This gem of a bar is located in the Kottbusser, an area of Kreuzberg affectionately nicknamed ‘Kotti’ by locals. On a dead end road flanked on all sides by Turkish restaurants and Bohemian bars, Würgeengel’s dim, candle-lit interiors are all polished wood and dark red wallpaper, reminiscent of a cocktail bar in New York’s East Village.
We were completely fixated on the back bar, with every inch of available space taken up by rare bourbons, ryes, gins and rums. It took us no time at all to begin working our way through a selection that would make most London bars envious. The bartenders were attentive and engaging (and impeccably dressed), chatting to us about our favourite whiskeys and gins and giving us samples of obscure brands, which even we hadn’t heard of, respect.
We’ve spent a lot of time (and so should you) at Würgeengel drinking skillfully mixed Daiquiris, Manhattans and Negronis made with a serious attention to every last detail. This is the place to end up at as the night winds down, enjoying the Berlin-style closing time - open until the last customer leaves. That would be us.