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BAR AM UFER: CANALSIDE CORNER FOR ALL-DAY DRINKS AND LIGHT BITES

BAR AM UFER: CANALSIDE CORNER FOR ALL-DAY DRINKS AND LIGHT BITES


Where do the club kids go when the dancefloors are closed? Bar am Ufer, the all-day cafe-bar from the team behind techno mecca Griessmuehle, must be high up on the list. Located on a sunny corner by the Treptower Brücke, the canalside space used to house an old Eckkneipe before it was taken over by the club – by then closed due to Corona – in May 2020. As its shorter name BAU suggests, the crew built the whole bar themselves, from the geometric metal-and-concrete tables to the rescued office chairs donated by a fan of the club. Hot and cold drinks and small dishes come with laid-back vibes included, and you feel as welcome coming for a morning cappuccino and cake (they open from 9h!) as you do for sunset drinks with a grilled-cheese sandwich. Speaking of drinks: try the homemade lemonade with fresh mint and ginger for the perfect sweet-sour balance or, for something stronger, one of the well-presented classic cocktails like the piquant Bloody Mary. The perfect recipe for an evening of drinks by the canal – even if there’s no techno thud… (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh & Bar am Ufer)

Bar am Ufer, Kiehlufer 121, 12059 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Sun–Thu 9–22h, Fri & Sat 9–1h
@baramufer

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SHED — NATURAL WINE BAR AND DELI FOR SMALL-BATCH BOTTLES AND SEASONAL PLATES

SHED — NATURAL WINE BAR AND DELI FOR SMALL-BATCH BOTTLES AND SEASONAL PLATES

In January 2020, Darius Suski and Łukasz Sołowiej opened Shed, a wine bar and deli that sits unassumingly on the corner of Pannierstraße and Pflügerstraße just a few minutes walk from the pair’s other restaurant, W Pizza. The space feels curated as if the goal is to build Berlin’s dream apartment, starting with the marble tables adorned with flowers by Maggie Coker from Rag and Bone Man. Tiles are offset by wood details, giving the stripped-back space a homely texture, while an asymmetric rise built into the ceiling mimics a shed. The extensive natural wine menu features bottles from small-scale vineyards that aren’t stocked elsewhere in Germany, making each drop a new experience for the palette. Try sparkling wines from Czech Republic, or wine aged in oak for 14 months. To accompany is a small but carefully-selected changing food menu: opt for the charcuterie and cheese board, or dive further into one of their meals such as the homemade three-day brisket served with fried capers and fresh sourdough. In a rush? You can pick up bottles and Italian larder goods to go! (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet & Sophie Döring)

Shed, Pannierstr.24 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Tue–Fri 18–0h, Sat 16–0h
See the menu and book a table online
@shed_berlin

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HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS AND FINE BREWS AT OMEGA BAR — RECOMMENDED BY MARIE SPRINGER

HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS AND FINE BREWS AT OMEGA BAR — RECOMMENDED BY MARIE SPRINGER

Where should we head tonight: a pub or a cocktail bar? Here, hidden in the heart of Neukölln, you can do both. At Omega Bar, opened by the Krass Bösen Wolf team in 2013 you can get good draught beer and excellent cocktails all under one roof. The pub’s charm and relaxed industrial style makes it great for after work drinks and weekend meetups too. Omega’s patrons are mainly neighbors and regulars, and you can be sure you will be welcomed like a local. With names like Cornelius and Donald, the ten cocktails are playful and distinctive. Popcorn, cornflakes and mango ayran may not be classic cocktail ingredients, but they are combined here with true mixological sophistication. My favorite: the Vivien, a twist on the Pornstar Martini with vodka, passion fruit and vanilla, mixed with soy milk and a splash of champagne. The homemade shots are also a must. (Text: Marie Springer / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Marie Springer is a freelance graphic and concept designer working with clients like Lamm Bar.

Omega Bar, Wipperstr.18, 12055 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Sat from 19h
@omegabar

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A NEW SPACE FOR CINEMA LOVERS — KINO & BAR IN DER KÖNIGSTADT

A NEW SPACE FOR CINEMA LOVERS — KINO & BAR IN DER KÖNIGSTADT

In this age of streaming, going to the cinema can feel almost nostalgic. But what if it’s not just a big screen, but a meeting place for shared experiences and exchange too? Harald Siebler sees his recently opened Kino & Bar in der Königstadt as precisely such a place. The focus at this Berlinale partner cinema is not nonstop box office hits, but instead carefully-selected films which can later be unpicked over a drink in the adjoining bar. “Classics, new releases, and little-known movies,” Siebler says of the program. “We want to show good films that arouse curiosity,” he says. This focus on quality is also evident in the interior: instead of tightly-packed narrow seats, Siebler’s cinema has spacious velvet chairs with plenty of legroom. And not only is this a pretty auditorium, but it is also unconventional: in contrast to regular cinemas, at Königstadt natural materials such as hemp, pressed paper and Swiss stone pine are used throughout the building. Time to put your next Netflix night on hold. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Kino & Bar in der Königstadt
Straßburger Str.55, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
You can find the program here.

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INVENTIVE COCKTAILS WITH FAMILY SPIRIT AT SOHNEMANN — RECOMMENDED BY WILL GLUCKIN

INVENTIVE COCKTAILS WITH FAMILY SPIRIT AT SOHNEMANN — RECOMMENDED BY WILL GLUCKIN

In the inter-kiez war to capture Berlin’s attention with exciting new bars, Friedrichshain has taken a backseat lately. Enter Sohnemann, a new watering hole just north of the madness of Simon-Dach-Straße. At the helm, and often behind the bar, is Sam: a born-and-bred Friedrichshainer with a deft, physical approach to mixology. Everything in the place bears Sam’s fingerprints, from the wood-and-black-tile interior to the well-matched playlist of smoked-out jazz and gently pulsing electronica. At the crux of it all lies the imaginative drinks list, with the F-Hain Spritz – a gin-and-lime refreshment with notes of ginger and hibiscus – a personal favorite. For Sam, Sohnemann is a family affair: the Opa Willi and Tante Käthe cocktails are inspired by childhood memories of relatives, while the shelves are stocked with bottles he was tipped off about by his friends. The liqueurs and syrups used for the drinks are often homemade, as is the bathtub gin. New drinks are being added all the time, so stop by and be surprised! (Text: Will Gluckin / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Will Gluckin leads the communications team at Berlin-based travel company GetYourGuide. He is from the New York City area and has lived in Friedrichshain since 2017.

Sohnemann, Niederbarnimstr.23, 10247 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Mon–Thu 18–2h, Fri–Sat 18–3h
@sohnemann_bar

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