Kugelbahn The glittering end of Grüntaler

When Jess Schmidt and Uwe Effertz took over Kugelbahn in 2011, the couple decided to keep the glorious, third-hand bowling alley from the ‘50s in the basement, which is pretty much the ultimate hidden bar antique. The adjacent stage was also renovated by the couple and now once a week the packed space vibrates with live music. The entertainment is not exclusive to downstairs though. Upstairs vibes with a classic candle-lit, genuine fireplace kind of coziness; a decent list of beers is guaranteed to sate and the wall of rotating artwork from Kolonie Wedding aims to please.

Though all levels are welcome at the rentable bowling alley, beware, the level of challenge is definitely raised with the retro bowling balls because finger holes are non-existent. Here’s another space for Berliners to master yet another sport while drinking and socializing, or you can die trying to defeat the regulars over at Dr. Pong.

KINDL - Center for Contemporary Art Kunst vom Fass

When big-time brewers Berliner Kindl moved out of this red-brick behemoth in Neukölln, you just knew it wouldn’t take long for the building to be reclaimed and repurposed Berlin-style. Now set to be a multi-cultural, multi-purpose home to a diverse array of contemporary art, the Brauerei is enlivened once more. Kicking things off with a bang, the first space to be reopened is the 20-metre high Boiler House, showcasing a full-size airplane suspended in a perpetual nosedive—a site-specific installation from Roman Signer. The monstrous metal beer stills that punctuate the main hall and the three-storey Power House are behind closed doors for now but watch this space… KINDL has some big things a-brewing.

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