Ständige Vertretung

Bar, Eatery

Schiffbauerdamm 8
Berlin, 10117

0049 30 2823965 | map

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BlackHaddock from England

3/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | food: 3.5

Only one beer on tap, the almost tasteless Gaffel Kolsch.

Service is good, the beer was fresh and wet, but Kolsch isn't a beer to get excited about in my opinion. Our serving lady took a shine to me, so my glass didn't stay empty for long, which was nice!

The place was heaving, hardly a seat to be found on my visit, mostly Berliners, with a few tourists thrown in. Lots of loud conversations and drinking of Kolsch.

We all had Kassler, a favorite of mine, the meals were all OK.

Lots of history on the walls, an intersting place, but not a beer hunters sort of joint.

Jan 26, 2007
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twilight from Germany

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

I think I'm not overall impressed by the beer selection here in Berlin. Weisse everywhere, Kolsch at some places, and the fabled Tannenzapfle only at a few locations. We stopped here looking for a place to eat, and I had only heard of this by name. A told me that she had made many a reservation for her bosses here, so it might be pricey. However, she also mentioned that the executives at her former company were also a bit on the cheap side. Me being a vegetarian, we did not try the food.

Atmosphere is nice, very laid back with lots of photos of politicians on the wall. They had some apparent meaning, as A was commenting on how there were all these politicians on a boat in one photo. There was also this newspaper clipping about how some guy walked into a bar, and then he found out they didn't serve kolsch, he shot someone. I don't know if it's true, but this and another sacriligeous clipping about the pope happy to be about to go up to heaven added to the political good mood of the place. I am not the biggest fan of kolsch, so we asked for a menu, but they only had Erdinger Weisse amongst the radlers and berliner weisse. So, kolsch it is. This was one of the yummiest delicate beers I've had it was bitter and smooth, not fizzy and bready like some of the other kiss me kindl beers I've had here.

Service was good, they did go out of their way to bring us an Englisch menu, even though A speaks german, and the bartender wasn't surly at all. One drink before moving on. While not a must stop, a good place to have great kolsch and just sit back knowing the Spree is just behind you...

Sep 25, 2005
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allboutbierge from Austria

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

'Ständige Vetretung' is a play on German words. I believe the term was coined by ex West German Chancellor Helmut Köhl to define and guarntee East German diplomatic recognition. What is means, or what I think it means, is 'permanent presence'. While the term didn't give recognition, it ensured that their would always be a place for an embassy of sorts in Bonn. After unification and after the capital was moved make to Berlin this bar was opened. It has a Rhineland theme to it and caters mostly to Rhinelanders on vacation or business in Berlin. That would be why they push their Gaffel Kölsch so hard. But if you happen to go there one night dont be surprised if the bar breaks out spontaneously into 'Wie war Colonia' or other Kölsch songs or if you cant understand what their saying. Chances are you will but if you dont, its because theyre speaking Kölsch. I dont understand it and simply asked them to repeat themselves in High German which they did while smiling. Either way Rhinelanders are friendly, especially with beer and song. Its an awesome bar to go to, especially if you like German political history.

The food was awesome. The menu has alot of general German dishes but many Rhinelander foods. The little I had was awesome. If was hungry I wouldve ordered a meal but my soup was outstanding.

Like most Kölsch or Rhineland bars theres little choice and variety. But thats not really a drawback if what they do have is new to you. Gaffel Kolsch isnt my favorite but the tap was fairly fresh and the beer was served properly.

Nov 12, 2003
Ständige Vertretung in Berlin, Germany
Place rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 4 ratings