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RHINOÇÉROS: JAZZY DRINKS AND SOULFUL ATMOSPHERE

RHINOÇÉROS: JAZZY DRINKS AND SOULFUL ATMOSPHERE

When I asked for a good bar recommendation in the Gleimkiez, I was met with only weak responses. But then on my way home one evening, I stumbled upon Rhinoçéros. The warm lighting, the wooden interior, and the orange-colored retro lamps I could make out through the large window front magically drew me in — and rightfully so. In addition to the superb drinks, you will also find very fine jazz and soul music. For Bénédict Berna — the smart Frenchman who opened the cozy, casual bar in November 2017 together with his charismatic wife Martina Carl — the music that is played in a bar is just as important as the quality of the spirits. Bénédict’s passion for music is ever present; Rhinoçéros has a dedicated music corner consisting of a vintage sound system, a record player, and a vinyl collection. Speaking of spirits: Mixing good drinks is something the two of them sure know how to do! The Whiskey Sour and Blueberry Gin Tonic are highly recommended. French red wines, German white wines, and beers brewed in Berlin are also served here. If you feel like nibbling on something, the two bar owners offer a carefully selected array of French meats and cheeses from Bénédict’s home country, as well as homemade vegan olive paste and bread from Albatross bakery. My tip: Make sure to ask for the best seat in the house, the one by the fireplace. In this charming bar, good conversations are practically inevitable. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Paul Rossaint)

Rhinoçéros, Rhinower Str.3, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

Tue-Thu 18-1h, Fri-Sat 18-2h

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NICO BUELLES RECOMMENDS: THELONIOUS BAR

NICO BUELLES RECOMMENDS: THELONIOUS BAR

Thelonious Bar in Weserkiez certainly lives up to its name — which is, of course, borrowed from the revered jazz musician Thelonious Monk. The bar radiates a cozy atmosphere reminiscent of the golden era of jazz in the 1920s and 1930s. A long, dark wooden counter, which was built by hand like the rest of the furniture, gives the interior its charm. The owner, Laura Maria Marsueschke, opened Thelonious Bar in December 2014 with the aim of creating a classic bar concept combined with modern influences. Her experience as a restauranteur shines through the menu: In addition to the classics, a rotating seasonal drinks menu includes six to eight of the bar’s own creations, which generate great enthusiasm among its guests. My personal recommendation is the Walnut Sour: a walnut infused bourbon with dashes of scotch, walnut bitters, lemon, maple syrup, and orange. (Text: Nico Buelles / Photos: Nico Buelles / Ute Haufe)

Thelonious Bar, Weserstr.202, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Tue-Sat 19-03h, Sun-Mon 19-01h

Nico Buelles is a freelance editor who has called Pankow home since Fall 2017. In his spare time, he spins vinyl records, tests new recipes in his kitchen and makes the most of Berlin’s cultural offerings.

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HEALING HERBACEOUS COCKTAILS IN RIXDORF: HERR LINDEMANN

HEALING HERBACEOUS COCKTAILS IN RIXDORF: HERR LINDEMANN

Sophisticated yet comfortable, large but still cozy, Herr Lindemann on Richardplatz in Neukölln’s Rixdorf is well-balanced, offering hand-crafted cocktails with a “medicinal” slant. Opened in July 2017, owner Peter Edinger flew the coop from Weserstraße’s Tier Bar (where he was a former bartender) to bring his own vision to life. His home garden in Brandenburg is equipped with a Kräuterspirale – a twist (literally and figuratively) on the classic herb garden that makes efficient use of space, soil, water and sun for culinary and medicinal herbs. It was this concept that became the inspiration for a bar with an herb focused menu, realized in Herr Lindemann’s cocktails like the signature Ziegenpeter made with goat weed infused rum and the Thymian Fizz. If herbs aren’t your thing, don’t worry — you can still get excellently crafted classics, plus a selection of beer and wine. Settle in on the green velvet couches and you might just get addicted to this laid-back bar with elevated herbal cocktails. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Herr Lindemann, Richardplatz 16, 12055 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Mon-Wed 19-3h, Thu-Sat 19-4h, Sun 19-2h

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DAS HOTEL — A HINT OF BARCELONA NEAR KOTTI

DAS HOTEL — A HINT OF BARCELONA NEAR KOTTI

Das Hotel is featured in our Cee Cee No.2 Book, which is available for purchase here.

It’s the flowers hanging from the ceiling that are the first indication of what the atmosphere at Das Hotel holds. Flickering candlelight, a piano sitting quietly in the corner and windows opening onto the street add to the feeling that you’ve discovered a secret passageway from Kreuzberg to a miniature villa in Barcelona. Forgotten tunes play constantly through the hanging speakers as you stand chatting with your neighbors or other guests that crowd around Das Hotel’s tiny bar. As it grows late, people begin to dance between the tables and, on the weekend, if you head down to the basement club you’ll discover DJs — but don’t expect to find much more room. At Das Hotel, everyone can find a vacation from their everyday. (Text: Massimo Hartmann / Photos: Daniel Farò)

 Das Hotel, Mariannenstr.26a, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Bar: daily from 16h; Club: Fri-Sat from 23h

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LIV FLEISCHHACKER RECOMMENDS: BIRRA

LIV FLEISCHHACKER RECOMMENDS: BIRRA

Birra is like a mix between an Italian countryside tavern and a modern craft beer bar. A mix I didn’t know I needed in my life, until I stepped foot into Birra. Upon entering you’re greeted by a slew of Italian bartenders rambunctiously jockeying for space behind the bar. Italian craft beer is fascinating — many brewers actually develop their recipes with wine drinkers in mind, which leads to a strong focus on regionality, terroir, and spice. Beers by the Lambrate brewery, a pioneer of Italy’s craft beer movement, make up the core of the bar’s range. They’re flanked by offerings from many other young Italian breweries, as well as a few local ones (Stone and Motel). The bartenders are happy to help you find a beer you enjoy. When I told them I was a big fan of sour beer they plied with me everything they could find, including a taster of a tomato beer that they’d been working on. In order to sustain a solid night of beer, I highly recommend you order some snacks: Birra’s menu offers a delicious selection of fresh panini, charcuterie, cheese, and large, juicy olives. (Text: Liv Fleischhacker / Photos: Devan Grimsrud)

Birra, Prenzlauer Allee 198, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon-Sun 18-2h

Liv Fleischhacker is a native Berliner who moved back to Prenzlauer Berg in 2010. She’s a food and drinks writer, a beer editor, and co-organizer of the city’s Jewish food festival, Nosh Berlin.

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