Q&A WITH REBECCA BRODSKY
OWNER OF BARRY BAR BERLIN
Why is it important for Berlin to have its own Studio 54-type club?
Because there ain’t no ‚place to be‘ anymore. And by that I mean a place that combines
celebrities and normal people. That combines old and young guests. And a front door policy
where the more they tell them they can’t get in the more they want to.
Who are the architects and interior designers?
Franziska Lindholz (Interior Design), Kristina Wiese, Manuel Schubbe (Architects), Svenja
Frisch (Site Manager, Interior Design for the basement)
What was the look you were going for?
The inspiration started by choosing the right bar stools. I knew it must be an emerald green
velvet stool which I finally found at Portuguese manufacturer MUNNA. They mostly furnish
grand hotels like Mandarin Oriental, so I got in their very long waiting line. More ideas came
by hanging in fancy over-designed bars in London Mayfair and New York.
What is Berlin nightlife missing?
Good bar staff. You only find them in hotel bars or partly in restaurants. In the trendy
nightclubs/bars mostly very young but unambitious people who do not really care about
What is on the cocktail menu, any special house drinks?
Especially the classics like a perfect Dirty Martini. And we are currently working on a cocktail
tasting menu. There are going to be three smaller glasses with surprise cocktails.
How do you feel about how Mitte is changing and are you a part of it?
Definitely. And I do support it’s change. There is still so much to develop, especially in
gastronomy. When you come to visit other cities, not only London or New York but even
Munich or Hamburg, it is not that monotone like in Berlin.
What is the biggest challenge of being a woman nightclub owner in Berlin?
Actually I really learned to handle it during the last few years. But there are still some
people especially guests who ask me if they can speak to my supervisor.