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Brokers Bier Börse
Schiffbauerdamm 8, 10117 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 3087 2293, Fax: no fax | S+U Friedrichstr | Tram 1, 50; N 84 | Daily from 8:00- 3:00; Stock exchange shenanigans starts at 17:00
Overlooking the Spree, this drinking hall can´t help making money. Its concept is loosely based on a stock exchange where demand determines the price of the drinks. In reality, the owners' demand for better returns appears to have more of an influence. Prices are displayed on electronic scoreboards mounted high on the walls and every once in a while a bell is rung to signify that all drinks are cut price (actually the recommended retail price in the first place). At this point, the "punters", comprising of tourists and locals, will break their necks in order to get to the bar. Since everyone else is so preoccupied, this would, presumably, be the best time to produce the drinks you have smuggled in in your bag.

Ständige Vertretung
Schiffbauerdamm 9, 10117 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 285 98725, Fax: no fax | S+U Friedrichstr | Tram1, 50, N84 | Open daily 11.:00 - 1:00 | Credit: MC, Visa
Situated in the middle of the theatre district, this bar-come-eatery is popular with the more mature culture lover. The name, meaning "Permanent Representative", refers, reputedly, to the West German "non-embassy" in Communist Berlin. This is reflected inside where the walls are covered with memorabilia from Bonn. Specialities on offer are from the Rheinland so the homesick can gorge themselves on whatever passes for food in that region. The atmosphere is, sadly, not that great as the way the tables are arranged makes you feel as if you are sitting in a dining hall.

Pfandleihe - Jazz Bar
Linienstr. 98, 10115 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 28 09 71 59, Fax: no fax | U8 Rosenthalerplatz | Times: Daily from 17:00. | Owner: Nico Schlüter
Jazz bar tucked away in in one of the renovated courtyards on Linienstraße. They have live jazz every evening, including their Tuesday "Goldberg Variations" with chansons and other features. Sundays from 12 is a jazz brunch.

Rosenthaler Str. 38, 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 282 29 89, Fax: no fax | U8 Rosenthaler Platz | Times: daily 10-2.
A triumph of what to do with a seemingly bad space: skinny but very high. Lovingly restored, and with a Japanese-inspired sculpture unobtrusively commenting on the room's dimensions, this no-frills bar/cafe can be a nice retreat from the hustle-bustle of the Hackeschen Höfe. Food only if you have to, though.

Sean Og
Schönhauser Allee 6/7, 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 440 60 30, Fax: no fax | U2 Rosa Luxembourg Platz, N52 | Prices: check books at the ready. | Open daily.
This place is huge. Don´t leave it until the last minute before you look for the toilet as many a man has perished on the way. It employs the usual Irish pub tactic of welcoming you in with a big Irish handshake and then bleeding you dry with their suspiciously friendly waitress service. The waitresses continually tolerate all sorts of playful banter from the clientele so you may have to insult their families before you see their smiles crack. Normally a large tip would be an appropriate gesture to these kind hearted lasses but because they have just systematically emptied your wallet since you arrived (not helped by the price of the drinks), you really can´t justify the extra expenditure.

Strandbad Mitte
Kleine Hamburger Str. 16, 10117 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 280 84 03, Fax: no fax | S1, S2 Oranienburger Str. | Times: open daily 9 am-3am .
The ladders on the wall? It's a swimming pool, get it? Swim with a friendly mix of students and locals, put up with the occasional busking performance artist, and if you're lucky, you can score one of the beach-chairs outside in the summertime.

The Oscar Wilde
Friedrichstr. 112a, Tel: 282 81 66, Fax: no fax | U6 Oranienburger Tor | Times: Sun-Thu 11.00-2.00, Fri-Sat 11.00-3.00
The Oscar Wilde's golden 'money-making' era of the mid-nineties when the pub was bursting at the seams with British building workers appears to be over. With the near completion of the Potsdamer Platz, Government worker accommodation and other gigantic developments, the pub has settled back to near normality. The Oscar Wilde's big screen in the back room still attracts hordes of British, Irish and German football fans when the English Premiership's big guns meet to do battle. The red hot atmosphere whitens when Manchester United play the likes of Liverpool, Newcastle or Arsenal and emotions run high. Beer flows more freely than the River Spree here, even though prices are relatively high with a real pint of Caffrey's setting you back 7.30 . Irish Stew, Irish breakfasts and traditional English meals are devoured with a long lost love and are personally served by young and friendly bar-maids. Friday evening is 'live band' and Karaoke night when the drunk and the brave do their Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley impersonations. Despite numerous Irish pubs springing up all over Berlin since the fall of the wall, this one remains at the top end of the Brit/Irish social scene.

Rosenthalerstr. 40-41, 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 283 46 81, Fax: no fax | S-Bahn Hackescher Markt | Times: daily 18-late.
Despite being situated in the no. 1 tourist area, the location of this relaxed and elegant bar on the 4th floor of the Hackeschen Höfe (Hof 1) by the cinema affords a genuine haven from the day-tripping hordes. The impeccable and discrete service from English barkeeper John is a joy as are his wonderful cocktails. The perfect place for rounding off a night on the town in Mitte.

Kaffee Burger
Torstraße 60, 10115 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 28046495, Fax: no fax | U2 Rosa-Luxembourg Platz | Night bus N54, N55 | Times: daily from 18:00 | Prices: beer 4 | Cover: Disco 5, concerts 10 - 15
If you are looking for something more off the beaten track, it's worth checking out the program at Kaffee Burger. This former brothel is now owned by 3 artists and has a varied program to match their interests. There is something on every night ranging from literary events to rock 'n' roll discos. Although only opened last December, it already manages to attract a large and mixed crowd. No need to feel uncomfortable in this very unpretentious pub-like venue. People are more likely to be dancing on the tables than standing around looking cool. A refreshing change for Mitte.

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