Enchanting even from the outside, Würgeengel is a quintessentially charming Berlin bar. On a summer’s evening an outdoor bench, shielded only by creeping ivy and moonlight, is a romantic spot for a glass of vintage wine or a fine whisky. Inside, plush red booths and small wooden tables are classic 1930s. Crystal lamps and candles provide the only light – and are perfect for conspiratorial conversation. The bar is particularly famous for its whisky selection and a high standard of professionalism from the staff. Many of the city’s top barmen picked up their tricks by mixing here. A middle-aged crowd of respectable guests frequent, often after an Italian meal in the neighbouring Gorgonzola Club, accessible by a secret stairway.