Berlin is a busy city. And if you live here, chances are high you’ll be busy too. Tim and I both have crazy jobs that take us away from home (and each other) for the bulk of the week. So last year we decided to institute a weekly date night. We reasoned it wouldn’t just give us a dedicated time with each other, but help us explore our new city too. Here are some of our favorite Berlin date night ideas.
The Big List of Berlin Date Night Ideas
Note this post is continuously updated, so be sure to check back for more ideas!
Dinner + Drinks Combo Date Night Ideas
Pre-game your party night with eats at Freischwimmer, a boardwalk-style café that feels like it’s floating on the banks of the Spree. Then head to Festsaal for beers or cocktails in the outdoor garden. – Kreuzberg
Treat yourselves to a lush night at one of Berlin’s (literal) hidden gems: the castle-in-a-courtyard, Katz Orange. Then take a five-minute walk to nearby Melody Nelson for a bit of Kreuzberg cocktail culture in Mitte. – Mitte
Grab breakfast for dinner at Benedict’s. Follow it up with cocktails at the elusive Rum Trader bar around the corner. Call for reservations at both.
Taco it up at La Lucha (Wednesdays are 2-for-1 margaritas). Chase them down with drinks at any of the nearby bars. Our faves include: Bar in a Jar, Das Hotel, and Cake. – Kreuzberg
Load up on dumplings at Wok Show (available only in batches of 10 or 20!). Then stroll round the corner to newly opened Lamm Bar for cocktails in a lounge-y atmosphere. – Prenzlauer Berg
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Der Goldene Hahn serves delicious Italian fare in a derelict-chic hideaway in Kreuzberg (romance bonus points for lighting only by candles). Your second stop should be just around the corner at Schwarze Traube, to grab specialty cocktails and sip the night away. – Kreuzberg
Double up at Bar Tausend, a swanky, bunker-ish bar under the U-Bahn stop. Great music, delicious eats, and custom cocktails will make you feel very metropolitan indeed. – Mitte
Day Trip Date Ideas
Play royalty for the day exploring Potsdam’s many palaces. – Potsdam
Take “grabbing drinks” to a new level with a tour of the Spreewald Distillery. Try their gins, whiskys, or the original Lufthansa cocktail collection. – Schlepzig
Outdoor Date “Night” Ideas
Wander the Tiergarten. Stop for a refreshing Weizenbier at Café am Neuen See. – Mitte
Rent a boat (more affordable than you might think!) and cruise the lakes.
Pack a picnic and head to Grunewald for a day of hiking. A great option for a dog-friendly date. – Grunewald
Day Drinking Date “Night” Ideas
Grab a sunny corner at the Prater Garten for some afternoon beers and sun. If the bellies start rumbling, it’s an easy move across the yard to Prater Gaststätte for some filling German food. – Prenzlauer Berg
Snag a pouf near the window at Monkey Bar to enjoy the antics of the apes below at the Berlin Zoo. – Charlottenberg
Spend your Saturday night cuddling on the couch and save the partying for Sunday. Head to Festsaal or Club der Visionaire for outdoor lounge vibes.
Take in the views from the tiers at Klunkerkranich, a Neverland-style oasis atop a parking garage. – Neukölln
Unconventional Date Night Ideas
Pick up a dance class at outdoor Strandbar or at one of Berlin’s many Ballhäuse. Clärchens has a beautiful interior and a lovely patio for an after-class drink. – Mitte
Get really German and head to Max-Schmelling Halle to watch German handball, an intense sport that’s sort of a mix of soccer and basketball.
– Prenzlauer Berg
Treat yourselves to some rest and relaxation with a half-day pass at the Vabali spa. Nakedness necessary, so be prepared. – Moabit
Double Date Night Ideas
Grab a couple of couple friends and head to Beach Mitte for some 2-on-2 volleyball. – Mitte