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European edition, Thursday, August 28, 2008

A drink can say a lot about a person, but it’s not always clear just what it says.

Drinking an Alabama Slammer could give off a prison vibe or it might allude to a love for boxing. Ask for a Singapore Sling and folks may well think you have a thing for Asians or, just as likely, a sprained elbow.

Weinheim, Germany’s Regie Cocktail Cafe, a hip little joint off the town’s Hauptstrasse, has about 100 movie-themed cocktails and scores of other drinks that nearly eliminate such ambiguity.

Gulp down a "Terminator," a hard-hitting concoction involving three kinds of rum, and everybody will assume you’re not the cuddling type. Buy yourself a "Rain Man," and the whole world knows you hope to one day win an Oscar.

Cutting to the chase like this might liberate you from having to explain yourself to others, but be careful with what you don’t say.

No matter how politely you ask for a "Psycho," do it once and don’t be surprised if people stop inviting you out for after-work get-togethers.

There’s a lot of fun to be had here picking your movie drink personality, but that’s the only gimmicky thing about the place.

The cafe is popular with a trendy 20-something crowd that squeezes into the cozy downstairs and spills outdoors on weekends. Even though it’s just about 200 yards away from the town’s Marktplatz, the mood here is a bit more vibrant, but still laid back. It is, however, small.

If the cocktails sound good but the place is packed, try the Regie’s sister cafe in Heidelberg, which is a bit bigger and boasts a service that could simultaneously wipe out drunken driving and the shame of waking up next to a stranger in one fell swoop: The Cocktail Taxi.

For 6 euros plus the cost of shipping, the Heidelberg Regie will deliver any one of 76 different cocktails right to your door. For about half that, you can get one of their milkshakes — they have 18 kinds.

Plus, the service keeps you from being subjected to drink judgment. I hoped to avoid such scrutiny by ordering a benign Irish coffee, only to learn firsthand why folks from that island have a certain reputation. For what I imagine the coffee ended up saying about me, I might just as well have ordered one of Regie’s one-liter jumbo cocktails.

Regie Cocktail Cafe Weinheim, Germany

Prices: Long drinks in the 4.50-euro range. Cocktails from 6 to 16.50 eurosSpecialties: CocktailsMenu: German, but English-speaking staffDress: CasualClientele: 20-somethings, mostly GermansDirections: From the A-5, get off at Weinheim and take the first right onto Mannheimer Strasse. Drive about 1.5 miles and turn right onto Bahnhofstrasse. Less than one-quarter mile later, take a right onto Ehretstrasse. Take a left at the end of the street onto Dr. Bender-Strasse and take the second left into Institutstrasse, which is a parking lot. Walk to the end of the lot, down the stairs and Regie Cocktail Cafe is on your right.Web or

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