Tucked along a quiet street, this Berlin bar Hackbarth’s is a peaceful spot for a couple of drinks in comfortable surroundings and, if you want to hear yourself think, this is the place. Once a bakery in former GDR times, this charming building actually dates from the 1800s and a sense of wistful nostalgia still hangs heavily in the air. During the day breakfasts and coffees are served to an artsy, creative crowd of late-risers who drop by to read the paper, then in the early evening, the post-work crowd descends to unwind over a few drinks. A gold-plated and marble-topped bar cuts into the room like a ship’s prow, while deep blue tiles offset a classic vintage look. Cocktails are served along with beers on tap and in summer the pavement outside doubles up as a patio. Occasionally owners like to make obscure political statements; during the US presidential elections a glass cabinet was inexplicably filled with tins of Heinz Baked Beans. A smart place for thinking drinkers.