May 11, 2018
A relaxing retreat inside the Van der Valk Hotel Brandenburg, Havanna Bar offers a taste of the Caribbean with its collection of colorful drinks and tasty cigars.
The hotel is a popular spot for tourists and business travelers alike, and we all know that there’s nothing better than recharging your batteries with a drink after a day doing business or seeing the sights in a city like Berlin. Now, while the flavors on offer may remind you of a tropical locale, the decor at the bar is smart and modern, without a whiff of palm trees (or parrots) anywhere. It’s more slick leather, plush upholstery, dark woods, and sumptuous lighting that you’ll find here, and we couldn’t love the contrast more.
One look at the cocktail list will remind you that you’re at a bar named after a Caribbean capital though, with margaritas, mojitos, frozen daiquiris, and caipirinhas having starring roles. They aren’t just any old renditions, as they are made using the finest spirits available and attempt to stay as true to the original recipe as possible. Each one of the cocktail descriptions includes a bit of history about its origins, and that really serves to show how passionate they are about their cocktails here. This is just the tip of the iceberg really, as the menu is close to 30 pages long and features nearly every tipple under the sun. No, you won’t be short of choice, and if you fancy a smoke, the adjoining Habanos Smokers Lounge is an award-winning corner for cigar aficionados.