Ranke 2

Bar, Eatery

Rankestraße 2
Berlin, 10789

+49 30 8838882 | map

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Ranke 2 is located at Rankestraße 2, hence the name. It's a small street off of the Kurfürstendamm, and it's fairly romantic, at least when you approach and see the antique-looking sign above and the yellowish light spilling out onto the street. In the warmer months they have outdoor seating.

As you enter the bar is right there on your left. It's clearly old with a wood-and-mirrors back bar, and a wood bar top. There are plenty of apéritifs, liquors, and schnapps on display, and the big brass tap system is something to see. There are only five seats because in Germany it's not common to sit at the bar, it's where the servers will go to get the beers for your table.

The beers on tap are Bitburger, Berliner Pilsener, Warsteiner, and Kostriker Schwarzbier - all €3,50 for a ,4l and €4 for a ,5l

They also offer bottled beer including Erdinger Hefeweizen / Kristalweizen / Dunkel and Alkoholfrei, Warsteiner alkoholfrei, and Berliner Kindl Weisse.

Beyond the initial bar area is the main dining area. It also looks old, and it is, in a good way if you don't mind things a little worn here and there and a chipped plate or two. For some people that's probably offputting, but I think it just gives it a charm that's otherwise not possible. It's got red carpeting, dark wood tables, antique lamps and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and plenty of old photographs of Berlin and Berlin politicians.

I could be wrong but it seemed to me that it was mostly a Turkish staff, and mainly women at that (although that could have been just the day and time). The service is frank and decisive as always in northern Germany. Additionally, you should keep in mind that things in Berlin don't really get started until about 10 pm, so if you show up around 7 pm there won't be many people there and the servers will be less engaged.

I would probably return, especially during the summer when the outdoor dining is available.

Jan 22, 2014
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Todd from California

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Located on a side street off of Ku'damm, Ranke 2 is what I imagined a German bar/restaraunt to be in Berlin. Small, warm, great food, great service and a varied selection of beer. It's also full of locals only, which was quite the experience. My girlfriend and I happened to walk in on a Sunday during Stammtisch (tables reserved for regulars). Note: this is an older crowd, and know some German.

Beer-wise: just above average for Berlin, maybe 6-8 beers, tops, but more varied than others. You'll find Weihenstephan, Budweiser Budvar, Diebels Alt and others here.

Food-wise: they have all of the typical German fair. I ordered a wonderful zwiebelsuppe (bean and suasage soup), followed by two long schinkenknackers (they were pretty meaty, dark and flavourful) and luke-warm German potato salad (no mayo, just sliced potato, seasonings, ham and diced pickled gerkins).

Followed things up with a 2cl Allasch schnapps. I was in heaven.

One of my favourite stops while in Berlin, and a must for anyone staying in the area.

Oct 20, 2002
Ranke 2 in Berlin, Germany
Place rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 2 ratings