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Hopfenreich Vice to virtue

Looking for a Kneipe that is actually on an Eck? For a place that has more than just Schultheiss and Bitburger on tap? Somewhere that you can turn that niggling alcohol addiction into a bona fide hobby? Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Hopfenreich! Which in case you didn’t make it beyond B1 Deutsch, translates as ‘hoppy’, as in this beer has some taste and doesn’t require a shot of luminous Waldmeister syrup to make it palatable.

With a stonking 14 beers on the pumps, this is one of the widest selections of draft beer in the city. Sure, you might only get a 200ml taster for your regular beer money, but it comes in a jaunty, thin-necked glass and with a license to swan around town calling yourself a beer sommelier. As a rule of thumb: the higher the price, the funkier the taste, so if you’re new to the game, ease in at the cheaper side of proceedings. All aboard the craft beer bandwagon, it’s cosy in here.

John Muir The power of imagination featured

Run by serious drinkers for serious drinkers (by serious, we mean both refined and plentiful) and named after the archetypal outsdoorsman, John Muir exemplifies a rare breed of cocktail joint. One where there’s isn’t a mini parasol in sight, and you don’t have to put on any airs and graces either.

The drinks menu at this subterranean brick-lined bunker cuts the crap with its belting selection of hard liquors that are blended into imaginative new concoctions every month. If an everyman’s G&T or Barcadi coke is your tipple of choice, this is the perfect location to step a little outside of your comfort zone. An Alabama Belt Buckle — which blends Bushmills, Drambuie, fresh lemon, honey-ginger reduction and a Laphroaig rinse — is a good place to start.

And don’t think the ales have been ignored either. Monday night is beer night featuring a rotating assortment of 18 world brews, backed up by the ever-present legendary 8.5% Belgian beer, Delirium Tremens, available only in a bottomless 75cl bottle.

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