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CSA, Berlin

96 Karl Marx Allee
Germany 10243
Tel: 49 30 290 44741's insider take:

Although located in Berlin's Friedrichshain neighborhood—known for its youthful, punky attitude and low rents—CSA is designed within an inch of its life to feel like a minimalist airport lounge from some Gattaca-like future. The setting in the old offices of Czech Airlines certainly has something to do with this. A neat row of upholstered seats fronts the bar where the clientele is a sophisticated crowd drawing heavily from the worlds of fashion and publishing. The bartenders are reputed to be among Berlin's best mixologists and the view of the street is worth the price of the cocktails. Karl Marx Allee is East Berlin's Park Avenue, a marble-clad, Stalin-inspired boulevard of high-rise apartments for old-time apparatchiks.

Open daily from 7 pm May through October, and from 9 pm November through April.

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