Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

McSorley’s Old Ale House

Ask any discerning New Yorker, “light or dark?”, and they will know straight away you’re talking about McSorley’s Old Ale House. Tucked away in the East Village, the venerable institution has quenched the thirst of everyone from Abraham Lincoln to the lower denizens of the Bowery since 1854. There’s only […]

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The Sherlock Holmes Pub

The Sherlock Holmes pub on Northumberland Street near London’s Trafalgar Square, is much like many of the countless other pubs in the capital. That is until you venture upstairs! Where in the dining room, you’ll find yourself magically transported to 221b, Baker Street and a life sized replica of the […]

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Jimmy’s Corner

As every local New Yorker knows, a visit to Times Square is about as appealing as a rush hour subway ride. But amidst the millions of visitors that throng here the year round, there is one tiny oasis where one can escape the maddening crowds. Hidden away on West 44th […]

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Dicke Wirtin, das Alt Berliner

In a city that has seen such tumultuous upheaval, it is always enjoyable to find an authentic taste of the old Berlin. In Charlottenburg there is just such a place: a charming, old fashioned bar & restaurant called Dicke Wirtin, that’s been serving pork knuckles, pilsner & schnapps since the […]

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Auerbachs Keller – Goethe’s Favourite Bar

Here at the SGE, we always enjoy bars that have a literary twist. So when we were exploring Leipzig recently, we were delighted to find nothing less than Goethe’s favourite bar! The Auerbachs Keller is the second oldest establishment in the grand old city, and has been serving fine wines […]

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In’t Aepjen, Amsterdam’s Monkey Bar

For today’s Bar of the Week, we’re stopping by one of the oldest bars in the historic city of Amsterdam, In’t Aepjen, to discover a rather peculiar way of paying your bar bill hundreds of years ago! After Amsterdam was destroyed by fire in 1452, the old city was rebuilt […]

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Harry’s New York Bar

When Ian Fleming decided upon a favourite bar in Paris for James Bond, there was only one option for the discerning secret agent; the oldest cocktail bar in Europe – the legendary Harry’s New York Bar. According to the 1960 short story “A View To A Kill,” when in Paris, […]

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“Personally, I had no doubts. I never waivered. Hot Scotch-and-water was the stuff for me…….I seemed to see the beaker smiling at me across the misty fields, beckoning me on, as it were, and saying ‘Courage, Bertram! It will not be long now!’” -Very Good Jeeves, P.G.Wodehouse, 1930. Whenever out […]

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Captain Tony’s Saloon

Down in Key West, its Sloppy Joe’s on Duval Street that draws the raucous crowds. But we prefer the more locals flavour of Captain Tony’s Saloon, right around the corner on Greene Street. After all, its not every bar that has Victorian period gravestones embedded on the floor by the […]