The Berlin Bar represents a fantastic concept, and offers so much of what their is to love about Melbourne's nightlife. With a cheeky take on the Germany city of Berlin during the Cold War it is at an all-at-once history, concept; and downright stylish bar to visit.
In the first, it is fun to simple to get in the door. Located in Corrs lane, it is accessible both via Chinatown's Little Bourke St and a very narrow (and very narrow) laneway from Lonsdale St. Then, once you have arrived it is up a couple of flights of stairs - not as bad as it sounds! - that are at once lit up and help build suspense before arriving at a big black door. True it is at this time many Melburnians may hold their breath for a moment 'eh, do we have the right place?' - but pressing the button and keeping the faith is worthwhile here.
An ample bar well-stocked is dedicated to mixing up whatever cocktails may take your fancy. In turn, much thought has gone into the venue with a menu offering a map to trace your way 'through' Germany and decide what sort of drink you desire.
Head on over to East Berlin and you'll find a decidedly more austere affair. Long wooden tables and chairs, and even the odd bathtub is thrown is to communicate a more rustic feel. Here is a perfect place to order a beer or two with a wide variety of German and other Northern European beers on offer (and often coming with a rigorous alcohol level of 5%, and 7%).
Despite the differing themes of each side of the bar, service - and staff courtesy - is the same from East to West. In turn, while this bar does indeed offer a high-end and artistic feel to it; the team at the Bar are very cool but casual; making locals and visitors from afar feel welcome. This is a place that hits the right notes then for someone looking for a stylish night out; but also at a place where they'll feel welcome dressed in casual gear all the way up to formal dress.
A rather standout beer you can get at this rather standout bar.
In sum, here is a great bar with a take on Cold War Germany that is best enjoyed tongue-in-cheek. Indeed, while a very serious soul or two may suggest there's something factually incorrect or historically inaccurate about these settings, it is the lasting message of this bar that actually represents one of the greatest reasons to visit: people are at their best when they are brought together.
So, whether enjoying a cocktail with your partner in the West or having a few beers with friends in the East; the Berlin Bar is a place you'll never be afraid to bridge the divide.