May 11, 2018
This living room cocktail bar in the Neukßlln , like many of its type, has a hip yet relaxed thing going on that’s very Berlin though this bar is more accessible and welcoming than some. The space has a DIY vibe which is faintly industrial, with its exposed ducts and vents, its abundance of battered furniture and peeling wallpaper, plus a dash of Goodbye Lenin to the assorted lamps and somewhat ‘lived-in’ low slung sofas. There’s a bar counter surrounded by stools on one side of the space and a seating area for chilling out with your drink, numerous low-lit nooks in which you can hang out. Despite an air of studied nonchalance and a penchant for cigarette-rolling, the bartenders really know their stuff and the bar serves a rotating menu of new twists on classic cocktails, all expertly made. They serve a spot-on Old Fashioned and a potent Mezcal Sour that is as good as anything you’ll find in the city. Their mezcal and Campari concoction, the Bolevevardtier is also well worth a try. The wine list is also well thought through and they stock a number of small batch spirits from local distilleries, and while prices are a notch above what you might pay elsewhere, the quality more than makes up for it. The crowd is mixed in terms of age and income and the place has a nice, intimate and low-key atmosphere, a rough charm that’s really appealing.