It's everyone's dream while traveling in an unfamiliar city to walk into a random bar and discover that it's one of the best kept secrets. Unfortunately, most travelers don't know how to find the best places to drink and just settle for the bars that are close to their hotels.
Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be your fate on your next trip out of town. If you're looking for a solid drinking experience that you can brag about, here's how to find awesome bars while traveling.
Rely on Your Social Network
Before you leave, tap into your online network. Go on Facebook or Instagram! Ask your friends if they know someone who might be able to recommend some bars in your travel destination. You might have some friends who know bartenders, chefs, and other people who work in the hospitality industry.
You can ask these people for recommendations on where to go once you arrive. Most will be happy to even connect you with someone they know that works in the place that you're traveling to.
See What the Locals Post Online
Foodie blogs that are posted by bloggers in the location to where you're traveling can be a big help. These bloggers typically review places that have been recommended to them by locals. This is also a great way to find out what drinks and spirits are popular with the locals.
Skip the Online Reviews
Bars that have been reviewed extensively on online review sites are likely to be overrun with tourists. In addition, they probably also aren't the places that are popular with the locals. If you want an authentic bar experience, don’t rely on online reviews written by people who don’t live in the area.
A lot of online reviews for the most popular places in a city are usually written by tourists. They may be biased and could even deter you from visiting a cool bar. Someone might point out negative experiences at a bar simply because it wasn’t to up to their own personal cultural standards.
Research the Bars That Serve the Most Popular Local Drinks
Almost every popular destination around the world is known for a particular drink or spirit. As a result, the easiest way to find an awesome bar is to find a bar that is famous for a local drink.
These aren't the bars that people will go out to for an ordinary night of drinking. Instead, they'll be somewhere that people go when they want to have a special night out to celebrate, which will pretty much guarantee you a great time.
Finally, don't look for the foreign version of a bar that's popular back at home. It's not going to give you an authentic idea of what it's like to drink in your destination city. Now is the time to try something new and different. So get out there and live a little (or a lot)!
To be a great bartender, you may think that you need to memorize hundreds of cocktail recipes. However, the truth is that you really need to only know the ones that your customers usually drink.
Here are 5 cocktail recipes to master so that you'll be able to satisfy even the most sophisticated bar patron.
1. Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned has a lot of variations on the recipe. However, it is overall known as a simple but classic drink that every good bartender should know how to make well.
Here is the recipe to follow:
1⁄2 tsp Sugar
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 tsp Water
2 oz Bourbon
Large Ice Cubes
Add the water, sugar, and bitters to the glass and stir until the sugar becomes dissolved. Then add large ice cubes and the bourbon and stir gently to allow the flavors to combine.
Garnish with an orange peel and serve in an old fashioned glass.
2. Moscow Mule
The Moscow Mule is a popular drink because it goes down easy and it's served in a distinctive copper mug. Although, it was invented in 1941, it has become popular again these days because people love ginger beer and it is readily available thanks to the popularity of craft beer.
Here is the recipe to follow:
2 Shots Vodka
1⁄2 oz Lime Juice
1⁄2 cup Ginger Beer
Garnish with a lime wedge. Serve in a copper mug.
The Margarita is the perfect summertime cocktail and one of the world's most popular cocktails. Whether served frozen or on the rocks, the recipe for making a margarita is the same, except for the fact that you need to blend the margarita mix with crushed iced for a frozen margarita.
Here is the recipe to follow:
1 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
2 oz Blanco Tequila
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Garnish with a lime wheel and serve in a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with salt.
4. Long Island Iced Tea
The Long Island Iced Tea is a staple of college bars and nightclubs. It's essentially a blend of many different spirits, but the key is mixing the ingredients in the right proportions so that it actually tastes good.
Here is the recipe to follow:
Vodka (1⁄2 shot)
White Rum (1⁄2 shot)
Blanco Tequila (1⁄2 shot)
Gin (1⁄2 shot)
Triple Sec (1⁄2 shot)
Fresh Lemon Juice (1⁄2 shot)
Simple Syrup (1⁄2 shot)
Finish with a spritz of cola and garnish with a lemon wedge. Serve in a hurricane glass filled with ice.
5. Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary is considered to be the perfect cure for a hangover. It’s a favorite that people enjoy whether it's brunch or lunch. While some people hate it, others absolutely love it many due to the unique ingredients of tomato juice and hot sauce.
Here is the recipe to follow:
2 Shots Vodka
4 Shots Tomato Juice
¾ Shot Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Dashes of Tabasco
3 Dashes of Worcester Sauce
¼ of a Teaspoon of Horseradish (optional)
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Garnish with a rib of celery and serve in a hurricane glass.
Here's the best times to post on social media while you’re at the bar.
When You Arrive
So you’ve just arrived at the bar and your friends are starting show up as well. Now’s the perfect time to whip out your phone and capture some of that “Omg, I haven’t seen you in forever!” excitement.
Take selfies with your friends and make sure to get one of the entire group before you guys head into the bar. Don’t forget to get yourself into all of the shots. Unless you’re a journalist, you should actually be in the photos and videos that you’re posting online!
When Your Drink Arrives
You just ordered the craziest drink on the menu (after all who really needs a giant frozen beer margarita). It’s arrived at your table and its huge. Now’s the time to post on social media and let everybody know what you’re drinking tonight!
Even if you’ve opted to order something a bit more sexy, you can post pics of your drink just to show how sophisticated you are. Post yourself or a friend taking that first sip so that it’s a lot more interesting than just a pic or video of a drink.
While You're Talking Shots
The highlight of hanging out at the bar is always taking shots. Gather everybody for a photo and take pics while you down your shots. Order a few rounds so that you can catch your friends finally letting loose.
While You're Dancing
After a few drinks, there’s always somebody that’s willing to do the worm in your crew. Head out to the dance floor and take some videos of you dancing with your friends. You can even start a drunken dance battle to see who’s the master.
While the Group Is All Together
If you haven’t had many opportunities to take pics for the ‘gram tonight, make sure that you do it while the group is still all together. Later in the night, people will start going their own separate ways and you may not get a chance later to snap any pics of your whole crew.
So demand that everybody get together for another photo before it’s too late. Ideally you’ll want to do this before everybody gets up from the table or starts heading for the door so that it looks natural and not staged.
Follow these tips and you’ll look like you had the best night out ever (even if you didn’t)!
Regardless of what your favorite team is, watching sports online at home gets boring.
If you're looking for an excuse to get out of the house, here's why it's more fun to watch sports at the bar instead of online.
The game always comes first, but having a cold craft brew should be second on your list. While you can probably pick up something from the store on your way home, there's nothing better than drinking a craft beer from the tap in the perfect cold glass.
The other benefit to going to the bar is that you can also try some new varieties that you probably can’t find in the store.
Die Hard Fans
All of the die hard sports fans are down at the bar where they can be with the other members of their tribe. If you go hard, you need to be there too. Stop half-assing it by staying in the house and get to the bar and help your team win. You’ll even get to show off your latest team gear.
See the Game From Every Angle
Good sports bars put a lot of effort into making sure that you can enjoy the game no matter where you sit or stand. If you're interesting in making sure that you catch every play, you'll need more than one screen to do it. Plus, there's a bartender to make you a drink so that you don't have to miss anything when you're ready for another round.
Meet People Who Root for the Underdogs
Are you tired of your friends bullying you because you’re the one person that roots for a team that just can’t seem to break that losing streak? If you watch games at home, you’ll only continue to feel left out. By watching the game at the bar, you’ll find other Pistons fans that still have hope just like you. Don’t abandon your team. Get some new friends instead!
You might make the best nachos at 7-Eleven but you could be enjoying some crispy fish and chips or bacon burger sliders if you go to the bar instead. Unless you’re cooking up something great at home, watching the game online usually means that you’ll be eating a bag of greasy chips and wiping your hand on your pants. Go with your taste buds and get to the bar!
Game Day Specials
If your argument for staying home is because you don’t want to spend money, you’re in luck because most sports bars offer game day specials. That means you’ll get to enjoy food and drinks at a discount. So you’ll get to watch your favorite sports, with fans of your favorite team, and save money!
Now that you don't have any more excuses, it's time to stop being a hermit at home and find an awesome sports bar tonight. You'll be glad you did.
It’s 5 p.m. and you’re not ready to give up on having fun tonight. However, you’re not sure if you’ll head out because you’re starting to get comfortable on the couch. That’s why we’re here to give you some instant motivation.
Before you start getting ready to leave, make sure to read these 5 reasons why you should go to the bar tonight.
1. Get Some Action
Let’s face it. The bar is probably one of the easiest places to meet people fast. If you’re looking for some action, the bar is almost always the best place to do it. Whether you want a hookup or just some attention from other people to remind yourself that ‘you still got it,’ hurry up and get to the bar. Your ego will thank you later.
2. Be a Good Friend
Your friend has been feeling down lately and could really use a pick-me-up. Whether the issue is a bad breakup or family issues, you can be a good friend by taking them to the bar tonight. If you just get up and go to the bar tonight, they’ll be sure to return the favor when you need a friend to buy you a few rounds.
3. You (Really) Want to Party
Come on, you know you really want to party. But you also don’t want to mess up your house. Fortunately, there’s a place that exists that will let you get your drink on without you having to wash a single dish. It’s called the bar and it’s calling your name tonight.
Soon you could be listening to your favorite songs and enjoying a tasty drink if you get ready to leave now!
4. Social Media Is Getting Boring
You were planning to stay in tonight and just look at Facebook until you saw that your friends haven’t made updates in a few hours. You’ve also run out of memes to laugh at and videos to watch.
You’re bored with social media right now. There’s nothing left for you there if you don’t leave your house. So text those friends that you haven’t heard from and tell them to meet you in 1 hour at your favorite dive bar.
5. You're Already Procrastinating
You have some stuff that you need to do for work or school but right not it's just not getting done. Instead of flipping TV channels pretending like you’re going to get to work right after you finish this episode, it's time to face the truth.
You're not getting any work done tonight, period. So instead of missing out on happy hour and meeting someone hot at the bar, get up and get dressed right now. Head to the bar and turn this night around. You can take care of whatever you were supposed to do tomorrow.
You really don't need anything complicated to knock people's socks off. Here are a few awesome and easy ways to impress your friends at the bar.
These tips work great with anyone, even with that girl or guy that you just met that you’re hoping might become more than a friend to you soon!
Order a Whiskey
Ordering a whiskey, neat, makes you look insanely cool no matter who you are. You're friends will instantly think that you've stepped up your game. It may even make them rethink their own drink choices.
Join In on Trivia Night
If you are a trivia buff, a bar night out is the perfect time to show off your skills. Form a team with your friends and help lead the team to victory. You'll not only impress your friends, but you might even win an awesome prize or some cash!
Learn Some Pool Tricks
It's always satisfying to have some tricks up your sleeve? Pool is a great sport to play with friends. Even if you’re a beginner you can still show off a little. Use these tricks to help distract your friends while you play.
You can also do some gag shots to trick your friends into buying you a drink. Either way, you'll have a great time and and improve your pool skills at the same time.
Choose Some Bars for a Bar Hop
Instead of just letting your friends go to the closest bars around, why not choose some trendy bars for you guys to check out as a group? Chances are that your picks will have better cocktails and a much more exciting crowd.
You’ll also look like an awesome friend for planning things and finding places that you know that they would love.
Do a Bar Trick
Do you know how to tie a cherry stem into a knot with your tongue? Can you get an olive into a martini without touching it (Hint: swirl the olive in an upside down wine glass and then drop it into the martini glass)?
If you want to become the guy or girl that everyone wants to go to the bar with, bar tricks are the best way to impress your friends. However, make sure you know what you're doing so that you don't break anything or set the place ablaze!
Learn How to Take Awesome Selfies
Now that you know how to impress your friends at the bar, it’s time to document the entire night. Take some awesome selfies to post to Instagram to let everyone know what a great time you’ve had.
From fun pics to selfies that make you look your best, knowing how to take selfies better than anyone will definitely help you to impress your friends at the bar.
So you’re a creature of habit when it comes to drinking at the bar. Wouldn’t you be surprised to know that your drink of choice actually says a lot about your personality?
Here are some fun insights that you should know about.
Beer and a Shot
If you regularly order a beer and a shot, hats off to you! This means that you're someone who probably can be trusted. It also shows that you like to have a good time and you're probably really good at making friends and talking to strangers.
If you order champagne it usually means that you're a really fun friend that loves to celebrate. It also means that you want your friends to have a good time too, even if it's just Tuesday night at the bar.
Champagne drinkers love to celebrate life’s little victories.
Cider shows that you're responsible and you probably don't want to drink too much. It probably also means that you're not really into beer or drinking at all for that matter.
Gin and Tonic
Ordering a gin and tonic means that you're a no-nonsense kind of person. After all, why would you want anything like fruits coming between you and your booze?
People probably know that you love to drink but since you're so polite about the whole matter they don't even notice when you're on your third or fourth drink.
Long Island Iced Tea
If you love to drink Long Island Iced Teas, you pretty much don't give a shit about what you're drinking tonight, as long as it's strong.
It also means that you're probably not afraid of going to jail or fighting the next person that looks at you the wrong way.
Mojitos are for people who love to get the party started. While you might be considered kind of a jerk for making things difficult for the bartender with all of those mint leaves and muddling, it's still a drink that doesn't give away your status as either an amateur or experienced drinker.
It also shows that you're probably ready to get out there on the dance floor. So drink up and then show off your expert salsa moves.
Taking tequila shots means one of two things. First, that things have gone so wrong tonight that you no longer care. Or second, that you have a ton of friends and someone else is buying them for you.
Tequila shots as your drink of choice also show that you love to dance.
If you love to drink wine, you probably spend a lot of time drinking it alone. Fortunately, drinking wine in public looks classy so no one will ever know about your personal woes. It also says that you might be a bit of a foodie since you enjoy a drink that goes well with a meal.
Whether you're addicted to social media or planning to become a social media celebrity, you can't hang out just anywhere. In fact, every time you go out, you're probably looking for an opportunity to add more followers and take new selfies.
Fortunately, there are plenty of bars that are happy to cater to your needs. Here are 3 types of bars that are perfect for social media addicts that you’re sure to love.
If you’re goal is to get more followers to help you become a social media superstar, a college bar is the place to go to. At a college bar, everyone is likely to be glued to their phones just like you. So you definitely won’t feel left out.
There will also be a ton of new people for you to connect with to add to your growing list of followers. Chat with others around you and see how many people you can add to your Instagram account before the night is over.
You’ve been working out non-stop for the past six months on your awesome beach bod. Now is the time to show it off by going to the beach bar. Be sure to go to a sexy beach and find a hot group of girls or guys to pose with for your selfies.
Beach bars are also great for showing off your drinking talents. Order some shooters or a crazy tiki drink and take videos of yourself drinking it. Make sure that you keep your sunglasses on at all times for extra flattering pics.
If want to show off your new team jersey, the sports bar is an awesome place to take selfies. Now only will you have a great time, you'll also get to show what a dedicated fan you are to all of your followers on social media.
However, a sports bar isn't just for watching the game. It's also a great for looking super popular when you take selfies with all of your friends in a crowded bar. On the other hand, even if you have no interest in the game itself, you can still gain likes online by attending whatever game or match people have been dying to watch for weeks.
Make your followers super jealous by making sure that you have the best seats in the house. Don’t forget to take some vertical videos every time your team scores to show how crazy the crowd is.
All of these bars make for a great night out. In addition, someone just might recognize you from YouTube and want to take a selfie with you. How awesome is that?
When you're getting drunk at the bar, it's only logical that you want your favorite drinking buddies to be there with you. With that being said, there's definitely a scale to how great of a drinking buddy you actually are once you've got a bit of the sauce in you.
So how do you know if you're the best out of the bunch? Here are 7 signs that you're an awesome drinking buddy.
1. You Regularly Rescue Your Friends From Embarrassing Moments
Whether it's keeping that bro from falling down the stairs or making sure your girl doesn't drunk dial her ex, you're the one that keeps your friends from doing something they regret. You're literally saving lives so be proud of yourself!
2. You're the Best Wing Man There Is
Occasionally, you step up and take one for the team. When you and your friends go out they can trust you not to cockblock them. You also keep an eye out for people who you think your friends might be interested in getting to know.
While this doesn't technically qualify you as a "drinking buddy," you're the responsible one in the group that you're friends can rely on. As the designated driver, you make sure that everyone gets home safely which is super important.
5. You’re Not a Cheapskate
There’s nothing worse than hanging out with someone at the bar who’s looking for you to buy them rounds because they’re broke. Instead, you’re the awesome drinking buddy who occasionally buys rounds for everyone or even the entire bar. If you want to elevate your drinking buddy status tonight, buying drinks is one way to do it.
6. You Know How to Get the Party Started
If you're the life of the party, you automatically win as the most awesome drinking buddy ever. After all, what would anyone do without you? You encourage everyone to take shots, you bring all of the energy to the dance floor, and you even know how to tie a cherry with your tongue. It just doesn't get much better than that, now does it?
7. You Can Hold Your Liquor
Even when you drink a lot, you’ve never had any wild outbursts or puked all over the floor. That along elevates you to drinking buddy god (or goddess) since it is usually that friend who ends (and ruins) the night for everyone. Whether it’s your savy drinking selection skills or your superior genetics, a drinking buddy who can hold their liquor is one of life’s greatest treasures.
A successful bar can be a local place to hang out or an expensive craft cocktail bar.
Here are the top things that make for a successful bar no matter who their audience is or the type of bar it is.
To be successful, a bar needs to have a clear identity. From the decor to the types of drinks it serves, everything is carefully selected to remain on theme.
People love special events and discounts. The most successful bars make sure to host new promotional campaigns all the time to keep people coming back for more. From advertising on different platforms, including social media and radio, to flyers and signs. The best bars know that promotions make things much more interesting.
From the bartenders to the wait staff, top bars make sure that they always deliver competent customer service. This includes making sure that bartenders and kitchen staff have in-depth knowledge about and expertise in making the foods and drinks that they sell.
They also take pride in delivering great service. Incompetent or lazy workers won't last a day in a successful bar. Because the owners truly understand how important the staff is to their business.
Awesome bars attract awesome people. No matter what night you go to a successful bar, you already know that you’ll have a good time.
A Great Atmosphere
Successful bars always deliver a great atmosphere. Whether it is by choosing the right lighting or making sure that there is plenty of comfortable seating. These bars know what their customers want and deliver it.
Location is key in real estate and it also makes all of the difference when it comes to successful bars. The bar is easy to find and may even be located in a place that makes it easily accessible to impromptu visitors.
Keeps Up With Changing Times
While most bars aren’t in competition to become the trendiest spots around, successful bars typically make an effort to keep up with changing times. Whether it’s done by adjusting the decor or by changing the drink menu, successful bars know when it’s time to do something new.
The most successful bars often have branded products that they either giveaway or sell in order to make the bar experience memorable. These items help to bring back returning patrons and attract new ones. They are even used to help the bar go viral on social media, which also attracts even more patrons.
No matter what type of bar you go to, you know that there’s something special about a place when you go there. It also shows that success isn’t simply luck when it comes to creating a great bar.
Everyone goes to the bar and eventually posts something on social media. But are you making the right moves when it comes to creating the online persona that you want to become ideally?
Here are some top social media mistakes to avoid while at the bar.
Last Minute 8-10 p.m. Posts
You're already at the bar. But, you're posting on social media as if everyone else should be there with you already?
Instead, of posting at 8-10 p.m., let them know a bit earlier that this is the bar that you're planning to be at. By letting everyone else know about your plans before you go out, you can increase the turnout.
Pro tip: It doesn't hurt to let them know about the Happy Hour Specials, as well. Perhaps your followers will see something that they like?
Being an Idiot Online
Most people have a good idea of when the evening crosses over from just hanging out to "we're wasted" territory. If you feel like things are getting dangerously close to that line, then it's probably not a good idea to post on social media.
You might want to consider logging out of your social media profiles when you feel like your less flattering slide is coming out.
This will help you to avoid major social media mistakes, like taking photos where you look obviously drunk out of your mind or posting crazy comments or captions that are sure to get you in trouble at work.
Posting Updates That Lead to Relationship Problems
Will your girlfriend or boyfriend be happy when they see you posting updates from the bar when you said you were staying in tonight?
Probably, not. If you want to stay safe on social media at the bar, it's a good idea to skip posting photos that could result in you having to make up a story about last night.
While it might of been a totally innocent situation, such as the bartender bringing you the bottles you ordered, you should be cautious if you decide to post your updates to social media.
You're Posting Too Often
Giving a blow-by-blow of what happened from 9 to 10 p.m. doesn't make you look cool. It only shows that you have too much time to post on social media because you aren't having fun.
Instead of providing real-time updates, try enjoying yourself at the bar. Post just few times throughout the night to let people on social media know what went on and you'll look a lot cooler.
You're Being Too Promotional
Just like your social media audience doesn't like hearing about you only or too often, they don't like being sold to constantly. Social media is awesome for promotion, but you need to do it sporadically.
Instead of focusing on how much money you could possibly make, think of the most relevant times for posting interesting promotions to your audience.
Above all, social media isn't only about you, it's about being social with others. So the next time you get ready to post, make sure to put your audience (and your friends) first.
Everyone has their favorite places that they like to hang out at. If going to the bar is your thing, then it's worth it to know what you're getting yourself into before you leave the house so that you can have a great time.
Here's 5 different types of bars and how to experience them.
1. College Bar
If you're looking for cheap drinks and a rowdy crowd that's ready to party, then the college bar is what you're looking for. College bars are a lot like going to a college house party. Expect that it will be hot and filled to max capacity with a DJ playing the latest hits.
If you want to have a good time here, you have to enjoy beer pong, dancing, and shots. Dress comfortably in jeans. Skip the super nice clothes unless you want your favorite shoes to be covered in grime from the floor by the end of the night.
2. Sports Bar
Sports bars are where all of the action is. At the sports bar, every wall is plastered with giant flat screen TVs, they have food that will give you a heartache, and they have plenty of craft beers on tap. If you want to watch the game but don't have a huge TV at home, then head over to the sports bar and you'll feel like you're right at the stadium.
The best way to enjoy a sports bar is to get there before the game starts so that you can grab a seat. Make sure you can comfortably view all of the TVs in the bar from your seat. Finally, bring plenty of cash so you can keep ordering rounds for your crew to make good on all of those bets. Don't forget to order some wings, as well.
Pro tip: If you don't want to start a bar fight, don't wear gear from the team everybody hates (unless you have a death wish).
3. Dive Bar
If you're feeling edgy or just really don't care about what other people think about your drinking habits, then the dive bar is the perfect place for you. Dive bars range from seedy biker gang hangouts to low-budget bars where you can easily find a quick shot of tequila.
If drinking is your game tonight, then the dive bar is calling your name. Don't worry about the dress code, you'll fit right in whatever you've been wearing all day. Go and strike up a conversation with some randoms and get ready to meet some interesting people.
4. Cigar Bar
If you love to smoke cigars, a cigar bar is a place that you should try at least once. Most cigar bars are just like lounges with dim lighting and comfortable seating. You can order your favorite Bourbon and choose from an extensive selection of fine cigars.
When you go there, you'll want to dress up a bit. Don't be afraid to spurge a bit so that you can enjoy the best that they have to offer. It's also a great way to enjoy a night out with the guys.
5. Irish Pub
Are you looking for a place to complain about your life or tell tall tales to strangers over drinks? The Irish pub is the best place to do this since they've literally done it since the Middle Ages in Ireland!
To really enjoy an Irish pub, go there after work to grab a beer. Make sure to order some dinner as Irish pubs usually have excellent Irish-themed home cooked favorites such as Bangers and Mash or Shepherd's Pie. It's a pretty relaxed place to enjoy a chat with a stranger or watch a bit of the game.