photo: Tjard Asseng
I’m not usually one for sports, but there’s something truly magical about Berlin when Germany plays. The excitement and tension that fills the city is not only palpable but also infectious. Every waiter and waitress pause what they’re doing to check the score, every moan from the crowd is felt whole-heartedly as communal suffering, but when Germany (or whatever team you support) scores, a glorious wave of serotonin washes over the city. Whether you’re routing on your favorite team, admiring the sexy players (and commenting on how homoerotic the whole ordeal is), or just in it for the atmosphere and big beers, we’ve compiled this list of five of our favorite spots to watch the Euros.
Grießemühle has found a new home all the way out in Schöneweide in the massive, former Bärenquell brewery. And while we can’t wait to rediscover the magic of the club on the dance floor, Revier Südost has also opened up an entire area devoted to watching the games called Flanke Bar that play every game on a massive screen. You just have to reserve a spot in advance for 4 euros, but that includes your first drink. It’s the perfect place to go if you’re with a crowd because there’s tons of space for everyone to enjoy the game. They even have the legendary Nina Queer moderating when Germany plays. However, at the time of writing, you do need a negative corona test to enter and have to register with Revier’s system beforehand. It’s still definitely worth the trek out there just to see the behemoth that will soon host some of the best parties in town.
photo: Tjard Asseng
Jäger und Lustig
Tucked away behind Karl Marx Allee, Jäger und Lustig is a great place to really feel like you’re in Germany. The Biergarten is themed like a hunting lodge and serves all the typical German fare: Schnitzel, Käse Spätzle, soft pretzels, and of course, liter mugs of beer for around 7 euros. They’ve got two big screens but unfortunately don’t turn the sound on unless Germany is playing because of angry neighbors, but then again, is there anything more German? It fills up quickly for popular games (and when Germany plays), so make sure you reserve online or call in advance.
Café am Neuen See
Known for the pond and boat rentals, Café am Neuen See is a sweet little Biergarten in Tiergarten with a big screen for watching football. Hidden away in the trees, Café am Neuen See is a great option for escaping the busy streets of Berlin and getting your daily dose of greenery. They also serve German food, big beers, and, as previously mentioned, you can rent a boat and enjoy the Neuer See from the water, but we cannot guarantee you’ll still be able to see the screen. At the moment they’re not taking reservations for viewings, so make sure you get there early when Germany plays!
photo: Café am Neuen See
If you’re open to a bougier option, BRLO BRWHOUSE is for you. Located in the lovely Gleisdreieck park, BRLO currently has a special offer for watching the EM. For 100 € you’ll get a table to watch the game, 10 liters of beer, popcorn, and pickles for up to 10 people. They’ve got 20 tables available with this offer, so it’s sure to get busy for bigger games. They only take reservations on Saturdays, Sundays, and Fridays after 4 pm, so make sure to call in advance if you want to go on the weekends because tables will go fast.
photo: BRLO BRWHOUSE
Your Local Späti
The thing is, wherever you are in Berlin there’s going to be some local spots that are great for watching games, eating delicious food, downing beers, and routing for your team. So just explore your kiez and find a few spots. I’m sure you’ll find yourself sitting outside a Späti with a sterni in front of you before the tournament is over.