May 11, 2018
The Grand, housed in a sprawling former primary school, combines a restaurant, club and bar all under one roof. The building makes an asset of its age: it’s an attractive if artfully shabby space, a little unfinished around the edges but in an aesthetically appealing way, all unrendered walls and vintage furniture, standard lamps and easy chairs, elegantly flaking light fittings. It’s also surprisingly airy in décor, thanks in part to the large windows which let the sun spill in. The wall behind the main bar is full of quality bottles, everything a bartender might need to whip up a potent cocktail. The drinks menu is dominated by American classics, like the Negroni, the Old Fashioned, and the Dark & Stormy. They’re all well-executed and many pack a good boozy punch. They do an excellent French 75 and a particularly appealing gin and marmalade concoction. Grab a drink before hitting the club or simply linger by the bar and get another round in, the venue is versatile enough for both kinds of evenings. The restaurant serves inventive international dishes, tasty, well-sourced steaks, an epic Caesar salad, that sort of thing. The atmosphere is hip and very Berlin but not achingly so. The place is deservedly popular and gets particularly busy on weekends.