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)
Sauntering into Dschungel Bar in Neukölln, one becomes immediately immersed in a room buzzing with an intense jungle energy. On the way to claim a table, you’ll brush past repurposed tree trunks collected from all over the city. Distressed mirror tiles cover the ceiling, infinitely multiplying the expanse of vines and leaves that dangle above. Wallpaper depicts lush, tropical rainforests and if you peer carefully through the crowds, you might glimpse glistening white frogs that swim about in an aquarium. Dschungel’s signature cocktail, the “Nordflügel”, is my favorite, featuring rosemary, lemon, orange juice and beer syrup with an exclusive, small-batch gin crafted by a German distillery. It has laid the groundwork for many seductive summer evenings over the years, and pairs perfectly with the animated, yet relaxed vibes you’ll find at Dschungel. (Text & Photos: Becca Crawford)
Becca Crawford is a photographer and creative content-maker specializing in food and lifestyle imagery. She moved to Kreuzberg from Sydney in 2014 and regularly features her work on her Instagram account.
There’s been an enigmatic addition to the Berlin underground scene this year, tucked away into a courtyard cellar at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. It’s called Bob’s Pogo Bar, though it’s much more than a bar in the classical sense of the word. Bob’s is an installation, salon and theatre stage all at once. Designed by LA-based artist Robert Wilhite as part of the KW’s 2017 artistic program, the bar sees nocturnal animals meet oblique angles and elongated shadows. Opening its doors once a week (usually on a Thursday), Bob’s is taken over by an artist for an evening. The program — compiled by Maurin Dietrich and Cathrin Myer — ranges from sound performances and thematic dinners to short plays and spacial interventions, and is announced seven days in advance on the KW website. This week’s event, which exceptionally takes place on Friday (19.5.17), is a reading of Ishion Hutchinson’s “Trouble on the Road Again”. P.S. KW Friends and KW Lovers get exclusive access to all events taking place at Bob’s. (Text: Ann Richter / Photos (clockwise): Norbert Bayer / Frank Sperling, KW Institute for Contemporary Art)
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“Panama is the land of our dreams,” the bear excitedly tells the tiger in Janosch’s children’s story, “The Trip to Panama.” As an adult, thanks to a healthy intake of specialty cocktails from Tiger Bar, there’s no need to leave Berlin to find the land of your dreams. Along with its sister restaurant, Panama - from the team behind Katz Orange – this elegant watering hole owes its inspiration to Janosch’s book as well as mother nature herself. Surrounded by flora and decor that seem to belong to a mythical place and time (or rather to the “new Berlin”), visitors sample small bites such as oysters and pumpkin chips. But most come for the drinks, with ingredients as experimental as you’d expect from a venue based on travel and exploration: radishes, red beets, lentils, bananas, and tarragon. Curiosity is at the heart of Janosch’s tale, and the same could be said about Tiger Bar’s offerings; meaning the more adventurous you are, the closer you’ll get to dreamland. (Text: Yasha Wallin / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)
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A native of sunny California, Yasha Wallin moved to Berlin in 2013, and currently calls Mitte home. When not on the lookout for the coolest new spots in town, she works as an editor.
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)