Whether you’re a leftie or just want a good beer while you’re in Beirut, you must stop in at Abu Elie. From the outside, this joint looks nothing more than a rundown hole-in-the-wall bar, but step inside and you’ll become a comrade of the communist era.
With a name like Madame Brussels, you might be mistaken for thinking this Melbourne bar was named after an aristocrat. But as a matter of fact, Madame Brussels is named after an eccentric brothel owner of the 19th century.
In Berlin, you can be sucked into paying quite a few euros for a meal, let alone a glass of wine. But if you’re coming to this city, there’s a restaurant you need to try, not only for its food and wine, but for its ancient honour code. At Weinerei, you pay what you want.
You’re not a real hipster until you get your drink made with hand-cut, artisanal ice. Didn’t you know? It’s a new trend hitting the States where bars and restaurants charge around $1 per ice rock that’s been made with filtered water. The ice also goes through a machine made by Clinebell (the ice sculpture machines) and comes out crystal-clear.
My new favourite bar sits by the canal in Hackney. They have great food, lovely staff and some excellent beers from local breweries. The music room features sofas, bean bags and a white baby grand piano. It’s a great place to watch music, and I love playing there.
Inspired by dark, out of the way bars, Places We Should Go is a project by Mark Sarmel that revolves around four imaginary bars. They’re just the type of place one might accidentally stumble into and instantly feel at home, or not, but then the best adventures are often those that are unexpected.