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MARKUS ROLL RECOMMENDS: HACKBARTH’S

MARKUS ROLL RECOMMENDS: HACKBARTH’S

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to explore all the cafés and bars that Berlin has to offer. It’s all too easy to lose track of the options. So when you need to make a decision, it’s advisable to have a true third place alternative up your sleeve — a so-called “plan C”, somewhere you can depend on. One such spot is the legendary Hackbarth’s, which has been around since the fall of the Wall. Here, I can find a quiet corner to sit and read my newspaper in peace in the mornings over a cup of coffee. Or hold a meeting further in the back with a slice of cake (topped with whipped cream, old school-style) or enjoy a pint of beer at the massive brass counter until the early hours — and all that, seven days a week. No need to look up the opening hours beforehand. The whole thing feels honest, reliable and rooted in tradition, partly due to the timeless and minimalist yet homey furnishings. When the world seems to be turning too fast, Hackbarth’s is here to help you unwind. (Text: Markus Roll / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Hackbarth’s, Auguststr.49a, 10119 Berlin-Mitte, map
Mon-Sat 10-4h, Sun 10-24h

Markus Roll worked as a pastor for twelve years. He’s a fan of Fuckup Nights, an event series which sees startup founders share their failures, and co-hosts ABC, an event featuring music, talks, and networking. The next round takes place on 6.9.2018.

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BRUS: TANK-TO-GLASS BREWPUB — NOT JUST FOR BEER NERDS

BRUS: TANK-TO-GLASS BREWPUB — NOT JUST FOR BEER NERDS

Situated within a renovated iron foundry on what might just be Copenhagen’s hippest street, find Brus: an eclectic bar with an onsite brewery and a backdrop of oak barrels. The enormous brewpub has a lively and leisurely feel that will make you either sink into its oak-panelled booths, nerd out at the bar with front-row seats to the shiny serving tanks or enjoy the late evening rays on the outdoor beer benches. Less experimental than Mikkeller’s brews but all the more drinkable, Brus’ selection ranges from their refreshing and tart Santa Rabarbera made with Berliner Weisse, rhubarb and mandarin, to malty American Brown Ale, to an imperial carrot cake stout with deep caramel notes and a creamy top hat of foam. A neat extra: The team behind Brus also serves cocktails on tap made with in-house distilled spirits and craft tonic – including the Verbenator made with lemon verbena, apple and vodka – which the team swears by, and so do we. Before you leave, get a souvenir: The shop has a nice selection of guest beers and local talent for the road. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Brus)

Brus, Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 Copenhagen-Nørrebro; map
Bar: Mon–Thur 15–24h, Fri–Sat 12–3h, Sun 12–0h
Shop: Mon–Sun 12–21h

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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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