Gay, straight, whatever…Prinzipal is a fun place for all. Inside it was hot, almost steaming and hell of an ambience and atmosphere! The barman did a very quick cocktail 'show' when we were there too, although I wouldn't have called this a burlesque show, We liked this place because it was relaxed, inclusive and fun. One day he was given a hunting horn, and, after hearing a concert by the famous horn player Hermann Baumann, he came to the conclusion: »That horn sounds better than my viola! The tables are all seated around the performance stage - so it's not the best view, but it is the closest view. All of this resulted in a fantastic time! I tried to order a final round, but got so frustrated after being ignored that we just asked for a check. The bar is quite snug inside, with a beautifully lit cocktail bar and a swing on which stunning women sit. As excited as we were about this place before going, I'm sorry to say that this bar is, just like Disneyland and Checkpoint Charlie, an overpriced tourist trap that will undoubtedly end in disappointment for visitors.
Decked out with plenty of eye-candy detail, the apothecary-style bar is stocked with the gamut of premium liquor that was very much verboten in the Prohibition era. The show last 15 minutes and then you sit there in the incredible noise for about a half hour until the next 15 minute show starts. She came back a few minutes later saying sorry, they could not let us in. We then called the bar and asked to speak to the manager personally. As he did so, looking like he was about to bust out of his own outfit, six other customers, who were allowed in and were now leaving, had on virtually similar outfits, to which he had no response and retreated back into his half full bar, turning away paying customers. The winner of the 2013 World Class Bartender of the Year award, Aktas has cultivated an impressive cocktail menu for this local haunt.
The floor show takes place in this same small room - which is basically a loft looking down at the bar. He said to come back to the door, and so we did. We met some awesome Germans here as well and I think it's definitely worth checking out. There was a really cosmopolitan vibe going on. She was good but it felt like a lot of waiting for very little payoff. I asked to speak to a manager, waited for a moment for her to grab him, and she came back saying he wouldn't speak with us.
Special thanks to the wonderful and beautiful Ennis who helped us get our tickets and have a great party! There are about 5 house cocktails on the menu, but I presume the usual classics are available. Fascinatingly diverse, the area is known for its cheap eats, techno clubs and amazing bars. There is only a performance every hour that lasts about 5 minutes. However, if you feel like sticking around and just soaking up the cool vibe, they are open until very late. They allow far too many people in for the size of the place. Tonight the 4 of us showed up for our reservation at Prinzipal Kreuzberg at 9:30pm as scheduled, and we're looking forward to a great cocktail.
They also allow smoking inside which yes is a European thing we get that. That was the best part of the experience, but sadly, the only good part. Proving that good things can indeed come in small packages, the tiny is a sublime little spot just off the Paul-Linke-Ufer. I would give the house cocktails 4 stars. He is, on the one hand, a sort of intermediary between the instrumental sections, on the other hand, for example in Mahler and Bruckner symphonies, a great soloist. If I could give zero stars, I would. Smoky, dark and with that sought-after Berlin edge, Franken Bar is a gem in the area.
Located right in the heart of Kreuzberg on Oranienstraße, nevertheless feels like a secret discovery. When I realized the next day, I e-mailed the owner, and he quickly responded to let me know that he found it, and that I could come pick it up before the bar opened! Again, wish I had better things to say about this place since we were so excited to end our trip to Germany at Prinzipal Kreuzberg -- sadly it's a disrespectful bunch who doesn't honor reservations. Entry is through an unmarked door with a buzzer, and once inside, you will find a long bar and corseted bar staff waiting to fix you one of their fine cocktails inspired by burlesque dancers. The performances are relatively short and stunning. Bar definitely has a swanky feel and the hidden entrance is a nice touch. Everyone we spoke to was welcoming and charming. She stayed polite and said sorry, have a good night but would not tell us what was going on and why we were not allowed in.
When it comes to the cocktail list at Prinzipal, the libations are as eclectic and well-thought-out as the bar itself. The lady returned and said that the answer is no, we won't be let in and the manager refuses to talk to us. Bahan could not dispute that fact and decided to go back inside. We had just come from dinner and dress code wasn't explained anywhere. It's definitely not a show.
I was able to speak with him and he told me he didn't know what the problem was but if the lady at the door said we couldn't come in, then we couldn't come in. The 20s were all about relaxing, enjoying life, and non-judgemental hedonism. I went with my husband and another couple-we made reservations over a month ago for a table of 4. The place is small and cozy, as it should be. A wonderful concept idea poorly executed. Unfortunately, we were greeted by a woman who said we were not on her list.