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CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL PROGRAM IN A HISTORICAL AMBIENCE: ZENNER OPENS AGAIN WITH PARTIES, CONCERTS AND READINGS

CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL PROGRAM IN A HISTORICAL AMBIENCE: ZENNER OPENS AGAIN WITH PARTIES, CONCERTS AND READINGS

With the opening of Zenner in June 2021, a historic but neglected site in Treptower Park was brought back to life as a trendy place to dine and drink on the river. Now, the Spreeside retreat is reviving its centerpiece: the previously derelict Zenner Haus. The GDR-era venue – complete with peeling walls and retro windows – will host a summer program of concerts, club nights and cultural events, allowing guests to watch, dance and drink in the iconic building. The lineup includes celebrated artists and collectives from Berlin and beyond, continuing on 06.04.2022 with an evening with author Michael Nast, who became the voice of Germany’s young people with his 2016 bestseller “Generation Beziehungsunfähig”.

If it’s a party you’re looking for, on 09.04. the space will welcome the latest edition of Buttons, the queer club night that, since its founding as Homopatik more than a decade ago, has achieved legendary status on the Berlin scene. Also celebrated – not just in Berlin but all over the world – is composer and musician Roger Eno, who will fill the hall of Zenner Haus with music from his latest album, “The Turning Year” on 12.05. If the cultural program is a reason to visit Zenner, you’ll want to stick around for the other highlight: a craft beer in the delightful riverside beer garden. Sounds like summer to us.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Harrison Haines, Wendy Wei & Lena Burmann

Zenner, Alt-Treptow 15, 12435 Berlin–Treptow; map
Beer garden soft opening 02. & 03.04.2022 12–18h. For the full program and tickets visit the Zenner website.

@zenner.berlin

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OONA — IN-STUDIO BAR AND COMMUNITY SPACE FROM NEUKÖLLN’S REFUGE RADIO

OONA — IN-STUDIO BAR AND COMMUNITY SPACE FROM NEUKÖLLN’S REFUGE RADIO

Neukölln-based radio station Refuge Worldwide has been on our radar since it hit Berlin (and the world’s) airwaves in spring 2021. As well as growing online listenership, the station’s presenters and DJs now have another audience: the guests and regulars at Oona, Refuge’s very own in-studio bar at their home on Weserstr. Located in the front part of the studio space, the bar is a place to listen to the station’s programming right where it’s being broadcast. The interior itself is a simple, relaxed affair: its standout feature is a groovy chrome bar area that comes courtesy of designers at ErtlundZull(who are also responsible for the kitchen and lighting in one of our favorite bakeries). The bar is as well-suited for afternoon meetups as late night drinks dates, stocking a great selection of organic orange wines and cocktails including a vegan whiskey sour made with aquafaba. You can hang out at one of the intimate tables or pay a visit to the back room where you can get a glimpse of the live studio and booth designed by DJ Christopher Hreno. (read more

Besides broadcasting everything from Afrofunk to modern British electronica, the studio also serves as a workshop space that offers free sessions on music production (with priority given to marginalized groups), voice embodiment and sound healing sessions and even the odd spoken word night. Far more than just a drinking venue, Oona feels like a community hub where all sorts of people from Neukölln and beyond come together. Indeed, the idea for the bar was inspired by a child who frequently visits the space, much to the delight of the regulars. The child’s name: Oona.

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Oona, Weserstr.166, 12045 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Tue–Thu 13–0h, Fri–Sat 13–2h

@oona.bar
@refugeworldwide

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KASCHK BY BRLO — CRAFT BEER BAR GETS A NEW MENU AND TASTY BREWS ON TAP

KASCHK BY BRLO — CRAFT BEER BAR GETS A NEW MENU AND TASTY BREWS ON TAP

“Sometimes what belongs together comes together,” says Ben Pommer of the reopening of Kaschk. Known for its fine coffee, Scandinavian beers and shuffleboard, the bar now has “by Brlo” tacked onto its name after a takeover by the Berlin master brewers. Some things have remained the same, like the focus on beer: there are 12 varieties on tap, many of them now Brlo brews. My favorite is the Happy Pils, a delicately malty beer that retains a distinct bitterness. But the biggest change is to be found on the menu. As head of gastro at Brlo’s Brwhouse headquarters, Pommer has put vegetables at the forefront, whether fermented, pickled, smoked, or cooked in salt. Now he has “Brloized” Kaschk, meaning there are lots of nice things to accompany your beer with: nuts with Brlo’s BBQ rub, olives cooked with rosemary, thyme and and lemon-orange zest plus a delicious toasted flosame sandwich with mortadella and pistachio cream. The signature dish, however, is the vegan butcher’s plate. It includes beetroot baked in salt dough which is served in wafer-thin bresaola slices and tastes juicy, salty and sweet at the same time. Other highlights include a jackfruit rillette with sweet brandy and vegetarian stock, hay-smoked celery, and a pumpkin parfait that’s far more exciting than the typical vegan pastes. For the carnivores there’s also a non-vegan snack board with cheeses from Fritz Blomeyer and cooked meats from Biomanufaktur Havelland. The accompanying bread comes from the neighboring Zeit für Brot bakery. That said, I would make the trip for the jackfruit rillette alone – not to mention the beer. As for Pommer, he prefers to drink kombucha. To find out why, listen to the latest episode of the Teller Stories podcast where we also reveal how to pronounce the name Brlo correctly…

Text: Tina Hüttl / Photos: Kaschk

Kaschk by Brlo, Linienstr.40, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Thu 8–2h, Fri 8–3h, Sat 10–3h, Sun 10–2h

@Kaschk

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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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