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Max und Moritz

A Berlin institution named after a famous pair of cheeky storybook children immortalised by Wilhelm Busch from 1865.

There is a slightly faded elegance to the place – all old oak and green enamel tiles – as if it was built for grander times.

It comes closer to capturing the decadence of end-of-Weimar Berlin, of Christopher Isherwood and Sally Bowles, than anywhere else we know. This Tardis of a pub has bags of character and just seems to go on and on. The large room at the back has a stage for live music and cabaret. Upstairs is a library, a private dining room, and even a small hotel.

The menu is packed with old Berlin specials. How about “salted and pickled pork foot with pickled cabbage, mustard and potatoes”? Or “braised, seasoned meatballs with a light cream caper sauce, boiled potatoes and salad”. Flammkuchen and lamb stew are also house specialities. Our choice of beer is Barre Bräu Pils (4.8%), a rare find from Lübbecke in eastern Westphalia, a well-balanced, crystal clear, golden pilsner, with some apple-hop fruitiness.

Author: Peter Sutcliffe
Peter Sutcliffe is the author of Around Berlin in 80 Beers
Oranienstraße 162, 10969 Berlin
Opening hours:
Mon-Sun: 17:00 - 01:00
Price range:
€4 - €10