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Der Raum

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by Madhumita Thakur (subscribe)
Freelance writer & journalist in the fields of lifestyle, technology and entertainment.
Published March 22nd 2011

With an unusual name like Der Raum, this bar promises an experience which will take you through a journey of richness and creativity of cocktail drinks.

Literally meaning "The Room" in the German language, this bar does not boast of grand interiors or hip shaking music to entice customers. Rather it scores on a parameter fundamental to its existence perfect drink for cocktail lovers.

Der Raum was setup a decade ago in 2001 and since then it has been crafting cocktails to recreate the retro yet classy magic of these drinks. It is located on the corner of Church Street and Swan Street and is hidden amidst the many surrounding structures.

A simple and small board with its name written on it is hung outside the bar, so do not miss it. Once you are inside the bar you will be overwhelmed by its modest space and size but what will attract your attention is its bar counter. The whole world seems to be hanging from the top in that area. Be it a small spoon or spirit bottles, everything used for making your cocktail is ordered literally from the top.

Der Raum also prides itself on using only fresh fruit juices in cocktails, so the menu varies with the season and is designed very creatively and differently. If you are a first timer then you will have no difficulty in exploring your taste from four different quadrants of the menu card (sweet, sour, bitter, dry) to find your palatable drink.

From the moment you look at the drink, to the moment you sip it, will be an experience quite unlike any other place. The method of preparation of drinks is fascinating with the bar tenders using the best of tools and equipment to give you the right flavour. Beating all this is the presentation of drinks, which will blow your mind. Each drink is served in a unique manner and some with a touch of drama to create just the right mood for you.

So much and more can be witnessed and relished at this bar, which has regularly been felicitated with awards and recognitions for its exemplary work and dedication towards providing an experience worth cherishing. You can spend a memorable time here on any day of the week, but if you are planning to hit this bar on weekends then make sure to call them up and check for availability. It really becomes crowded during that time and you might just miss whiffs of oxygen in there. Der Raum also allows you to book for functions and events, so make that special occasion of your life more zestful in the lap of this bar.

Those of you who prefer large open space and loud music might just get a bit disappointed here. However those of you who love to explore various tastes of cocktails, your first tryst with Der Raum will leave you more inquisitive about the rest of the menu card. So whether you plan to merely tantalise you taste buds or submerge completely in the abundance of spirit concoctions, remember to be safe and use public transport to get back home.
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Why? To witness the craft of cocktails and taste their richness
When: Everyday from 5pm - 1am
Where: 438 Church Street, Richmond
Cost: Depends upon your choice of drink
Der Raum is an experience not to be missed. You must try it for the theatrical delight as well as the taste sensation of their cocktails - unlike any other! Jane
By janea - reader
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