Photo courtesy Hotel Orania Berlin
Berlin has long been known for its sophisticated cocktail joints. To help you find the best, Contributor Beth Hoke shares this list of the top luxury Berlin hotel bars
From hipster hangouts to historic landmarks, Berlin’s top luxury hotel bars are just as diverse as the city itself. Designed and decorated by some of the top names in the industry, the bars are so much more than just a place to grab a drink.
These hip Berlin hotel bars are destinations in their own right-places to admire the eclectic mix of art and architecture, music and motifs for which the city is known.
Whether you’re in town for a business meeting or just to see the sights, a pre-dinner cocktail or late-night lager at one of these top luxury Berlin hotel bars is ‘in Ordnung’.
Top Luxury Berlin Hotel Bars
Hotel Orania Berlin
One of the most noteworthy music venues in the city can be found at the Orania.Berlin. From the raised stage in a corner of the hotel’s bar, Berlin-based musicians play for an intimate audience, carrying on a tradition that dates back to 1913 when the building housed the Oranienpalast Cabaret Café.
While enjoying jazz, soul, pop, and world music in a refined atmosphere, patrons can partake in cocktails composed of the finest ingredients by a team of skilled mixologists.
Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte
Popular with business travelers for its serviced studios and apartments, this Adina Hotel location closest to Checkpoint Charlie is also home to the stylish Alto Restaurant and Bar.
Art Nouveau posters cover the walls of the Alto, complementing the neutral colors and dark wood tones of the chairs and tables, and brilliantly transforming this basement bar into a chic enclave where you can relax and unwind after a day of business meetings.
Modern variations on traditional comfort food are the Alto’s specialty, and you’ll find several menu items marked as signature dishes. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer with your meal or try one of their creative cocktails during happy hour.
Patrick Hellmann Schlosshotel
The Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best hotels in Berlin. This 5-star luxury hotel in the exclusive Grunewald area is a favorite of German celebrities who enjoy the privacy it affords them.
Built to look like an 18th century French palace, the interior was recently refreshed by world-renowned fashion designer Patrick Hellmann, who has turned his impeccable sense of style to interior design. Hellmann’s distinctive design elements can be found throughout the property, including in the GQ Bar, where the herringbone-upholstered chairs and pinstripe curtains mimic the patterns in his suit collection.
The menu at this top luxury Berlin hotel bar features classic and signature cocktails made from top-shelf ingredients as well as locally sourced craft beer and German, French, and Italian wine.
ARCOTEL John F Berlin
John F. Kennedy’s vocal support of a united Berlin made him a national hero in Germany. In addition to Berlin’s John-F.-Kennedy-Platz, where he made his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, the ARCOTEL group honored the popular U.S. president by naming one of their hotels after him.
Located in Berlin’s government district, the ARCOTEL John F Berlin serves an international clientele. In addition to the presidential-inspired decor, the hotel’s in-house TOWN BAR has an featuring cocktails like the Nuclear Daquiri and a White Russian that are cheeky nods to history.
art’otel berlin mitte
For fans of contemporary art, the best place to stay in Berlin is the art’otel berlin mitte. Part of the Radisson family of hotels, the art’otel berlin mitte houses an exclusive collection of over 300 works by influential German artist Georg Baselitz.
His sculptures, paintings, and prints are displayed throughout the public spaces and guided tours are offered every Tuesday evening beginning at 6 pm.
The hotel’s Upside Down Bar & Restaurant is named for the artist’s inversion of the subjects in his paintings and features several original works of art. Order traditional mixed drinks or distilled spirits or try something different like Baselitz did.
Hotel NH Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie
How many top luxury Berlin hotel bars can boast that they have their own Jamonería? To our knowledge, only one: the Grissini Bar at the Hotel NH Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie.
The hotel is located within walking distance of famous landmarks like Brandenburg Gate and (obviously) Checkpoint Charlie and is just steps away from Friedrichstrasse with its high-end boutiques, upscale department stores, and some of the best shopping in Berlin.
But did we mention that the hotel’s bar has a Jamonería? After a full day of shopping and seeing the sights, grab a table at the Grissini and order a nice glass of Spanish wine to go with those savory slices of dry-cured ham.
Vienna House Andel’s Berlin
Can a bar be described as sexy? If so, Loft14 at Vienna House Andel’s Berlin fits the description. Named for its premier location on the top floor of the hotel, the bar offers a panoramic view of the city’s skyline.
This top luxury Berlin hotel bar’s contemporary design extends to its eclectic collection of barware that is anything but ordinary. Botanically-infused cocktails made with top-shelf ingredients headline the drink menu.
Charlie’s Bar is located in the four-star Friedrichstrasse phenomenon known as the Angleterre Hotel. Located within walking distance to many of Berlin’s legendary landmarks, the hotel is the perfect home base for business and leisure travelers.
A former 19th century palace, the Angleterre has been lovingly restored to its former glory and features coffered ceilings, crystal chandeliers, original murals… and Charlie’s, of course.
If you’re a gin aficionado, you’ll appreciate the extensive selection of gin available every evening (except Sundays) at Charlie’s Bar. If you’re not into gin, don’t worry! They also serve chilled bottles of craft beer, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and specialty coffee.
Dorint Kurfürstendamm Berlin
Part of the Dorint Hotels & Resorts group, the Hotel Dorint Kurfürstendamm Berlin is the embodiment of elegance. Like the rest of the hotel, the Le Faubourg Lounge Bar has chic, contemporary lines.
Its soaring ceilings and superior style make this one of the top luxury Berlin hotel bars-and one of the most sought-after places to see and be seen in Berlin.
Hollywood Media Hotel
If you’re a film buff needing accommodations in Berlin, look no further than the Hollywood Media Hotel. This concept hotel is decorated with scenes from famous films, copies of vintage movie posters, and photos of Hollywood stars.
Definitely one of the more niche Berlin hotels, the Hollywood Media Hotel sounds like it would be kitschy, but instead, it is a 4-star luxury hotel frequented by business travelers.
In addition to all of its other first-class amenities, it is home to the Callas Café and Bar, where you can enjoy a handcrafted cocktail under an iconic mural of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Or take your afternoon tea out to the terrace with its view of the Kurfürstendamm.
Hotel AMANO Grand Central
You can’t beat the location of this Berlin hotel! The Hotel AMANO Grand Central towers over Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof, where travelers flow in and out of the city for business and pleasure.
Affordable yet still luxurious, the Grand Central has all of the amenities you would expect from an AMANO group hotel including the APARTMENT Bar, spread out over the sixth and seventh floors.
Contributor Beth Hoke is a travel and lifestyle writer who has created content for some of the industry leaders in experiential travel, including Google’s Touring Bird; Tui’s blog, Musement; and Vamonde. Her features have appeared online and in print at RileyMag.com, DispatchesEurope.com and Military Spouse magazine.