Once upon a time
There was a time when Berlin – East and West – was famous for their pubs. Often you coud find then at the corner, and so they were called “Eckkneipen” – which means “pubs on the corner”. They served a few brands of draft beer, some snacks, and that was it. No stylish furniture, no latte macchiato, no capucchino. Just beer and “Schnaps”. You did not find any tourists in there, just the locals: hard working people who enjoyed their beer after a long day of work; old age pensioners who escaped the loneliness for their homes; and the one and other person who was unemployed and needed the booze to get over the day.
Of course people were allowed to smoke at that time, and how they did! You could even smell the smoke when you got near the premises, and the door were open in the summer time.
The times they are a changing – and only a few of this kind of pubs have survived. And not all of them which have survived are recommendable. But some of them still are.