Party on Pause as Second Wave of COVID-19 Brings the Curtain Down on Berlin's Bars

World | Reuters | December 17, 2020, 2:22 pm
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 Laughter and glasses clinking, bright lights and warm colours shining through steamed up windows are staples of winter life for Berliners, used to relying on the party city's many bars to get them through the long, cold evenings. But not this year. With Germany in lockdown since November as it struggles to contain a second wave of the coronavirus, the city's distinctive scene of makeshift bars open all hours has gone dark for the first time in decades. Bartenders across the city share their fears, hopes and anxieties amid lockdown:<br /><br />Bar manager Max sits in the bar 'Krass Boeser Wolf', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. Max:
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Laughter and glasses clinking, bright lights and warm colours shining through steamed up windows are staples of winter life for Berliners, used to relying on the party city's many bars to get them through the long, cold evenings. But not this year. With Germany in lockdown since November as it struggles to contain a second wave of the coronavirus, the city's distinctive scene of makeshift bars open all hours has gone dark for the first time in decades. Bartenders across the city share their fears, hopes and anxieties amid lockdown:

Bar manager Max sits in the bar 'Krass Boeser Wolf', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. Max: "I always thought the bar scene was crisis-proof because people always wanted to drink. But I was wrong. This year has shown that you can be flexible and you have to be. Adaptation and flexibility, that's the lockdown." (Image: Reuters)

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 Guenni, Konstantin and Steve stand in their bar 'Z-Bar', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)
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Guenni, Konstantin and Steve stand in their bar 'Z-Bar', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)

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 Majo stands in his bar 'Oberbaumeck', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)
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Majo stands in his bar 'Oberbaumeck', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)

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 Peter and Andrea are in their bar 'Mollenfriedhof', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)
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Peter and Andrea are in their bar 'Mollenfriedhof', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sindy sits in her bar 'Watt', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)
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Sindy sits in her bar 'Watt', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)

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 Daniel stand in his bar ‘Die Tagung’, which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)
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Daniel stand in his bar ‘Die Tagung’, which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)

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 Bartender Katja sits in the bar 'Revolte', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)
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Bartender Katja sits in the bar 'Revolte', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)

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 Bartender Netti sits in the bar ‘Franken’, which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)
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Bartender Netti sits in the bar ‘Franken’, which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)

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 Evelyn sits in the window of the 'Wiener Blut' bar, which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)
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Evelyn sits in the window of the 'Wiener Blut' bar, which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)

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 Marco sits in his bar 'Uebereck', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)
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Marco sits in his bar 'Uebereck', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany. (Image: Reuters)

  • First Published: December 17, 2020, 12:47 pm

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