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Only the drinks are real: this was my evening in a virtual bar


Dominik Galander from Berlin has recreated his bar on the Internet. What sounds like an emergency Corona solution comes surprisingly close to the real Kreuzberg feeling.

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While he is processing a beverage order, bartender Dominik Köhler chats with his guests via video call

Photo: Galander

Saturday evening, 9:20 pm: I'm sitting with friends in a bar. In front of me a cocktail freshly mixed by the bartender, all around me the hustle and bustle and scraps of conversation from the other guests.

Later, a musician will play live in the next room.

There should be a dance floor somewhere in the back.

Except for the Negroni, which I sip on, I only experience all of this virtually, because I go out on this Saturday evening in the digital Galander Bar.

Using an interactive online platform designed by the bar operators, I control my avatar from room to room with the arrow keys on the PC keyboard.

Whenever I pass other guests, I hear them speak and could speak to them directly.

Anyone who sits on one of the bar stools can talk to the man behind the counter while he is mixing a drink.

The bartender is actually in the bar in Berlin-Kreuzberg that evening.

The drinks ordered online are delivered to the guests' homes by courier within a few kilometers.

Alternatively, they can also be picked up in a beverage shop belonging to the bar.

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Source: spiegel

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