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Hi all! Am very new to TT (and Berlin) and now that i've settled in a bit I'm interested in meeting a nice guy.It seems that with the beautiful german/scandinavian girls that are everywhere in Berlin it might be difficult!
Does anyone have any advice on this? How looks orientated is the culture here (as a pale english girl I'd find it hard to compete!) and where are good places to meet guys? Is there a big difference between dating here and in england? Also what are the prevalent attitudes regarding sex (it all seems pretty casual)? Thank-you, Maxi Germans don't go in for meeting people or chatting people up at bars or clubs anything like as much as British people do, in fact it is often frowned upon, especially in the middle class.
They go out to these places with their friends or dates. If you want to meet other young people and find a date, get stuck in with the social activities in Berlin, there are lots on TT and there are any number of groups to join and things you can do in Berlin, just read thru tip or zitty, as far as looks go capital cities are always full of posers really. Germans don't go in for meeting people or chatting people up at bars or clubs anything like as much as British people do... Not sure I agree with that.
I got accosted twice last night in the few hours I was out! Both German... Dropping in a "So what you do for a living?" on the dance floor between Bowie's 'Cracked Actor' & The Whip's 'I Wanna Be Trash'. Whilst not sophisticated, or succesful I might add, it does happen!
Maxi24 I reckon you should just get out there. Dating in Germany has, I'd imagine, little difference than any other European country/city - kids meet, they chat, they like each other, they meet again! As to attitudes about sex you bring yours to the table, it works or it doesn't! In my experience it's always difficult to meet people 'potential partners' in cities... that said you won't be condemned for trying. Get out there - or join a dating site, or set up a TT singles night! I find German guys are used to being chased and not chasing.
I'm a little more used to Canadian guys who approach you. German men seem to have an attitude of 'they are doing you a favour' by going out with you. It can be a little baffling. That being said- I just had one ask me out while I was at work holding flyers, so you never know!
(as a pale english girl I'd find it hard to compete!) Don't worry, some of us blokes prefer girls with fair complexions. Having grown up in Australia, a "healthy" tan on a girl just screams CANCER CANCER CANCER to me.
But my advice for meeting a nice guy is to start getting into social leisure activities. Nice guys don't tend to go to clubs/pubs to pick up. I'm seeing a German girl at the moment who came round to look at a room that I had available in my old apartment.
She called me the day after to say she didn't want the room, but she would like to go for a drink with me, (she's lovely and we're getting on very well). I got another phone call from a another girl who came to look at the same room a couple of days ago, (this was a month after she saw the room), also asking for a date. So the motto of the story is: take a look at some immobilien websites, make some appointments to go and see some rooms, you get some 'quality time' meeting the people living there, but if you're not interested you're not under any pressure to hang around.
Bob's yer proverbial uncle. I'm seeing a German girl at the moment who came round to look at a room that I had available in my old apartment. She called me the day after to say she didn't want the room, but she would like to go for a drink with me, (she's lovely and we're getting on very well).
I got another phone call from a another girl who came to look at the same room a couple of days ago, (this was a month after she saw the room), also asking for a date.
So the motto of the story is: take a look at some immobilien websites, make some appointments to go and see some rooms, you get some 'quality time' meeting the people living there, but if you're not interested you're not under any pressure to hang around. Bob's yer proverbial uncle. So what I need to do is try and rent out a room?
Brilliant! But my advice for meeting a nice guy is to start getting into social leisure activities. Nice guys don't tend to go to clubs/pubs to pick up. I agree with the above almost completely. While it might happen you meet a 'nice guy' in a disco or a bar, most likely you won't. I'd suggest social activities that you can find plenty of through this forum and if there's not what you're looking for, start your own thing.
It's not that hard really. I met tons of people organizing board games nights at my place all through last winter (in Rome, not Berlin though, but I bet it'd be the same) and many more organizing coed basketball group for the past 3 years.
If not, you can always hail a random guy you fancy on a bike while waiting for the traffic light to turn green. ; ) For goodness` sake maxi, it's the same the whole world over.
No reason not to meet the whole range from the reserved ones (expect years of sexual tension) to the most direct. As Adam says, leaving the house is often sufficient (although I don't agree the pub vs other distinction myself), ideally decently turned out, with a smile on your face and willing to say "hi" to whoever you come across. Have a decent range of German on hand, including the colloquial relationship and chit-chat stuff (and if you don't know it, learn it, makes a huge difference to your options).
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You can go months in Berlin without setting foot in a and still enjoy world-class . Berlin’s cocktail scene rivals that of any major European city, and the true dive bars don’t just put up a gritty facade to mask their bland acceptance of the status quo (though there’s plenty of that, too—note that tattered furniture doesn’t equal cheap drinks).
There’s still a strong culture of neighbourhood watering holes, where you can chat with the locals over a Berliner Pilsner and some Pfeffi (peppermint schnapps).
The best bars in Berlin stay open well into the morning hours, and many are quite smoky—best counteracted the next day with a brisk walk along the Spree or in the Grunewald or with a lavish meal at a top-notch local . The locals love a drink but due to most bars being located in residential blocks, drinkers tend to get more and more hushed as the night progresses, displays of drunken behaviour are extremely rare.
As with most places in Berlin, don't expect to be able to pay with credit cards anywhere so be sure to carry sufficient cash. And for those used to a last orders call, do remember to go home: Berlin's bars really do close when the last customer leaves! Barbie Deinhoff’s in Kreuzberg is a bar, alternative art gallery and indie rock venue that embodies the best of Berlin living. Sure, this is a queer performance space, but most people come to its bright, casual rooms for the young, mixed crowd, the top-notch local DJs and the hilarious art adorning the walls.
Two-for-one Tuesdays are popular, attracting a particularly skint Kreuzberg crowd. Behind an actual green door (ring the bell for entry) lies this popular cocktail bar, which attracts a solid crowd of upmarket regulars as well as booze tourists on the Berlin quality cocktail trail. Inside it’s quietly classy with a touch of kitsch. The impressive drinks menu runs the gamut of spirit-based mixology and includes the house Green Door cocktail, a refreshing mix of champagne, lemon, sugar and mint.
This long-running cocktail bar is an oasis of fine drink in rather sparsely served Prenzlauer Berg. It follows the classic speakeasy model: enter via an unmarked door and find yourself in rooms draped in red velvet. Settle back on the chesterfield sofas and enjoy the fresh air of the no-smoking room—a relative rarity in Berlin’s bar scene.
Try the Aviation, a paean to the classier days of air travel: a florid mix of gin, violet, maraschino and lemon. A grizzled portrait of playwright Samuel Beckett (not averse to a drink himself) keeps watch over proceedings. The space here is built up with wooden platforms, and there’s great attention to detail in the decor, including Victorian curios laid into the bar and an esoteric toilet.
The speciality is infused alcohols, shots of which are poured out of a giant bottle at the bar or mixed into house cocktails, such as the Geist Russian, a rich blend of vodka infused with vanilla, cinnamon, Kahlúa and cream. The weekend brunch features huevos rancheros, chicken with waffles and fabulous Bloody Marys, but you’ll need to get there early.
This dive bar situated just off Kottbusser Damm is a unique example of a Berlin Kneipe (pub), with its bizarre decorations of dolls, old bicycles and instruments.
High unemployment in the neighbourhood means that it’s usually rammed all day, with rowdy characters propping up the bar or hammering away at the table football.
Naturally, the beer is both cheap and plentiful. Rumour has it, they haven’t closed since 1978... It’s a bit of a mouthful, but this sultry boozer is named after Luis Buñuel’s absurdist movie masterpiece The Exterminating Angel , in which a group of bourgeois worthies find themselves inexplicably unable to leave a lavish dinner party.
The smartly dressed waiting staff, glass-latticed ceiling and leather booths certainly evoke an old-world sensibility, but it’s still accessibly priced. Subtitled the “Institute for Advanced Drinking,” this tiny bar is a Berlin classic, thanks to its eccentric owner, Gregor Scholl, who is ever present, smartly dressed in bow tie and waistcoat. There is no menu: Scholl will ask which spirit you like and whether you want something “süss oder sauer” (sweet or sour).
Don’t waste his time (or talent) by asking for a mojito. Hugely atmospheric and with room for only 15 guests, Rum Trader is best avoided if you’re on a budget. Located in a backstreet off Torstrasse, this cosy bar is a favourite of Mitte media types and art stars.
With a large horseshoe-shaped bar dominating the room, it’s bar stools or standing only, as this place seriously packs out with a slick, bespectacled clientele and the occasional actor or celebrity. The house wine is very good. Or try the Kölsch beer from Cologne—tradition dictates that it’s served in a tiny glass, constantly refilled by the barman until you abandon it half-full or lay a beer mat over the top.
Café by day and bar by night, the nautically themed Ankerklause has firmly resisted the temptation to gentrify itself, despite its enviable location, with balcony seating hanging over the canal. The coffee is average, and you might want to avoid drinking too much of the house wine, Chateau Migraine, but the breakfasts and cakes are hearty and delicious.
Give market days a skip (Tuesdays and Fridays), when it’s inevitably rammed.
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