I haven’t been driven out from many pubs in Berlin. I mean – I would like to be. But usually I finish my beer before they finish the pub (meaning, their working night). However, it did happen to me at least once. In the hard rock\metal Bull Bar in Wrangel strasse. It was around 4:00 in the morning, or perhaps a few minutes later – and we were after two shots of Vodka and countless number of beers. They insinuated, politely by initiating to wash the floor, that it would be preferable if we would leave. So we took out last beers and finished them in some other place. It ended up being one of those evenings that you never forget, and ever since there’s a warm spot in my heart for the Bull Bar.
Bull Bar is certainly not one of those updated bohemian spots in our small neighborhood. You wouldn’t find there the last street-wear collection, but rather forty year’s old with band t-shirts that should have been thrown away forty years ago. Ok – I’m exaggerating. There are also twenty years old with weary t-shirts that should have been thrown out forty years ago. They look like tough people, and if they’re old enough they got a raspy voice. But in generally they’re awfully friendly and would be happy to have a drink with you. Especially if you pay for it.
And now another time with honesty: the crowd of Bull Bar’s is not that homogeneous. You do see there the occasional youngsters who just look for a cheap beer – or big groups of tourists that dunno where else to go. That combination, of hard rockers, older and younger people, tourists, locals and foreigners – all wrapped by furbelow fusty rock design flavored by exclusively good old rock music (or punk. or metal. But it’s all on the same tough-people line – like in a supernatural episode), make the place fun for me. Perhaps not for a party-weekend night, but certainly for a few beers with 1-2 friends.
And don’t leave your leather jackets at home!
Name: Bull Bar
Address: Wrangelstrasse 90 Berlin 10997
Opening Hours: 15:00-3:00. But when they kicked us out it was around 16:00 on a Saturday eve.
Remark: Not to confuse with a similar gay bar that holds the same name.