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GREEN DOOR BAR X BOTUCAL: THE ESPRESSO MARTINI GETS AN UPGRADE AT THE NEW YORK-STYLE BAR

GREEN DOOR BAR X BOTUCAL: THE ESPRESSO MARTINI GETS AN UPGRADE AT THE NEW YORK-STYLE BAR

If you’re a stickler when it comes to cocktails, then you’ve come to the right place: Behind the green door. Here is where you’ll find people at work who feel the same way. Like Maria, who has been working in the upscale bar scene for ten years now and is currently the bar manager of Schöneberg’s Green Door Bar. As a trained product designer, she is passionate about the design of teapots and the right consistency of an espresso martini. Here, she enriches the bar’s cult classic using Botucal Rum with Nitrogen. You probably know Nitro Coffee, well the process has a similar effect on the Espresso Martini, its velvety texture is profoundly different from what other bars pour from the shaker. The nitrogen ensures the taste is even smoother without being too sweet. But nitrogen isn’t the only ingredient with a wow effect. Botucal Mantuano forms the rum base and Barley Shoshu is added, along with hazelnut spirit, maple syrup and coffee — cold brew, of course. The team at the Green Door Bar never stand still and are constantly experimenting to offer new specials. And it’s not just locals who are a fan — the bar has been around for almost thirty (!) years — international guests are regular visitors. Seasonality also plays a role and capturing the flavors that people are craving in the moment inspires the cocktail specials. At the moment, fruity spring flavors such as cherry and plum blossom are on the menu. So whether you’re looking for heralds of spring in a glass, want to wake up the weekend with an espresso martini, or simply want to talk shop about drinks with like-minded people: Behind the green door, you’re in the middle of Berlin and exactly the right place. 

Text: Maria Mayer / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Green Door Bar, Winterfeldtstr.50, 10781 Berlin–Schöneberg; map

Please drink responsibly. Botucal is a registered trademark. ©2024 Diplomático Branding, Unipessoal LDA. All rights reserved.

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WHETHER CYCLING TO THE OFFICE OR ON A DAY TRIP TO THE COUNTRYSIDE: GET THROUGH EVERYDAY (AND THE RAIN) CAREFREE WITH ORTLIEB DAYPACKS

WHETHER CYCLING TO THE OFFICE OR ON A DAY TRIP TO THE COUNTRYSIDE: GET THROUGH EVERYDAY (AND THE RAIN) CAREFREE WITH ORTLIEB DAYPACKS

Finding the right backpack is a challenge. It should have plenty of storage space but look as sleek and minimal as possible. It should be comfortable and, of course, match your outfit. On that note, it should complement your outfit, not be an attention-grabbing, bulky accessory. If you don’t want to compromise on comfort or sacrifice style, the OrtliebDaypacks are your solution. The brand has been around since 1982 and is universally loved for its minimalist and functional yet unconventional aesthetic. If you cycle a lot, you’re probably already familiar with Ortlieb. But the range not only includes bike bags and outdoor luggage, but backpacks suitable for everyday use. The Ortlieb Daypacks make perfect (and useful) companions that adapt to your needs, not the other way around. They have plenty of room to pack an outfit for after-work activities between your laptop and lunchbox. Not to mention the eternal search for small items is a thing of the past thanks to the various compartments. Unexpected rain? No problem thanks to the lightweight, durable yet waterproof nylon fabric. In addition to waterproofness, the focus is sustainable production. Ortlieb products are durable and also repairable in the rare instance something does break — product repairability has always been part of the Ortlieb DNA. Even after years of intensive use, the team can almost always make their bags functional again. So, whether you’re cycling across Berlin, going on a spontaneous hike, or simply running your daily errands, the Daypacks fit everything you need so that you’ll be perfectly equipped for the day’s challenges — whatever the weather. All that’s missing now is your next inner-city adventure.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Lars Schneider

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BETWEEN CLOUDMONSTERS AND MAGIC WALLS: IN GERMANY’S FIRST ON STORE

BETWEEN CLOUDMONSTERS AND MAGIC WALLS: IN GERMANY’S FIRST ON STORE

Overcoming your inner sloth with a monster? It could work if you’re walking on clouds, I’d say. And that’s where the Cloudmonster 2 comes in: It wants to take you over the asphalt like a cloud. That’s exactly what On set out to do in 2010. But I can testify that the shoes also take you to the fifth floor of an old building pretty well. Bouncy! After a decade and a half, the idea of a new type of running shoe has become a global player in the sportswear and lifestyle sector – with a worldwide presence and success. And now proud Berliners too, as the first store in Germany opened here on 14.03.2024. The “On Community Store” is practically in the middle of Mitte at the subway station Weinmeisterstraße and is the place to go on two floors for anyone looking for the right equipment for their next run. In addition to the aforementioned Cloudmonster 2 – with neon orange accents, for example – there are also matching outfits from head (caps) to toe (socks) and all body parts in between. Color-coordinated, if you like. While everything to do with running products can be found on the first floor, On has also planned space for events in the basement, in addition to the focus on trail running, training, all-day performance and tennis. Because sport can be perfect me-time, but also social time in the best and most genuine sense.

That’s why On also hosts its own Run Club, which now has a permanent venue here. It is hosted by On Ambassador Björn Menges and starts every Thursday at 18h30, with more community-driven events to follow. At the opening, there was already a foretaste of this with its own T-shirt print station. But if you want to have your very own moment with On first, to get to know the brand: at the silver Magic Walls, you can discover the different shoes, try them on and find your perfect fit – whether for the office run, everyday walk or trail run (then with a waterproof upper). Once you have your shoe of choice on your feet, the only thing missing might be the tunes in your ears. But the On Team has taken care of that too: Jayda G., a Grammy-nominated DJ, producer and environmental toxicologist, has teamed up with a team of neuroscientists from London’s Kinda Studios. The result is this track that will hopefully take your brain to the next level. So listen to it and get used to walking on clouds in the future.    

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Joe Clark/On, Robyn Steffen, Shirin Esione

On, Neue Schönhauser Str.19, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map

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ELEGANT AND REFRESHING: FILTERED WATER FROM LEOGANT

ELEGANT AND REFRESHING: FILTERED WATER FROM LEOGANT

Since the very beginning, 2024 has been all about clarity and simplicity for us. That’s why we now drink water from our water station here in the Cee Cee Studio — a solution specially designed for offices and restaurants by Berlin-based company Leogant. Founded in 2009 by Thomas Hartwig, Leogant is a certified B-Corp — in other words, it’s a company that takes sustainability seriously and meets specified criteria, from the use of green electricity to CO2 avoidance. Above all, Leogant represents an elegant solution for water filters and water treatment for offices, homes and creative spaces of all kinds. The company calls its water treatment “close to nature” and this is one of its unique selling points. For us, however, it is above all a beautifully designed solution. Our station fits perfectly into our sleek black kitchen unit. But what do appearances matter if the taste isn’t right? With Leogant, we’re afforded the luxury of both! And that’s how Leogant water makes our tea and coffee taste a lot better. After all, Berlin’s tap water is a bit of a hard case, as we know… The trigger for us to switch from mineral water to Leogant was also one of convenience. Ordering the right amount of water at the right time from the delivery services isn’t always easy. But it’s not just the added tasks of calculating and ordering that have been eliminated, but collecting the half-empty bottles from the office desks. Now every studio member fills up exactly what they want to drink. With sparkling, cold or pure room-temperature water. Not to mention an unexpected perk of the Leogant water station: We now not only meet at the coffee machine but also at the water station for a little chat. In other words, we get up more often, so we keep moving. And as we all know, moving is good for your back, eyes and team spirit. Cheers to a sip of freshly filtered water! 

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Sophie Doering

Leogant, Linienstr.56, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map

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OF WOMEN, BEES AND CINEMA: THREE EXHIBITIONS AT C/O BERLIN

OF WOMEN, BEES AND CINEMA: THREE EXHIBITIONS AT C/O BERLIN

What does it mean to exist as a woman in our society? C/O Berlin is seeking the answers in two of their exhibitions. The main exhibition pays tribute to a pioneer of feminist art. Since the 1960s, Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT has challenged traditional gender roles and analyzed human behavior through performance art, film and photography. Her early performances, in particular, caused a sensation that has remained throughout the decades. Particularly “Tapp- und Tastkino” and “Aktionshose: Genitalpanik”, which criticized the “male gaze” in pornography. Export’s work criticizes misogyny in a visually powerful and humorous way. Her strength lies in her skillful exposure of social contradictions. Meanwhile, Catalan artist Laia Abril’s work addresses sexualized and systemic violence against women. At C/O, she presents a comprehensive research project on the power dynamics that enable rape. For her project “On Rape — And Institutional Failure”, she doesn’t directly reproduce stories of survivors but approaches them emphatically via archive material, legal texts and myths. From these fragments, she creates a haunting examination that has a lasting impact. Artist Aladin Borioli has also made a name for himself with a long-term project. This year, the young Swiss artist received the C/O Berlin Talent Award for “Bannkörbe”. He depicts how humans and bees co-exist through text, images and objects. For his extensive field research, he worked with bee researchers, scientists and beekeepers. In all three shows, the curators provoke political discussion, which there can never be enough of in Berlin.

Text: Laura Storfner / Credits: Military Rape, 2019, Laia Abril, Courtesy Les filles du calvaire Paris; Aktionshose-Genitalpanik, 1969, Valie Export, Photo: Peter Hassmann; Exhibition view, Photo: David von Becker 

C/O Berlin, Hardenbergstr.22–24, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map

Valie Export. Retrospektive, until 21.05.2024
Laia Abril. On Rape – And Institutional Failure, until 21.05.2024
Aladin Borioli. Bannkörbe. C/O Berlin Talent Award 2023, until 21.05.2024

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