Archive for April 27th, 2011

After booking our hotel, which had good rates for family rooms, I used Google to search the nearby streets for potential watering holes.

It turned out there was a place just across the street, Hirsch, that looked promising. It turned out it had just the relaxed atmosphere you want after a long day of walking the parks and streets of Berlin. A comprehensive beer list, some of them from quite obscure Bavarian breweries. The beers were not spectacular, but competent German craftsmanship, and the staff were proud of their list, particularly their own pils, brewed by Privatbrauerei Hösl Mitterteich in Bavaria.

The food is quite basic. Cold cuts, cheese, hot sausages, salads, soups, some pasta dishes. We created a minor panic when we turned up one evening to order hot food for eight persons – the waiter explained that this could take some time, as they are primarily a beer bar, and there is only one cook in the kitchen. But it did not take that long for the grub to turn up, and it was cheap and filling. If you want more sophisticated cooking, there is a Alsatian bistro around the corner with humane prices.

Open from four in the afternoon until morning, but you are asked to be quiet if you use the outside tables after ten. It is a residential street with little traffic.

Very handy for a pub crawl in the area, I’ll come back to that later.

I would be proud to call a place like this my local. It’s on Koperkikusstrasse, not far from a tram stop. No landmarks or museums close by.

As they say on their web site:

Sterile Cafés, versnobte Bars und Schickimicki-Kneipen gibt’s mittlerweile wie Sand am Meer…

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