Head to Nollendorfplatz and pay homage to the fine art of cocktail mixing.
“Order a classic Mint Julep for a taste of the
Deep South” Nollendorfplatz has thrived with nightlife since the turn of the 20th century, when it became the city’s first and most infamous gay village. Hilda Hoy stopped by for a taste of its contemporary cocktail scene.
Ring the bell at the unmarked green door near Schöneberg’s Nollendorfplatz and behind it you’ll discover one of the city’s most beloved cocktail bars. The décor at Green Door (Winterfeldtstr. 50, www. greendoor.de), a Schöneberg institution for more than 15 years, is sleek yet cozy, kitsch yet classy, and the atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious. Cocktail aficionados will be delighted with the exhaustive drink menu as well as with the crew of expert bartenders who are more than willing to shake up a custom blend. Ask for their recommendation, or try the house specialty: a champagne cocktail with lemon, sugar, and mint.
Just one street up is another classy cocktail spot with its own conceptual flair. Stagger Lee (Nollendorfstr. 27, www.staggerlee.de) is a Wild West-themed bar that plays up its saloon style with class and not a hint of cheese, with bartenders wearing old-timey suspendered outfits and an antique cash register displayed prominently on the bar. It was both the bar’s style as well as its impeccable drinks that won Stagger Lee the 2012 “Bar of the Year” award from Mixology Magazine. Order a classic Mint Julep off the menu for a taste of the Deep South, or try one of the daring monthly specials, incorporating such exotic flavor explosions as homemade fruit and spice syrups, pork belly-infused bourbon, and even – wait for it – goat cheese.
A short way down the road is Salut! Bar (Goltzstr. 7, www.salut-berlin.de), another Schöneberg locale paying homage to the fine art of the cocktail. The menu begins with more than 20 variations on the Gin & Tonic alone, featuring rare gins from around the world and specially imported tonic waters that you won’t find on store shelves. From there, it’s a thrilling venture into the wild world of mixology, from simple classics like the Sazerac to complex, creative original cocktails that blend all manner of liquors, bitters, syrups, and fresh ingredients.