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A speakeasy in Strasbourg: Secret place AEDAEN

The entrance to this “secret” bar is in the pizzeria in rue des Aveugles. Go through the restaurant, past the kitchens, and pull on the little console table (shhh! you didn’t hear it from us).

Choose from a selection of cocktails (with or without alcohol), spirits (a large array of whisky, gin, vodka, rum, cognac, armagnac, pisco, grappa, schnapps, calvados, mezcal, tequila, absinth, vermouth, port …), beer, or soft drinks. You can also try a bespoke cocktail, according to your tastes, allergies, or simply what you feel like. Answer a series of questions from the bartender and let yourself be amazed. 

The selection of spirits is so large that the bartenders regularly have to climb a ladder all the way up to the ceiling to find the right bottle. 

The decor consists of a harmonious mix of raw concrete, red velvet and retro wallpaper. An enormous stuffed kudu head has found its place next to the bar, and the space is softly lit with shaded lamps, hanging metal lamps, as well as vintage chandeliers and wall lights.

We decided to put the bartender’s creativity to the test. She then prepared a tailor-made cocktail for each of us : one with blackcurrant liqueur, Greek vermouth and grapefruit syrup, the other with tequila, black sesame, and lemongrass. The result was delicious, subtle and perfectly balanced. Only once we tasted the drinks were the ingredients revealed to us. It’s a good thing to not always be in control, and rather sit back and rely on the skill and inspiration of an alchemist!

We particularly enjoyed the speakeasy-vibe, the wall of bottles, the bespoke cocktails and the creativity of the staff.

(Photos taken with the express permission of the bartenders.)

Secret place AEDAEN
📍 4 rue des Aveugles, Strasbourg

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A safari bar in Strasbourg: Le Douanier

Le Douanier defines itself as a “cocktail bar that takes you on a safari for your taste buds”. We were made to get along!

The cocktail menu (with and without alcohol) lets you travel to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The bar also offers other drinks (like draft beer, gin, rum …) and snacks.

All the cocktails are original house creations, and every one of them has its own specific drinking vessel.

We particularly loved the tropical and cozy interior, the Constantinople (which has a rosy roundness that reminds us of Turkish delight), the Grootz (a pisco sour with a twist, fresh and herby with a hint of bitterness) and the quirky humor of the menu.

Le Douanier
📍 5 rue de la Douane, Strasbourg 
🔗 View website (in French)

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Have a cocktail in a cellar in Strasbourg: La Cabane

We start out by playing at getting lost in a side street near the Cathedral. Then we ring a doorbell and go down a flight of stairs into a dimly lit vaulted stone cellar decorated with lush greenery.

La Cabane is a bar with an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, although the 80s to 2000s playlist is a little puzzling. We’re a long way from the clichéd treehouse in the forest with the sounds of birdsong and leaves rustling in the wind, but we quicky realize that’s not what we’ve come here to find.

Having followed the thoughtful advice of one of the bartenders to make our order, watching the mixologists behind the bar put on a show while making the drinks is all part of the experience. The cocktails are refreshingly creative and well-balanced. We particularly appreciate the reusable aluminum straws.

Every cocktail is carefully composed to tell a story we’re happy to get on board with.

La Cabane
📍 6 rue du Tonnelet Rouge, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)