The Yorckschlösschen has existed under same name for over 120 years now and has long-since become a Kreuzberg institution. Following a period as a rather middle-class corner pub in the 1960s, it
increasingly became an artists' watering hole in the early '70s. Since then it has been an essential hub of social life in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood or Kiez. This tavern is a true melting pot.
Everybody meets here – young and old, poor and rich – and no-one takes exception to anyone else. "With a persistence bordering on stubbornness" (Zitty 18/95), nothing is changed here, and time
seems to have stood still – which is the way the guests like it.
In the summer, the lovely beer garden is a permanent temptation to relax and let the world go by. On sundays, brunch with live music starts at 11 o'clock in the morning, and there's a well-balanced regular menu and an impressive range of drinks. All of which makes it easy to stay – and difficult to leave! The prices are quite affordable and shouldn't hurt anyone. The unique atmosphere simply makes you feel good, and there are enough friendly people around if you should need help in this.
Berlin's musicians in particular like to get together here, which is not surprising after over 30 years of regular live music. The emphasis is on traditional jazz, swing and black rhythm'n'blues.
You can hear the best in New Orleans jazz, soul and blues here every Sunday from 11 a.m., every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. - and from October to April additionally Thursday
evenings. Admission is only 4–8 € p.p.
Every self-respecting musician in the city wants to perform here. And guests from all over the world drop by whenever they're passing through on tour. The many regulars can tell you a story or two on this subject, as can the photographs and posters on the walls. It's difficult to get a seat sometimes, but then you get into conversation more quickly this way and the evening usually goes differently than planned. Fortunately, the Yorckschlösschen is well away from the mass tourist route, but it's a good place for checking out what the Berliners think about things. Photography is, of course, not allowed.
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