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FREUNDSCHAFT — A NEXT-LEVEL WINE BAR FOR SIPPING IN STYLE

FREUNDSCHAFT — A NEXT-LEVEL WINE BAR FOR SIPPING IN STYLE

When a drinking occasion calls for expertise, service and a selection nothing short of excellent, may we point you in the direction of Freundschaft, the new(ish) venture of two Berlin wine oracles with Austrian roots — Willi Schlögl (formerly of Cordobar) und Johannes Schellhorn (ex-Nobelhart & Schmutzig) — in connection with the Grill Royal Group. As the bar’s name conveys, the idea is to serve top-notch wine in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere — hence the no-reservations policy and the expansive 40-seat oval bar that invites you to take a seat and pore over the 500-position menu, presented in a sultry dark green tome. Better yet, ask for a recommendation: there’s a large selection of naturals, plus options by the glass (15 bottles are open). Don’t pass up an glass of ”Dein Bester Freund” (“Your Best Friend”), a special 2L Doppler house edition bottle produced by with Weingut Tement in Südsteiermark. A rotating selection of simple small dishes created by Austrian-Vietnamese chef Stefanie La — pickled vegetables, beef tartare — ensures hunger, not only thirst, is kept at bay. Whether you come with a reason to celebrate or just stop by spontaneously for an indulgent after work tipple — this is a place in which friendship flourishes fast.(Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Mina Aichhorn)

Freundschaft, Mittelstr.1, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map

Tue-Sat 17-2h

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SEE ARTWORKS UNFOLD LIVE AT THE UNDERGROUND POP-UP CANVAS BAR

SEE ARTWORKS UNFOLD LIVE AT THE UNDERGROUND POP-UP CANVAS BAR

The tunnels beneath Potsdamer Platz will serve as more than just a transit point this weekend (18.-21.10.2018), when a disused section of the U3 line will be turned into a space for creative experimentation. Selected artists will create works live in front of visitors’ eyes: taking part are Mary Lennox and her incredible floral creations, lettering extraordinaire Stefan Kunz and calligrapher Sigrid Artmann, illustrator and designer Olaf Hajek, paper artist duo Lacy Barry & Cris Wiegandt, aka Crizilla & Delassey, and painter Paul Schrader (who will also host a keynote workshop on 20.10. at 18h.) Having gleaned inspiration from experiencing the artists at work up close, you’re invited to turn your attention to the art of drinking at the “Cocktail Finishing” studio, where you can experiment with flavors and colors to create your own unique twist on the classic Bombay Sapphire gin and tonic at the “tonic wall”. You even have the chance to take the artworks they’ve witnessed being made home with them — each piece will be sold on the final day of the pop-up. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Bombay Sapphire, Mary Lennox)

Canvas Bar by Bombay Sapphire, U3 Station & Tunnel at Potsdamer Platz 1, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten; map
Runs 18.-21.10.2018, Thu-Sat 18-02h, Sun 16-00h. Open to visitors aged 18+.
Tickets available here (including two complimentary drinks).

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SEVERINE NAEVE RECOMMENDS: DIE BAR

SEVERINE NAEVE RECOMMENDS: DIE BAR

There are some things you just can’t keep to yourself, as it would be downright heartless to do so. I’m referring to a gem of a bar, picturesquely located on one of the most beautiful squares in Prenzlauer Berg, right next to the historic Gethsemane Church, and surrounded by ornate stucco facades. As unpretentious as its name — Die Bar — sounds, its interior is charming; its guests spirited. Even if actors, artists, entrepreneurs or charming self-promoters come and go, by the end of the night, a mixed crowd ends up sitting together at the bar, discussing the meaning of life and sharing their favorite tunes. The delightful owner, Nina Traiser, has an eye for interior design, which explains the special allure of this small establishment. Apart from its unique style, the bar offers a very small but fine selection of cocktails and an outstanding assortment of gins that will satisfy even the most discerning connoisseur. It is Nina’s love for the details and the bartenders’ passion that make this place so enticing. If I didn’t already have a living room at home, this is the one I’d choose for myself. (Text: Severine Naeve / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Die Bar, Greifenhagener Str.54, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon-Fri from 19h, Sat-Sun from 20h

Severine Naeve is a freelance journalist and has resided in Berlin for the past six years. She works for NDR and MDR and has fallen in love with the soundscape of her adopted home: nothing inspires her writing more than the conversations she hears on the streets of Berlin.

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BARBARA RUSS RECOMMENDS: KIOSKO IL CALICE

BARBARA RUSS RECOMMENDS: KIOSKO IL CALICE

On the eastern edge of Walter Benjamin Platz stands a single chestnut tree, underneath which Enoteca Il Calice has set up a kiosk. Resembling a Parisian newspaper stand, it in fact offers Italian wines and cuisine. Placed around the “kiosko” are wine crate tables and wooden folding chairs. Gazing over the somewhat atypical yet peacefully quiet square, a symmetrical fountain on the west side catches my eye. Following the construction of the colonnades, architect Wolfgang Kil criticised their creators for having “built with great effort nothing more than “industrialized apartment blocks” from living stone”. I’m no specialist, but I do think this hidden part of Berlin provides space for contemplation. That’s why I like to come to Il Calice, read, have a glass of wine and enjoy the sun that bathes the square in light well into the evening. The philosopher Walter Benjamin, alas, had no affiliation to the square, as his family lived further south in Wilmersdorf. But I think he would have liked it. (Text: Barbara Russ / Photos: Il Calice)

Kiosko Il Calice, Walter-Benjamin-Platz 4, 10629 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map
Mon-Sat 12-1h

Barbara Russ is a freelance journalist and translator. After having lived in Paris, New York and most recently in Düsseldorf, she has (finally) moved back to Berlin and is busy exploring her new Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf neighborhood.

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PALSTA: NORDIC PLATES MEET NATURAL WINE IN SCHILLERKIEZ

PALSTA: NORDIC PLATES MEET NATURAL WINE IN SCHILLERKIEZ

Tempelhofer Feld is a hot contender for Berlin’s best sunset spot — where blushing light casts shadows across the asphalt in distinctive shades. Since August 2018, that same subtle light has been spilling onto the tables of Palsta, where you’re invited to wine and dine with small plates from chef Filip Sondergaard — best known from his work at Dóttir, and natural wines supplied by a variety of local purveyors. Accompanied by a golden-hued glass of Els Bassotets 2016 from Spain, we started with a subtly sweet shrimp tartar, dotted with black pepper mayo, dill and citrus, finished tableside with a tangy spill of buttermilk. Followed by buttery fried anchovies with baby gems and green tomatoes, then fresh Icelandic cod — flown in only hours before hitting our table — with charred cabbage and a vibrant parsley sauce, each carefully constructed plate seemed to one-up the last. As the last of the sun’s peachy golden rays hit our table, we gazed at our fellow diners as they savored the dishes we so enjoyed. After one last glass — a musky, oak-aged Italian red (Le Coste’s Rusticone Rosso), available, as all their wines are, by the bottle to stay or go — we headed out into the late summer evening, the sky now as crimson as the wine still on our palettes. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Palsta, Oderstr.52, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Wed-Sun 15-24h, Kitchen open from 18-22.30h

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