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Batch CCLXXXVII. Schwarzwald, Monday October 14, 2019 NO. 47
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Hunky Dory

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Here's a place that truly lives up to its name: When you’re being served by Armin Azadpour and his team in Frankfurt, it’s hard to think of a single thing that isn't just as it should be. Outstanding cocktail artistry, a lovely atmosphere, the kindest hosts you can imagine – the essentials are all here. On the shelves at Hunky Dory, you’ll find a colourful collection of souvenirs and other items Armin has unearthed at flea markets to lend the bar's ambience that certain something. Meanwhile, the right-hand wall is lined with seven phone niches that offer standing room for up to six people and feature their own distinct themes. Each table even has an actual telephone you can use to ring up the people in the other niches. Perhaps they'd like to join you for a drink, or would be kind enough to get you one from the bar... In the parlance of our times, it's a highly effective tool for stimulating communication. Of course, conversation is probably the main reason why bars exist in the first place!

While Armin took inspiration from New York in designing Hunky Dory and picked up his passion for detail on his travels through Asia, his skills in his métier of choice stem from the different stages of his career. After studying to be a retail salesman, he gained his first experience in the bar and service industry through part-time jobs. Armin quickly made a name for himself managing Baur au Lac and Rivington & Sons in Zurich. He then became the director of Café & Bar Grande, which eventually led to the opening of a speakeasy. In 2014, Armin returned to Frankfurt to join René Soffner in running the Kinly – another complete success. Hunky Dory opened its doors just two years later. As if all these accomplishments weren't enough, Armin has an affinity for fashion, as well: Along with excellent drinks, his bar offers a small, but stylish line of clothing. By now you’re probably dying to find out if everything really is fine on the River Main. On that note: Cheers!

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