May 11, 2018
It can be slightly unnerving, sipping on cocktails while the beady eyes of Samuel Beckett look down on you, but you soon get used to it. This superior Berlin cocktail bar takes its name from and is decorated with the visage of the Irish playwright who is still so highly revered in Germany. It’s not just theatricals they care about: they also take their drinks seriously here. The bar tenders are skilled and knowledgeable and the cocktail list (which is printed in old paperback copies of Beckett’s plays) is divided into helpful categories such as ‘fresh and funky’ and ‘herbal and floral’ to help you select your libation. Their orange-tinted Parisian Blonde is delectable and they also true test of any good bar know how to handle the classics; they serve a superb Sazerac and are also happy to go off-menu if you have a particular craving. Other temptations on offer include the Cognac-based Yakuza and the scotch-based Penicillin, though we have to admit we wouldn’t be brave enough to try the Aged Truffled Egg Nog. Still, they must know what they’re talking about: they have the awards to prove it. The décor is warm and welcoming; red leather sofas, rough textured walls, heavy drapes and a tiled-front bar give the place a nicely intimate vibe, assisted by dim mood lighting. The only flaw in this whole set up, in fact, is its size. It’s on the small side and can get pretty packed out on weekends, so come earlier in the week if you plan on really savouring your drink.