Rum Trader – your place for rum in Berlin

I previously posted about the cocktail bar Buck and Breck but there was also another cocktail bar that we enjoyed and is worth a visit, Rum Trader, which one could say is tiny with a single table and a dark cherry wood counter with stools. The dried armadillo lazing on its back gives you a glimpse of how you will end the night.

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When we arrived, we were greeted at the door by whom seemed to be a very proper English gentleman, I was instantly reminded of Mr Carson from Downton Abbey, but Mr Scholl ended up being German of course.  He informed us that Rum Trader has been around for many years as he proudly oversaw that everything ran smoothly.

Rum Trader specializes in of course rum and rum based drinks but don’t let this put you off as they have a very decent selection of other spirits.

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A small little nook in Berlin where time seems to stay still.

Rum Traders

open Monday – Saturday

40 Fasanenstraße 40, 10719 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49 30 8811428

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Buck and Breck – fabulous cocktails in Berlin

IMG_1281.JPGI have to say that Buck and Breck is up until now my favorite cocktail bar. I fell in love with their perfectly balanced cocktails and it is a shame that I don’t live in Berlin because I would be going their on a weekly basis.

There is an aura of secrecy to this bar where you ring a doorbell and then lingering about the entrance inside is perpetual “closed” sign glowing in the dark. As you are led inside you are kindly reminded that photos are not allowed in order to respect the anonymity of the customers inside. Once in, you are surrounded by black and gold and sat either at the large center table or at tables in the back.

The cocktail menu features signature cocktails but if in doubt, let them guide you making your choice.

Buck and Breck

177 Brunnenstraße, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49 176 32315507
Open daily from 7:00pm

 

Gen Yamamoto – cocktails brought to a new level

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A friend of ours told us that we couldn’t go to Tokyo without having cocktails at Gen Yamamoto and I have to say that it is quite an experience. As most places in Tokyo, the bar is small, bear except for the thick wood counter which is absolutely stunning. You can’t but help run your fingers over the grain and awe over its subliminal beauty. That is the way Gen Yamamoto works, there is such subdued elegance in each of his cocktails that it almost feels as if you were drinking his artwork.

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As you enter, Gen Yamamoto greets you, perfectly attired in a crisp white jacket, in English that makes you forget that you are in Tokyo, he has lived abroad many years, and throughout the evening he explains each cocktail and engages in subtle conversation.

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The only option is a cocktail tasting menu, either four or six cocktails. Now, I know what you are thinking because I thought exactly the same thing. “I can’t drink four or six cocktails without rolling over drunk!” Not to worry, cocktails here are very small therefore are drank rather quickly. We actually started off with four and ended up having six because they were so good and I promise we walked out dignified without tumbling from side-to-side.

Cocktails are seasonal and most of them include fruit. The order in which they are served  is determined by Gen. You can notify him if there is something you don’t like though.

I am simply going to show you the cocktails we had so that your mouth can start to water and your alcohol craving level can increase.

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Remember you need to book a seat at Gen Yamamoto.

La Azotea de Benito Cocktail Bar – drinks with a view

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Now that we are submerged in winter with its cold days and colder nights, a drink out on a terrace still seems like a faraway summer’s dream. Depending on where you are in Spain, this is still possible. Down in the Canary Islands the weather is much milder than in the Iberian Peninsula and while we wear our UGG boots and coats, way down south people are lounging their Saturday afternoons away with a GT in hand. La Azotea de Benito, located on the second floor of the Monopol Shopping Center, has some great views of the older part of the city. Open for both afternoon and night drinks.

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La Azotea de Benito Cocktail Bar
2nd floor of Monopol Shopping Center
Hurtado Mendoza Square
35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Telephone: 928 36 74 50

Navigli- cocktails and apéritifs

When planning a trip to Milan you immediately think of the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele or the fabulous shops, but thanks to a friend we discovered the area of Navigli which is located towards the southwest of the city near the canals.  The area is vibrant, lined with bars and terraces overlooking the canals, decorated in that chic-hippy look that only the Italians can pull off so exquisitely and packed with people in a very laid-back mood having a good time while they enjoy the very Italian aperitif which consists of ordering a cocktail or drink and getting a snack or snacks for free. By the time you are on your second or third drink you are already full, which makes it a different and fun way to dine. Some places even have a buffet where you can chose exactly what you want to eat.

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