Berlin Bar

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This high-concept cocktail bar unites Soviet-era chic with Weimar Republic excess

East meets west at Berlin, where the luxurious and opulent east Germany (white banquettes, crystal curtains, low lighting and throbbing beats) crashes loudly into the west - a punk mix of black steel bunk beds, 80s tabletop video games and scratchy woollen blankets. Drinks are in the ‘hey! We're using a lot of ingredients and we love sugar!’ vein but they'll make you something simple if you ask. Or maybe you’d like to try a Frühschoppen - mezcal, sauvignon blanc, dry vermouth, sage, juniper, grapefruit and bitters, served in a wine glass. It’s the least sweet thing on the list, which also includes a beetroot and white-chocolate number and even a drink that incorporates roast duck. There's talent behind the bar, to be sure, but they're unfortunately hiding behind a fairly underwhelming cocktail list. There's always beer, though, or wine. This laneway bar, up a few flights of stairs, is only accessible via a locked door - the bartenders have to buzz you in - but it's kinda cool. It's all industrial metal and dark corners, perfect for canoodling, plotting and masterminding. Jawohl!

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Venue name: Berlin Bar
Address: 16 Corrs Ln
Opening hours: Tue & Sat 7pm-late; Wed-Thu 5pm-late; Fri 4pm-late
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