May 11, 2018
Small yet perfectly formed, Prinzipal is a bar-cum-burlesque cabaret that flings its patrons right back into the 1920s with decadence and flair. Entrance is through an unmarked doorway in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood and once inside, the crystal glassware, bow-tied bartenders and low-key lighting all add to the ambiance and retro feel. Mirrored walls and the soft tones of jazz add to the intimate boudoir setting and don’t be surprised if you’re mingling with patrons who’ve dressed up to the nines in flapper dresses or burlesque-style attire. When it comes to the cocktail list at Prinzipal, the libations are as eclectic and well-thought-out as the bar itself. Created with homemade syrups, infusions and bitters, each cocktail represents a woman, artist, renegade or story. The Potion of Sykei, with its gin, fig-infused vermouth and blue cheese combination is bound to intrigue even the most classic of cocktail drinkers, while the exotic Monroe’s Kiss is a heady concoction of gin, Cointreau, Turkish Delight, lemon, cardamom and egg. The spirit selection is so extensive that it would require many trips to drink through it, including international gins, rums, vodkas, bourbons, cognacs and – perhaps most fitting with the theme of the bar – absinthe. Burlesque nights at Prinzipal happen once a week on Saturdays, with more regular jazz acts and DJs performing throughout the week.