The Café-Bistro carries on in the tradition of the Bauhaus Club, the original idea of which dates from 1986 at the Bauhaus Dessau Centre for Design. It was intended as a meeting place for people taking part in the programmes, as well as for employees and friends. The first planning ideas were outlined in a 1987 joint diploma thesis by two students from Halle and Weimar. Their vision was “a kiosk at the centre, with benches like quays with red beacons – a harbour for the evenings … the “keepers of objectivity” complained about it – a breach of style in the temple of modernity. The minister in charge refused the promised funds: ‘they are supposed to be working at the Bauhaus, not drinking’. and yet: construction began in 1988. Such are the recollections of Martin Stein, who worked at the Bauhaus at the time.
The club did not open in the basement until the summer of 1990 – with different furniture and decor to those originally planned. Since then, its appearance has changed many times. What has stayed the same is that the Bauhaus Club is still a place where people meet to talk, eat, drink, hold discussions, and celebrate.
On 1 January 1991, the Bauhaus Club became a private company. It is still run by Stefan Serfling, who has been there from the very beginning.