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Roses Bar – Berlin – Kreuzberg

Eighteenth Step

After catching up on the past 14 years, we showered and left the fabulous environment of the Axel Hotel – Berlin. And then, Bruno & I began to explore the Berlin night life. And after visiting several bar locations, we ended up at one of my favorites, Roses @ Oranienstr. 187, 10999 Berlin.

“Perhaps the most colourful star in the gay Kreuzberg bar firmament, Roses is truly a tacky sight to behold. No kitsch is too kitschy to grace the walls here, no plush too chintzy to upholster the chairs. Combine that with a fairly small two-room bar and a lot of patrons with a love of dancing and you get quite a scene. Roses seems to operate on the philosophy that you can never have too many disco balls. People really come for the atmosphere, although the beer and vodka tonics are nothing to sniff at. The bar’s another popular stop-off before SO36.” – Berlin Complete Resident’s Guide

From the street, one can only see a typical Berlin graffiti door. But once in side, it’s all about PINK.

Pink shag carpet covering every floor, every wall & even every part of the ceiling. Cheap tacky candelabras, disco balls, mix match furniture, funky tunes AND good ass cocktails. No fancy crowd here either. Just the locals of Kreuzberg & the tourist brave enough to venture in ..

As the people danced & the night lingered on, my vision became blurry. Yet, through the slits in my eyes, I noticed a familiar face. Another friend I hadn’t seen in 20 years, Rene – “the Rose’s Bartender”. (I was pleased to see that I wasn’t the only one who still had “pep” in their stride).

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  1. I had googled “Roses Bar Oranienstrasse” just to see what came up and came across your post. I spent three months in Berlin in 1999 and went to Roses a couple of times. I absolutely loved it. One night, I went in for cocktails and sat on the elevated banquette next to the bar. I spent the whole evening talking and laughing with Rene. To this day, it ranks in the top 3 most wonderful experiences I have ever had with a person I didn’t know. I just had to put it out there that Rene is a wonderful guy and reading your post made me very happy. Cheers!

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