosenthaler Platz is always full of English speaking people.

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Yeah, but most of them are heading off to Prague the next day.

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I've heard lots of expats at Melbourne Canteen on Pannierstr (near corner with Sonnenallee).

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depends on the expats i'd say

 

wankers w/ tight jeans and stupid glesses aka hipsters - bleh

 

black girls w/ juicy bootees - yeah

 

others - buy rockfisher, HAL2001 & dessa a beer and we'll talk

 

scuuz me for awhile

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As some of the replies are years old... I thought I would ask a similar question...

 

Where would you say most expats (specifically English, Irish, Scottish) hang out when they want to go out for a drink in the evening? Are there specific pubs/bars/clubs where you would mainly find English speaking expats rather than just Germans?

 

I'm thinking Friday/Saturday nights, anything for people in their 20's to 40's, I know a couple of Irish pubs but last time I visited them they were empty, apart from the odd couple of German pensioners.

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Neukölln is flooded with foreigners as ever, but this time they're richer and hipper.

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Oh, someone must've been shitfaced last September. And it could have even been me.

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To be honest, I don't think there's really any specific places where English speaking expats hang out together as such, most places are a mix of Germans and other nationalities. Of course there's always the Irish pubs where you will meet more Irish/Scots/English than in your average German bar, but from my experience, most people living here, don't hang out there much, it's mostly visitors. Then again there are so many Irish pubs in Berlin, maybe I've just been to the more "German" ones.

 

You will find plenty of English speakers in some of the hostel bars, but as rockfisher said "most of them are heading off to Prague the next day."

 

Your best bet to meet up with English speakers is to go outto one of the meet-ups organised here, I've never gone myself, because it being generally on a Thursday, it doesn't suit me, but you could always suggest/arrange a meet-up here on TT

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