the essential summer experience is sitting on a terrace in flawless sunlight with a cold drink just watching people. i have many favorites depending on the time of day and how the sun is positioned.
at night i want my terrace chic and cosy, and i prefer courtyards to street lining tables and chairs. my favorite since it opened is the terrace at grotesk: it's hidden in the middle of some tall buildings with cosy sofas and enough heaters, and for some inexplicable reason has music playing until very late whereas all other terraces in town must close by ten pm – i guess there are no apartments around.
any summer night can be perfected with a crisp glass of chilled white abc (i.e. anything but chardonnay), but sometimes the moment requires a more complicated refreshment. despite normally preferring mixology style cocktail bars with their sleek drinks, summer gets me in the mood for fussy and fruity: just keep the pulp, the berries, the herbs and pieces of fruit coming, please.
grotesk has always had a quality drink bar there, but this summer the lower part of the courtyard has been turned into a summery tiki bar by finlandia vodka for the weekends. on friday night it was packed with people lounging on the sofas and hammocks, smoking water pipes and enjoying the crazy and amazing tiki drinks.
in addition to your regular served-in-a-fruit or special little mugs mixtures (i got a skull mug because after serving us a house favorite, i realized i was allergic to most ingredients), there are several shareable options:
the seashell contains a house surprise (just ask for it at the bar...), the wailuku is served in a wooden finnish sauna jug with blackcurrant vodka, seasonal fruits, spiced ice tea, and last, but definitely not the least, the treasure chest (left) is filled with finlandia grapefruit, peach, strawberry, seasonal flowers and topped at the table with half a bottle of champagne. the last may not be your choice for a casual night out at the going price of 190€ (for seven thirsty sea(wo)men), but if you feel like splurging a bit, i can totally recommend going pirate all the way...
where's yer favorite terrace?