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Published January 31st 2016
Cold war in a cocktail glass
A unique concept with outstanding style

Depending on which way you enter Corrs Lane, you could be stumbling out of China Town into Euro House. Berlin Bar is one of Melbourne's secret gems, hidden amongst the ramen, neon lights and street art.

Berlin Bar is a little history lesson with some killer cocktails. The historical split between East and West Berlin is the theme and the attention to detail is faultless.

Begin up the narrow staircase and knock on the locked door.

As the host introduces you to the West, you'll feel like a guest at a penthouse cocktail party. Red velvet pillows on white chesterfields, chandeliers, art deco wallpaper and gold-framed windows. It's easy to imagine guests removing fur coats, seeking refuge from a bitter German winter.

A mezzanine floor guarded by ornate wrought iron creates an intimate space for canoodling. A sexy red light above reads 'Ich bin ein Berliner'.

Travel through Checkpoint Charlie to the East.

A menacing red glow, louder music, theatrical lighting and genuine war relics give this space a distinctly different feel. This is the grunge side. There are dark corners to disappear into, or a long wooden table to party with friends. It's usually more crowded and noisy. People laugh louder and longer here in the East.

Berlin Bar prides itself on the quality and class of its cocktails. The menu leads you on a journey of discovery, from sour to sweet to bitter and beyond. For those after decadence, the 'Flammenwerfer' is sure to impress. Not sugary or tacky, but warm and moreish. Another favourite is 'Das Ein Prozent'; a meal in a glass, with duck washed vodka, lemon and cranberry, topped with vanilla, white wine and cranberry foam.

There's really only one word for the service at Berlin Bar – outstanding. The staff are consistently warm, welcoming and highly entertaining.

Berlin Bar has become one of my favourite places in Melbourne. It has the right mix of secrecy and cool yet remains unpretentious. It's my go-to when I need to impress.
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Why? Sometimes we all need a little geopolitical humour with our martinis
When: 7 nights. Mon-Fri from 5pm. Sat-Sun from 6pm.
Where: Euro House, 16 Corrs Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
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