Hilda Hoy knows all the best beer gardens for eating, drinking, and being merry all summer long.
Bring on the beer garden season: our beloved spots for whiling away the summer.
There are few summer pleasures greater than enjoying a cool beer and a tasty bite in a lively Biergarten, with the sun shining overhead and a gentle breeze stirring the trees. Indeed, it’s such a beloved local pastime that Berlin has a beer garden abundance. The ones worth seeking out, however, are those that deliver on good drinks, food, and ambiance in equal measure.
Everyone knows classic spots like Prater (Kastanienallee 7-9, www.pratergarten.de), a perennial Prenzlauer Berg favorite offering traditional snacks like sausages, potato salad, and Bavarian pretzels. In recent years, however, the trend has been towards giving beer garden menus a more diverse culinary approach. A shining example is BRLO
Brwhouse (Schöneberger Str. 16, www. brlo-brwhouse.de), a modern restaurant and beer garden run by the local BRLO craft beer label. The daring decision was made to make vegetables the star of the menu: delectable dishes like smoked beets, BBQ eggplant, and roasted cauliflower with a beer glaze. Meaty options like hickory-smoked ribs and a BBQ chicken sandwich, plus plenty of beer, of course, round out the menu.
Stone Brewing (Im Marienpark 23, www. stonebrewing.eu) is another craft beer label that’s branched out into gastronomy. The California brand opened a second headquarters last fall in a sprawling industrial complex in the district of Mariendorf. Though it’s somewhat of a trek to get down there, the stylish and spacious setup makes it worth it. As do the extensive food and drink options: fresh, modern fusion-style food with some California touches, like pulled pork spring rolls and shrimp tacos, and upwards of 40 taps featuring the company’s own beers and a bunch of guest brews.
The main claim to fame of Bierhof Rüdersdorf (Rüdersdorfer Str. 70, www. bierhof.berlin) is its owners: This Friedrichshain beer garden is part of the legendary Berghain club. It shares not only a location with the massive techno temple, but also the same super-cool, post-industrial aesthetic, having been built out of a former heating plant. To go with your beer, there’s a range of tasty burgers – including a couple vegetarian options – from the popular Schiller Burger chain. And just next door, there’s another chilled-out spot with a unique concept of its own: Wilder Hase (Helsingforser Str. 10, www. facebook.com/wilderhase) is the only vegan beer garden in the city. This means you can chow down on vegan döner, raw cakes, and other vegan treats as you sip a beer and bask in the sun.
Outdoor seating at Stone Brewing.