The Würgeengel, which stands out with its bar sign that hangs directly under the roof gutter of 122 Dresdener Straße, opened in 1992 and is one of a kind amongst the many quirky bars around Oranienstraße. There are red-plush furnishings, a 1950s-style glass ceiling and rich dark red and brown shaded walls that perfectly frame the long bar, behind which barmen in ties shake and stir the most divine cocktails.
In Luis Bunuels’ Film The Exterminating Angel (the godfather from whom the bar gets its name), a room is depicted in which visitors are caught under a mysterious spell. The Würgeengel seems to have a similar effect; the classically wicked ensemble of plush and crystal glass, of light and music, appears at once both strangely familiar and wholly exotic. The superbly professional staff ensure that noone remains resistant to the magic; where else is it possible to discover whether a French Seventy-Five is made with Cognac or with Gin?
Come early in the evening to experience the stage design of the ghoulish interior in relative peace, before it starts to fill up from about nine p.m. The busiest times are at weekends between ten p.m. and one a.m.
Address: Dresdener Str. 122, 10999 Berlin, +49 (0)30 6155560, www.wuergeengel.de Hours of opening: from 19.00 Bus, Tube, Tram: U1, U8 Kottbusser Tor; Bus M29 Oranienplatz, Bus 140 U Kottbusser Tor