Fancy a beer on your way home? Go to a Späti. Having a party and running out of crisps and booze? Go to a Späti. Perfect summer night, don’t feel like going to a club or bar? Have some drinks at your local Späti. Spätis are the beating heart of late nights and weekends in Berlin. There are more than a 1,000 of them, they’re on almost every street (more about that later) and open 24/7 (more about that later). And, believe it or not: they were invented in the GDR.