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