Through the door of what looks like a disused Bauhaus shop lies Buck & Breck, a neo-speakeasy for the discerning drinker. Inside, it’s blacker than the Berlin night sky, with a dominating rectangular central bar station that intimately connects 14 guests to the host bartender. Smaller tables surround the flanks and to the rear is a lounge area with softer furnishings. It’s an impactful scene in which everything the eye meets is precise, from the sharp décor to the exacting rules on guests – no loitering or using phones. Classically tailored, mostly short, spirit-forward and stirred down, these are what you might call proper drinks for serious drinkers. Had your fill of the strong stuff? Buck & Breck also majors on Champagne. Owner Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro – a notable name in these parts and the inventor of the Rum Old Fashioned – has created a bar of the highest standards not only in Berlin, but the world.