Traditional Kneipen (neighborhood pubs) are dropping like Fliegen (flies) these days in Germany.
The latest statistics indicate that their number has dropped nationwide from 48,000 to 36,000 since 2001.
But thank goodness Berlin and Berliners are standing up to buck the trend. While the number of Kneipen in other cities like Hamburg has dropped 48.1 percent during this period, the number of new Kneipen in Berlin rose 95.8 percent. Damn. You can’t set the bar much higher than that.
“Mit dem Wirtshaus verschwindet eine Einrichtung mit hohem sozialen und kulturellen Stellenwert aus den Gemeinden.”