Bar Zentral, Bahnhof Zoo

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Bar Zentral, Bahnhof Zoo

West Berlin cocktail hideaway adds a subtle twist to the timelessness of classic drinking dens...

All is not quite as it seems at Bar Zentral in Berlin’s ‘old West’; designers Hidden Fortress (in collaboration with architect Collignon Architektur) subtly subverting the standard approach to high-end cocktail bars. Sebastian Mathow and Torsten Bender, formerly of renowned Schöneberg spot Green Door Bar, are behind the bar — occupying an arch underneath the S-Bahn line — that keeps things classic. To an extent.

There’s the long American-style bar, but no height difference between customers and mixologists … you’re led to become immersed in the making of your drink. Gone are the branded bottles — drinks sunk into the bar, and behind slatted doors. And the toilets. Make sure you’re not too far gone; an interpretation of Norman Wilkinson’s famed dazzle camouflage taking the subversion scale up to 11.

Water buffalo leather, swirling marble, high-quality carpentry (courtesy of Majo Ertel), brass … there’s a timelessness to Bar Zentral that instantly seduces — but, like Mathow and Bender’s sublime cocktails, the twist is key. This is not a subversion led by dissidence, but of an understated, considered desire to poke the envelope. Just enough.

Bar Zentral Bahnhof Zoo, Berlin
Bar Zentral Berlin
Bar Zentral
Bar Zentral Bahnhof Zoo, Berlin
Bar Zentral Berlin
Bar Zentral
Bar Zentral Bahnhof Zoo, Berlin
Bar Zentral Berlin
Bar Zentral

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