Welcome to the Monkey House! That is, by the way, a title of a book by Kurt Vonnegut. In my opinion it is one of his better, and I read them all when I was 20 something. Anyway, Vonnegut is not the issue here. The fabulous Monkey Bar is situated way up top on the 10th floor of the 25 Hour Hotel in the Bikini Building that I mentioned in my last post. The entire hotel was designed by Werner Aisslinger’s studio and I really liked what I saw. The fantastic bar overlooks the monkey house at the Berlin Zoo way down below. In the entrance of the building there is a tiny art exhibition, with cute old minis…. …bicycles hanging from the ceiling and serious graffiti. I love that about Berlin. Artist seem free to express themselves just about anywhere 🙂 You have to wait in line for the elevator, some evenings for an hour or so! And there is a special place for every season. The bar has terrace and a narrow ledge that runs around the building. The view is breathtaking, but nothing I would recommend for a person with serious vertigo.
It’s just fab! Around the huge bar in the middle (with sweet and smiling bartenders) are tiered benches that let strangers sit side by side and share the view. The DJ has his very own corner. This evening the place was packed, perhaps due to the beautiful weather. We had to wait a while before we could find any seats. And once we had them, we wouldn’t let go for a long time. Thanx to Håkan & Carlos for showing me this fab spot! If you turn left as you enter this place of fun, you end up in the Neni restaurant with it’s open kitchen. I feel slightly sorry for the chefs who can’t hide anywhere. Literally everybody who steps out to the lift can stand and stare all they like. Take about monkey house! Anyway, this evening we didn’t stay for dinner as the restaurant was packed, but the food looked delicious and next time I go to Berlin I will try it out! Maybe even stay at the hotel. The Monkey Bar is simply a great place for a drink and contemplation. Hope to see you there! XX