City Guide to Berlin

22 September, 2014

David Wiedemann, owner of Berlin’s most well-known bartending school, runs this drinking establishment.

Reingold bar was named after a famous luxury highspeed train that was assembled decades, if not a century, ago next door in the former Borsigwerke (train station).

The bar has young and eager staff, a great spirits and cocktail selection and a loyal following. To cope with the increasing number of event requests, Wiedemann has just added a separate micro club to the location.

Reingold is definitely a fixture in Berlin Mitte’s nightlife.

Amano BarAuguststr. 43, Berlin

Established by Mario Grünenfelder, Amano bar is somewhat the darling of Berlin’s bar scene. You’ll very likely bump into other Berlin bartenders on their day off here.

The reason for that is its central location, the great and friendly staff and the attention to detail applied to every cocktail produced.

Amano bar is a hotel bar without the feel of one. Towards the weekends it becomes a packed clubby space with DJs taking over the reins. If you don’t get a seat at Amano you can now simply walk over the street, where Grünenfelder has opened another ambitious bar project called Dean.

Stagger Lee, Nollendorfstr. 27, Berlin

This beautiful Western themed bar was opened by former Reingold employees and managed to claim a Bar of the Year award in the minimum of time.

It has been named after a popular American folk song. A beautiful old cashier greets patrons on entering the space.

Staying within the American theme the cocktail programme centres around bourbon and rye with the house cocktail being a delicious julep variation. But Stagger Lee does offer Bavarian beer from the tap, too.

It’s an easy-going place frequented by many regulars. Berlin is still a city where you can smoke in bars and Stagger Lee is no exception. The bar offers a separate room for smokers.

On the weekends Stagger Lee often has live music. It’s definitely one of those places that has managed to fill a gap in Berlin’s bar portfolio.

Immertreu, Christburger str. 6, Berlin

No Berlin district has been derided by the German ‘feuilleton’ to such an extent as Prenzlauer Berg.

Twenty years of heavy gentrification have turned the former rugged liberal refuge for artists into a clean and shining bourgeois haven.

The illegal bars and clubs of the 90s are long gone. Now, a vegan and organic food-craving, noise-sensitive middle class populates the area. Accordingly, Prenzlauer Berg’s culinary scene is regarded as saturated and boring.

So it’s somewhat of a relief that there are bars like Immertreu. Owned and run by award-winning mixologist Ricardo Albrecht, Immertreu is a place that so far has managed to steer clear of the branded limelight of cocktail competitions and industry events.

It’s a place that simply is about the customer.

Tier, Weserstr. 42, Berlin

This bar is a newcomer to the premium cocktail bar scene and it deserves to be pulled into the spotlight.

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