MTL Bars & Clubs: Big in Japan

This is my absolute favorite bar in Montreal, starting with the entrance, which you’d never want to enter because it looks like it’s the door to where they host fight club. But instead, it opens up to a beautiful, candlelit bar.


The. drink menu itself is pretty basic; what’s impressive is the bartender’s meticulous preparation and specialized technique. These bartender’s seriously know what’s up. Last time I was there, I saw my bartender whipping egg whites into what turned out to be my tequila sour. He explained to me that it created an incredible foam on top of the drink. The foam was actually such dope foam, I could get over the fact I was like, drinking eggs…

Big in Japan is perfect for a romantic date and for people who have a bit of disposable income. Or have my uncanny ability to have not been the one paying any of the times I went there 😉



No Bras Allowed: Slim Jim’s Bar in London

No Bras Allowed: Slim Jim’s Bar in London

Slim Jim’s Liquor Store is a classic student bar with an edgy twist. Namely the decor, including the coolest ceiling I’ve ever seen.


Yup you saw that right. If you donate a bra, you get a free bottle of wine. Shirtless for Chardonnay, ladies! Did I mention London’s posh?

Modern Art Chandeliers?

Slim Jim’s is just seriously on point with interior design. They have an award winning jukebox, which is worth mentioning because it’s so dumb. Seriously, whose giving out that award?

London’s best (only) juke box is complemented by some peng* neon letters.


*It’s slang… from England.


Like 1 OAK but less obnoxious.

Side note: I got to reunite with one of my favourite people in the world. One of the best things about travelling is the people you meet. And the best people often have the same need to travel as you do, so you’ll end up meeting again. My Brazilian bestie from a summer in London two years ago is now studying fashion here & took me out for drinks. Not much has changed tbh, except we dress better now.







Lower East Side, NYC: Copper & Oak

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I’m totally obsessed with this place, especially because I’m besties with the bartenders (My parents said that’s not a good sign, but whatever.) When I lived on the Lower East Side I was two  doors down from this place and it quickly became my home away from home/oasis after long work days/favorite date spot.

It’s like a wine tasting bar, except for people who aren’t lightweight WASPs. (Jk! Wine tasting is like, a hobby of mine. But than again, I’ve been known to be a lightweight WASP…) Copper and Oak is a liquor tasting bar, which specializes in bourbon (my favorite!) and Japanese whisky.


This is their most showed me their most expensive bottle of whisky. The bartender told me that he goes to an auction each year to purchase it, where one bottle goes for about $7,000. A shot at Copper and Oak is $500. Apparently, people actually do buy this drink, usually a group of guys in finance all chipping in for someone’s birthday. Typical.

Anyway, like many places in New York City, Copper and Oak’s best selling point is their incredible ambience. The entire bar is like one aisle in the Strand with shelves up to the ceiling, but instead of books, top notch liquor bottles line the shelves. That’s my kind of library.

Pro Tip: Since Copper and Oak is classy and obnoxious like most cool places on the gentrified LES, their $20 drinks are about the size of a shot. You’re supposed to sip slowly enjoying all the subtle notes of hickory or whatever, not down it like you would a shot of Smirnoff at a dive bar. I came here with an old friend of mine from high school who just threw back his  whisky in one sip. I mean, props for going hard Dev. But the whole bar just kind of awkwardly stared.

(Don’t try grabbing the liquor bottles… unless you’re their best client so they let it slide.)


Anyway if you go make sure to tell Tomo that Hoyah that Claire says hi!!!!!