Where were you when President Kennedy died?
When Neil Armstrong stepped out onto the moon?
When your mother, or father, passed away?
I'll tell you where I was when I heard the news tonight. I was in The Shore Bar.
There are only a few great bars in the world. Here is the Top Ten.
(1) The French, Dean St, Soho, London.
Best bar in Central London. Magnif.
(2) The Hand in Hand, Brighton (Kemptown), England.
Bev, God rest your soul, you created a brilliant pub (and brewery)
(3) Puffin, Tribeca, New York City
Stuff all the rest, Puffin is the boots.
(4) That little bar in Montparnasse, Paris.
No sorry, ALL little bars in Montparnasse, Paris.
(5) Every bar underneath Osaka's main railway station.
And Shijunku, Tokyo.
(6) Tennents Bar, Glasgow.
No, The Halt Bar, Glasgow. No. The Rogano. Glasgow. No...
(7) The Crillon, Central Cannes, France.
No relation. It's beside the station. Rose, steak frites, cafe. Perfect.
(8) Urbani, Turin, Italy.
Probably the bar/restaurant in Italy, especially when Juventus are playing...
(9) The Temple Bar , Lafayette and Spring, Noho, NYC
The best martinis in the world. Seriously. None better.
(10) The Shore Bar, The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh.
There is one almighty bar in Edinburgh which everyone the (rugby) world over loves - the Cafe Royal - but down in Leith lurks just about the world's best traditional bar and restaurant.
Fantastic Scottish food and drink, excellent music most every night (from trad jazz to Highland to, well, piano, flute and drum: brilliant) Fish soup to die for, been there for years, whisky, open til 1am. Dark wood, awkward space, typical bar. EVERYONE goes there.
The Shore has been sold. OMG.
The people next door run Fishers. They've apparently bought it. So that's OK then. No-one has to worry.