Berlin’s Best Pub Crawls and Night Tours

This post lists and compares the various night tour options in Berlin, including pub crawls and craft beer tours as well as bus, bike, boat, and walking tours.  Taking a night tour or joining a pub crawl is a great way to ease you into the city’s bustling night vibe. (Check out our Things to Do at Night in Berlin.) 

 

 


BERLIN PUB CRAWLS

If you’re interested in trying a bunch of different brews while visiting Berlin, one of the following pub crawls is sure to please. In addition to providing free samples, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience the different cultural scenes at each pub. This section will include all of the information you need to pick a great Berlin pub crawl. If you’re still not sold on the options below, check here for additional pub crawls in Berlin.


Berlin Pub Crawl

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 be 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 nightclub.
  • You will need an AB transport ticket
  • More information or to book


666 Anti Pub Crawl

666 Anti Pub CrawlSeven nights a week, Alternative Tours goes against the grain and takes small groups out to the less obvious bars, so that you can 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 probably more likely 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! 

  • 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

The Original Berlin Pub Crawl 

Original Pub Crawl

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

The Backpack Pub Crawl 

Backpacker pub crawlThis 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

 


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BERLIN CRAFT BEER TOURS

How can one visit Berlin and not have a great German Bier? 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. 


Craft Beer & Breweries Tour by Brewer’s Tours

Brewer's Tour Craft BeerThis 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 a travel ticket for Zone AB
  • More information or to book.

Berlin Craft Beer Experience

Berlin Craft Beer Tour ExperienceApparently, 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. 

  • 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.
  • More information or to book.

 


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WALKING TOURS

Alternative Berlin Twilight Tour

Alternative Twilight TourBrought 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.

 


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 BIKE TOURS 

If you’re interested in seeing Berlin after dark, consider taking one of the following bike tours. This section will provide details about guided bike rides you can take around the city after dark. We will cover information such as pricing, availability and duration to help you choose the right service for your needs and expectations.


Evening Berlin Food Tour by Bike

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.

Be sure to also check out our page comparing all bike tours in Berlin.
 

 
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 and Get Your Guide, 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. (Read the reviews).

  • When:  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays fromMarch to October only. Check the calendar for availability.  Starting time is 17:00 (5 pm)
  • Cost: 49€ per person. Included in the cost are bike rental, helmet and 3 platters of food.
  • More information or to book.

Berlin By Bike Night Tour

This company offers a wide range of bike tours including their 15km, 3.5-hour long night tour. It starts at 20:00 at the Kulturbrauerei. Each tour includes helmets, gloves and rain ponchos if necessary. You will also receive a free bottle of water to keep hydrated during the ride.

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 from a different perspective.

 


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BERLIN NIGHT BOAT TOURS AND CRUISES

If you are planning to buy a tourist card, boat tours are sometimes included 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?

We also compare the numerous boat tours and cruises in Berlin that you can take day or night.


Berlin Evening Cruise by Stern und Kreiss 

Stern und Kreiss Evening CruiseLike 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 Stern und Kreiss, travels along the Spree river and canals riding by major attractions and famous buildings such as the ReichstagMuseum 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 3.5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (see the reviews), 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.
  • More information or to book.

Evening Boat Tours by Reederei Bruno Winkler

Reederei Night Tour­ 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 savings leave 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 a3-coursee 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.


Kayak Berlin’s Night Tour

Berlin Kayak by NightA 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.

 


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ALMOST-FREE BUS TOURS

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get around Berlin is by using public bus routes 100 and 200. These routes include double-decker buses that will take you right to many notable sites in the city and within walking distance of others. At a price of only €2.70 per 2-hour ticket, you can easily ride around and see some of the most popular locations in the area during both day and night.

The best part about the 100 and 200 lines is that they run 24 hours a day. This means that you can easily tour Berlin by bus even after the sun goes down, allowing you to experience a different side of the city.

If you’re planning to travel around Berlin for more than two hours, you may want to consider getting an all-day ticket for €9. Although it’s a little more expensive, this option will make your trip a lot easier. Rather than purchasing a new ticket every few hours, you can just get one ticket and use it for the entire day.

Consider combining this outing with our self-guided tour of East Berlin or Central Berlin for a relatively low price and informative trip through the city. For more information, check our post about how to use the public transport in Berlin. You’ll also find more details about lines 100 and 200 on our Berlin bus tours post


Festival of Lights

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 on a short trip and don’t have much time. Plus it makes for a nice structured evening plan. You could potentially use lines 100 and 200 to reach many of the sites which celebrate this festival. 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 

Berlin Christmas Lights 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?

 

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