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LAMM — COCKTAILKUNST IN INDUSTRIELLEM AMBIENTE

LAMM — COCKTAILKUNST IN INDUSTRIELLEM AMBIENTE

Nicely set back from the street on Prenzlauer Berg’s northern border, Lamm is a cocktail bar causing quite a stir amongst the city’s mixologists. Hannes Lautenschlager and Dustin Franke opened this urban oasis in January 2019, transforming deserted rooms into a spacious and sleek concrete-walled interior. Subdued lighting and carefully arranged seating give it intimacy and warmth – perfect for a snug evening sipping drinks. And every sip is a joy: combining barkeeping knowhow and a good bit of imagination, Lamm quietly produces some spectacular cocktails. Also available in small tasting sizes, the drinks are big on fresh fruit and herbs, with the likes of peach, mango, lavender and rosemary bringing zest and punch. The walnut-topped “Waldorfsalat” is definitely worth a full glass, blending vodka, celery, apple and milk for a delightfully mellow taste. No wonder Berlin’s cocktail scenesters are flocking here. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Lamm, Wisbyer Str.1, 10439 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon–Sat 18–4h
@lamm_bar

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BRUTAL 54 FOR TASTY DRINKS IN A LIVELY SETTING — RECOMMENDED BY GEORGIE POPE

BRUTAL 54 FOR TASTY DRINKS IN A LIVELY SETTING — RECOMMENDED BY GEORGIE POPE

Since summer 2019 this cocktail bar has been the talk of the town, or at least Kreuzkölln. Brutal 54 was a previously hidden speakeasy, but its space in the Hobrechtstrasse is now open for all. Co-owners Silvan and Maarten transformed the former Raumfahrer bar into a sleek and concept-strong interior with beautiful lighting. Here, less is more, and the surroundings ooze with as much taste as the cocktail list. As a firm lover of both whisky and sake, one of my favorite concoctions brings these together with real panache, topping it off with a garnish of frozen kaffir lime leaves. Come to Brutal at the weekend and you’ll find the space absolutely buzzing. You can definitely arrive unaccompanied and find a space inside to call your own, settling down with a fresh and potent negroni. If it’s a casual weeknight beer you prefer, the bar seats provide the perfect perch. (Text: Georgie Pope / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Georgie Pope is a curator working for the likes of Independent Collectors and the Boros Collection.
Brutal 54, Hobrechtstr.54, 12047, Berlin–Neukölln; map
Tue–Sat, from 20h
@brutal54berlin

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BONVIVANT: THE BAR AND RESTAURANT SERVING A SYMPHONY OF COLOR

BONVIVANT: THE BAR AND RESTAURANT SERVING A SYMPHONY OF COLOR

A beautiful, eye-catching building in Schöneberg is the home of the new cocktail bistro Bonvivant. Inside the pastel-colored furniture and soft lighting exude quality and attention to detail – the perfect setting for an unforgettable dining experience. To start, try an aperitif mixed by award-winning Yvonne Rahm and served with a dash of aromatic bitters to intensify your sensory experience. The weekly-rotating dishes from top organic chef Ottmar Pohl-Hoffbauer are seasonal, local and all vegetarian. We tried everything: from a ravioli with blue banana and zappho pumpkins and king oyster mushrooms to the gnocchi with chanterelles, broccoli, almonds and lemon. But there is more to Bonvivant: the back room acts as a séparée with a round, revolving table perfect for special occasions. Head further in through the dark curtains past the freezers and you come across a hidden gallery in the basement. No matter how much you feel like a regular here, there’s always more to discover. (Text: Sophie Herzberg / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

Bonvivant, Goltzstr.32, 10781 Berlin–Schöneberg; map
Mon–Sun 18–1h
@bonvivantberlin

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STRASSENBRÄU: THE NEIGHBORLY BREWPUB WHERE EACH BARREL SURPRISES

STRASSENBRÄU: THE NEIGHBORLY BREWPUB WHERE EACH BARREL SURPRISES

Whether you’re a beer pro or merely curious about ale, you’ll definitely want to try the entire menu at Straßenbräu, the Friedrichshain brewery and pub where experimentation is very much the norm. Since 2015 founder Timo Thoennißen and his team have been on a mission to bring an endless variety of ales, wheat beers and stouts to Berlin drinkers. But what makes this craft beer pub different? For one thing, it’s the team’s willingness to be bold. Head brewer Sebastian Pfister isn’t afraid to challenge German beer orthodoxy, recently causing a storm with the “Coconaut”, a chocolatey stout that rather improbably contains coconut. Like the team, the offerings are international, with the “Sonnenallee 20” pale ale that combines German and American hop varieties for a truly transatlantic brew. Beer making is onsite, and you can swig your brew amongst the very kegs and brewing tanks from which it came, or simply head outside to one of the traditional beer tables and bring your own food from the surrounding imbisses. Not enough time to taste everything? You can also take the brews home in 1L bottles. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland & Straßenbräu)

Straßenbräu, Neue Bahnhofstr.30, 10245 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Mon–Thu 17–1h, Fri–Sat 14–2h, Sun 14–1h
As part of Berlin Beer Week, Straßenbräu are hosting Barcelona brewers Garage this Friday (26.07.2019)
@strassenbraeu

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NO BANANAS — A MEMORABLE MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE

NO BANANAS — A MEMORABLE MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE

No, this place doesn’t have any bananas, but they do have authentic food and drinks from the Aegean Sea. Eat, Drink & Share is the motto of No Bananas, explains Nevzat Ataray, the Istanbul-born owner of the Mediterranean restaurant. I discovered No Bananas by chance on my way home one evening and know I’ll never miss it again – because this place is special. No Bananas is refreshingly different: Fine multicultural dishes from Istanbul are celebrated and skillfully reinterpreted. For Nev, food is a form of expression, a common language that we all speak. The atmosphere in the restaurant is warm, cozy and relaxed. Food, culture and music intermingle harmoniously and guests instantly feel at home here. I usually like to come with friends after work for drinks and meze on the petrol-blue bench in front of the restaurant, or enjoy a delicious, ambient dinner on the weekends. Allow Istanbul’s cuisine to surprise you: Order the sardines, the manti (easily the best in Berlin), crispy fresh salicornia, artichokes with burrata and miso or the fava bean puree – and share some unforgettable moments with each other. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

No Bananas, Pannierstr. 29, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Tue–Thu 18–0h, Fri-Sat 18–3h
@nobananasberlin

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