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EX BERLIN — AVANT GARDE APERITIFS AMONGST FRIENDS

EX BERLIN — AVANT GARDE APERITIFS AMONGST FRIENDS

Mark your calendars, preferably recurring: Every Wednesday evening in a former Mitte wine cellar, a group of friends with a passion for cocktails and food are inviting you to swing by for an after-work adventure in experimental bar culture. The formula is simple: Every week, three cocktails are conceived around a theme and paired with a bar snack. The evening we attended was Israeli-inspired — chef Avishay Cohen and served us the “Exgroni”: An adapted Negroni accompanied by a puff pastry aubergine tart with pine nuts. The vibe is semi-clandestine speakeasy, semi-elegant drinks night amongst friends. The limited space around the bar — and consequent coziness — is conducive to striking up conversation, material for which there’s plenty. As the weather warms up, the kitchen doors will be flung open onto a mini courtyard. Pulled off with elegance and ease, we see this project going from experimental to established in no time at all. Come for the excellent aperitifs; stay for the friends you’ll make whilst enjoying them. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Roland Heuger)

Ex Berlin, Zionskirchstr.16, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Trinkkultur, Wed 18-22h

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HIP HOPS — CRAFT BEER BREWER BRLO’S NEW HOME BASE

HIP HOPS — CRAFT BEER BREWER BRLO’S NEW HOME BASE

It’s a bit of a mouthful to pronounce, but did you know that the name of craft brewer BRLO derives from the old Slavic origin of ‘Berlin’? And since December 2016 — two years after its inception — this beer has a place of its own to call home, in a location offering sweeping views of its namesake city. In Park am Gleisdreieck, bar, restaurant, brewery and sociable beer garden unite in a building constructed from 38 shipping containers. The dark metallic interior and dim lighting creates an atmosphere well suited to the wide range of German and international beers on offer — 20 on tap and 40 bottled, with flavor profiles for every mood. But there’s more than just hops and barley to enjoy seated around the chunky wooden tables — a delicious seasonal menu designed around vegetables superbly complements the drinks on offer. (Text: Victoria Pease)

BRLO Brwhouse, Schöneberger Str.16, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg, map

Tue-Fri 17-00h, Sat-Sun 12-00h

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GEIST IM GLAS: A LATE NIGHT HAUNT COMES BACK TO LIFE

GEIST IM GLAS: A LATE NIGHT HAUNT COMES BACK TO LIFE

Blink and you’ll miss it: tucked away on a subdued Kreuzkölln block, Geist im Glas is easy to stroll right past. But like the Prohibition-era speakeasies this cocktail bar takes after, understated is exactly how owner Aishah Bennett likes it. Don’t be fooled by the relaxed atmosphere — dark, sexy and candlelit — here, cocktails are serious business. The liquor cabinet is stocked with a top notch selection of spirits such as Helsinki Distilling Company gin and Mezcal Atenco. It’s the house infused liquor that you want to go for, though: like whisky with blood orange, jasmine tea and blackberry, best enjoyed in a “Boulevardier”, a jazzy take on the Negroni. Because that’s exactly what Geist im Glas does best: takes the classics, creates them with fine ingredients and finishes them with an unexpectedly delicious twist. What’s more, the bar also offers up the antidote to itself, serving southern US-inspired, hangover-busting brunches on weekends. The former menu mainstays — huevos rancheros and dulce de leche pancakes — are joined by cheddar grits and coconut milk porridge loaded with fruit and nuts. All this paired with a special drinks menu of Mimosas, Bloody Marys and espresso-based cocktails. At Geist im Glas, it’s all too easy for day to slip into night again. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Matej Zet)

Geist im Glas, Lenaustr.27, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Mon-Fri 9-2h, Sat-Sun 10-4h

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WILD THINGS WINE BAR: WELL BEYOND THE CHEESE BOARD

WILD THINGS WINE BAR: WELL BEYOND THE CHEESE BOARD

These days you don’t go to a wine bar just for the wine. These days it’s all about the seaweed popcorn, the secret mezcal bar, and the grilled octopus salad, smoky with hints of Spanish paprika and dots of spicy mayonnaise. At Wild Things in Neukölln, the cozy setting will have you feeling at home in no time. The baby brother of Industry Standard, quality is emphasized here from the oysters to the stilton. On top of that, about eighty percent of the wine served is natural. Just like with food, it’s good to know where your wine comes from – and Ramses Manneck and his team certainly do. Sample away to find the right match, though the 2015 Rue de la Pompe from the French Mas Coutelou wine region had a delicious drinkability I’d go back for. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Sven Hausherr)

Wild Things, Weserstr.172, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Mon-Sun 18-2h

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BELLMAN IN KREUZBERG: THE ALLURE OF THE NO-FRILLS BAR

BELLMAN IN KREUZBERG: THE ALLURE OF THE NO-FRILLS BAR

Bellman Bar is featured in our book Cee Cee Berlin No2Get the book here.

In a city of constant change, sometimes it’s nice to go back to a place that remains the same, and Bellman is just such a place. The music plays, the candles flicker. You sit at the wooden tables, which have stood here long before they were en vogue in Berlin. Maybe you drink a beer or a glass of red wine, or perhaps order a snack to go with your drink, or you don’t – but these are small details, trivialities. You go to Bellman for the sum of these things. You get together with old friends who have stood the test of time. When you finally stumble out of the bar together and meander in different directions towards home, you feel animated and satisfied. What more could you ask for from a bar on a nondescript Kreuzberg street corner? (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Daniel Farò)

Bellman Bar, Reichenbergerstr.103, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Sun 18-4h

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