May 11, 2018
As a fairly recent addition to Berlin’s hip Neukölln neighborhood, you’d be forgiven for thinking that The Thelonious Bar was all style and no substance. Yes, the long bar set among dark wood and copper fixtures is that stunning, but it also serves up the truth about this little city gem: that the bartenders here really know how to whip up an amazing drink.Boasting a drinks menu that adds a modern twist to classic cocktails, The Thelonious Bar regularly hosts bartenders from around the world to ensure a fresh and international influence on both the atmosphere and the freshly shaken concoctions. Among the usual suspects of Mai Tais, Sazeracs and Negronis lies a seasonally-changing selection of cocktails which includes names like Back To The Beetroots – a juice-like mixture of beetroot juice, lime, rum and simple syrup – and the Three Lions – an English-inspired combination of Earl Grey-infused gin, lemon, simple syrup and egg white. The Thelonious Bar also serves a decent gin and tonic, using a locally-brewed tonic water, as well as offering three Hamburg beers, several top-shelf liquors and even mezcal. The crowd at The Thelonious Bar typically only starts gathering later in the evening, when many of the city’s young and hip choose it as their end-of-the-night destination for reasonably-priced and delicious cocktails, but after-dinner drinkers are more likely to get the undivided attention – and creativity – of the bartenders, should they wish to experiment with their choice of libation, and that can’t be recommended enough.