Berlin

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16 Corrs Lane, Melbourne, Australia
www.berlinbar.com.au - (03) 9639 3396

Berlin Melbourne Reviews

christl3 christl3
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Step Back in Time to a post-war, divided Europe Sep 08, 2013
One of the great things about Melbourne is all the kooky, themed, off-the-beaten track bars, cafes and restaurants you can find if you set your mind to it - and Berlin epitomises this perfectly. Nestled in a cosy little alleyway off Chinatown's Little Bourke Street, it takes a little wandering to discover this European-themed bar at the other side of the world from the city that inspired it and decades from the theme date.

Berlin bar is based on the iconic era of post-war, divided Europe, in particular, Berlin. The bar is divided into two rooms - like the famous city once was -, one representing Western Berlin and the other decorated to feel like Eastern Berlin. The Western Berlin room is dark and sensual, yet radiates indulgence and richness. It is reminiscent of a West Berlin ostentatious, pretentious parlour with private booths and white leather poufs. This area is even more old-school flashy when compared against the Eastern Berlin room, which is adjacent. You enter this room under a classical 'Achtung - You are now entering the Soviet Zone' sign, representing Checkpoint Charlie. This room contains former Soviet-controlled East Germany posters and art with a mock barbed-wire adorned 'Berlin wall' in the corner. It's a lot more humble and simple but with a similarly reminiscent, dark, sultry feel about the place.

There is an emphasis on good customer service, made obvious by the table service they make available. One must ring the doorbell before entering and be welcomed inside by a courteous staff member.

They offer wines, beers and cocktails.

We enjoyed our experience here but i thought maybe they could have had a bit more informative pieces around for the people who are not as knowledgeable about their European history.
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