Cocktails With A View in Berlin

Tipple on top of the town at these rooftop bars.

From Charlottenburg to Kreuzberg, nearly every Berlin Kiez (neighborhood) boasts a worthwhile vista, as well as primo locales for enjoying the sights. After a long day of touring the town, kick back at one of these rooftop bars that offer some of the best scenery in town.

The view from Monkey Bar at 25hours Hotel in Berlin.
The view from Monkey Bar atop the 25hours Hotel. (Courtesy NENI)

Starting out in the West, Monkey Bar earns its name from its position atop the 25hours Hotel, where visitors can peek into the adjacent zoo and its simian denizens, with the whole of the Tiergarten spreading out beyond. Order some of the signature hummus from neighboring restaurant Neni, a dish that pairs well with the Crazy Goat, an eccentric blend of whisky, port rosé, cacao liqueur, bitters, and egg white. Nonalcoholic drink options are just as inventive as their potent counterparts.

With its location smack dab in the center of Berlin, the neighborhood of Mitte boasts perhaps the highest number of lofty perches for combined tippling and sightseeing. The Rooftop Terrace of the Hotel de Rome sits just above the neighboring facades of historical buildings, bringing guests eyeball level with the statues, while at night the dome of the Berlin Cathedral glows just a stone’s throw away. Summer finds a calendar of themed events (Bossa Nova BBQ, Havana Night), or come on a weeknight, when sparser crowds provide for a more serene sunset viewing.

Hotel de Rome's Rooftop Terrace, Berlin
Hotel de Rome's Rooftop Terrace, with views of the Berlin skyline (Courtesy Hotel de Rome)

Just a short walk away, the Roof bar at Hotel Amano imparts a beach-like atmosphere, with its cushioned banquettes and canvas umbrellas. In the shadow of the iconic TV Tower, a lively crowd gathers to the beat of DJs while enjoying a range of high-end cocktails and more casual refreshments, including top-shelf spirits and several champagne vintages worthy of celebratory occasions.

But perhaps the most popular destination for beverages and bird’s-eye views await at Klunkerkranich, perched five stories up on the Neukölln Arcaden. Despite the bar’s location in an obscure corner of the mall’s parking structure, revelers pack the place wall to wall most nights, both for one of the city’s best views and the offbeat atmosphere that has come to epitomize Berlin. An eclectic entertainment calendar, regular food events, and a supremely chill atmosphere reflect the neighborhood’s bohemian vibe, which is underscored by the community gardening project. Grab a cold one and park yourself on a bench to enjoy a panorama of red-roofed buildings that stretches as far as the eye can see.