Germany is famous for many things, and beer is definitely one of them. And what better way to enjoy a beer than in a beer garden? If your Berlin itinerary brings you here during the warmer months, seek out one of the best beer gardens in Berlin and soak up the atmosphere.
This guide to Berlin beer gardens will show you everything you need to know, plus we’ve listed some of our favorite and most popular beer gardens in the city. No matter where you are in the city, there’s bound to be one nearby.
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A beer garden is a pretty laid back place to be, but there are a few things you should know about how they work so you can enjoy the experience.
What kind of beer do they have?
Generally beer gardens have only one brand of beer. If they brew their own beer, that’s what will be on offer, but otherwise they will have a few different types of one beer brand. This is not the place to go if you want dozens of varieties of beer.
Do they have something besides beer to drink?
Although we are talking about beer gardens, most will also have other beverages for you to choose from. If you’re not a beer drinker, you can usually find wine, and on rare occasions, cider.
Many will offer Radler, which is beer mixed with a lemon soda like Sprite. Or you can get a wine Schorle, which is wine mixed with fizzy water. These are good options when you want a little to drink but you don’t want to get drunk so quickly.
Beer gardens will also have non-alcoholic beverages, like sodas and still or sparkling water for people who don’t want alcohol.
Is there food at a beer garden?
Most Berlin beer gardens also have food to purchase. Typically this is German fare, like sausages, pretzels, and potato salad.
Some beer gardens have more of a restaurant so you’ll find a bigger menu. The sky’s the limit depending on the type of restaurant, but Schnitzel, pizza, and many other types of food are common.
Is there table service at a beer garden?
At most Berlin beer gardens, you should expect self service. This means there’s a window where you can order your beer, and often a separate window where you order your food. You’ll also bring your own beer and food back to your table.
Sometimes there’s a spot to return your glasses and plates, but in other beer gardens, someone comes around to collect them when you’re finished.
If you go to a beer garden that’s part of a restaurant, they are likely to have table service. So in this case, a waiter or waitress will take your order and bring you your beer and food. It’ll be pretty obvious when you go in.
Are kids allowed at beer gardens in Berlin?
Beer gardens are often family friendly places. You are allowed to bring your children, and you’ll be able to order non-alcoholic beverages for them to drink. Some beer gardens even have a small play area for kids.
Are dogs allowed at Berlin beer gardens?
Berlin is a pretty dog friendly city, and many beer gardens also allow dogs. They will typically require you to keep your dog on a leash, though it’s not uncommon to see dogs off leash anyway. Most dogs here are well trained to stay near their owners.
What are the best beer gardens in Berlin?
There are so many great Berlin beer gardens! From small cozy ones to big lively ones, here are some of our favorite beer gardens in Berlin.
Dating back to 1837 and reopened for the modern day in 1996, this landmark beer garden is a well-loved spot to enjoy drinks and a fun atmosphere in Berlin. It’s enormous, with over 600 seats spread out under the shade of chestnut trees – perfect for large groups, day, or night. There’s food on offer too (traditional fare) that’s well priced and good quality.
Billing themselves as Berlin’s “oldest and most beautiful” beer garden, Prater also brew their very own beer. You’ll find this traditional beer garden close to the U-bahn Eberswalder Strasse. It’s easy to reach this old slice of Berlin via public transport, which is always a plus.
Located right in the center of Viktoria Park, this charming beer garden is a gorgeous spot to sample a selection of beers on a warm day. Even if you’re here in the morning, you’re in luck as they serve breakfast alongside offerings of grilled meat and a selection of other plates.
While there’s a family atmosphere in the daytime BBQs, as day turns into night, Golgotha gets a lot more lively. In fact, it turns into an all-out disco with DJs and dancing very much par for the course. Whether you want a quiet breakfast in the park, a chilled afternoon drink, or something more vibrant after sundown, Golgotha has it all.
Café am Neuen See
Another of Berlin’s busy beer gardens in the heart of the city, Café am Neuen See sits along the water’s edge in leafy Tiergarten Park. It’s a picturesque spot where family and friends alike meet for a refreshing beer or two; sunny days are all about the terrace, while cooler weather and rain means you’ll be enjoying its attractive interiors.
Food on offer runs the gamut from breakfast dishes to pizza and snacks (think pretzels, among other things). Like the heritage park itself, Café am Neuen See is an historic fixture of the city dating back to 1896. It’s a beautiful beer garden to visit when you’re paying a visit to the Tiergarten itself.
Tiergarten is also one of the best places in Berlin to see fall foliage, so if you’re visiting Berlin in autumn, you’ll have even more reasons to check out this beer garden.
Schalander Biergarten is tucked away in the RAW-Gelände in Friedrichshain. It’s a small one, but it comes with a lot of charm and a laid back atmosphere. Plus a section of their beer garden is sandy, giving it a bit of a beach vibe.
Schalander brews their own beer, and they have several types, plus non-beer drinkers can enjoy wine, a cocktail, or a non-alcoholic beverage. They also have a few things to snack on, like tasty German pretzels and bags of chips or nuts. If you’re looking for a beer garden near the East Side Gallery, this one is only a few blocks away.
Dotted with palm trees and situated along the Spree River, this relaxing summer venue is another one of Berlin’s best beer gardens. This one is right beside the UNESCO World Heritage site of Museum Island in Monbijoupark and, because of all the surrounding greenery, it feels a little more serene and secluded than others. It’s also a beach bar – There’s even sand!
This beer garden is particularly popular with friends who gather here in the late afternoon and early evening, often as a warm-up venue for hitting up restaurants and bars further afield.
If you were looking for a large beer garden in Berlin, look no further than Zollpackhof Biergarten. This institution features enough room for up to 2,000 people to gather and soak up some summertime drinking and dining along the banks of the sparkling River Spree.
Situated in Berlin-Mitte, the beer garden (set across two terraces) is dominated by a chestnut tree that’s over 150 years old creating a beautiful setting to sample Zollpackhof’s array of different brews with a focus on Bavarian beers. You can pair your chosen beers with a selection of menu items including pretzels, sausages, and salads.
Schleusenkrug has been going strong since the 1950s when the Fistler family established their beer garden, but it’s actually even older. They used to sell drinks to passersby from a kiosk before World War II.
Today Schleusenkrug is still a place of fun and friendliness backing onto a lock in Tiergarten Park. On sunny weekends, it fills up with people looking to enjoy the atmosphere, try the beers on offer, and sample the delicious seasonal food on offer. Even when it’s not so sunny, even raining, there’s an awning you can sit under for a cozy beer or two.
Situated at the entrance of Gleisdreieck Park, BRLO Brwhouse is well known for its hand-crafted beers. Made in small batches, these range in style and have names like Brazilian Blowout and Madame Grey. Look up at the chalkboard above the bar to see what’s on for the day and sample away.
BRLO’s beer garden itself has a youthful atmosphere, with plenty of benches and shade to fit a decent crowd of people. You can accompany your craft beers with a selection of American-inspired dishes from mac ‘n’ cheese to ribs. All in all, it feels like a hidden gem – a delicious combo of beers and bites in a relaxed setting.
>>Looking for more craft beer? Check out our list of places to get fantastic craft beer in Berlin.
Set in a historic building,this beer garden is Germany’s very first iteration of Scottish brew chain, Brewdog. It’s a good option for those who love to explore the world of beer with 30 draught lines to choose from. Brewdog’s own brews are represented as are a range of international and German breweries. There’s a lot to choose from.
Alongside the variety of different beers to try out, there’s a mouthwatering menu of modern morsels to devour including pizza and tacos. The indoor space is massive with lots of room, soaring ceiling, and a range of seating (there’s plenty of seating outside too) making it ideal for small groups and bigger parties alike.
The mini golf and giant chess here means there’s no way you’ll be getting bored here either.
Restaurant Schupke is a restaurant and beer garden that feels more sophisticated compared to the likes of BRLO and Brewdog. Not only do they have library-esque interiors with polished, mid-century seating, but they also feature live jazz as a staple.
Located in the historic Wittenau district away from the bustle of more central areas, Restaurant Schupke – itself situated in a heritage building – reflects this tranquil location with its classy yet laid-back vibe. With a leafy beer garden to match, this spot never feels as busy or overcrowded as some of the other beer gardens in Berlin.
Schupke also boast their own beers making it a good spot for beer lovers to seek out something new – there are also a number of other German brews to choose from as well. No wonder it’s a popular local spot.
Parkcafé of Wilmersdorf
Now to another sophisticated beer garden in the form of the elegant Parkcafé. Situated in a modern building on Fehrbelliner Platz and surrounded by a natural setting, the name of this Berlin beer garden is a fitting one. For one thing, the outdoors space is enormous.
The vibe at Parkcafé of Wilmersdorf is very much family friendly, but that doesn’t mean groups of friends don’t have fun here too (they do). It’s one of Berlin’s more high-end beer gardens, so you can expect a less conventional menu featuring items such as falafel, burgers, and mushroom pasta. Even breakfast is served here until late into the evening.
Sommergarten James June
Located in the otherwise concrete-heavy Karl Marx-Allee, this green oasis of a beer garden is the ideal space to unwind in the summer months. Here you can enjoy cooling off from the summer heat with an array of draft beers to try out as well as a number of bottled beers to sample. The food menu is also large – think pizzas, burgers, and other tasty snacks.
As evening falls, the Sommergarten James June is strung with lanterns. It sometimes hosts musical events and other performances too. Don’t worry if rain is on the cards – there’s also a covered terrace. What better place to go when it’s hot in Berlin?
Loretta am Wannsee
Perfect for hikers, cyclists, and other outdoors enthusiasts, Loretta am Wannsee is a traditional beer garden with a wonderful natural setting on the shores of Wannsee. The beer garden here has been recently renovated to add an updated elegance to the old-school Bavarian-style charm.
There’s something for everyone here – even children can have a blast at the children’s playground. There’s also an Alpine lodge to hang out in, table tennis to play, and for those days when it’s really hot, rows of deck chairs that face the waters of the lake.
Hungry? You’ll love Loretta’s menu of classics (currywurst, wurstsalat, grilled pork knuckle, and more) – ideally washed down with genuine Bavarian beer.
Fischerhütte at Schlachtensee
Another lakeside beer garden, Fischerhütte is an idyllic spot for all your drinking and dining needs come summer in Berlin. This rustic spot is set within the grounds of a historic inn overlooking the glittering waters of Schlachtensee – an ideal place to while away a sunny afternoon.
This beautiful beer garden is understandably busy during the summer, and has a menu packed with traditional German cuisine. For other times of year, Fischerhütte boasts a charming 300-year-old restaurant setting, with a fireplace for winter, where you can soak up the scenery from indoors. The best way to visit (and work up your appetite) has to be after enjoying a leisurely stroll around the lake itself.
Luftgarten Bier & BBQ
For beer and BBQ, you should make a beeline for Luftgarten. Named because of its setting at the historic Tempelhof Airport (now a green and spacious park), this unique beer garden feels like a rural destination, but it’s mere minutes from the city center.
Here you’ll find reclining chairs and benches tucked under sunshades, all surrounded by trees and nestled under wide open skies. Luftgarten is one of the largest beer gardens in the city, so there’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the outdoor setting here. The menu is extensive with seven beers on-tap and more by the bottle – it also includes vegetarian bratwurst.
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