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Hubertus Lounge – Eisenbahnstrasse 6, 10997 Berlin
Alighting from the U1 at Gorlitzer U-Bahnhof, we followed a rough map to Eisenbahnstrasse 6, getting lost once, briefly, due to slight intoxication and because, in keeping with Berlin-style venues, there was no name on the door. Upon entering Hubertus Lounge the first thing you will notice is the relaxed, homely atmosphere. This is not a place hardcore clubbers, but rather a place for enjoying your drinks and socialising. The ambient, acid jazz and lounge music, and the comfortable sofa seating area compliment the chilled out atmosphere.
Hubertus Lounge’s young owners, Daniel & Holger, consciously excludes big brand beers and soft drinks from their offerings, and it was here that we discovered Rothaus Pils Tannen Zäpfle, a bottled beer from The Black Forest, which we have now grown to love. On occasion you may have the pleasure of meeting the lounges third owner, a very sociable black Labrador, who uninhibitedly strolls around the lounge, meeting the customers and claiming her right to sit on whichever sofa she pleases.
Although the venue seems to be virtually unknown on the popular nightlife scene listings, Hubertus Lounge has always been busy when we have visited it. But the lounge’s biggest secret is that you can happily mooch around for hours, like it’s your living room, and then, probably through the enlightenment of a local, you’ll discover a tiny cupboard in the corner, which upon opening, reveals a staircase leading to a basement club. I’m sure this is not what C.S. Lewis had in mind when writing The Chronicles of Narnia, but it does feel like an adventure all the same, not least due to the steep descent on a narrow wooden staircase, after consuming numerous alcoholic beverages. The club DJ plays more upbeat dance tunes to the lively crowd that populate the dance floor, whilst there are also lounge chairs dotted around the circumference for those who wish to sit.
Hubertus Lounge is the kind of place that you will want to become a regular of, rather than just a place to say that you have been to once.
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