Asphalt 1/1 by Tripoto
Keith Russell
It claims to offer "advanced urban clubbing", which perhaps means Berlin's ongoing shift from repurposed shabby-chic venues to smarter, New York-style joints is well under way. What's true is that Ashpalt is a swanky boîte in the basement of one of Mitte's business hotels, with an attractive restaurant attached. Its feel is distinctly American, while the music veers towards goodtime disco and up-tempo house rather than minimal techno. Local hero Hugo Capablanca plays regularly, as do other residents from King Size, the hip bar not too far away on Friedrichstrasse. Less intimidating than Berghain, more central than Watergate, Asphalt is staking a claim to coolness in the heart of tourist Berlin