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Where The Boys Are Part 3: Neukölln

Finally it’s the district of the series that you’ve all been waiting for, or at least the one we were most looking forward to write about – NeuköllnDespite this district being a pain to get to (unless you live in the neighbouring hipster-hood of Kreuzberg) the number of beautiful arty guys here more than makes up for the travelling distance. The typical hot male here is scruffy, creative indifferent – “I’m a graphic designer but DJ in my spare time, you know.” Hipper than your average Freidrichshain and Kreuzberg hipsters, Neukölln’s attractive men are in abundance, and here we tell you where to find them.

Pony Royal

Pony Royal is not only an art venue but also a co-working space which is home to an arty collective. Regularly hosting workshops, exhibitions, lectures and film screenings, we discovered this gem on the Art Grain tour and have been keeping a close eye on it ever since. The interior is small and cosy, so stop by for a beer and a chat with one of the lovely residents (many of whom are definitely babes).

Cussler

Also known as ‘The Bar With No Name’ or Kottbusser Damm 9, we’re not going to get into the technicalities of whether this bar/art space is really in Neukölln or not – the whole ‘if you cross the road you’re in Kreuzberg’ malarky is kinda tedious. This is an incredibly small space which gets packed on the weekend, luckily full of attractive men. The space is incredibly raw, and a little gritty; a perfect reflection of Neukölln.

Cussler art and attractive men

 Fine artist Meik Stamer at minimalist Neukölln/Kreuzberg space Cussler. Photo: Chris Phillips

Geist im Glass


More arty than specialising in actual art, this is a cosy bar with a good atmosphere for those cold winter nights. Welcoming an international crowd, they hold themed nights such as the one this evening screening the American election and hopefully celebrating Obama’s win (hipsters don’t vote Romney). 

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This is a typical example of a bar in Neukölln – eclectically furnished, dimly lit and full of hipsters. The candlelight provides a pleasant backdrop for their occasional music events and craft nights. Always busy, a good place to find an attractive struggling musician or artist, just look for them at the bar wearing a beard and a puzzled expression, trying to work out what the cheapest beer after Sternberg is.

Bei Schlawinchen

Wandering into Bei Schlawinchen you’d be forgiven for thinking you had entered some sort of circus given the amount of oddities that line the walls, including a pig with a muzzle, numerous old posters and bizarre signs. The clientèle of this establishment vary dramatically, ranging from the younger hipsters to old men, muttering to themselves about the war and looking suspicious. Come 8am this option may start to look appealing – it is one of the only pubs in the area that is open 24 hours.  

Follow our art and attractive men tour here

Stay tuned for next week’s instalment of the Where The Boys Are series – Part 4 in Mitte! 

Article by Marie J Burrows