How to Write a Blog Post After a Full Night of German Hospitality

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I have to be up and running around the BCB tomorrow morning, so this post promises to be an exercise in efficiency, and while my last name belies this, I fear that it won’t be the German type.

So, here we go:

1. I begin my day at a restaurant recommended to me by Helmut Adam, where – thanks to my severe language deficiency – I mistakenly order a non-alcoholic beer with lunch.

2. I take a lovely stroll through West Berlin and see some non-bar-trade-related sights. There are a lot of German Shepherds going for walksies in Berlin. I think they just call them “Shepherds” here.

3. I walk back over the river to West Berlin for a social at Mixology headquarters. I don’t know why I was surprised to see a big, beautiful bar situated in the office of a huge bartending magazine, but I was.

4. I have a run-in with Jay Hepburn. Again.

5. Jay and I discover the Mixology liquor closet. Jay is much more amenable when surrounded by 2,000 of his closest friends.

6. The gregarious Phillip Duff pours us into a cab and takes us to Reingold for an amazing party hosted by the Traveling Mixologists. Jörg Meyer is spotted on many sides of the bar.

7. Simon Difford confides in me that he has a Google Alert for his name. I make a mental note to mention him in every future blog post in order to force him to read this site.

Simon Difford

8. Rag-tag group piles into yet another cab and finds a hotel bar.

9. Things start getting fuzzy.

10. Rag-tag group walks a mile to a bar that Difford wants to check out for his upcoming bar guide.

11. Bar is closed.

12. Group attempts to find other bar. For Difford’s bar guide.

13. Jeff hails cab and sneaks back to hotel. Few notice.

7 Replies to “How to Write a Blog Post After a Full Night of German Hospitality”

  • Gonçalo says:

    The Re-Uni-Fication of Berlin took place in 1989. In political and historical views, at least and non-confusional.

    This precise date, however, doesen’t express social views, which are carried on for generations.


  • Nadia – You’ll have to forgive my ignorance. But in my defense, every Berliner I spoke with on the trip still referred to Berlin in terms of “East” and “West”. They might have been doing it for my benefit as an American tourist, but it’s the only point of reference I have. I’m sorry for the confusion.

  • Nadia says:

    I meant 1990, sorry.

  • Nadia says:

    When you write “West Berlin” do you mean “west Berlin,” or is it a specific bar or place like a club? If not, reunification was way back in 1991, now there is only 1 Berlin.

  • Oh… I’m so envious! You had better keep on the stick writing posts for the rest of us so we can live vicariously through you. Rock star.

  • Scooter says:

    If you ever get lost looking for a bar while with Simon Difford, does he ever whip his own guide out of his pocket? Wooo! Screw your GPS boys! Follow me. I know the way!

  • canary says:

    i’m loving reading your travel posts! fun times.
    when do you return to the land of rain & ducks? M & I will in town next week & are (of course!) planning a bel ami early evening next tuesday. would love to hear all about this in person.

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