Whether you’re a beer pro or merely curious about ale, you’ll definitely want to try the entire menu at Straßenbräu, the Friedrichshain brewery and pub where experimentation is very much the norm. Since 2015 founder Timo Thoennißen and his team have been on a mission to bring an endless variety of ales, wheat beers and stouts to Berlin drinkers. But what makes this craft beer pub different? For one thing, it’s the team’s willingness to be bold. Head brewer Sebastian Pfister isn’t afraid to challenge German beer orthodoxy, recently causing a storm with the “Coconaut”, a chocolatey stout that rather improbably contains coconut. Like the team, the offerings are international, with the “Sonnenallee 20” pale ale that combines German and American hop varieties for a truly transatlantic brew. Beer making is onsite, and you can swig your brew amongst the very kegs and brewing tanks from which it came, or simply head outside to one of the traditional beer tables and bring your own food from the surrounding imbisses. Not enough time to taste everything? You can also take the brews home in 1L bottles. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland & Straßenbräu)
No, this place doesn’t have any bananas, but they do have authentic food and drinks from the Aegean Sea. Eat, Drink & Share is the motto of No Bananas, explains Nevzat Ataray, the Istanbul-born owner of the Mediterranean restaurant. I discovered No Bananas by chance on my way home one evening and know I’ll never miss it again – because this place is special. No Bananas is refreshingly different: Fine multicultural dishes from Istanbul are celebrated and skillfully reinterpreted. For Nev, food is a form of expression, a common language that we all speak. The atmosphere in the restaurant is warm, cozy and relaxed. Food, culture and music intermingle harmoniously and guests instantly feel at home here. I usually like to come with friends after work for drinks and meze on the petrol-blue bench in front of the restaurant, or enjoy a delicious, ambient dinner on the weekends. Allow Istanbul’s cuisine to surprise you: Order the sardines, the manti (easily the best in Berlin), crispy fresh salicornia, artichokes with burrata and miso or the fava bean puree – and share some unforgettable moments with each other. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Walking along bustling Weserstrasse, you might easily overlook Jungbusch. But once you’ve discovered this gem, hidden behind two knocked-down windows and a graffiti-tagged wall, you’ll never miss it again. The bar, which Mertol Akinci and Alfonso D’Angelo opened in 2013, scores points with its seasonal cocktail menu that currently features the “Cardamom Collins”, a creation of Darjeeling cordial, honey, Amaro, blood orange and lime juice. In addition to classics such as Boston Sour and Sazarac, you can also enjoy a selection of Amaro and red vermouth, as well as port-based long drinks topped with soda, tonic water or bitters. Beyond the drinks, the atmosphere in Jungbusch is just plain fun, with friendly bartenders playing consistently good playlists and a backdrop of exposed walls, minimalist wooden furniture, and plants. What’s more the owners often give a platform to new artists and their work, so it’s always well worth a visit. (Text: Karin Zweidler / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Growing up in a small town in Switzerland, author Karin Zweidler now lives in Berlin. Here she does what she’s been doing since her journalism studies: writing for various print and digital outlets.
A charming new restaurant opened its doors in June 2018 in Kreuzberg. Boatfarm‘s concept revolves around an impressive selection of bio-dynamic wines with unexpected tastes and a good deal of creativity. Inspired by the drinks, a European-style menu includes stand-out dishes such as arctic salmon, fine ravioli and delicious mussels, all prepared from scratch and sourced sustainably. Founders Benni Bräuninger and Patrick Kilborn combine many years of experience in the world of gastronomy. Benni, the chef, used to run the kitchen at the excellent Lavanderia Vecchia. They have painstakingly refurbished a small space, miraculously making it look twice as big. It is luminous and welcoming: most of the furniture was handmade by them, each detail elegantly chosen. As the icing on the cake, a record player hides in the corner where the record-collecting owners draw on old genres to create the perfect atmosphere. The special dinner nights are a real treat, featuring six courses paired with wine, allowing Chef Benni to show off his skills. (Text: Ana S. Pareja / Photos: Johanna Rademacher–Flesland)
Ana S. Pareja is a publisher and bookseller. She runs a Spanish bookshop based in Kreuzberg, Bartleby & co.
Drinking makes you hungry. Thankfully there’s good food and great people to share it all with at Eigengraubar, named after that deep gray you see in total darkness. Eigengrau is also the name of their signature drink, a cocktail with sloe gin, lemon, egg whites, soda and activated charcoal. Bartender Jenny Klama typically names her drinks after their colors, like the Ingwerocker, an orange cocktail with whiskey, baked apple, lemon and ginger beer, or the Bernsteinbrown, a beautiful amber with rum, malt beer, chocolate and absinthe. Owners Eva Wenger and Mo Binto make sure what comes out of the kitchen is given just as much care as the drinks. The menu changes regularly, but when we visited, we enjoyed a prawn salad, roasted pumpkin with lemon yogurt and green curry, and grilled octopus with potatoes, cucumber, yogurt and smoked chili. The interior is equally vibrant, right down to the flamingo bar stools and the neon lights, while the music and ambiance set the perfect mood for a Saturday night. And given we’re bound to be a little hungover the morning after, the team plans to start serving Sunday brunch soon too. Because that same rule applies for the day after: drinking makes you hungry. (Text: Eva Biringer / Photos: Mina Aichhorn)