May 11, 2018
This hip Kreuzberg spot feels a bit more permanent than the squatter bars that used to pop up un this neighbourhood. It’s a bit more polished, a bit more self-consciously designed. The name translates as Black Grape and the space has an urban vibe, all bare-brick walls, bold birdcage wallpaper and stylish light fittings. It’s not too polished, mind you, the paint flakes and the furniture has a flea market feel which is part of the appeal – the edges have been left intentionally rough. There are three interlinking rooms in all, each with its own character, giving the place a homely feel; there are old Singer sewing machines dotted about the place, vintage trinkets, big gilt-framed mirrors and incongruously elegant dining chairs. In one corner there’s a small brick bar from which the passionate bar tenders dispense the drinks. There’s no menu as such but these guys know how to make a classic cocktail. This isn’t the place to come for molecular mixology but if you want a classic drink made with care, then this place is well worth checking out. The bar stocks a good selection of spirits and the bar has a cool but ultimately pretty relaxed atmosphere of which we approve.