The Blue Notes


The Blue Notes are comprehensive scribblings about today’s Paris and tonight’s Parisienne nightlife.

And they’re written from my perspective:  a writer who doesn’t like Well drinks but likes to drink well (well, most of the time). A Seattle-raised Brooklynite, who somehow ended up in France. And apparently, a loiterer who likes to sit in front of rundown warehouses.


‘Nah, but everything happens for a reason tho.’ – mom (actually, I might be paraphrasing.)

Each place has played a significant role for me. Seattle taught me an awareness. New York expanded on that awareness and taught me how to act on it. France gave me a new set of eyes, a completely different perspective on these views.

One of the biggest lessons I learned, and am still learning is–don’t take life too seriously! Written with a Shakespearean sentiment: your life is not a tragedy, but a comedy.


This, however, doesn’t mean that everything is ‘all good’ in my life. In the past, I have had tragic experiences, and in the future, I won’t always keep it PC (politically correct) about the current PC (political climate).


But the Blue Notes aren’t about my life, non, they are a history of current Paris. They document a turn towards the new decade–2020.

I promise to be as objective as possible and to paint Paris without a reference to Picasso’s brush or, god forbid, Hemingway’s drinking habits.





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Published by AlexanderGittleman

Alexander Gittleman aka Mr. Cohiba is the writer, editor, and creator of the cocktail blog African Bowtie. He has lived in Seattle, New York, and currently lives in Paris where he covers the burgeoning cocktail scene.

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