Category Archives: Francois’ Travels

The Warmest Welcome in Islington

The first things we noticed about Zilouf’s were the smiles. We were at the bar early on a Monday morning in November, not exactly cocktail hour but that time of the day when you see a bar for what it … Continue reading

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This Is Tokyo’s Star Bar

When it is 2:00am and you’re in that twilight zone fog of jet lag, the Ginza District of Tokyo ‘Lost in Translation’ takes on a de ja vue quality and it recently had Francois Philippot out looking for Bill Murray … Continue reading

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Is this the Coolest New Cocktail Bar in Paris?

Over the last few years Paris has seen a drift toward the Right Bank so, when a new cocktail bar opens in Saint-Germain, one can only go and celebrate. Le Hibou (The Owl) is located bang on the crossroads of … Continue reading

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Where To Be In Paris When It Pours

The rain poured down outside as the cocktails slipped down inside. Le Dôme de Villiers is an excellent place to escape the rain or anything else for that matter. Located in the chic 17th Arrondissement of Paris, there is always … Continue reading

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Top London Cocktails & Views at Madison

Summer in London is my favourite time of the year. Usually it is confined to two or three days with a wet afternoon sandwiched in the middle but this year, summer has decided to stick around and mess with Londoner’s … Continue reading

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Up A Cocktail Bar Without A Paddle

Situated in the Ménilmontant region of Paris is Gossima, the first true ping pong bar in Paris. Gossima’s owners were former world champions and they have married their adoration of sport with their love of cocktails. As you might imagine … Continue reading

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Milan Shows Off Cocktail Fashion

Our tour of Europe’s cocktail bars continues with an easterly hop, up and over the Alps, to Milan, home to Italian fashion, two great soccer clubs and some jaw-droppingly good bars. Now you might think that bouncing around the world, … Continue reading

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