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by Carl Kruse

Summer is here and time to welcome it! The owners of the Fox Bar + Restaurant have invited the Ivy Circle for wine and appetizers on Friday, July 1 starting at 6pm. There will be complimentary wine and appetizers (while they last) as well as a beautiful cash bar for anything else.

The restaurant serves delicious Thai food if anyone would like to order dinner or more. Outdoor patio area to boot.

The Fox is located inside the Hotel Q at Hotel Q, Knesebeckstr. 67- 10623 Berlin.

The Fox Bar + Restaurant, Berlin

Let’s have a drink together and bask in the Berlin summer. Please RSVP to [email protected] so we can give the restaurant a head count. Thanks!

Carl Kruse
The last post was our film premiere event in Berlin hosted by Carl Kruse.


by Carl Kruse, Ivy Circle Berlin

As summer approaches we awake to warmer weather, brighter skies and good cheer.The Ivy Circle in Berlin has a series of summer events planned beginning with an invite for Thursday, June 2, 2022 to the theatrical release of the documentary “The Strait Guys” at the legendary Babylon Theater in Mitte. A cocktail gathering along with the cast and crew of “The Strait Guys” takes place just before the film release between 6pm-7pm at The Grand, Hirtenstraße 4, 10178 Berlin. (This quirky place supposedly has been in business since 1842).

So, meet first at 6pm at The Grand for complimentary appetizers and wine (open cash bar for anything other than wine) and at about 7ish pm make our way on foot (3 minutes) to the Babylon Theater to catch the premiere of “The Strait Guys.”

Written and directed by Columbia alum (and Ivy Circle friend) Rick Minnich, “The Strait Guys” tells the story of American and Russian entrepreneurs trying to link the USA and Russia via the world’s longest train tunnel beneath the Bering Strait.  Following the film, Rick and one of the Russian producers will be available for a Q&A session. Post film we meet back at The Grand.

Tickets for the film can be purchased in advance at or at the box office at the Babylon theater on the night of the release. 

RSVP to Carl Kruse – [email protected] for a head count or further information. Friends and family are welcome.To a great summer!

Carl Kruse
Contact: carl AT alumni DOT princeton DOT edu
Ivy Circle Berlin
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Carl Kruse - Ivy Circle Berlin
Scene from “The Strait Guys.”


Dear Alumni School Leaders And Friends,

Here’s hoping everyone’s summer is going beautifully well!

The Ivy Circle in Berlin has been invited to a U.S. Independence Day celebration this Sunday, July 4, 2021. The event takes place at the Kulturbraueri as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “DelicioUS” celebration. This is an official public event hosted by the U.S. representatives in Berlin who have personally invited friends and family of the Ivy Circle to attend.

After a hiatus due to Corona it would be great to see everyone on Sunday.

The event will feature public street vendors with a variety of American food and drinks. There will also be live music with blues, swing, jazz and more. The event goes from 12 noon to 10pm and the Ivy Circle will gather between 1pm- 4pm. The organizers have set aside a VIP area for the Ivy Circle and are offering us discounted drink specials.

What: Ivy Circle Gathering for July 4th.

Where: Kulturbraueri, Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435 Berlin

Time: 1pm- 4pm (the main public event lasts from 12-10pm).

Price: Entry is free.

RSVP: Send an email to [email protected] or [email protected]

Location of VIP area will be provided to everyone who RSVPs. See you Sunday!

Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle Berlin


Our next Ivy Berlin Stammtisch returns Thursday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m. at “CASSAMBALIS” – Grolmanstr. 35, near the corner of Kud’amm and Uhlandstr.

One of Angela Merkel’s favorite restaurants, Cassambalis is the creation of Petra and Constantinos Cassambalis, who have fused Greek and Italian cooking into a delightful menu. The restaurant has won numerous awards and is listed in the Michelin guide. Cassambalis is an elegant casual place festooned in art and good energy. A perfect place for us to come together.

To make things easy the Cassambalis have agreed to let the Stammtisch order a la carte and will offer some welcome wine on the house.

Please RSVP to [email protected] so that I can get an accurate head count for the restaurant. Hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you at what should be a beautiful evening.

Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle Berlin

STAMMTISCH: Thursday, June 6, AT 6:30PM at “SCHWEIN”

ur next Ivy Berlin Stammtisch returns on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at “SCHWEIN” – Mommsenstr. 63, Charlottenburg 0629 Berlin.

This time we have international wine expert JACLYN ZIMMERMAN join us to talk about good wine and how best to pair it with food, as well as to present four wines to us. It is an informal gathering with the main focus of course on coming together.

Schwein is an elegant casual place near the Savignyplatz S-bahn that in spite its name also has vegetarian offerings. For this Stammtisch, we have a discounted rate for the wine tasting for those who would like to participate of 20€. There will be bread baskets provided for free and of course the entire SCHWEIN menu open for a la carte ordering.

Please RSVP to [email protected] so that I can get an accurate head count for the restaurant. The last few gatherings have seen the promise of several budding businesses emerge and new friendships. We hope to continue the great energy this time around.

Hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you at what should be an amazing evening.

Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle Berlin