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Savignyplatz 2, 10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg | S-Bahn Savignyplatz |
Nestled among the somewhat more swank bars and café´s of Savignyplatz lies Gainsbourg, though the only nod to its namesake are two small photos outside and a sign quoting Brigette Bardot. However, simply frequenting an establishment named after the master of the risqué does not make your life more interesting. If you must, stay out on the spacious patio and avoid the crushing masses inside.
Kantstrasse (corner Savignyplatz) 146, 10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 31 01 75 20, Fax: 34 50 84 75 | S-Bahn Savignyplatz |
Exuding neither the posh, pipe-smoking playboy atmosphere of the early magazine publisher nor the silk-robed, dirty-old-man decadence of the latter-day Hef, this cocktail bar still manages some kind of class. A good half of the clientele are well to do children (of the well to do parents that frequent the remaining bars on Savignyplatz), oiling themselves before going out clubbing. Nonetheless, this somewhat relaxed, sparsely-decorated joint seems to avoid the intolerable levels of self-conscious posing of similar watering holes. Live DJ spins on Saturday and Sunday.
Irish Pub - Europa Center
Tauentzienstraße , Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 262 16 34 , Fax: no fax | S+U Zoologischer Garten | Times: Daily from noonish.
Advertised as the "Best pub in Berlin" although the claim probably hinges on the definition of "pub". The clientele is half British/Irish and half German and are, supposedly, enchanted by the warm and familiar hospitality of an Irish watering hole. The sheer size of the place dispels this theory, as how anyone can feel a valued customer inside a warehouse (buried under the Europa Center) with all the atmosphere of a battery farm is beyond even the friendly little leprechaun himself.
While not a jazz club per se, this friendly little neighbourhood pub has been a fixture of the Berlin jazz scene for more than a quarter-century. Part jazz shrine, part art gallery, part dingy attic, the decor ranges from an encyclopedic portrait collection of jazz legends through paintings, drawings and photos by local talents, plus street signs, concert posters and advertising plaques from the 20s. Most nights, the Weltlaterne serves reasonably-priced food and beverages to a cheerful, generally older crowd, most of whom look to be regulars. Five or six nights a month, however, some of Berlin´s best (mostly amateur) jazz groups pack in the visitors for a full evening of syncopated fun, all for the price of a 1 € mark-up on your drinks. Don´t miss the house band, the New Orleans Hot Peppers . All the band members (an architect, a veterinarian and a professor of neurology, among others) have daytime jobs, but don´t call them amateurs--they´ve been regaling their Weltlaterne audience with infectious ragtime and Dixieland jazz every month for fifteen years now.
Müller-Breslau Straße/Unterschleuse, , 10623 Berlin - Tiergarten | Tel: 313 9909, Fax: no fax | S-Bahn Tiergarten | Times: Daily from 10:30 | Evenings: from 22:00 (Entry: 5-15 €)
Tucked away next to the canal and S-Bahn line between Zoo and Tiergarten you´ll find this popular venue where the young can get up to the usual of a weekend but where the rest can join in on a sunny summer afternoon. "Rejuvenated" from a more sedate and frumpy past, it now attracts an allegedly younger and trendier crowd who can listen to their fave easy listening and indie records on Friday and Saturday nights. The beer "garden" attracts hoards of sun seekers as well as innocent passers by who have been taking a stroll around the park. During the day, drinks and whatever you fancy from the peculiar menu must be ordered through a kiosk style window and when it´s busy you may have to queue for a while.
Laubacher Str. 29, 14197 Berlin - Wilmersdorf | U7 Blissestr., Busses | Times: Mon-Fri 15.00-2.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-2.00
Time has stood still at the Strassenbahn (tramway). Stuck in a 1970's groove, the communal bar-staff refuse to jump the needle to fit the groove of the New Millennium. Thank goodness for small misgivings. For the atmosphere here is as comfortable as it is relaxed, influenced to a degree by what can be described as very laid back and friendly service from a bunch of ex-hippy types who have mellowed with age. The daily menu is chalked up on a blackboard in the centre of the room and the meals are so popular that one by one they are physically erased with a damp cloth as the evening progresses. The Strassenbahn has a terrace and micro garden which soon fills in good summer weather. On Sundays, free self-service tea and coffee is offered along with an array of breakfasts to line the stomachs of late risers.
The Black Swan - English Pub
Leibnizstrstr. 81, 10625 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 31 80 62 98, Fax: no fax | U2 Deutsche Oper, U7 Wilmersdorfer Str, Busses 101, 149 | Times: Mon-Fri 17.00 - Open End, Sat-Sun 12.00 - Open End
When you visit the Black Swan, the first thing that strikes you is that customers are treated to an authentic slice of English Pub culture. The English beer, breakfast, pub grub including Fish and Chips, live football, E. Darts, beer garden and friendly service are all part of the experience. An excellent selection of draught beers and foreign brews are offered: John Smiths, Grolsch, Beamish, Newcastle Brown Ale, Schultheiss, Strongbow Cider and Jever. Bottled beers range from Old Peculiar to Hooch, so choose one to suit your mood. The Black Swan is graced with a full kitchen and parties are catered for on request. The atmosphere is friendly and the customer base tends to be 25 upwards to 50 somethings who fill the beer garden on warm summer evenings.
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