NIGHTLIFE

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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.

Cock­tail bar Green Door

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