6 of the best bars in Berlin Le Croco Bleu

6 of the best bars in Berlin

Berlin is filled with atmospheric bars that are perfect to hunker down in through the Winter months - here are the best.

Berlin has a justified reputation as a city that parties late, and this goes for its elegant bar scene just as much as its raunchy clubs. Whether you're looking for fine wines, intimate cocktails, chic surroundings or all of the above, you'll find it among these top recommendations. These are some of the best bars in Berlin because all of these establishments will serve you mouth-watering concoctions in a beautiful environment.

Buck and Breck

Low-lit and atmospheric, this hidden, one-room gem has caused something of a stir in the city’s bar scene. Buck and Breck is famed for its special, made-to-order creations: just tell the mixologist what flavours you like, and answer a few more questions, and they’ll mix you something truly special to match your tastes. The entrance - next to a police station - is hidden, and you’ll need to ring the bell marked “bar” to get inside. Trust us, it’s worth it. www.buckandbreck.com

Cordobar

Cordobar - one of our best bars in BerlinCordobar

Located near Hackesche Hof in Berlin's Mitte district, this relaxed wine bar is informal in style but serious about wine. You can choose from more than 900 selections on the menu, which specialises in German and Austrian wines. Owned by a group of Austrians, the name is a sly reference to the 1978 match in Córdoba, Argentina, when the Austria last beat the Germans at football... www.cordobar.net

Lost in Grub Street

Berlin bar Lost In Grub StreetLost in Grub Street

This utterly original bar advertises its offering as “big bowls and small drinks”. The small drinks are traditional cocktails, but the big bowls of old-style punch are what this bar has become famous for. The punch bowls come with big glistening blocks of slow-melting ice, and the small drinks are shaken directly at your table. The fearless originality of its service has garnered it two awards this year - new bar of the year and menu of the year - from Mixology magazine. www.lostingrubstreet.de

Le Croco Bleu

Le Croco Bleu bar in BerlinLe Croco Bleu

The quirky name of this cocktail bar gives a taste of the madcap eclecticism of its interior - steampunk machinery sits alongside indoor foliage and stuffed animals. But don’t let the lively interior distract you from the libations, because the experts behind the bar here really know how to make some of the best cocktails in the business. The Yuzu Mai Tai with its rum fire is highly recommended. www.lecrocobleu.com

Lebensstem

Lebensstem barLebensstem

This atmospheric cocktail bar, located above the famous Cafe Einstein restaurant in the Schöneberg district of Berlin, boasts a selection of over 1,800 different spirits, which won it the World’s Best Drink Selection award from Tales of the Cocktail magazine. The gorgeous interior is decorated in the old-fashioned Viennese style, with wood panelling, well-lit display cabinets and plush seating. The bar was an illegal casino during the roaring 20s, and scenes from Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds were filmed here. www.lebens-stern.de

Das Stue Bar

Das Stue Bar in BerlinDas Stue Bar

The house bar for Das Stue hotel, the name means “living room” in Danish, and that’s reflected in the interior of this beautiful bar overlooking Berlin Zoo, which effortlessly balances chic and cosy. From the small terrace you can look out over the ostriches enclosure, and the hotel itself is nestled within Tiergarten, just twenty minutes walk from Brandenburg Gate. Their head barman spent 12 years at London’s Savoy, and the drinks menu claims to encompass many “adaptations of forgotten 1920s and -30s cocktails”. There’s live music every Friday and a DJ every Saturday. www.das-stue.com

1 Buck & Breck
2 Cordobar
3 Lost in Grub Street
4 Le Croco Bleu
5 Lebensstern
6 Das Stue Hotel Berlin Tiergarten