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Deriva – Vintage cocktails and live music

I discovered Deriva recently when a friend’s exhibition opened there. It’s a comfortable bar with great lighting, friendly staff and excellent drinks. The owners are Italian, which might explain their elegant approach to preparing classic cocktails. 

I’ve had a lot of experience working in cocktail bars, making complicated and over-priced drinks, so when I go out, I compensate by sticking to the classics; drinks that thrive on their simplicity. I ordered Deriva’s Negroni which was made perfectly. They used good quality ice, and the size and proportions of booze were well-balanced, proving to this local that somebody behind the bar knows what they’re doing. The current trend around town is to serve whopping drinks for 8 – 9€, but Deriva resorts to tradition: a small drink intended to be drunk quickly for maximum flavor and effect, sold at an equally small price. 

The front bar room is cozy and non-smoking, but there’s a room in the back that you can smoke in and hosts live concerts and comedy nights in both English and German on a regular basis. I’ve been here a few times now, and I’ll definitely be returning! 

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Details about this spot



Mainzer Straße 23 , Berlin

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Opening Times

Sun - Thu 18:00 - 02:00, Fri - Sat 18:00 - 03:00


Negroni: € 5

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)