Have your identification papers at the ready!
Berlin Bar is one of those hidden treasures, waiting patiently to be found by the masses. Decadently fitted out, Berlin Bar exudes the creative style and prowess that set Melbourne’s great cocktail bars apart. And the best part is it’s really two bars in one!
The Berlin Bar transports you right to into the heart of 1960’s Berlin; just follow the cobblestone alleyway up Corrs, slip through the red-oak door and up two flights of dimly lit stairs, past the burlesque bar on the landing. Here you will be greeted by a locked iron cast door. Press the buzzer and wait – a staff member will be with you shortly to verify your credentials and lead you in to the sophisticated West Berlin parlor, replete with white and brown leather upholstery.
If thats not to your fancy then you might try sneaking over the border, through Checkpoint Charlie and in to an East Berlin bunker.
Here you can sit by your very own piece of the Berlin wall, where ammunition crates and even a bathtub – you read that right – replace the need for regular tables.
The bar is generously stocked with all the usuals as well as some very unusual imported drinks. There is a highly personalized cocktail menu on offer, with a host of unique concoctions and, at $ 20 each, you’d expect nothing less. Beers, wines and spirits are a touch on the expensive side, but its important to remember this bar provides table service and only admits a relatively small number of patrons at once.So at least you don’t need to wait in line for a drink.
Although Berlin Bar has a wide appeal to many, its pricing tends to exclude the younger crowd. Most Berliners are mid-20’s or later with just a hint of pompous sophistication.
As a final touch, suspended above the staircase entrance, a red-light sign reads “Ich bin ein Berliner,” President Kennedy’s infamous gaffe where he proclaimed himself to be a jam doughnut, rather than a citizen of Berlin. And who knows? With all the alcoholic goodies on offer here, you too, may be speaking in tongues by the night’s end. Bookings essential.
By Joel Kennedy for Melbourne Bars and Function Rooms