Berlin’s Best Pub Crawls and Night Tours
Berlin is known for its nightlife and there’s no shortage of things to do after sunset. Taking a night tour or joining a pub crawl are great ways to see another side of Berlin while easing you into the city’s bustling night vibe. (Check out our Things to Do at Night in Berlin.) (en español)
Of course, we hope you will join us on our pay-what-you-wish Classic Berlin night tour, but if you are looking for other types of tours, here’s information, along with our analysis of reviews so you can choose what tour, if any, is right for you. Note that most of these tours require that you have an AB Transport card since you will move from locations throughout the city. See our post on using public transportation in Berlin — it’s quite easy once you know how!
This 5-hour pub crawl begins at 8 p.m. in a central Berlin location. Your guide is there to take you to four different bars, each with a different scene – cocktail lounges, bars, pubs, and clubs. Your guide will facilitate mingling and mixing with other guests. Drinks, however, are not included in the price. You will get a free welcome shot at each stop and drink specials all evening. This company tends to attract the backpacker crowd.
Reviews are mixed – overall they have a review rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (see the reviews). Comments range broadly from “Don’t bother” to “This is a must do in Berlin!!!” Depending on what kind of night you are looking for, this may suit your needs. The emphasis appears to be on drinking and dancing and more drinking – but it is a pub crawl after all!
- When: Monday – Sunday at 20:00
- Meeting Point: on the steps of the entrance to Oranienburger Strasse S-Bahn station
- Cost: €12 per person and includes 4 shots, drink specials at each stop and VIP entry to the Matrix night club.
- You will need an AB transport ticket
- More information or to book
Seven nights a week, Alternative Tours goes against the grain and takes small groups out to the less obvious bars so you blend in with the locals. Over the course of 4 1/2 hours, your guide leads you to offbeat drinking venues: a hippie-themed bar, a ping-pong bar, an absinthe bar, a punk-goth-horror bar and a large industrial club.
The emphasis is on mingling and exploring, rather than getting loaded on booze. For the price, you do get a reasonable amount to drink and you are free to purchase more at each locale. Because group size is limited, this is a great tour if you are a solo traveler as you are sure to bond with your fellow travelers.
Reviews – This tour gets excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (see the reviews). The enthusiastic comments make it pretty clear that this is a good choice for a pub crawl, even for those who don’t usually like pub crawls! Chances are that you will likely have a really great time on this anti-pub crawl.
- When: Monday – Sunday at 21:00
- Meeting Point: Yesterday Musik Bar, Metzer Strasse 2
- Cost: 12 € per person and includes 6 shots & free entry to 5 bars and clubs.
- An AB transport ticket needed
- More information or to book
Dubbing themselves as the “biggest pub crawl in Berlin”, this is a tour for partiers. You start your evening at a cozy bar, then visit three or more drinking spots including cocktail and shisha bars, electro lounges, rock and steampunk bars. The 6-hour tour concludes at one of Berlin’s biggest clubs.
Reviews Guests of the tour have given it mixed reviews on TripAdvisor, with 30% of reviewers saying the tour was the “worst”, “terrible” and an “awful experience! Zero value for money.” However, the other 70% of participants in the pub crawl said that it was well-organized, lots of fun and that guides were friendly. If exploring Berlin while getting a big buzz, this tour seems ideal and reasonably priced.
- When: Everyday at 21:30
- Meeting point: One80 Hostel, Otto -Braun-Straße 65
- Cost: 12 € per person. Tour includes free shots, drink specials, one club with VIP entrance, games and prizes
- More information or to book
This pub crawl visits a variety of bars and clubs, from rock ‘n’ roll cellars, beer halls and indie clubs with VIP entry. It’s a tiny bit more expensive than the Original Berlin Pub Crawl, but you get a welcome beer and free shots all night which — if you want to crawl home — is a good thing. If you want a more subdued experience, you should check out the next tour listed below.
Reviews indicate that the tour is pretty good, but nothing to write home about. Guides are friendly and you get your money’s worth. Guests say that it is your pretty standard pub crawl but that the guides were excellent, and the selection of pubs and bars are diverse enough to cater to everyone’s taste.
- When: 7 nights a week at 20:30
- Meeting Point: In front of “AM to PM” Restaurant at S Hackescher Markt Train Station
- Cost: 14€ per person. Tour includes a welcome beer and free shots all night
- More information or to book
This tour claims to be an authentic experience of Berlin’s nightlife as they take you to popular local spots to taste great German beer while experiencing the unique Berlin vibe. The tour starts at 21:30 at the meeting location where you’ll stay for an hour with your welcome drink and mingle with your fellow backpackers. You then depart and visit 3 more local pubs/ clubs where you will get free shots and drink discounts.
A nice cost-saver is that all destinations are within walking distance so you won’t need to travel on public transportation. Reviews are very positive about the quality guides (read the reviews here).
- When: Tuesday-Saturday at 21:30. You can arrive anytime between 21:30 and 22:30
- Meeting spot: Mora Cocktail Bar, Grünberger Strasse 64
- Cost: 12 € includes welcome drink, free shots, drink specials. Book and pay in advance and save 2 €
- More information or to book
How can one visit Berlin and not have a great German beer? There are a few tours that will get you out at night to see the town with a guide to show you the way and tell you what’s good to drink. If you want to go it alone, our post on Guide to Craft Beer in Berlin will help you discover the very best beer that Berlin has to offer.
Apparently, Cliff is THE man for a perfect craft beer experience. Newbies to connoisseurs will all learn something new from Cliff (who leads all the tours). He is described as engaging, charismatic and knowledgeable.
Reviews – With 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor across the board, this tour is apparently the one you want to take. Words like “perfect” “amazing” “great” appear over and over again. Many guests “highly recommend” this tour. As one reviewer wrote, it was a “Great Ex-BEER-ience!” It is currently rated as #3 of 603 Nightlife Activities in Berlin. THAT is impressive!
- When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 19:00. Tour is 3 hours.
- Cost: 40 € per person. Includes at least 3 local craft beers, as many as 5 beers.
- Note: You will need an AB transport ticket valid for at least 3.5 hours.
Craft Beer & Breweries Tour by Brewer’s Tours
This tour is for those serious about their beer. Your expert guide will teach you about how beer is made and about Berlin’s relationship with beer throughout history and in today’s culture. Tours are limited to a maximum of 15 participants to keep the experience intimate and relaxed as you visit at three different microbreweries or bars.
Tours run 4 nights a week, and each tour of the week visits a different neighborhood including Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte districts. You could take all their tours and not visit the same place twice!
Reviews on TripAdvisor are overwhelmingly positive with an emphasis on stand-out guides who are knowledgeable and funny. Guests were also pleased with the microbreweries visited stating that these are not places you would likely find on your own.
- When: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 19:00. *Reservations are recommended.
- Cost: 35.50 € Included in the price is your first beer or beer sampler (a second round is on you). Snacks such as a classic big salty pretzel are also included.
- You will need an travel ticket for Zone AB
Brought to you by the same folks as the Anti Pub Crawl above, their website has a warning: “If you are conservative or narrow minded please do not book this tour.” Hmm… so what exactly do you see on this after-hours tour? Some of the sights are standard Berlin attractions for those who veer a bit from the tourist path, for example street art and graffiti. visit night markets, and lesser known music venues. Let your guide take you to underground art spots, abandoned industrial complexes where you will see first hand the urban blight that characterizes some neighborhoods of Berlin. You will also see the signs of revitalization and this is a fascinating phenomenon. This tour changes from night to night so where you will go and what you will see is always a surprise!
Reviews – The tour is described as more of an adventure and not a history lesson. Guests on TripAdvisor seem to like that approach as 99% of reviews give this tour 5 stars. A few people noted that some of the sites you can see on the company’s free daytime tour, whereas for this tour you are paying a fairly high price to see some dodgy scenes. But guides are enthusiastic and you will be seeing some places that even the average Berliner doesn’t know about. If secret city exploration is your thing, this tour is for you. (You must be 18 and over to take this tour. Bring ID).
- When: Meets at 17:00 and lasts 4.5 hours.
- Meeting location: Alexanderplatz TV tower next to the tower entrance front of Starbucks.
- Cost: 20 € per person.
- You will need an AB Metro ticket for this tour.
A winning combination – beautiful Berlin by night and delicious food to give you the energy to ride all those calories off! All while learning about the city and meeting new people. Seems well suited to solo travelers who want to enjoy a dinner out in Berlin but prefer dining with company. Group size is capped at 15 people to ensure a personalized experience. Your guide will share stories about Berlin’s history, and its multicultural diversity, represented in the food you’ll eat from three favorite local eateries. You’ll also have a chance to watch the sunset from the Oberbaum Bridge.
Reviews – On TripAdvisor this tour received 5 stars across the board with reviews citing fabulous guides, easy bike route through a great neighborhood, quality food shared with fellow travelers. Not one review said that the tour wasn’t worth the steep price. On the contrary, reviewers felt like they got their money’s worth as well as a night to remember.
- When: March to October only. Check the calendar for availability. Starting time is 17:00
- Cost: 49€ per person. Included in the cost are bike rental, helmet and 3 platters of food
This company offers a wide range of bike tours including their 15km, 3.5-hour long night tour. It starts at 20:00 at at the Kulturbrauerei. You must contact the company directly for dates and costs. You can email them at email@example.com.
Reviews – This bike tour company is rated as the #2 outdoor activity in Berlin. That’s pretty impressive. The night tour is sure to provide you with the same high quality of their guide’s knowledge while making sure the ride is safe and fun as you explore Berlin in an unusual way.
If you are planning to buy a tourist card, boat tours are sometimes included in in the attractions in your package, and most certainly get you a discount on boat tours, so double check before buying a boat ticket. If you are thinking of getting a tourist card, but not sure if it is right for you, see our post Berlin Pass vs Welcome Card vs City Tour Card?
Berlin Evening Cruise by Stern und Kreiss
Like most evening cruises in major cities around the world, this Berlin evening cruise is a casual way to get an overview of the city’s highlights from a different perspective. The cruise, operated by through Stern und Kreiss travel along the Spree river and canals riding by major attractions and famous buildings such as the Reichstag, Museum Island, and the Berlin Cathedral.
There is a variety of fairly good food available on board at reasonable prices. You can also pre-order your meal when booking tickets, but some reviewers say to wait until you are on the boat.
Reviews are mixed and this tour has a 3 1/2 star rating on TripAdvisor, with most complaints being about difficulty in finding the departure point, the duration of the tour being too long and language challenges with the commentary, which seems odd given that the company offers tours that provide guides in English as well as a written version in English. Just make sure to choose which you would like during your ticket checkout. Generally, this seems like a nice excursion, especially in nice weather and the price is good, especially if you are a family as tickets are discounted for children under 15 and children 6 and under are free.
- When: Evenings at 19:05. Duration is 3 hours (approx.)
- Departure/return point: Boat harbor/landing stage at Jannowitzbrucke.
- Cost: 23€ adults 15 years and up; 11.50€ children 7-14 years; free children 0-6.
Evening Boat Tours by Reederei Bruno Winkler
They offer two evening tours both of which look like nice experiences if you want to spend some time on the water but not make an entire evening of it. Both follow a route similar to the tour above and take you past many main attractions of Berlin. Guides speaking German and English.
Reviews – This boat tour operator has very good reviews on TripAdvisor coming in at 4 stars, though this rating includes reviews for their many daytime tours as well.
Their two evening tours are:
The tour is only two hours long but costs 7 € less than the boat tour by Stern und Kreiss. These savinleaveves you enough to get a 5€ cocktail on board, perfect for an evening cruise on the Spree.
When: Every Saturday from May 7- Oct 22 at 18:45
Cost: 18€ Note that seat reservations are only possible in the inside of the boat. Save 2 € for schoolchildren (15-18 years) and with a WelcomeCard adults receive 25% off. discount
This tour is 2 ½ hours long and occurs during the dinner hour, so they offer the option to purchase a 3 course meal for an additional 20 €. Or you can purchase food a la carte on board.
When: Every Friday and Saturday April 29-Oct 22 at 19:00
Cost: 19 €. Discounts on tickets for children (6-14 years) 50% discount, with a WelcomeCard, adults receive 25% off ticket only, not meal.
A night kayak tour in Berlin probably didn’t cross your mind when making your itinerary for your trip, but this tour is certainly a unique way to experience the city in a manner that most locals haven’t enjoyed. Kayaking is fairly easy even for a beginner and especially when you have guides to direct you. Your guide will also share insight into the history of the area you travel through.
The route is 2 hours (5 km distance) and you will be traveling via small canals through the neighborhoods of Kreuzberg and Neukölln, two popular areas for great nightlife. Bring a change of clothing so you can hop out of your semi-wet clothes and change into your nighttime attire and enjoy the local nightlife after the tour is done.
Reviews – Though there aren’t hundreds of reviews, it’s understandable since this is a niche tour. Reviews online however are excellent, most people citing the pleasure of seeing some of Berlin from the water.
- When: May 31-July 31 daily (except Mondays and Wednesdays) at 20:00; Aug 2-Sept 4 daily (except Mondays and Wednesdays 19:00; Sept. 9-Oct. 8 Fridays and Saturdays at 18:00; April 29-May 28 Fridays and Saturdays at 19:00
- Cost: 21 € per person; 17 € reduced for students and private groups of more than 10 people.
Festival of Lights
Every October, Berlin celebrates the annual Festival of Lights when the city ‘s attractions are lit with spectacular colors and designs. While throughout the rest of the year, the city’s main attractions are lit, this special festival is eagerly anticipated by locals and visitors alike. You can certainly enjoy the festival on foot (check out our self-guided tours of Berlin which you may find helpful).
You may prefer to take a bus tour, especially if you are in a short trip and don’t have much time. Plus it makes for a nice structured evening plan. To find out about bus tours that offer Festival of Light tours, see our post about Which Berlin Bus Tours Are Best?
Christmas Holiday Lights Night Bus tour
From late November until late December the city gears up for the holiday season with decorative Christmas lights on the famous Kurfürstendamm boulevard. Vendors set up craft stall sin special markets. Again, for more information see our post on Which Berlin Bus Tours Are Best?
Written by Courtney Shapiro