Picture yourself walking into a lively bar that actually looks like you’re in a brewery. Big silver vats, beer kegs, and other assorted brewery equipment adorns the taproom. Twelve taps of their own brews gives Straßenbräu a lot of different beers to try. Without a rigid hold to German beer traditions, the beers are actually different. Straßenbräu is a good place to chill with a craft beer served in a bright friendly atmosphere in Berlin’s Friedrichshain neighborhood.
Type of Place: Brewery, Taproom
Allows Smoking?: No
Food options: A bare minimum of snacks, but you can order food from nearby restaurants and eat it there
What kinds of craft beer does Straßenbräu have?
In Short: 12 Taps of their own beer ranging from basic to exotic
Here you’ll find 12 taps of Strassenbraeu beer with some regulars and some that rotate. The types of beer pull from many beer cultures, so this isn’t just that standard German types.
One of my favorites of the regular beers is called Beerengarten (Berry Garden), which is brewed on top of several types of berries and currants. It is a refreshing change from the highly hopped Pilsners.
They offer a 4 x 0.1L tasting flight. The neat thing with this flight is that you pick the beers you want in it.
Strassenbraeu has gluten-free beer and cider from other breweries in bottles, plus there’s a wine list and a spirits list for cocktails.
Tap water is also listed on the menu for free. This may seem like a joke to some, but often German restaurants seem reluctant to give it out. So it is nice to see that pointed out in a bar.
And if your visiting Strassenbraeu with a friend who doesn’t drink alcohol, there are non-alcohol options as well, like alcohol-free beer, sodas, juice, tea, and more.
Expect to pay from 3.50 Euro to 6 Euro for a 0.3L glass of one of their on-tap beers.
What is Strassenbraeu like?
The bar and its large blackboard of beers on tap dominates the front room when you enter the door. Beer is literally front and center here.
Off to either side are little nooks and small tables to sit with your drinks. There aren’t really many tables in the classic sense of four chairs around a table. Rather they are more resting places for your drink and space to sit nearby.
Though not so much fun in the winter, there are several tables out front for summer evening drinking.
Decor is half modern, half back-of-a-brewery. Exposed brick and branded signs vie with the equipment of a brewery. Lighting is pretty good, with the front room being brighter than the side space toward the bathrooms.
I’ve definitely had table service, but it is much more reliable to go up to the bar to order. If you want to open a tab, they give you a small animal to mark it rather than a name. So your tab might be a giraffe or an antelope.
They typically serve a glass of pretzel sticks to each table, so you’ll have something small to munch on despite not having a real food menu. And they do have menus from one or two nearby restaurants so you can order from them and your food will be delivered to you right in the bar.
Strassenbraeu also offers a beer brewing course.
What makes it unique?
- Pick your own beers on the flight.
- German brewed beer, but with lots of exotic styles and flavors
How to Find Straßenbräu
Monday – Thursday 17:00 – 01:00
Friday – Saturday 14:00 – Open End
Sunday 14:00 – 01:00
Address: Neue Bahnhofstraße 30, 10245 Berlin
Nearest Transport: Ostkreuz on the S-Bahn