May 11, 2018
The most unusual thing about this architecturally striking bar is that it is housed in, basically, what amounts to a big glass box. The distinctive1960s Soviet-Era building on Karl Marx Allee is something of a modernist gem, all stark lines and sleek surfaces with an appealing retro-futuristic feel. The neighbourhood is full of galleries and cinemas and this extends to the bar itself as upstairs there’s a mezzanine space for art exhibitions and DJ sets as well as occasional multimedia events (or sometimes just to handle the overflow of drinkers from downstairs on busier evenings). Sunlight floods through the windows by day and by night the whole place glows. The glass walls are lined with sofas so you can people watch inside and out that’s really what we call a window seat! The atmosphere is hip and mixed, very cosmopolitan, and they do a nice line in cocktails, which are actually fairly reasonably priced for what is such a design-heavy bar. Drinks are served up by friendly staff who know what they’re doing and are attitude-free (again, not always a given at such a trendy bar). This all adds up to a winning formula, making Kosmetiksalon Babette the perfect place to sip a drink or two and talk about all things artistic. Be warned, though, it gets very packed with hip young things as the night wears on, so you may struggle to get a seat at peak times though, at least, you can see by just looking through the walls whether it’s too busy for your tastes.