May 11, 2018
Having been inspired to bring an international style of cocktail culture – think New York, Cape Town, or Paris – to this coastal corner of Belgium, L’apereau’s founders have won over palates and prize panels alike. Innovation alongside hospitality is the name of the game at L’apereau, and the bar welcomes you in an intimate way. Modern and up-to-date yet remaining full of warm coziness – or ‘gezellig’ as they say in this neck of the woods – the bar is one long, lounge-like room featuring a crackling glass fireplace. Stocking only the finest liquors, seasonal ingredients, and more imagination that you could fathom, the cocktail menu unfurls like an education in mixology. Starting off with a detailed graph on flavor profiles, the pages reveal an assortment of flavors you may not have ever imagined you would taste in a cocktail, but will be glad you did. The Dill/Cream arouses almost all your senses with gin, lemon, lime, dill, cream, egg white, and a splash of tonic, while the Pineapple/Sage comes at your palette with Cuban rum, sage, and pineapple, offering a refreshing yet slightly sour taste. The Rhubarb/Rosemary – mix of gin, Italian apertif, lemon, rhubarb, rosemary, and sparkling wine – is a fun and bubbly option. As a result of their creativity, L’apereau has been bestowed with the Best Bar in Belgium title multiple times and its bartenders have won comparable accolades all over Europe. One visit, and you’ll know why.