Pub


Bar Marques

Berlin-Friedrichshain

4.3 / 5

May 11, 2018

It may be tough to find there's no outdoor signage to hint at its existence below the restaurant upstairs, but this appealing basement bar...

It may be tough to find there’s no outdoor signage to hint at its existence below the restaurant upstairs, but this appealing basement bar at the popular Spanish tapas restaurant is worth seeking out in its own right. The speakeasy vibe is overdone in cities like New York but here it’s still relatively fresh, especially when done with a European twist, which is what they place offers in spades. You really do feel like you’ve stumbled on a secret, though one you may find yourself wanting to tell all your friends. There’s no set drinks list here, but the skilled bar tenders will make you up a cocktail according to your tastes, using quality ingredients and a splash of imagination ask, and it will be yours! They are pretty hot on the classics, too with over 100 gins in stock, they make a mean gin and tonic, so don’t feel you have to order something crazy. Quality like this doesn’t come cheap though, and by Berlin standards it’s a little pricey, but we’re sure you won’t feel short-changed. Though the room is relatively small (so it can get busy at peak times) and the bar somewhat out of the way in terms of location, it’s a warm and welcoming space, candlelit and inviting, dotted with antique cocktail paraphernalia. There are only a few tables, but there’s an open fire to keep you warm in the Berlin winter, and the atmosphere so friendly you probably won’t mind being squashed up near your neighbours. The service is impeccable (head bar tender Marcus Wolff has a background in five star hotels) and the bar snacks are Spanish in influence and seriously tasty.

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