Lady Libertine The Bon Vivant was recently recognised as the best restaurant bar in the UK for the second year running at the Class Bar Awards. This is a major industry award in a competitive sector in which Edinburgh excels.  Bon Vivant owner Stu McCluskey’s burgeoning empire now extends to four bar restaurant sites across …

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31 Favourite Bars This is a bit of an apples and oranges list, but I thought I should summarise my drinking adventures not least to say thank you to the various bartenders who looked after me in such fine style on my recent world travels. It’s a mix of cocktail and beer places – most …

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Coffee & Drinks in Paris While I generally didn’t have much luck finding high quality places to eat (Arp├Ęge aside) in Paris, I had rather better fortune with cafes and bars. One of the big reasons for my stop in town was to visit Little Red Door, an outstanding cocktail bar where it was lovely …

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Coffee & Drinks in Gent I love Gent (or Ghent) in so many ways and my second visit to the city only served to redouble that adoration. On this visit, my time was again short but I had the opportunity to explore the city’s cafes and bars a little more fully than on my previous …

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Coffee & Drinks in Lyon Lyon is an excellent city for wandering around so I managed to see a quite a few different coffee places.Near to Les Halles Paul Bocuse, I really enjoyed a smart wee place called Fluffy. It served me very good espresso and also looked like a good place for a well-priced …

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