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Party on pause as COVID shutters Berlin's bars
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:
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December 16, 2020
Majo stands in his bar 'Oberbaumeck', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions...
Berlin, Germany
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Majo stands in his bar 'Oberbaumeck', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 15, 2020. Picture taken December 15, 2020. Majo: "Especially in times of worry and need, you want to be there for people. At the moment, unfortunately, the opposite is true. At the moment, only distance is an expression of closeness!" REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 16, 2020
Bartender Katja sits in the bar 'Revolte', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions...
Berlin, Germany
Closed bars of Berlin
Bartender Katja sits in the bar 'Revolte', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 8, 2020. Picture taken December 8, 2020. Katja: "Lockdown is unlived time and it is an obstacle for me.'' REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Bar manager Max sits in the bar 'Krass Boeser Wolf', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...
Berlin, Germany
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Bar manager Max sits in the bar 'Krass Boeser Wolf', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 14, 2020. Picture taken December 14, 2020. 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." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Marco sits in his bar 'Uebereck', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions...
Berlin, Germany
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Marco sits in his bar 'Uebereck', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 3, 2020. Picture taken December 3, 2020. Marco: "The Uebereck is an old battleship from the early 90s. In lockdown, my friends and guests are a crew waiting in vain on land for their ship to take them home." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Evelyn sits in the window of the 'Wiener Blut' bar, which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...
Berlin, Germany
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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, December 10, 2020. Picture taken December 10, 2020. Evelyn: "2020 - a really tough year for us so far. We’ve already experienced a lot, but I wouldn't have thought that this would still be coming. Hard times. I'm still optimistic. I think it will go on and then it will really take off." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Sindy sits in her bar 'Watt', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin,...
Berlin, Germany
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Sindy sits in her bar 'Watt', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 3, 2020. Picture taken December 3, 2020. Sindy: "I keep my composure as long as it is possible for me. After all, it’s only about a kind of existence and not about survival. Social, cultural places, such as pubs, bars, taverns, can run out the scope of action, but not the cultural, social being as such. It forms itself anew somewhere else." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Guenni, Konstantin and Steve stand in their bar 'Z-Bar', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...
Berlin, Germany
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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, December 6, 2020. Picture taken December 6, 2020. Guenni: "Hopefully, when this whole circus is over, people won't have forgotten how to go out properly." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Daniel stand in his bar ‘Die Tagung’, which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions...
Berlin, Germany
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Daniel stand in his bar ‘Die Tagung’, which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 14, 2020. Picture taken December 14, 2020. Daniel: "I'm looking forward to the moment when you can just ask your guests at the counter again how they're doing. Right now, I'm more likely to be asked if and how the store is surviving. That doesn't make sense and it's not fun." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Peter and Andrea are in their bar 'Mollenfriedhof', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...
Berlin, Germany
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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, December 15, 2020. Picture taken December 15, 2020. Peter: "We understand and accept the measures. But we feel like a pawn sacrifice of the politicians' half-hearted trade. We should be much further along by now." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Bartender Netti sits in the bar ‘Franken’, which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions...
Berlin, Germany
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Bartender Netti sits in the bar ‘Franken’, which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 11, 2020. Picture taken December 11, 2020. Netti: "I miss the people and the wild nights on and at the bar! I miss you folks!" REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Nevi and Arabel are seen in their bar 'Milchbar', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...
Berlin, Germany
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Nevi and Arabel are seen in their bar 'Milchbar', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 7, 2020. Picture taken December 7, 2020. Nevi: "The long nights on which the Milchbar was closed since 1988 can be counted on two hands. Now, unfortunately, those hands are tied with lockdown and it feels like ‘Bonjour Tristesse!’.” REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Lea and Uli stand in their bar 'Wild at Heart', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...
Berlin, Germany
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Lea and Uli stand in their bar 'Wild at Heart', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 11, 2020. Picture taken December 11, 2020. Lea: "Slowed down from 200 to zero concerts a year." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Chris and Monika stand in their bar 'Bar ohne Namen', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...
Berlin, Germany
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Chris and Monika stand in their bar 'Bar ohne Namen', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 6, 2020. Picture taken December 6, 2020. Chris: "It's just more bread than games right now." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Bartenders Elena and Holger sit in their bar 'Fairytale Bar', which is closed due to coronavirus disease...
Berlin, Germany
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Bartenders Elena and Holger sit in their bar 'Fairytale Bar', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 15, 2020. Picture taken December 15, 2020. Holger: "It would be important that we can somehow also say, are we still there the year after? Not only the operation but also the employees, can anyone still afford it?" REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Lenny sits in his bar 'Fargo', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in...
Berlin, Germany
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Lenny sits in his bar 'Fargo', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 6, 2020. Picture taken December 6, 2020. Lenny: "You can't bury your head in the sand. As long as the neighborhood is still standing, we'll keep on fighting with other concepts. Our regulars and neighbors are very supportive of this." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Uta and Pascal stand in their bar 'Mokum', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions...
Berlin, Germany
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Uta and Pascal stand in their bar 'Mokum', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 7, 2020. Picture taken December 7, 2020. Uta: "Our disembodied ghost bar is depressing. We long for the day when MOKUM's door opens again, our guests stream in, to good music, a lot of fun and good mood.” REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Holly stands in her bar 'Zum starken August', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions...
Berlin, Germany
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Holly stands in her bar 'Zum starken August', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 9, 2020. Picture taken December 9, 2020. Holly: "The lockdown is a challenge. But we're a burlesque bar and we're not going to be banned from glitter." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Andi and his family stand in his bar 'Victoria Stadler', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...
Berlin, Germany
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Andi and his family stand in his bar 'Victoria Stadler', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 8, 2020. Picture taken December 8, 2020. Andi: "Corona or not, it's still very Christmassy." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Michael sits in his bar 'Misirlou', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions...
Berlin, Germany
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Michael sits in his bar 'Misirlou', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 9, 2020. Picture taken December 9, 2020. Michael: "It's been a tough year for me and my staff. We just want to get back to business." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Jutta and Max stand in their brewery bar "Schalander", which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...
Berlin, Germany
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Jutta and Max stand in their brewery bar "Schalander", which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 10, 2020. Picture taken December 10, 2020. Max: "Help yourself or no one will help you!" REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Erik and Robert sit in their bar 'Schokoladen', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)...
Berlin, Germany
Closed bars of Berlin
Erik and Robert sit in their bar 'Schokoladen', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 8, 2020. Picture taken December 8, 2020. Erik: "Lockdown is new, lockdown is difficult - we make the best of it.” REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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December 16, 2020
Gerd sits in his bar 'Travolta', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in...
Berlin, Germany
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Gerd sits in his bar 'Travolta', which is closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Berlin, Germany, December 7, 2020. Picture taken December 7, 2020. Gerd: "I'm dissatisfied with the overall situation." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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