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Our top spots for summer in Paris

Apéros Frenchies events are up and running in Paris, and we are very excited, to say the least! There’s still a few months of summer sunshine to go, so have a look at where we’ve been partying, and we hope to see you there next time. Whether you prefer courtyards, terraces, or even boat parties.. we’ve selected only the best for you. So here it is, our top summer spots in Paris!

Off En Seine

86 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France

We wouldn’t do summer without a boat party and we are glad to have Off en Seine on our list! The infinity pool and immense views over the river Seine gave this year’s boat party a special edge. Moored at the foot of Austerlitz station, Off en Seine is Paris’ first hotel and bar that is located directly on the water.
There was a DJ Set, awesome people, and special cocktails by Citadelle and Sense of Spirits, served just for you. What a great place to party!

Check out  the pictures on Instagram!

We will be back at Off en Seine soon! Stay tuned!

If you prefer to go solo, and enjoy a quiet atmosphere,   the restaurant offers some tapas & really good cocktails every day from 5:00 pm! 

 

 

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Flow le Roof

4 Port des Invalides, 75007 Paris, France

Who doesn’t love a rooftop party whilst the sun sets over Paris? This trendy location is the perfect place for our Apéros Frenchies’ events. Tell a friend to tell a friend, it’s going to be amazing, and we are looking forward to seeing you there next time!

Thought about trying a new cocktail? We’ve got your back, just check out this post: Our top refreshing cocktails for summer!

If you cannot make it for our Afterwork, have a look while it is still sunny and warm! Flow le Roof is open everyday from Monday to Friday (5:00pm – 02:00am) and Friday- Sunday (03:00pm- 02:00am). And Le Quai is open everyday (09:00am to 02:00 am). 

 

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Kube Hotel

1 Passage Ruelle, 75018 Paris

Fancy a city escape to the jungle? Just a few steps away from Canal St Martin, this 4 star hotel offers an enjoyable evening with new and old friends, whilst surrounded by nature’s greenery. If you weren’t able to join us, you can always stop by as it’s one of our top locations in Paris, and have a drink (or two?)

Kube

Keep an eye on our events page, and we’ll see you next time!

The Best Rooftop Bars in Munich this Summer

Urban flair, tasty cocktails, panoramic views over the Alps. Munich’s rooftop bars provide the perfect location for your summer nights out. We’ve put together the best rooftop locations for your summer in Munich!

 

The Terrace

The Terrace is located at the top of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. This bar has a great atmosphere and is one of Munich’s best-kept secrets for asian inspired al fresco dining and sipping on cocktails. Guests are accompanied by a stunning view of Munich, including the twin domes of the Munich Cathedral and the  sunset over the Alpine horizon. Does it get much better? 

Goldene Bar

The Goldene Bar creates unique cocktails that are made just for you. Of course, you can order from the standard menu, but why not tell them your favourite (and worst) flavours, and be pleasantly surprised with what the talented bartenders rustle up!

Located behind the Haus der Kunst, and the Englischer Garten, the terrace and stays sunny until late, and the beautiful sunset will go down nicely with your new favourite cocktail. 

Oh, and if you need another good reason to come, this  place is a meeting spot of  the Eisbach-surfers …need we more? 😉

Flushing Medows

Flushing Medows is one of the best hidden rooftops in Munich. The vintage interior of this cosy rooftop bar invites you to relax and chill out with friends while being served the finest creation of cocktails. It’s a great place to enjoy the view over the city in the evenings!

Café im Vorholzer forum

The café Vorhoelzer is located at the top of the the architecture faculty of the Technische Universität München, and offers a view over the Pinacoteca museums. The entry is quite tricky to find, but hey, it’s a somewhat secret location for students! Perhaps you’ll make new friends whilst finding your there. Oh, and if you get hungry, feel free to order something to eat too!

Kulturdachgarten

This summer-pop-up bar is located on the roof of the Alpina Parking House, not far from the main train station. Kulturdachgarten is a great example of green city projects: The entire bar, seats and decoration are made from recycled materials.

If you’re hungry after a long day of work, taste the Indian vegetarian meals – they’re delicious. 

M’Uniqo

You might have seen our post brunching at the M’uniqo, but did you know it also has a rooftop bar?

Date night? M’Uniqo’s 360° view of  Munich could be the perfect location for you!

Louis Grill Room

Our Top Refreshing Cocktails for Summer!

We often mention cocktails and we’ve tasted a few ourselves! So we’ve put together some tips on the top cocktails for you to taste this summer.

 

Drink responsibly. You must be of legal drinking and buying age to read this article.

 


1 – Citadelle Gin

Do we still need to introduce you to this French Gin Brand from Maison Ferrand?

Simply garnish with a fresh lemon peel and voilà, you’re set. The size and shape of the peel, straight or twisted, large or small, does not matter as long as it’s fresh. Just mix Citadelle and a high quality tonic water, and you’ll have crafted the perfect drink in no time.

Once served, it emanates herbaceous notes of juniper and anise. Then, the spicy cinnamon side softens the nose, bringing a very gourmand dimension to the gin.



2 – Sense of Spirits – Cognac

Firstly, we introduced you to this new brand, during lockdown, showing you some DIY cocktails at home. See post: The Perfect Cognac Cocktail for Apéro – Sense of Spirits. Secondly, our Parisian community had the chance to finally test the cocktails during two of our events, and the brand itself has been very well received!

Sweet from the grape but keeping the intensity from the Cognac, those ready-to-sip cocktails sparkle up your summer evenings! Sense of Spirits create inspiring and timeless lifestyle drinks and strive themselves to introduce new ways to let people enjoy cognac differently!

Check out their website and get 15€ off with our promo code APEROSFRENCHIES for any order up to 75€.

Find more about our recipes here or on IGTV.


3 – Lillet Tonic 

Lillet is an aperitif wine, made from Bordeaux grapes along with macerated fruit liqueurs, which gives it a pleasantly fruity, but not overly sweet, character.

You had the chance to discover this brand during many of our events in Europe, and during the lockdown too. Let’s stick to fresh long drinks that are easy to do at home. No need to be a professional, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3 and your guests’ reactions will be priceless.

Pour 5cl of Lillet Blanc into a glass full of ice cubes. Add 10cl of tonic water and a slice of cucumber. Decorate with one strawberry and a mint leaf. Et voilà!

Preparing a wedding or a private event? Lillet is our personal recommendation. Their univers fit perfectly with the dreamy and magical atmosphere of such an occasion. Don’t hesitate to contact us for  any requests.

 

 

Ricard Plantes fraiches

 4 – Ricard

Going to the south of France this summer? If so, add “taste the pastison” to your to-do list , one of the most refreshing drinks for hot summer days. The name pastis originally comes from the Provençal  and means ‘mix’. It now refers to the French aniseed-flavored liqueur with an alcoholic strength of 40% or 45%, for a pastis from Marseille.

How to drink a Ricard? Pour 2,5cl  of Ricard into a glass. Add cold water to dilute it. The water will instantly and magically transform your pastis from a clear amber color to a milky greenish-yellow.

Sip slowly on a sunny terrace at the end of the afternoon. Although, if you are not a big fan of the classical pastis, check out their new edition Ricard Plantes fraiches, made with anise exclusively from fresh plants grown on the Valensole plateau in Haute-Provence (France).

We hope we helped you planning your summer Apéros! Don’t forget to feature @aperos_frenchies on your Instagram stories or posts, we can’t wait to share them! Santé!

Take a Breather – Gerbermüle Hotel & Restaurant, Frankfurt

 

The Gerbermüle is part of the city’s heritage and is probably one of the most atypic hotels in Frankfurt.  Just by the main river,  it is surrounded with a large,  beautiful and very traditional German Beer Garden. However, from the outside, you might never guess the fully refurbished and creatively designed interior. Take a breather – discover the Gerbermühle hotel & restaurant.

 

 

 

RESTAURANT & DRINK

If  you are looking for  a nice/ quiet place to  enjoy the sunset on the skyline,  we’ve  probably found THE spot for a drink, or for  diner.  The chestnut trees and the Main river make you forget about your stressful routine or the urban noises. Take a breather with friends, or colleagues and  just enjoy  the moment. The restaurant offer a large choice of tasteful and simple food, wines and if you need it,  great recommendations from the staff.

 

Skyline view, Gerbermühle
beer Garden, Gerbermühle

 

HOTEL

If your  planing to stay  few days, for a get away or a business trip in Frankfurt we totally recommend this hotel. Although located outside the city center, you can however access there within 10-15mn by car from the Central station.

Select materials, a modern interior and luxuriously appointed bathrooms offer a stylish comfort. 

Forget about earplugs, you won’t need it. At the Gerbermühle, the only neighbors you might have  are some little ones living in the chestnuts of the garden!

The kindness and simplicity of the the staff, the quality of the service, and the confort of the stay make you feel like staying forever!

 

 

BAR

Maybe not the first place you will think about regarding a birthday bash or corporate events, but most probably one of the best in town.

Send us an email for any request, we will be happy to  help you organise it!

 

Don’t forget to check out our reco in our different cities, and follow us on our social media Facebook & Instagram 

 

 

 

 

July 2020 – Spots You Cannot Miss in Paris this Month!

Apéros Frenchies events are up and running in Paris, and we are very excited, to say the least! There’s still a few months of summer sunshine, so check out our range of upcoming locations. Whether you prefer courtyards, terraces, or even boat parties, we can’t wait to join you for a drink! Remember to book your free tickets in advance! 

Upcoming Apéros Frenchies Events

Off En Seine

22nd July 2020, 06:30 PM – 02:00AM
86 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France

We wouldn’t do summer without a boat party! Off en Seine gives this year’s boat party a special edge with its infinity pool and immense views over the river Seine. Moored at the foot of the Austerlitz station, OFF is the first hotel and bar on the water in Paris! 

You know we love helping you discover new, beautiful locations! We are definitely glad to have Off en Seine on the list. A DJ Set, awesome people, and special cocktails from  Citadelle  and Sense of Spirits are waiting for you at this amazing venue. 

So, is there any excuse to miss this one?  

 

Off en Seine

 

Off en Seine

Flow le Roof

29th July 2020, 06.30PM– 02:00AM
4 Port des Invalides, 75007 Paris, France

Who doesn’t love a rooftop party whilst the sun sets over Paris? This trendy location is the perfect place for the last of the Apéros Frenchies’ July events. Tell a friend to tell a friend, it’s going to be amazing, and we are looking forward to seeing you all there!

Sunset View from Flow Paris at Apéros Frenchies Event 2019
Apéros Frenchies Flow Paris

Past Apéros Frenchies Events

 

Else Bar & Restaurant

15th July 2020, 06:30 PM– 02:00AM
49 Rue Berger, 75001 Paris

It’s been a tough few months of staying indoors, but we can finally go out, and what better place to start than at Else. Not only is there a piano bar in the basement and a beautiful outdoor garden area, but the Israeli platters and delicious cocktails made this a great place to meet with friends for the first time in a while!

 

Else Bar & Restaurant

 

 

 

Kube Hotel

24th June 2020 &  8th July 2020

It was great to see all 150 of you at our courtyard event of this beautiful hotel in the heart of Paris 18th.

Tired of the urban routine? This 4 stars hotel offers you a quiet time off in a beautiful green atmosphere, just few step away from Canal St Martin. If you missed it don’t hesitate to have to stop by, and a drink ! 

Kube

Flow le Roof


1th July 2020

We loved seeing how much you enjoyed our first summer event at Flow Le Roof.

We were glad to collaborate with Sense of Spirits, to serve you original fresh cocktails and keep you fresh!

We also noticed the fun time  with our photobooth! Have you download your pictures on the website? It’s not too late ! Don’t hesitate to share those memories on Instagram and tag us : @aperos_frenchies. Feel free to have a look to the full album on our Facebook page! 

 For those who missed it, we’ll be back on 29th July.

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Flow Le Roof  Valentina Claret ©

 

Flow Le Roof  Valentina Claret ©


See you there!

 

Paris From a Whole New Perspective: a Summer Exhibition by Jeanne Varaldi

What is happening in Paris? Her digital paintings also aroused your curiosity? Let us introduce you to this young french artist: Jeanne Varaldi!

 

Parisian abstract painter, she explores the manufacture of gesture, and the fauvist color palette. Similar to sundials, her canvases play with the sunshine and luminosity of their environment . Find our more about her universe through her summer exhibition and discover Paris from a really different perspective! 

Jeanne gradually projects her work onto urban space: through her digital paintings, she reinvents the roads, sidewalks and walls of her neighborhood. Check out the Place de la République, rue du Faubourg du temple and many other parisian streets..

Her compositions blur the landmarks of the city to give another reading, playful and colorful. She also targets areas under construction, urban spaces whose uses are not clearly defined, doors and interfaces. Her research invites us to imagine other uses and behaviors in connection with an evolving environment.  

Also, if you are in Paris this summer, don’t miss her exhibition and the chance to meet her ! You will discover her splendid digital paintings  from the 2nd of July until the end of August,  at “Le Pavillon des Canaux”. (19e) 

You can find more information regarding the exhibition here.

But above all,  have a drink and say Hi at her launching cocktail this week!

 

Thursday, July 2nd  from 7:00 pm

Le pavillon des Canaux

39 quai de Loire,

75019 Paris, France

 

Jeanne Varaldi, French visual artist- Digital painting 2020

 

Follow her work on Instagram

Find our more on her Website : https://jeannevaraldi.com/

St. Germain Spritz – the Perfect Cocktail for Summer

The St. Germain Spritz  has become a crowd favorite at Apéros Frenchies event, and was featured as the welcome drink of choice at several of our events!
The Liqueur is crafted from elderflower blossoms harvested in late spring, making it the ideal summer drink. You all know by now however that while summer may be our favorite season, we’re hosting International Afterwork events year-round. Luckily, there’s a St. Germain cocktail for any occasion. Next time you’re at one of our events feel free to try a St. Germain Spritz! Or if you’re one of our lucky  Frenchies, maybe its time you brought along a bottle of this authentic French liqueur to your next Apéro and put your twist on the welcome drink?  Here a recipe to make your own St Germain Spritz; the perfect cocktail for summer!
 4cl  St~Germain liqueur
 6cl  Dry Sparkling Wine

 6cl  Sparkling Water

Combine all of the ingredients over ice in your favorite glass. Stir gently. Garnish with a lemon twist!

Enjoy your St Germain Spritz! Santé

Any other recipes? Check out ou  DIY Cocktails with Sense of Spirits Cognac,
or a refreshing long drink of  Lillet Tonic  and if you need some inspirations of  “accompagnements”, we’ve got your back!

Feel free to like us on Facebook, follow us on  Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with all the Apéros Frenchies events to stay in touch with all your new expat friends? We look forward to seeing you all at our next event!

Liqueur St Germain

Mauricio Cuervo Hair Styling

The Perfect Hairdresser in Your City!

Lockdown is over, even though we can’t see you at one of our events at the moment, it  means hairdressers are open once again! Thank God, we don’t have to cut our hair by ourselves anymore! Apéros Frenchies’ team knows the struggles of being an expat and finding the perfect hairdresser in your city. Discover our favorite salons depending on the city you’re based in! (Frankfurt, London, Munich)

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Receive 30% off your hair appointment when you mention Apéros Frenchies!

Enjoy great service from Mauricio or his team and maybe even indulge in a few extra treatments at the separate nail bar! Did you know? Any tips received at Mauricio Cuervo Hairstyling Salon are directly sent to benefit Niños Con Futuro, a foundation committed to improving the quality of life of Colombian orphan children. Consider it the gift that keeps on giving! So head on over and switch it up with a new cut or maybe even add a little color! Our very own Co-Founder Marie Anne stops by whenever she’s in town needing a fresh hairstyle, so he comes highly recommended! The perfect hairdresser in your city!

For full contact info, find his card here. We can’t wait to see your new looks!
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Where to find the  salon:
Kirchnerstrasse 3 Frankfurt,
Germany 60311
+49 171 5867170
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  • London family, if you are French, you have probably heard of the wonderful Margaux Natural Boutique Salon. Coming from a family of hairdressers, French entrepreneur Margaux Cras opened her salon in London in 2017, and since then, has become a staple for the French community. Her friendly team is always ready to give you a warm welcome in French or English! 
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Reason #1 why we love Margaux Salon: from hair to nails, she only works with natural products!
As an Award-Winning Natural Boutique Salon, the team carefully selects natural and organic products and brands that give you the best quality treatments. Here, you can enjoy the luxury of ultra-effective hair and nail care, without sacrificing the quality! 
With services for both men and women, why not bring your man along for your next treatment? Ranging from hairstyling (including cuts, blow-dry, hair-up, wedding hairdo and hair extensions) to manicures and pedicures, there is something for everyone. Don’t just take our word for it, follow them on Instagram here to discover all of their amazing work! Be sure to keep an eye on their Instagram page, as well as ours, because a little birdie told us they might host a Giveaway Contest for a lucky customer! 
Get ready for a future Kentish Town location coming soon, we can’t wait to see you there. Until then, check out the Highbury location:
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Where to find the salon:
140 Blackstock Rd,
Finsbury Park, London N4 2DX,
United Kingdom
+44 20 3952 8597
(NB: Due to covid 19 , it will re open in July)
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  • Munich community, this next one’s for you!
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Nestled in the heart of the city, BarBier offers the best hairdressing services for you and your crew. Come enjoy pure relaxation and fresh coffee in a cozy living room atmosphere during your next service. BarBier does it all – haircuts, hair extensions or thickening, hair coloring and even barber services! With 96% natural ingredients, you can feel good about getting the treatment you want. They only work with sustainable companies with almost all of their products coming from Europe. Chic, cool and vegan all come together at this Munich salon, you simply must stop by and have a look! 
Pssst…. word on the street is they offer a free beer and head or hands massages when you mention Apéros Frenchies on the day of your appointment! Isn’t it the perfect hairdresser in your city!
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Where to find the salon:
Thomas-Wimmer-Ring 1A,
80539 München, Germany
+49 89 14336833
 info@barbier-friseur.de 
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Also, feel free to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with all the Apéros Frenchies events. We look forward to seeing you all at our next event! 

A Way to Support your Favorite Bars – [W]eine Familie

All over the world, the hospitality business is currently facing a difficult time.  In France, bars & restaurants are still closed until further noticed while in Germany, they are open for take away only.  Despite these partial openings, some german restaurateurs came out with great ideas to help each other. A way to support our favorite bars.

Across Germany, restaurateurs are urgently looking for ways to generate sales, despite the situation and this is how the idea of  [W]eine Familie came out – an association of restaurateurs, supporting each other in collaboration with the renowned VDP winery Nik Weis .A way to support our favorite bars.

By creating their own personalized and wine bottles, they offer different type of wine to satisfy your everyday cravings. Weissburgunde, Grauburgunder, or Riesling, you can pick your favorite limited edition bottles, order them for less than 10 euros/bottle,  and enjoy it while chilling at home. Isn’t it a great way to both help and enjoy?

For years, we had the chance to spend time together in these different locations, enjoying both great food & good drinks. But it was mostly about the great memories with friends or colleagues. We can’t wait to go back there together and cheers to it! Now, it’s our turn to show them that we’ve got their back.

In Frankfurt and Munich, renown restaurants such as Vaivai, Chinaski tagesbar, Zephyr, Sullivan, IMA, Grapes, Good time for Good people..are already taking part of this “wine family“. Feel free to spot the different ones from your city and support your favorite bars here!

 

Do you still need some ideas to pair your wine for your next “Apéro” ? Count on us to help you and  check out our latest suggestions. Don’t hesitate to give us feedback, and share your Aperitif on Instagram with us  tagging  @aperos_frenchies.

 

The Perfect Cognac Cocktail for Apéro – Sense of Spirits

​Reading, working out, and cooking… a lot of us have discovered some new skills during this – what we could call – a “suspended time”. Even if your days are similar, your Apéro beverage doesn’t have to be! It’s time to try new evening saveurs with Sense of Spirit! Allow your mind to escape to the French countryside, with this a cognac cocktail for Apéro!

 

Quarantine, week 5. Facing those last daily rays of sunlight, we take time to check on our loves ones more than never. We talk about our daily routines, about those empty streets that we can see all day from our balconies, and gossip about those ones breaking the rules. We try to guess what is coming next, we exchange some tips, and most of the time we virtually cheer together. Now, it’s time to break your routine.

Cognac lovers? Wine lovers? We found the perfect combine for your next apéro! Sweet from the grape but keeping the intensity from the Cognac, those ready-to-sip cocktails might sparkle up your quarantine evenings! Be ready to enjoy  your cognac cocktail for the Apéro, from your favorite home spot : balcony/ kitchen/ or  living room.

This new french brand: Sense of Spirits  sets a new paradigm to taste and enjoy the subtleties of cognac. Their premium products come in different flavours to meet today´s generation desire for refinement, delicacy and French finesse. They create inspiring and timeless lifestyle drinks and strive themselves to introduce new ways to let people enjoy cognac differently!

Various arts are conveyed through Sense of Spirits including the art of producing Cognac, the “Haute cuisine” and painting. Sense of Spirits artworks are created by a reknown artist, Francois Fressinier, from Martin Lawrence Galleries.

Ready to discover fresh and fruity aromas from the grape balanced with an elegant twist of cognac?

Great news, apply 15€ off to orders over 75€ with our promo code APEROSFRENCHIES on their website Sense of Spirits 

Also, we prepared you a DIY recipe to make your own cocktail at home: Cognac Café frappé. Check out our Instagram page to find more about the tutorial. 

Pssst,  If you need inspiration for the perfect Apéro plate while sipping your cognac cocktails, we have got your back! Now it’s time to enjoy  your cognac cocktail for the Apéro!