The Shepheard opened its doors in 2004, only a few years later a medical student and schoolmate introduced me to that bar and today it is one of my favourite places to be. At that time, being a student myself, I’ve never seen a place like this. Or cocktails like this. Up to that point a Mojito combined with wooden chairs has been my prime example for cocktail bars. Well, the Shepheard is different. Completely different. And that’s absolutely to their advantage. The interior has been strictly inspired by colonial-style. Warm colours. Dark leather tints. And wooden applications. When you pass the doors, you’ll get a few steps beneath the city and enter their main lounge. It feels almost like relaxation for your eyes. Everything is stylish and heartfelt.
The setting seems to be perfect. Perfect for close friends and having a good time with business partners as well. It is also perfect for first dates. That’s probably the reason why there are still some fancy students. You simply want to introduce it to people that are close to you. And considering their excellent service, the great deal of sympathy and their kind welcome they’ll always feel like home.
Everyone’s tastes are different. That makes it difficult to give precise recommendations. But let’s say this: In probably ten years I’ve never had a Shepheard cocktail that was anything else than perfect. And although they change their offers at a pleasant level they have two of my all-time favourites: Suffering Bastard and British Ceremony. You’ll get the first one in a paper-backed and lightly smoked bottle that will offer you a harmonic composition of fresh and herbal taste with rich and flavourful smell. The second one comes in a decent tea cup that reminds me of my great grandmother. It’s absolutely stylish, seems to combine a little bit of bergamot with earthy whisky. I love it. Both of them.
Suffering Bastard always cheers me up. And British Ceremony accompanies the more serious meetings. But even if you want to order something else that they usually don’t offer: There is absolutely none hesitation in order to get the recipes for cocktails you may have had once at the other corner of the world. They sometimes serve them even better…