Berlin’s bars are never far from kitsch tones. But while many seem happy to replicate the cluttered living rooms of capricious hoarders, others push things a little further. Green Door, with its backdrop designed by Berlin artist Thomas Hauser, does just that. In an ironic and intentional style, the walls have been oil-painted with oversize gingham and magnified wood-grain. The careful lighting leaves dark enclaves of decadent furniture to the whims of romantics. This is the place to go if you want to experience an honest and bold articulation of kitsch. Rest assured, there are no broken chairs or wobbly tables here, and the cocktails are made beautifully.
1950’s Milan springs into life at Bar Luce, the Wes
Anderson designed café. Inside, the spatial aura is not far from “The Grand Budapest Hotel” lobby scenes — glowing drop lamps, rich colours, and uniformed waitstaff seem destined for the silver screen. Despite Anderson’s insistence that it’s a space “for real life”, there’s not only a nostalgic vibe here, but a playful, fictional one as well. Dark wood panelling, teal formica, and brightly lit cabinets skew reality, opening a space that will have every Anderson fan’s imagination running through possible backstories for their neighbour.