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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — On a cold evening in December, the faces of the people who walk through the doors of the twentyone bar seem to speak just one language: It’s after-hours time. With a smile they greet owner Artur Stark, who stands behind the bar working on a round of drinks while waitresses serve dinner. The twentyone is probably the most remarkable bar in Kaiserslautern. Overlooking the rooftops of K-town, it is located on the 21st floor of Kaiserslautern’s city hall and is the place for a relaxing after-hours drink, a Euro-Asian dinner or a weekend party. While the city hall building is the usual multistory structure with an unspectacular, gray facade, twentyone creates a great contrast. Chrome stools shaped like inverted pyramids, a rounded bar and lighting that underlines the chill-out mode all emphasize the special concept of the bar.

"Since I really love New York, I have been there a couple of times and as a bar owner myself, I certainly went to some New York bars," said Stark, who created the bar with Ivana Jolic. "The style of some of the bars just struck me, and that is how the idea for the interior and the concept of the twentyone was born."

Stark describes the bar as a mixture of restaurant, bar and lounge. "An open atmosphere is the concept," Stark said.

And the concept seems to work. Guests, with drinks in hand, move through the restaurant/lounge while others sit and enjoy their meals.

Linda Schmelzer and Gabi Stroelau are two regular customers of twentyone.

"The view over K-town is just outstanding and the service provided is what I like about this place," said Schmelzer.

Other customers seem to agree: Some stand at one of the many windows gazing at the city lights shining in the night.

"It is just outstanding," said one of the customers to another man.

Even though the buildings in New York are taller, with a little bit of imagination the guests of twentyone can catch a glimpse of how it might be looking from a real New York skyscraper down to the streets of the city that never sleeps.

Kaiserslautern, Germany

Prices: Moderate. You can order a lobster cream soup for 6 euros. Chicken with coconut served with curry rice and vegetables costs 13.50 euros.

English menu: Yes and the staff speaks English. The bar is frequented by Americans.

Dress: From casual to dressy.

Location: In the center of K-town on the 21st floor of the city hall (Rathaus). It is the tallest building in town and close to the Karstadt shopping center.

Web site: Offers information in German and English.


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