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DIE BAR — MOBILE DRINKS STATION AND BARTENDER FOR STRESS-FREE PARTIES AND EVENTS

DIE BAR — MOBILE DRINKS STATION AND BARTENDER FOR STRESS-FREE PARTIES AND EVENTS

The candles are lit, the canapés are ready and the guests are arriving. But who’s taking care of the drinks? If you are the kind of person who likes to get some help and expertise hosting, why not leave the bar to the folks who actually make the mixers: Thomas Henry. Since summer 2021, the Berlin drinks company has been bringing their mixing expertise into homes and event spaces with Die Bar, a mobile station for tasty drinks. The all-inclusive package can be booked for any event, from garden parties to company celebrations, and is run by a professional bartender, who knows how to blend, shake, stir and, yes, mix it all. There are three packages to choose from, all with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The “Gin & Tonic” is, as the name suggests, dedicated to this classic and comes with five different gins and four tonics. The “Longdrink” menu spices things up by adding the likes of Horse’s Necks and Moscow Mules. For everyone who enjoys lighter drinks: there’s the “Aperitivo”, which serves up Berry Breezes and Rosé & Tonic perfect for any balcony moments or rooftop soirées. Your guests get to indulge in an expertly mixed drink or two but most importantly: you get to relax and spend some quality time with your favorite people. That’s what parties are for, right?

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Thomas Henry

You can reserve Die Bar by sending details of your event, the number of guests and the desired date via the form online.

@thomashenryofficial

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KLINKE: THREE KREUZBERG SIBLINGS SERVING CASUAL CUISINE WITH A HOMETOWN TOUCH ON ORANIENPLATZ

KLINKE: THREE KREUZBERG SIBLINGS SERVING CASUAL CUISINE WITH A HOMETOWN TOUCH ON ORANIENPLATZ

You can’t get more Kreuzberg than this: not only is Klinke right in the middle of it all between Oranienplatz and Kotti, but at the helm are three real Kreuzbergers. Siblings Jette, Lilo and Moritz grew up on Schlesi and are no strangers to Berlin’s restaurant world, having run Mirika near Moritzplatz for several years. The trio found their second location through a childhood acquaintance, who hooked them up with a cafe owner who was giving up his joint. The corner space now shines with new splendour thanks to trained designer Lilo, who has transformed the place into a sophisticated yet casual bistro which retains the vibe of the down-to-earth pub it replaces. Wooden chairs and floors create a warm and uncomplicated look, while the spherical lights and marble counter lend cosmopolitan elegance. Food wise, it’s a similar story with attractively constructed German small plates to share.

This sharing philosophy means it’s best to come to Klinke with several good friends. It’s particularly practical if, like me, you rarely prepare German dishes at home or have friends from overseas visiting. During our visit, we particularly enjoyed the crispy fish croquettes, the tender fried chicken and the cucumber salad as a refreshing addition. Many of the ingredients in these dishes are organic, while the bread and meat come from regional partners (the latter from Havelland). Despite this selection, we didn’t accompany our food with German beer – opting instead for summery, light drinks perfect for outdoor dining. From autumn onwards, Klinke will open its indoor space for cozy gastropub-style dinners and drinks, though you are just as welcome to drop in for lunch to try the simple weekly menu. While the weather allows, grab a seat on the terrace for a slice of Bienenstich and make a toast to Kreuzberg, the Kiez which never gets boring. Speaking of which, the district features in almost every detail: even Klinke’s plates, which are made by a local ceramic artist, are modelled on Viktoriapark. As I said: you can’t get more Kreuzberg than this.

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Kateryna Firsova

Klinke, Dresdener Str.119 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue, 12–15h, Wed–Sat 12–0h, Sun 17–0h

@klinke_berlin

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MIDDLE — ALL-DAY BISTRO FOR MORNING COFFEE, LEVANTINE LUNCH AND EVENING DRINKS AND TAPAS

MIDDLE — ALL-DAY BISTRO FOR MORNING COFFEE, LEVANTINE LUNCH AND EVENING DRINKS AND TAPAS

For me, this year more than any other has been about finding small pleasures in life’s simpler things. And spending the last rays of evening sunshine sipping a bittersweet Campari Spritz at Middle brings me a lot of pleasure. Add in a smattering of small sharing plates that showcase contemporary Levantine cuisine, and the evening is going to be a good one. Tucked away on Mainzer Straße in Neukölln, Middle is what owner Itamar Lanner describes as a mini-bistro. The relaxed and compact neighborhood spot has an all-rounder concept, opening the whole day for morning coffee, lunch, and evening dinner and drinks. As for the food, you can expect some similar tastes to those at Middle’s Kreuzkölln partner Kitten: think crisp vibrant greens paired perfectly with soft Labneh cheese, zingy fermented courgette, creamy smooth hummus, earthy roasted cauliflower and kohlrabi, and pillowy pitta bread, to name just a few dishes on the menu. One taste I cannot forget is my absolute favorite: the homemade harissa. If, like me, you find this condiment something quite special, you can purchase it to take home along with a selection of other treats in jars. Whether you are looking for a quiet morning coffee with a delicate piece of sweet baklava, a long lunch or an evening spritz paired with a few olives to nibble on with friends, Middle has got you covered.

Text: Chloe Galea / Photos: Kateryna Firsova

Middle, Mainzer Str.39, 12053 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Fri 9–22h, Sat & Sun 10–22h, closed on Wednesdays

@middleberlin

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ZENNER — HISTORIC TREPTOWER PARK RETREAT REVIVED FOR SPREESIDE DRINKS AND FOOD

ZENNER — HISTORIC TREPTOWER PARK RETREAT REVIVED FOR SPREESIDE DRINKS AND FOOD

If you walk through Treptower Park towards the Insel der Jugend, you cannot miss the Zenner House on the banks of the Spree. This imposing Neo-Renaissance building served as a grand guesthouse in the early 1900s before it was destroyed during the war. It was subsequently rebuilt by East German architects, but after Berlin’s reunion the building fell into decline: until recently it housed a multinational burger chain. With the opening of Zenner in June 2021, the site has been returned to its former glory as a riverside retreat with a beer and wine garden combining the traditional with the contemporary. Like the century-old original the expansive terrace seats 1500, but the food and drink options are very much modern and extend to two separate menus. The first selection is relaxed: think draught pale ale from the biergarten bar served with a perfectly-cooked Käsespätzle or a plate of Pommes – served not “rot weiß”, but with pico de gallo (tomato salsa) or truffle pesto. The second, more-refined menu includes tapas plates such as stuffed sweet potato with creamed spinach, sage, tomato, feta and pine nuts. These match perfectly with the wine list, which is substantial and focuses on Austrian and German bottles.
 

Whether you go low-key or fancy (or combine both) the cuisine from chef Robert Hilges offers a fresh twist on the German classics that were served to Zenner guests in times past. There’s beauty in the variety: you can drop in for a quick drink to break up your walk or boat ride, or make a full evening of it with a multi-plate dinner with sunset views over the river. As for entertainment, there is a program of live music and DJ sets such as this Friday’s Ceremony x Musikgarten (23.07.2021). Before you head off, don’t forget to seek out the hidden ice cream parlour and coffee stand for some treats to go. As for indoors, all of the buildings on the site are to be fully renovated by 2024, when we will finally be able to say: Zenner is back!

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Kateryna Firsova

Zenner, Alt-Treptow 15, 12435 Berlin–Alt-Treptow; map
Mon–Fri 12h–late & Sat–Sun 10h–late

@zenner.berlin

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PLANES AND DRINKS AT SUNSET — ROSINENBAR THF AT THE HISTORIC TEMPELHOF HANGAR

PLANES AND DRINKS AT SUNSET — ROSINENBAR THF AT THE HISTORIC TEMPELHOF HANGAR

Drinking at Tempelhofer Feld might not be new, but how about enjoying an ice-cold beer or refreshing cocktail right by the airport? Rosinenbar THF is a pop-up bar located in the former terminal that offers just such a high-flying experience. You reach the venue through the historic Werner-Loebermann-Weg departure halls, through what would have been security, then to the gate and down the steps out into a huge hangar. Usually out-of-bounds, this area is for a short time open to everyone for evening drinks. The venue is named after the Rosinenbomber aircraft which delivered food to West Berlin after the war, and serves up some provisions of its own with a fully-stocked bar plus food from the BBQ. A must-try is the Lufthansa Cocktail, which the flag carrier served to first class passengers in the 1950s and 60s (those were the days). There’s on-board entertainment too, with a line-up of jazz nights, film screenings and DJ sets, such as tonight’s (15.07.2021) reading by actor Marina Frenk followed by sundown music. Grab a seat and enjoy drinks with views of the Feld and the US army C-54 aircraft that still sits in the hangar. Sadly, the Rosinenbar will soon depart – it is only open until 25.07 – so consider this your final call for boarding…

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Kateryna Firsova & Nina Trippel

Rosinenbar Thf, Tempelhofer Damm 1–7, 12101 Berlin–Tempelhof; map
Daily from 17h. Check Facebook for upcoming events.


@rosinenbar

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