he bar culture of the Golden Twenties is brought back to life: Welcome to „The House of Thomas Henry“!
In the Golden Twenties, the bar scene reinvented itself: the world was growing closer, exotic ingredients boosted bartenders’ creativity. Ushering in drinks that we know as classics today. Everywhere in Europe, bars opened, and people celebrated and imbibed. An era of euphoria and enjoyment. Bars all over the world created new cocktails to compete for the favor of their guests. This is precisely the challenge that the 20 European bars in the "The House of Thomas Henry" will face: present two new and innovative creations. An expert jury will vote on the best drink in the "The House of Thomas Henry". May the best bartenders win!
Now it’s time for a new "Golden Age": Thomas Henry, the guarantor of fine drinks, opens the doors to the historical "Kaufhaus Jandorf", for a world filled with inspiration, fantastic new discoveries and excellent drinks. Created, mixed and served by the best bartenders in Europe. Two days and nights blur the boundaries between dream and reality, between past and present.
In this dazzling setting, Thomas Henry heralds the start of "The New Golden Age".
We welcome all our guest to an aftershowparty at BRICKS Berlin on Friday, May 19th 2017. You get free admission with you event stemp.
The Golden Twenties also stand for tolerance and a respectful coexistence. Lavish parties such as "The House of Thomas Henry" are only possible if people are curious about one another and free of prejudice. Therefore, Thomas Henry supports „Gastronomie gegen Rassismus e.V.“. The Club donates funds to organizations that promote and enable the integration of immigrants and refugees with language courses. Thomas Henry is very committed to these issues and supports them gladly and wholeheartedly.
Behind the "Little Red Door" in Paris, opened in 2012, bar culture is celebrated with a philosophical bent: "We question the drinking experience in a playful way. With menus that open up new perspectives for our guests", bar manager Rémy Savage hints mysteriously. Accompanied by an atmospheric, cordial service - which even includes a glass of warm tea for those standing in line outside, waiting to be seated on the probably most comfortable bar stools in the city. C'est très gentil!
Fernando Requena and Lorenzo Meini's young and enthusiastic team serves classical drinks and offers exciting excursions into modern mixology. This relaxed bar in the heart of Barcelona sets itself apart with a great liquor selection, home-made products and a whole lot of love for decoration and atmosphere.
Carrer dels Consellers 1
A dream combination: At Amsterdam’s "The Butcher", you can get hearty burgers and exciting cocktails. You just have to be in the know: the Speakeasy hides behind the industrial-style restaurant. "Sexy, dark and mysterious" is how it goes down, reports head manager Ayesha Spoel. And when asked what breaks the most in her bar, she answers: hearts. Be prepared! By the way: A second “The Butcher” opened recently on Berlin’s Kantstraße!
Albert Cuypstraat 129
1053 BE Amsterdam
This bar opened in 2012 and is a hot spot for classic cocktail culture in the Spanish capital. This team of nine, headed by Alberto Martínez, sets great store by hospitality and always welcomes its guests with a smile. The annually changing "signature cocktails" are creations of all the bar’s mixologists and friends. Every Sunday evening, guest barkeepers from all over the world tend bar here.
Calle del pez 27
The bar scene in Athens is booming and bar manager Yiannis Petris and his team are in the thick of it, with the "Tiki Bar Athens". As the name suggests, exotic cocktails are on the menu, prepared with fresh fruits and herbs. But instead of ukulele picking, the wail of e-guitars fills the bar during the frequent small rock 'n' roll concerts. Once even leading Dee Dee Ramone and Richard Dreyfuss to climb onto the bar’s table to dance!
Athina 117 42
The Frankfurt bar scene is booming and "Mainhattan" is thirsty. One great example for the fine drinks to be had is the bar "The Tiny Cup". Nomen est omen: the bar is small and equipped with only nine seats on 17 square meters. First come, first served! If you manage to get one of the few places, you can look forward to excellent service and great drinks. Enjoying an aperitif in the bar is particularly popular - many guests then head over to the connected restaurant "Seven Swans". And some patrons come back for a digestif.
Jan Jehli, the manager of this Freiburg bar is many things, but a “One Trick Pony” is not one of them: he's mixologist, host, entertainer, buddy and much more, rolled into one. Jehli and his team set their focus —the Black Forest is right on their doorstep, after all – on domestic fruit brandies, and like to experiment with techniques like fermentation. Their creativity brings exceptional things to fruition, like "The Falcon" with Celery Gin, Tequila, an Earl-Grey Infusion, Blood Orange Cordial and Thomas Henry Ginger Ale.
The popular restaurant "Theresa" in Munich’s Maxvorstadt opened a small bar offshoot two years ago. In the "Theresa Bar", the bar culture of the sixties stands at the center: in "James Bond's living room", as the bar team surrounding Florian Geschka aptly calls his little kingdom, there's a carpeted floor, stylish lamps, velvet armchairs and wood paneling – and of course the liquid classics of the era. Guests will find the favorite drink of our favorite agent on her Majesty's secret service – the Martini – in many variations, from its 19th-century origins to a wooden-barrel-mounted own creation, anno domini 2016.
The bar and restaurant “Rotkehlchen” is a true drink lab: Marie Rausch and her team are constantly looking for new, exciting ingredients – using the sous-vide method that has proven itself in fine cuisine, unique food and drink combinations are created. "We work regionally and seasonally - our cocktails and menus change every month", the young bar manager explains. Guests can choose from no less than 180 gins, that alone should offer somethings for everyone.
Bamberg has made a name for itself with its beer culture, but in recent years bar and cocktail culture has flourished as well. A fixture in the city’s night life is "Ostbar", opened in 2014. Moritz Niederstrasser, bar manager Theresa Basel and their team celebrate a relaxed, casual mix of bar and snacks where both young and old feel at ease. Perfect martinis are on offer as well as hearty Leberkäse sandwiches. Don’t forget to try a „Dark’n’Spicy“ with seasoned rum, homemade Falernum and Thomas Henry Ginger Ale!
For more than five years, "Vielharmonie" has been one of the hotspots for refined bar culture in Braunschweig, and the bar and restaurant has made a name for itself with a modern interpretation of German cuisine. High standards in food and drink quality go hand in hand with a pleasantly relaxed team attitude: no wise guys behind this bar. It’s all relaxed here: “drink and be nice to one another" is the maxim. Gin is popular here, in all its botanical diversity: over 60 varieties are available - for the pure enjoyment or as a long drink.
In 1931, the Italian Antoine Biolatto opened the bar "Le Magazine" in the Madeleine neighborhood of Paris. To this day, this is one of the icons of the world‘s bar culture. In 2016, a new chapter began when the bar reopened in the Rue du Louvre, with a new team led by Monsieur Laigle, which carries the old values of the house – a love for thoughtful service and a passion for fine spirits – into the future. The specialty of the house are whiskies, there are 120 positions in the rear buffet of "Le Magazine", some of them very rare. But it can also be a gin & tonic at any time. Bien sûr!
29 Rue du Louvre
"The Sign" in Vienna's ninth district will be ten years old this year. The modern-minimalist bar still is considered one of the best in the country. In 2015 and 2016, it even landed at the top of the podium at the "Mixology Bar Awards". Rightly so: Night after night, Kan Zuo and his team see to it that their guests leave “The Sign” happy. Playfulness, endless creativity, and their heart in the right place – if you ask Zuo, that’s the basis for his bar’s success.
"Toddy Tappers" is what the plantation workers in Sri Lanka, who climb palm trees and tap the palm juice ("toddy"), are called. This is what arrack is made from, the drink that is so popular in the region. Since 2016, there also is a "Toddy Tapper" in Cologne: Indika Silva, one of the most famous bartenders of the city, mixes exciting, exotic drinks with this Asian distillate in his own bar. For instance the "Ceylon Mule" with yuzu-spread, coconut blossom sugar, lime and Thomas Henry Spicy Ginger!
A classic bar in a more than 100 years old Romantic-style castle and hotel, located on beautiful Lake Lucerne, overlooking the Alpine foothills – what more could a cocktail connoisseur ask for! A large whiskey and gin selection and classic drinks are the focus of the bar under the direction of Manuel Schlüssler, who by his own admission goes to work "with passion and a healthy dose of self-deprecation". Urbane music à la Dave Brubeck plays during opening hours, and when it’s time to clean or prep, German-language rap by KIZ is another favorite option - that sounds like a healthy mix!
Bar and Barber - not only are the two words quite similar, in Mannheim’s Jungbusch neighborhood, hairdresser and cocktail bar have entered into an exciting conceptual fusion. At hip 'Sieferle & Sailer", a shop decorated in vintage US style, not only are head and facial hair brought into shape, there also are very fine drinks to be had at the small, hidden cocktail bar. Especially Black Forest fruit brandies have caught the attention of bar manager Paul Sieferle's team, for good reason: they all grew up there. We are delighted that they are joining us at "The House of Thomas Henry".
In recent years, the "sinful" area around Frankfurt’s main train station has evolved into a hip nightlife hotspot. In the midst of this red-light district, down the stairs of a nondescript house, is where you can find a real jewel of bar culture: "The Kinly Bar". The varied audience enjoys exquisite drinks, including many original creations, in a very relaxed atmosphere. One specialty of the basement bar is the "Punch Bowl" for several guests, and the "Peanutbutter Jelly Fizz” with soda is also highly recommended.
The old Royal Bavarian Post Office is the unique location where you can find the Munich Sofitel – and the "ISArBAR" as well, a classic cocktail bar with a modern twist. "L'art de vivre" is celebrated in a setting of green silk, mosaics, dark wood and leather. Cocktails, fine spirits, selected wines, trendy vermouth, or the perennial evergreen Gin Tonic: bar manager Dominik Hau and his team await with delicious drinks for every taste. And not only that: "A good host can spare a moment for his guest even when it’s busy, so that everyone can feel right at home", he says. That sounds good!
Cologne’s "Little Link" was probably the first bar in Germany that was realized and opened with the help of crowdfunding. And funding isn’t the only area where it left the beaten path: "We are motivated, curious and shun no experiment," says bar manager Stephan Hinz. Indeed: at "Little Link", classic bar culture is connected with modern kitchen appliances; In addition to jigger and shaker, rotary evaporators and sous-vide equipment are used here. "Culinary Cocktails" are the proud result: asparagus gin, popcorn Bourbon or sweet-potato syrup – "Little Link" builds bridges between kitchen and bar, between cook and bartender, and between people.
Maastricher Straße 20
This bar-restaurant in Munich’s trendy Glockenbachviertel was one of last year’s most exciting new openings: under the impressive and colorful dragon painting by street artist Boy Kong, guests dine as if at the family table - the Chinese treats are put in the middle and are shared. The drinks are fine-tuned with Asian ingredients like wasabi, toasted sesame seeds and coriander.
"If your life sucks, sprinkle glitter on it", is the beautiful motto of Elli Fatale, a woman of many talents. She is a stylist, artist and owner of „Prinzipal Kreuzberg", a cocktail bar with an exciting burlesque program, seemingly sprung directly from the Golden Age. In "The House of Thomas Henry" Elli offers exquisite products for the elegant Lady and the fine gentleman – hair jewelry in the style of the Golden Age for her, and cufflinks and bow ties for him are just a few of the fine accessories that she offers.
Golden Age gentlemen valued a well-groomed appearance highly, an accurately trimmed beard and a dapper haircut were part and parcel of a proper presence. Now that men have rediscovered the virtues of the beard, barbers are in fashion again as well, and this traditional profession is experiencing a renaissance. In the "The House of Thomas Henry", the professionals of the „Rowdy Barber Shop“ form the perfect look with blades and scissors, give grooming tips and sell specialty products. Being styled like a gentleman of the old school adds an extra bit of distinction to the enjoyment of a delicious Thomas Henry drink.
Why not enjoy a perfectly mixed drink or cocktail at home? "Cocktailian" has the professional bar tools, such as jigger, shaker and strainer, as well as premium spirits, glasses and literature. More than 4,000 articles are available in their online shop. In the "The House of Thomas Henry" the rare opportunity arises to try out selected products live and to purchase them directly.
"The Bitter Truth" is known and appreciated by bartenders all over the world: for over ten years now, the company from Bavaria has been enriching the bar world with cocktail bitters, special liqueurs, and spirits that had faded into obscurity for far too long. All products are manufactured by hand from pure natural ingredients – just like in the good old days. Guests at "The House of Thomas Henry" can look forward to a journey into the world of flavors.
Thomas Henry was an English gentleman who was partial to the pleasures of life. The creative minds of "Chicago Williams BBQ" combine this passion with the surprisingly delicious tradition of English cuisine. Hearty, exotic and peppered with sweet seductions.
We are thrilled to announce that Chicago Williams BBQ will be collaborating with The House of Thomas Henry on both days.
Mixologist & Founder of Difford's Guide
14.00 - 14.30
Tatjana Friedrich / Lillet
14.45 - 15.15
Christian Balke / Havana Club
15.30 - 16.00
Roger Breitenegger / Gin Sul
16.15 - 16.45
Alexis Goertz / Sierra Milenario
17.00 - 17.30
Kristof Mulack / Reingold Bar
17.45 - 18.15
Stephan Hinz / Tanqueray
18.30 - 19.00
André Pintz / Jägermeister
19.15 - 19.45
Simon Difford / International Guest
20.00 - 20.30
Alex Kratena / International Guest
16.30 - 17.00
Phum Sila-Trakoon / Thomas Henry
17.15 - 17.45
Sanjay Cachamaille / Cocktailian
18.00 - 18.30
Marlena Kieszkowska / Beefeater
18.45 - 19.15
Christian Balke / Havana
19.30 - 20.00
Kathrin Abels / Sierra Milenario
20.15 - 20.45
Steffen Zimmermann / Rutte Gin
21.00 - 21.30
Mike Meinke / Diageo Reserve
hum Sila-Trakoon is a food and drink connoisseur, a passionate and much sought-after expert on all aspects of bar culture. Both behind the counter and as a lecturer and author – there could be no better host for this event than this amiable Berliner! In "The House of Thomas Henry" the gentleman of the bar scene will not only present exciting workshops, but also offer guests his help and advice. Moreover, his knowledge as a mixologist will be essential for the competition for the best drink in "The House of Thomas Henry".
arly in the 20th century, this was a glamorous shopping paradise, today it is an inspirational and unique event location.
Starting in 1904, magnificent colonial goods, refined textiles, delicacies and fine spirits were traded on the five floors of the „Warenhaus Jandorf“. Later it became the creative center of the GDR fashion world. For two days, the listed historical building next to Weinbergspark will become "The House of Thomas Henry" – the department store of bar culture.
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