Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

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 […]