Nightlife

San Rocco

Fanny Zschau Digital Diva Deluxe San Rocco
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

Fanny Digital Diva Deluxe Sodom und Gomorra Bar Drinks Nightlife
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

Schwarzes Cafe

Illustration: Schwarzes Cafe

The Schwarze Cafe is located in the Kantstraße in Berlin Charlottenburg and a true institution since 1978. Berliners and night owls love it, because it is open 24 hours and you can get a fresh breakfast here at any time of the day or night. The location underlines its name with some night-black painted walls, a hallmark of is also the bright neon parrot in the window, which can be seen from afar. In addition to a rich breakfast menu, you can also choose from a changing menu for lunch or dinner. The selection is extensive, the service alwas fast and friendly, prices are moderate and a rich variety of breakfast menus are available – ranging from the sweet French breakfast over my favourite Avocado breakfast with olive oil and salami to muesli with yoghurt and fresh fruit. Happy to be a regular guest since 1986 and meeting here with Sabine today for an early breakfast. Still love it.

Schwarzes Cafe, Kanstraße 148, D-10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg
www.schwarzescafe-berlin.de, open 24 hours every day

Clärchens Ballhaus

Fanny Zschau Digital Diva Deluxe Clärchens Ballhaus
Photos: Clärchens Ballhaus

Seven years after our first Swing dance course, we started again this January at Clärchens Ballhaus. About time to recommend this great venue in our neighbourhood to you: The formerly ballroom was opened by Clara and Fritz Bühler as Bühler's Ballhaus on September the 13th 1913 in the rear building of Auguststraße 24-25. After Fritz Buehler's death 1929, Clara – who was called Clärchen by everybody and lived until 1971– led the dance hall on her own and since the mid-1930's her name was hanging above the old Bühlers Ballhaus sign outside. After a long and constantly changing history Christian Schulz and David Regehr took on the management in 2005, restoring it to its current popularity. The duo turned it back into a lively location for celebrating, dancing, eating, drinking, and falling in love – all of the things in life, that really matter. Today, the ballroom offers every day different dancing lessons – Swing is every Wednesday – but also hosts concerts and events and serves delicious German and Italian food. In summertimes they have a great beergarden in tje back- and frontyard. Especially on Friday and Saturday nights, the dance floor is packed with a sweaty cross-generation crowd: Old and young, east and west, pair and club dancers of all ages and nations are partying and singing along to Live and and DJs gigs until dawn. And everybody enters the dancefloor with a big smile – no matter what weather outside.

Clärchens Ballhaus, daily from 11 until the last guests leave.
Auguststraße 24, D-10117 Berlin-Mitte, www.ballhaus.de