Some forecast the demise of Bar25—the legendary hothouse of weekend techno oblivion—as the end of an irretrievable era in Berlin; one when the city was wilder, unbranded and a lawless approach to nightlife prevailed. Perhaps this is true, but all the same, the recent genesis of Kater Holzig—a cultural wonderland on the opposite side of the Spree—brims with all the promise of new beginnings.
Perched right along the water in a building that formerly functioned as a soap factory, Kater’s unenviable task is to take the blockbusting brilliance of Bar25 and expand upon it. To its credit, it tries to do its own thing, going a little up-market with an open-kitchen restaurant staffed with a crew that appear old-school punk, but who possess full command of preparing and plating quality fare.
There’s also a Spree-side bar and lounge area, equipped with a bonfire for frosty nights, and whilst Café Obendrauf’s doors close for the winter months, the dancefloors kick it all year round with sets from Berlin’s finest techno exponents. Kater Holzig may struggle to recreate the magic formula of its predecessor, but that’s no excuse not to enjoy this raving neverland.