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“Useless tourist trap”
Review of Bellinilounge

Bellinilounge
Ranked #392 of 610 Nightlife in Berlin
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Tallinn, Estonia
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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Useless tourist trap”
Reviewed July 19, 2011

Went there on a Saturday night on the recommendation of a "leading tourist guide". Left after two drinks. Rather spacious rooms, but completely empty on a Saturday night. Needless to say, no locals at prime hours is the best sign that this place is not popular. Drinks were nothing special, for Berlin nightlife avoid this place as there are many better options.

Visited July 2011
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London
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“Go elsewhere unless you want to be robbed”
Reviewed July 9, 2011

I visited the Bellini lounge one evening before a night out. This was a big mistake.

The cocktail menu is extensive, but the barman I encountered was not just humourless - I found him to be extremely hostile. The cocktail served was mediocre, I decided one drink there was enough and to then move on to somewhere with a bit of life to it, so I left E6.50 on the bar whilst I watched the world go by, making a conscious decision not to tip for the despicable service. I later found out that all cocktails were in fact E5 at that time in the evening, so the barman not only was nasty, but pocketed a E1.50 tip which he must have thought was a credit to his poor manners. So not only are the staff rude and arrogant, they're dishonest too.

Berlin is a great place, and the nightlife is too but I recommend steering clear of the Bellini Lounge, it certainly is not representative of the city and could easily ruin your evening if you let it. If you fancy a quiet drink instead, head for the Weinbar Rutz on Chausseestrasse - not cheap, but unbeatable for real class and service.

Visited May 2011
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Berlin, Germany
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“Best bar in the neighbourhood”
Reviewed September 4, 2010

Bellini earns the title "best bar in the neighbourhood" not so much due to its excellence but more to lack of competition. There are only some more or less touristy restaurants and some oriental shisha bars close by.
The drink menu is deep and should satisfy all your drinking needs. Prices are high for Berlin standards but okay for the central location.
If you sit at the window or out on the street you can watch hookers trying to get some work.
What annoyed me on my last two visits was the staff. It used to be friendly and attentive. But recently I was was bullied for apparently obstruction access to one of the adjacents chais - even the bar was mostly empty! It didn´t get any fuller in the course of the night either!
It was one of the very few times I left without a tip!!!

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