Drinks

Lawrence

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Photo: Freeartus

Just home from the grand opening of Lawrence right across the street from the Jewish Synagogue and still impressed how fast the 490 squaremeter space turned into a Syrian restaurant with a stage for live music, a gallery plus coworking spaces. The former Monbijou phamacy was still a big contruction site last week when we sat outside in the sun and enjoyed a cup of fresh mint tea and delicous Baklava, while inside many helping hands were building up the furniture. This weekend the organization Freeartus – artist and refugees united for freedom, who runs the place – surpassed itself: On Friday more than 250 people showed up, started with the current exhibition, featuring works from Osamah Abousor, Dani Hasrouni, Anas Homsi and Bahila Hijaziis curated by Petra Rietz. Then the most amazing buffet filled the tables, and liters of cocktails and Lebanese wine were served, while a happy crowd was dancing to the live music until 2pm. Today was a little slower and more time for relaxed talks – we tried to eat and drink the menu from top to bottom and were listening to another great live act by program director Anas Maghrebi and his friends. Thanks to the whole team – Lawrence will certainly become our favorite playground for many activities and a milestone for manifesting more international friedships and a better unterstanding for Arabic culture.

Lawrence, Oranienburger Strasse 69, D-10115 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hous daily from 8–midnight, check out the FB page for events:
www.facebook.com/pg/law.berlin

Wildeküche

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Photos: Wildeküche

Right next to the relaxing Spreewaldbad, you will find this wonderful vegan and vegetarin venue: The Wildeküche reopened in April 2017 and has an even better and more consequent concept than before. Under the motto: Love, Light, Food you will find here everything your green heart is beating for: gluten free, nut free, soy free, sugar free and wheat free drinks and food. Next to the great Mix Veggie Bar, you will find an experimental and excellent selection of drinks and food in the Cookie Bar, Latte Bar, Grill Bar, Power Food Bar, Trink Bar and the Schnittchen Bar. In all bars the creative cooks and team members claim to be the first biophotonic and basic catering company from Berlin, who serve a 100 percent natural kitchen with a simple food design. Their vegetables and fruis are are preferred from regional gardens and processed fresh and untreated. They also just use precious ingredients such as thistle and coconut oil as wel as high-quality salts and spices. In addition, the team rediscovered native wild herbs and plants and use them with pleasure. The focus is to serve a balanced, undogmatic cuisine and to provide a new perspective on food. If you love pure, pure and substantial food, the Wildeküche is your place to be.

Wildeküche, Catering and Restaurant
Spreewaldplatz 5, D-10999 Berlin
Tue–Sun 11am to 11pm

www.facebook.com/wildekuecheberlin
www.wildekueche.com

Rosengarten at Weinbergsweg

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Photo: Rosengarten, Abel Ari, Hoopla Berlin

Saturday we spent the first summer night 2017 at Rosengarten with our beloved neighbors and friends from Denmark. Being way too late for Torstraßenfestival we were strolling around seeking for a quiet place with cool drinks and just should have went here earlier: Right on top of the historical Weinbergspark sits the the cultural pavilion, built of natural stones in the 1950s and renovated in 2003 by the architects Anja Berg and Horst Ploss. They and a team of cultural interested neighbors further developed the idea to create a place for various art, community and neighborhood projects. Now the Rosengarten has as a multifunctional area – folding wooden terraces serve as a stage for all kind of artists and as a seating area for guests. In addition to the geometrically arranged beautifully smelling rose beds and a shady pergola, the porphyry wall with the relief images by Waldemar Grzimek is also worth a visit. You can always come here, buy a cold drink at the bar or bring along your own stuff – check out the cultural program from open-air cinema, run by Cinema for Peace and Amnesty International to Hoola Hoop courses on Wednesdays or Swing dance Sundays. Most events are free, but the team of Rosengarten e.V. and their guests always appreciate your donations.

Rosengarten e. V., Weinbergsweg across house no 13, D-10119 Berlin-Mitte
Mon–Fri 6pm–midnight, Sat, Sun 1pm–open end
www.rosengarten-berlin.de
www.facebook.com/rosengarten-berlin

Café am Neuen See

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Photo: Café am Neuen See

With the beginning of the summer season after a way too long Berlin winter, we want to introduce you to one of our classic beergardens – the famous Café an Neuen See. Owned by Roland Mary, one of the most famous restaurateurs in Berlin, who also runs the Borchardts at Gendarmenmarkt and the Grosz at Ku'Damm, the place is beautifully located right next to an idyllic lake in Tiergarten. There is also a nice playground for kids and couples in love can take a romantic boat drive from here. The food is nice comfort food and the portions are generous – next to homemade Brezeln and Beer from the draft, you can have Italian specialities, pulled pork, grilled fish, nice salads – all good traditional food with a twist. Everything is a litte bit more expensive than in town beergardens, but really cheap compared to the Müncher Oktoberfest. The place was just renovated and has some kind of a modern chalet atmosphere with wooden walls and tables – with it's ambiance decoration and hidden lights everything is nicely balanced between hip, modern and traditional. Better miss it out on Friday nights and weekends, but during the week or on sunny afternoons it is one of the loveliest places to spend some time in the sun and have a cool beer or Radler along. We almost forgot, but when we first came here yesterday, the gentle murmur of international conversations around us whilst sitting next to the boating lake was close to perfection. Enjoy your summer in Berlin.

Café am Neuen See, Lichtensteinallee 2, 10787 Berlin-Tiergarten
Opening hours Mon–Fri from 11:00am, Sat and Sun from 10:00am
www.cafeamneuensee.de

San Rocco

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Photos: Jarek Raczek

San Rocco Restaurant and Cocktailbar on Prenzlauer Berg is the latest kid in the Italian family restaurants of its creator and founder, Rocco Arena. He started his venture with his renowned restaurant in Manhattan NY, then turned to Alicante and Valencia, as well as back to his hometown Milano and the italian capital Roma, before opening up last November in Berlin. When we entered the place last Friday with my friends Anne and Claudi, we first sat at the bar, watching Fabio Brusco, – 2016 Worldwide Bartender Champion – mixing like a magician on his epic cocktails. We let him decide what to create and I get a delicious Blood e Tonic, consisting of Gin Mare, fresh lemon juice, black salt and pepper mix, white tomato foam, and 1724 Tonic Water, while the ladies enjoy a Water Lilly Cocktail and a Negroni – also very nice.

Then we were lead to our table right next to the impressing pizza oven, waiting for some bruscetta, a small salad and some chickpea soup to snack along with our drinks. We snack from each other and all antipasti are very tasty and special. As restaurant chef Masimo Mata comes to our table, we ask what is the special thing about San Rocco and he explains, that chef de la cuisine Lorenzo Vignati gives Italian classics a very individual taste and always works with the best ingediences. So I choose the Spaghetti Carbonara and get them fresh mixed and spiced right at the table – impressing and just perfect. Anne goes for fresh fish from the daily menue and Claudi gets a special plate for vegetarians. And when we finally sat down for Tiramisu and Espresso under the glittering Rocco picture and find out, that this was handmade by his friend Christian Louboutin, we all of a sudden feel sexy in the city and will sure be back for another great night out. 

San Rocco Restaurant Berlin
Greifswalder Straße 227, D-10405 Berlin

www.facebook.com/sanroccorestaurantberlin
www.sanroccorestaurant.com

Sodom und Gomorra Bar

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Photos: Sodom und Gomorra Bar, Gregor Anthes

You should know what it means to name a bar Sodom und Gomorra: The fire will burn down everything. And this is what happened to this gorgeous bar more that a year ago. Now it is completely renovated and reopened again. To enter, you ring a bell in front of the entrance stand in the middle of an impressing and very cool library, where the team can read and meet with friends. The welcome from Ferhart Akbiyik is heartfelt, as always - you feel more like entering an extremely loving and elaborately renoed apartment than a bar. Inside we bump into owner Cem Erzincan and DJ Senay Gueler, who just partied his 40tiest birthday in here. Since none of the comfortable Chesterfield sofas is available anymore, we take a seat at the bar – along with my friends Stefan and Miha, who came from Cologne to Berlin, we are waiting for our neighbour Silke and her friend Thomas from Munic. Although we just wanted to take one drink, before we go to bed, we get trapped by the sexy and sinful athmosphere, the danceable live music and end up chatting and laughing while testing just some of the offered 1.001 drinks. Although we made it out early enough not to see the blue sky outside right after the Davinci ceiling inside, the party for sure went on for quite a while. Thanks for the great evening to all of you.

Sodom und Gomorra Bar
Torstraße 164, D-10115 Berlin-Mitte
Tue-Sat from 7pm on
bar-sodomundgomorra.de