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COLORFUL COCKTAILS AT EIGENGRAU

COLORFUL COCKTAILS AT EIGENGRAU

Drinking makes you hungry. Thankfully there’s good food and great people to share it all with at Eigengraubar, named after that deep gray you see in total darkness. Eigengrau is also the name of their signature drink, a cocktail with sloe gin, lemon, egg whites, soda and activated charcoal. Bartender Jenny Klama typically names her drinks after their colors, like the Ingwerocker, an orange cocktail with whiskey, baked apple, lemon and ginger beer, or the Bernsteinbrown, a beautiful amber with rum, malt beer, chocolate and absinthe. Owners Eva Wenger and Mo Binto make sure what comes out of the kitchen is given just as much care as the drinks. The menu changes regularly, but when we visited, we enjoyed a prawn salad, roasted pumpkin with lemon yogurt and green curry, and grilled octopus with potatoes, cucumber, yogurt and smoked chili. The interior is equally vibrant, right down to the flamingo bar stools and the neon lights, while the music and ambiance set the perfect mood for a Saturday night. And given we’re bound to be a little hungover the morning after, the team plans to start serving Sunday brunch soon too. Because that same rule applies for the day after: drinking makes you hungry. (Text: Eva Biringer / Photos: Mina Aichhorn)

Eigengrau, Skalitzer Str.45, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Thu 17.30–1h, Fr–Sa 17.30–5h, So 17.30–1h
@eigengrau.bar

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JOIN MOTEL BEER & COFFEE FOR THEIR NEXT TOUR AND TASTING

JOIN MOTEL BEER & COFFEE FOR THEIR NEXT TOUR AND TASTING

For any excursion from a picnic in the park to a road trip to the lake – Motel has you covered. The brand offers beer and coffee in distinct aluminum cans imbued with mid-century modern motifs designed by Creative Director Marie Stadelmann. Under the guidance of Peter Read, the head of beer, Motel sells a delicious IPA, a Pale Ale, a Golden Ale and a Kellerbier alongside a rotation of seasonal brews. Cory Andreen, co-founder of the Berlin Coffee Festival, leads their coffee operations. Using beans sourced from cooperatives and natural farms, they’ve developed a canned Nitro Coffee and a Flat White that even foams when you open it. How does this all work? Find out for yourself: This Sunday 10.03.2019, you’re invited to a free guided tour through their production facilities, a microbrewery in Reinickendorf. If you’re satisfied with their tasty drinks, find more refreshments at some of your favorite bars and shops like BrewDogs and Lager Lager. Alternatively, ask their head of operations, Travis Wilson, how to get a case delivered to your office. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Motel Beer & Coffee)

Motel Beer & Coffee, Waldstr.11a, 13403 Berlin–Reinickendorf; map

Open Brewery & Stock Sale: Sun 10.03.2019, 12–18h

@motelbeer

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ZOSSE — A LIVELY BAR TUCKED AWAY IN A SLEEPY ALLEY

ZOSSE — A LIVELY BAR TUCKED AWAY IN A SLEEPY ALLEY

On a quiet side street in the historic Rixdorf neighborhood, you may come across a discreet sidewalk sign pointing down an alley. Follow its lead, and you’ll be charmed to discover Zosse. Opened in June 2018 by Paul Seifert, this bucolic bar finds its home in a former blacksmith’s workshop. Records stretching back as far as 1888 describe how the original tenants forged horseshoes, hence the name Zosse – an old German word for horse. Once you’ve pushed past the large, barn-like doors, you’ll be greeted by wood-clad walls, soft candlelight and, in winter, a roaring wood-burning stove. Take a seat and pore over their toothsome list of house-made drinks and bar snacks while nibbling on their zesty popcorn. The newest addition to their menu and our personal favorite is the Old Islay Bramble Sour, a blend of whiskey and bramble liqueur (derived from blackberries). Across the courtyard from the main room is their retro smoking room, accented with industrial lamps, a typewriter, and daguerreotype photos. In summer, take a seat in the Biergarten and enjoy a drink al fresco. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Zosse Bar & Biergarten, Richardstr.37, 12043 Berlin–Neukölln; map

Tue-Thu 18-1h, Fri 18-3h, Sat 16-3h, Sun 16-24h

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DR. MAURY — FINE WINES AND DELECTABLE SMALL PLATES

DR. MAURY — FINE WINES AND DELECTABLE SMALL PLATES

Dr. Maury is a casual wine bar opened in Summer 2018 by the same restaurateurs behind the French bistro Les Valseuses. Owner Olivier Lapeyre greets me with a warm smile and casual air, offering a funky red wine with pepper notes. They have a rotating wine list but often stray from the menu. “We open what we feel at the time.” He uncorks a second wine, a vivid Malbec fermented with pressurized grapes. The focus at Dr. Maury remains wine, but the small plates are more than satisfactory, showcasing the duo’s background in gastronomy. Their chipped gouda with sugar beet reduction and onions is a careful orchestration of flavors that balance perfectly with the Jurancon Noir or something a bit more tannic like Château Peyrat. The creamy artichoke spread is also a must-try when you visit. “In France,” Olivier recounts, “wine used to be part of your wages.” That same knowledgeable but unfussy approach extends to their occasional events. They’ve held a blind taste test of natural wines as well as an exhibition of vintage skateboard stickers, so stay on the lookout for what’s next. Drop by for a glass of whatever’s pouring that night. (Text: Eric Bain / Photos: Cee Cee Creative (Pamina Aichhorn))

Dr. Maury, Schönhauser Allee 62, 10437 Berlin; map
Mon–Sun 18–1h

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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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