Buck and Breck
May 11, 2018
If you believe that good things really do come in small packages, then Buck and Breck might just be the bar for you.
This one-room bar in Mitte is on the tiny side with a capacity of just 14, but its compact size is just part of its charm. Owners Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro and Holger Groll are well known on the Berlin bar scene and their involvement makes this place well worth seeking out. In true speakeasy style the entrance is somewhat hidden (it’s located next to a police station and masquerades as a storage space) and you’ll need to ring the doorbell to get inside. (Tip: while the external façade may change from time to time, the discreet buzzer says ‘Bar’.)
The seating is all focused around the room-dominating bar, while the interior is sleek, elegant and understated, softly lit and pared down with well-chosen art on the walls.
Their signature drink, the Buck & Breck cocktail, is a potent thing, the recipe of which dates back to the 19th century; the bar itself, though, is very much a thing of the 21st century.
Bar staff are friendly and unpretentious and happy to go off menu if you don’t see anything you like. Obviously it’s not the place to take a big group of people, but for a cosy night out it hits the spot, and despite the limited numbers once you’re inside you’re not paying over the odds for the drinks, which are reasonably priced.
Open evenings only, from 7pm.
Get there bang on time to ensure you grab one of those quickly taken barstools and enjoy one of Berlin’s best kept secrets and most exclusive nights out.