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posted February 20, 2012 2:14 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Wed February 29 at 5:00 PM, Bully's Bakery
Friedelstraße 7, 12047 Berlin, Germany (Map & Directions)
Update: Time and space coordinates set for Bullys Bakery, Wednesday Feb 29th at 1700. I will try to be there a few minutes before, and put a sheet of paper on the table, with METAFILTER written on it.
(First posted: I'm currently staying in Berlin. Are there any other metafilter people here? Expats, locals, visitors? And if there are, do you want to meet up for beer or tea or coffee or cake? End of February perhaps? Location/venue I'm not sure what to suggest yet, currently I'm in the Kreuzberg area, close to Mitte. But I have discovered a clever metropolitan network of rails and bridges and tunnels that can in fact transport me anywhere rather efficiently. I'm very open to suggestions!)
posted by gmm to Meetup (23 comments total)

Hi! I'm in Berlin too (not a Berliner myself). I'm going to be pretty busy until the end of the week, but starting next week I'd probably have time to meet up for coffee. And starting at the beginning of next week, I'll be living in Kreuzberg too (hence the busy until then).
posted by colfax at 9:13 AM on February 20, 2012

A great idea. I'm as new to Berlin as to MeFi but really starting to dig both. Either beer or coffee would be alright by me, end of February sounds good, too.
posted by faustdick at 9:37 AM on February 20, 2012

Hello, cool! What about somewhere Kreuzberg-ish, towards middle/end of next week, after work-time, is that suitable for you guys?

It's snowing! Yay!
posted by gmm at 12:06 AM on February 21, 2012

This whole snow thing is just fantastic, especially since I have nowhere to be today. This week is probably a no for me, but something mid-week next week would work well for me. Shall we do an über-German "Kaffee und Kuchen" somewhere post-work?

Since it sounds like we're mostly in Kreuzberg (me too, near the canal but closer to Prinzenstraße), we could meet somewhere here for coffee. I can recommend the following places for really excellent coffee:

Five Elephant
- 101 Reichenberger Straße
- best espresso and cappuccino in town, and they roast their own beans
- a bit of a hike from the nearest U-Bahn stop (Kottbusser Tor), but worth it.
- cakes made by the Viennese co-owner.
- only seating for about 15 people in the whole place, so depends on turnout

Bully's Bakery
- Friedelstraße 7 (corner of Weserstraße and Friedelstraße, near Hermannplatz)
- excellent flat whites, pastries, and savory Flammkuchen.
- very friendly staff
- kind of ground zero for hipstery ex-pat invasion at the moment, but not unbearable

Luzia Café
- Oranienstraße 34, near Adalbertstraße
- pretty good coffee and pastries
- right in the heart of SO36 Kreuzberg
- everybody knows about this place, so it can sometimes be a bit too much

- Oranienstraße 183, west of Adalbertstraße
- queer-friendly café and bar
- proper coffee, good cakes, a fair amount of space to sit
- Also in the heart of SO36 Kreuzberg.
posted by LMGM at 1:37 AM on February 21, 2012

NOTE: I can recommend the first two cafés above for really excellent coffee. The other two are good, but not orgasm-inducing. Good atmosphere in all of them, though.
posted by LMGM at 1:39 AM on February 21, 2012

Time and place suggestions sound good to me.
posted by faustdick at 1:51 AM on February 21, 2012

I might also be able to join after work hours, also in Kreuzberg. Five Elephant and Bully's are in my Kiez and I haven't actually visited them so I'd be in favor.
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 2:59 AM on February 21, 2012

Nice! I would love to come by too if I can make it.
posted by bitteschoen at 3:51 AM on February 21, 2012

And hmm I'd also like to submit a vote for the place with "savory Flammkuchen", I've never been and I can indeed imagine it's "kind of ground zero for hipstery ex-pat invasion", like pretty much any other café on the Friedelstrasse, but yeah, well, Flammkuchen :)

Really though, any of the others sound fine too, don't really mind. (I've only been in Luzia myself, indeed it can be "too much", and hard to find a seat for more than two people, unless someone goes a bit earlier and takes possession of the whole couch area in the back...)
posted by bitteschoen at 3:58 AM on February 21, 2012

Great! Thanks a lot for suggestions LMGM!

I'm going ahead and inventing space/time coordinates: Wednesday Feb 29th, 1700, tentatively at Bully's (Flammkuchen)? This is a a leap day. A splendid excuse for cake-as-dinner in the middle of the week.

Note: Bully's closes at 1800 and Five Elephant at 1900. So if 1700 is too early, we might be better off later at the Luzia or Beerhimmel places.
posted by gmm at 8:00 AM on February 21, 2012

Woo! Let's do 17h00 at Bully's. It'll be easier to get to by transit than the other places, too (2 blocks from Hermannplatz). And, if we decide to continue with drinks, we have all of Hobrechtstraße and Friedelstraße and Weserstraße to wet our whistles.
posted by LMGM at 2:47 PM on February 21, 2012

17.00 at Bully's sounds good! I've never been to a Mefi meet-up before. How am I going to recognize you people? :)
posted by colfax at 10:20 AM on February 22, 2012

You'll be able to recognize us because we won't be wearing pants.
posted by LMGM at 12:46 AM on February 23, 2012

Super, looking forward!

I haven't been to any meetup before, and don't know the venue, so I don't know if there's trick to find each other... but I can place a sheet of paper on the table and write METAFILTER in huge letters on it? Then you could just scan the tables for that.
posted by gmm at 5:30 AM on February 24, 2012

See everyone in a couple of hours! The weather is suicide-grey, but the coffee will fix everything.
posted by LMGM at 6:11 AM on February 29, 2012

I am at the rendez vouz point but currently crowded. I have so far secured internet access and will linger in shadows until a table is free

They are playing agent music on the soundtrack
posted by gmm at 7:52 AM on February 29, 2012

I now have half a table.
posted by gmm at 7:56 AM on February 29, 2012

I now have a window!
posted by gmm at 8:00 AM on February 29, 2012

We've moved to Major bar, at the corner of Hobrechtstrasse with Pflügelstrasse.
posted by gmm at 9:57 AM on February 29, 2012

That was nice! Thanks for organizing.
posted by faustdick at 12:15 PM on February 29, 2012

Successful meetup! Another one soon, I hope…
posted by LMGM at 1:39 PM on February 29, 2012

Yes that was great! Won't be soon for another!
posted by gmm at 11:20 PM on February 29, 2012

Ahh man totally missed the memail alerting me to this :| Ah well i'll be there next time.
posted by ST!NG at 4:40 AM on March 14, 2012

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