- Jazz & Blues
May 11, 2018
Wittenberg, Germany is famous the world over for its connection to Martin Luther, and each year visitors flock to the town where the Protestant Reformation began to take in the sights and walk in Luther’s historic footsteps. Nowadays though, those footsteps take you past Charles Bar, a den dedicated to cocktails, and a venue already on its way to both reforming and invigorating the bar scene in the city.
From the moment you spot the elegant cursive script saying ‘Charles Bar’ on the front window, the aesthetics of the space surround you with the utmost of sumptuousness. Vaulted arched ceilings, deep-buttoned leather couches, and candelabra-style lighting all complement the wooden bar, whose shelves are stocked with a plethora of fine spirits. The bar is named after Ray Charles, and don’t be surprised at all if you hear some smooth jazz sounds wafting while you are there, but for us, it’s all about the cocktails.
The list is a beautiful blend of timeless and contemporary, showcasing both classic and cutting-edge skills. We especially love the Smoked Blossom Cocktail (dry gin, Italian aperitif, red vermouth, lavender, rose flower water, and lavender smoke), as it playfully brings out floral notes, and the refreshing-yet-spicy Indian Mint Julep (bourbon, peach schnapps, sugar, cardamom, ginger, and mint). Charles Bar is also known for smooth coffee-cocktails, and when you combine this with the extensive collection of spirits on hand, you have a real winner in Wittenberg.