I still can’t pronounce the name with my lazy Australian tongue, but Lerchen & Eulen has long been a favorite haunt of mine, and top of the list for taking any visitors to Berlin. With its cozy mix of mismatched furniture, exposed brick arches, paint-stripped tables, and retro lounge chairs coming apart at the seams, it’s easy to feel like you’re in someone’s lounge room – a crowded lounge room though, at a house party perhaps, with friends perched on every surface. After the generously poured whiskey sours, the best thing about Lerchen & Eulen is that it is always brimming with flowers. Flowers overflow from every corner – flowers in watering cans, flowers in old milk bottles on the tables, big bouquets shielding the barman from the sight of thirsty guests. No matter how late it gets, or how cloudy and sweaty the room is with smoke and bodies pressed together, the overwhelming smell is always fresh and floral. Being located next door to a florist, I always imagined this is where the leftover flowers ended up. But on the contrary, the owner goes weekly to the flower markets and spends hours doing floral arrangements around the bar. Fresh flowers and great whiskey sours, it’s a winning combination! (Text: Millicent Nobis / Photos: Anna Freitag)
Millicent Nobis is an Australian designer living in Berlin since 2010. She founded contemporary jewelry label Mies Nobis in 2012 and has recently opened AA-Collected, a designer-run concept store & studio space in Kreuzberg.