I really, really, really dug this venue. To start, the wall moldings and ceiling -- along with Cherubs dotting the walls gave it an incredible intimate feel. Went on a slower Monday for a show and due to the size of the place (quite small) felt like I was receiving my own private concert. Door staff was super laid back, bartenderess was a pleasure as well.
They have a nice show line-up as well and hoping to make it back there soon, good stuff.
Very bizarre place, this is. We went to see Ladytron here last night (see separate review) and were only allowed into the concert hall a full 40 minutes after doors open. Sound was horrible throughout the night and the 40 minute intermission between warm-up band and main act was almost unbearable (I don't have anything against Johnny Cash, but 40 minutes of him straight through during the wait for an electro concert?).
I'm not sure I'd want to come back here to see a concert. I was disappointed by the setup and the way the evening was logistically handled.
Prinzenbar is cool. I've only been in the first room, but I'm led to believe that there is a bigger room too. Anyway the small room has a very high, and highly decorated ceiling. This allows the bar to be on three levels within one small room. Weird and cool.
Above the bar is one of the largest and most ornate mirrors you're ever likely to see. It's definitely worth going just to see the place, but be warned that it's not the cheapest bar around. I got charged EUR3.10 for a small bottle of Astra (most other bars in the area charge EUR1.50-EUR2).
Of course, the main reason that you'd find yourself going to prinzenbar is to watch music as they have quite a lot on...
So far I have only been at Prinzenbar for a couple of mellow concerts for which this location is just perfect:
Dimly lit, tiny little room in a beautiful Baroque atmosphere just underneath Docks club. Some even call it cave...
There are 3 small balconies which allow a great view over the main room - or the stage during a gig.
Also everybody seems to like the huge mirrow being hung right over the bar and giving away a great view over the people in the club.
Plus there are some lovely but likewise kitschy putti (- is that the proper English word for these naked angels now?) smiling at you from the corners.
The usual crowd to be found there would be rather young, arty, Indie and maybe a little rugged. Great! :)
Altogether Prinzenbar sports a very unusual atmo which I'd greatly recommend for softer live music.
(For popular clubnights it's just a little too small as the place is easily filled up and there's hardly any space left to dance.)
Whenever I visited the Docks, I went to the Prinzenbar as well, where they played 80's and 90's most of the time. The atmosphere is really great and even though it's small, you have a spot for dancing.
I love going to the Kiez, but for some reason, last night was the first time for me to go to the Prinzenbar...but definitely NOT the last. The street level entry is like most places on the Kiez, red painted, grimy floor, then up the stairs to the bar. The cozy room is like a gaudy sanctuary and speaks of a time long past. The ceiling and walls are covered in ornate molding. The stained glass ceiling and gorgeous chandelier and muted colors were candy for the eyes. The room is quite small with stairs leading to two more levels making for fantastic feng shui. We were there for a concert - Felix Meyer - and the layout enabled everyone a fantastic view - not to mention the huge angled mirror above the bar which functioned as a kind of "screen" to see the stage. I can't wait to come back here again soon!
FYI: The only beers the bar serves are Beck's and Astra - however they do have Flensburger alcohol-free.
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