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Why drink more beer? It’s good for you!

drink beer

Well, just consider that when we touch the cold bottle from the fridge or over the bar counter, we listen to the carbon dioxide that is released while the beer’s foam develops, we see the amber color of the beer poured into our glass, we smell the aromatic substances that come from the snatch block and of course we taste the distinct bitter beer taste that is associated with the contained acids and wooden taste of tannins.

Enjoying a beer on a hot day watching our favorite sports games and cooking barbeque is one of the traditions beer has become famous worldwide for.

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Feeling blue ? Johnny Walker Blue Label that is…

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Handcrafted Lacquer Presentation Case

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}nd for smoothness, few can beat Johnnie Walker Blue Label, an inspired blend of the world’s rarest and most expensive whiskies, which have been chosen at the peak of their perfection, some having been aged in oak for at least 50 years!

A few of the distilleries that produced these casks are no longer in existence, making these whiskies totally irreplaceable and totally unique from bottle to bottle.

So next time you find yourself at Changi Airport’s new Terminal 3, keep your eyes open for the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Handcrafted Lacquer Presentation Case.

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U Stare Pani Jazz club Prague

July 11, 2012

Stompin’ “At the Old Lady’s”

U Stare Pani Jazz club Prague

In fact, U Stare Pani (“At the Old Lady’s”), may just be the most attractive jazz venue Prague has ever had.

“We wanted to create something special, a place people want to come and stay,” explained Jan Abt who, with his companion Martina Henzlova, designed every aspect of the club.

Located in the basement of a lavishly renovated building in the heart of Old Town, which also contains a three-star hotel and restaurant of the same name, U stare pani has the refined atmosphere of an elegant supper club. Individual tables preserve the club’s intimacy and protect you from the hazard of sitting cheek-by-jowl with a bunch of musical day-trippers more interested in giddily rehashing their adventures on Charles Bridge than in the music.

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alcohol poisoning

April 10, 2012

Signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning

alcohol poisoning

It was once we got home that I really got worried, so I had to think quick and nurse her through the first critical stages of what was sure to be one heck of hangover.

When a large quantity of alcohol is consumed, usually over a short period of time, alcohol poisoning can result. The human body is capable of processing 1 to 1.5 ounces of alcohol in an hour. This is the amount usually contained in a standard drink – a 12 ounce bottle of beer, a five ounce glass of wine, or one mixed drink (however, many mixed drinks and punches contain far greater quantities of alcohol).

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April 4, 2012

La Belle Époque – Perrier-Jouet’s Champagne

Leading sommelier’s, wine and champagne experts flew from every corner of the globe for an exclusive wine tasting event at Perrier-Jouet’s Champagne House…

Perrier Jouet ChampagneAttending guests were offered the opportunity to taste twenty historic vintages from the House’s own cellars including the Perrier-Jouet Vintage 1825-the Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest champagne recorded.

The journey to Perrier-Jouet’s Champagne House was worth every penny; Serena Sutcliffe MW, Director of Sotheby’s International Wine Department, estimated the wine sample tasting alone cost several hundred euros!

Now imagine how much a whole bottle would cost – probably priceless.

www.perrier-jouet.com

Lei Dou Hong Kong Bar & Lounge

March 6, 2012

Lei Dou Hong Kong Bar & Lounge

Lei Dou Hong Kong Bar & Lounge

 

Giving off an air of Paris in bygone years, opulence reigns supreme in this new club, with plush chairs and divans welcoming a nice long chill-out session, accompanied by a good bottle of wine or premium whiskey.

"A lot of people tell me it reminds them of the best of old New Orleans speakeasies and lounges,"’ says general manager Bette Harvey. "It’s a bar to chill out in, chat with friends and enjoy some good food."

This is bound to be a hangout for the more discerning drinker used to the best life has to offer, and a glance at the wine list confirms the suspicion that big pockets are the order of the day. But class has a price, and that’s just what you get here, be it in the semi-private back room, the exclusive upper room (reservations only) or the sumptuous bar.

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Moloko bar Budapest

February 23, 2012

Janis Pub rocks on…

Moloko bar Budapest

 

I n the middle of a hot August evening, I dropped in at Janis Pub and had a beer. It was the last one I would get from the little pub for almost five months. The beer was fine, but the doors inexplicably closed afterward.

Nevertheless, I would peer in once in a while, wondering if this was yet another cool but unused space that would be left in the economic dust. It was chock full of Janis Joplin memorabilia and nautical bric-a-brac. Something about it evoked San Francisco and the heyday of Joplin’s career. I wanted to sit down for another beer.

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Moloko bar Budapest

February 16, 2012

A Clockwork Narancs: Moloko Bar draws crowds with inspiration from Kubrick

Moloko bar Budapest

 

The name itself is taken from a drink (moloko drencrom) favored by the main character Alex, (played brilliantly by Malcolm McDowell). Moloko is Russian for milk, but in the movie, it is a primer for “a bit of the old ultraviolence.” Luckily, I have seen none of that at Moloko, save for on the basement big-screen on a slower night, where Mortal Kombat is played.

We at Think have been coming here for our drinks and a bit of relaxation since we started in August. The relaxed atmosphere and the fast service is one draw that the cheap drink prices only add to. That, and the waiters venturing out onto Egytem, Square is pretty convenient in the hot summer months.

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The Bottling of Diamond Jubilee by John Walker & Sons, a Blend of Rare Scotch Whiskies Distilled in 1952

February 9, 2012

John Walker & Sons Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Accession to the Throne

The Bottling of Diamond Jubilee by John Walker & Sons, a Blend of Rare Scotch Whiskies Distilled in 1952

Sixty years to the day since The Queen’s accession, John Walker & Sons, Scotch Whisky Distillers By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, celebrates the occasion with the bottling of Diamond Jubilee By John Walker & Sons ; a specially crafted blend of rare malt and grain Scotch Whiskies distilled in and maturing since 1952, the year she acceded to the throne.

At Royal Lochnagar Distillery, on the edge of Her Majesty The Queen’s Balmoral Estate, David Gates, Grantee of John Walker & Sons’ Royal Warrant, will oversee the filling of The Queen’s decanter, as well as 60 further editions for sale around the world. The profits from the sale of these editions are being donated to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) with a guaranteed amount of at least GBP 1million and will support the excellence of craftsmanship as symbolised by the Royal Warrant of Appointment.

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Montes Cabernet-Carmenere Limited Selection 2010

January 3, 2012

Montes Cabernet-Carmenere Limited Selection 2010

Montes Cabernet-Carmenere Limited Selection 2010I offered a couple suggestions of where to meet but it was soon clear that we were talking a good bottle rather than some cheap plonk or mulled wine somewhere and ended up at Klassz.

I had never been to the winebar-restaurant on Andrassy Ut in Budapest before, and, well, he was treating. Service was very good, and my friend picked a bottle of unknown Chilean wine from the wine list. It just happened to be the only foreign vineyard listed from among the reds. It turned out to be an excellent choice.

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Zsuzsanna Bozo

December 30, 2011

Goddess of The Caledonia: Zsuzsanna Bozo

Zsuzsanna Bozo

I sit unable to resist a fresh Guinness draft. It’s staring me down, so I green light the beer for my nerves’ sake. Soon I’ll be interviewing a brilliant and beautiful Bar Goddess at The Caledonia. She has arrived, and immediately apologizes for keeping me waiting.

It’s a display of her abundant class right there. Zsuzsanna is driven, and devoted to making Caledonia a second home for all of us living in or visiting Budapest. Both Hungarians and foreign residents are fortunate to have such an honorable and sincere bartender, hostess and owner serving them. She gives her all to the establishment and it’s clientele, and it shows.

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bars in prague

December 16, 2011

A night on the town in Prague

bars in prague

You do like beer, we’ll take that for granted, but have you tried absinthe? We’ll get to that later. A nice way to clear your head is to take a walk from Staroměstská nám. and weave your way through the tourists with a cold one in your hand (it’s legal here you know).

Follow the road from the main square, and instead of going down Pařížská Street like most of the other folks, take the steps down Dlouhá Street, and keep your eyes on your right. About three or four minutes, you will come upon a place called Prague Ink (www.pragueink.cz). High quality tattoo and piercing goes on here, and you know you’ve always wanted a little memento of your stay here. I don’t think they do anchors there but you could ask. Afterwards, head on down into the bar next door, Harley’s to pose around all cool with your new tattoo and some whiskey on the rocks.

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Montheiths

November 25, 2011

Montheith’s – Really Good Ale

Montheiths

The first waves of immigrants to New Zealand were the second sons of land owning families in England. Because of the rules of entitlement, their family estates were passed to their first-born siblings. As such, these ‘second sons’ struck out on their own to discover new lands where their futures awaited.

In New Zealand they found “God’s Country,” a land of perfect temperate climate, lush green rolling hills and clear streams full of dazzling salmon. After settling in, they did what any good Englishman would in this situation of comfort and ease: they set up breweries. What better way to embrace their new home than with beer in hand?

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Cliq Bar Hong Kong

November 17, 2011

Join the Cliq, Cliq Bar that is…

Cliq Bar Hong Kong

"We’ll show chick flicks," says general manager Richard Smith. "And we’ll only let straight guys in."

Smith is only joking … we think. Aside from the aforementioned dance floors, the rectangle shaped, 6,000 square feet nightspot features two separate DJ booths and bars – one on each end of the club.

"You can actually split the place into three separate rooms," says Smith, who then proceeds to slide open and close the metallic-looking doors, turning the long venue into three separate boxes. Expect the middle room to be popular for lounging, since it’s equipped with circle-shaped sofa couches and multiple LCD screens. Otherwise, the club even boasts a fire-place, an elevated VIP room and street graffiti is set to adorn the walls any day now.

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November 10, 2011

Quick Guide to Hong Kong’s Girlie Bar Scene

With brand new office buildings and hotels, discos and bars, Wanchai has changed and now competes with, Tsimshatsui, Causeway Bay and Lan Kwai Fong for Hong Kong’s upwardly mobile nightlife crowd.

Nightclubs in Hong Kong are not up to American standards. Some clubs feature top names from the British and Australian nightclub circuits. We are on the ‘Sampan Route’ which takes entertainers from Singapore and Bangkok, throughHong Kong to Japan, so an act you watched elsewhere might be playing here.

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September 25, 2011

Around the World in Ten Cocktail Bars

If you’re like us at Barmanguide, the endless quest for the perfect cocktail takes you all over the world in search of the ultimate drink.

For Slae Pub Budapest

Often times this means we end up in some dodgy bars, other times finding us in the most happening bars in the world where both the cocktails and ambience casts a magical spell over patrons local and traveler alike.

These watering holes are often beacons for denizens of the night, attracting jet-setters from around the world to belly up to the bar… and here are ten of the hottest cocktail bars we’ve found so far on our humble planet.

Bemelmans Bar, (Carlyle Hotel, 35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021, Tel: (212) 744-1600, www.thecarlyle.com/dine4.cfm).

Oozing old-world elegance and charm, this posh bar in the Carlyle Hotel has been serving up the goods for many years now. If you’re going to New York and want to hang within elbow room of the movers and shakers, {mnf=off} save your money by checking into a great hostel and spend it instead on some great drinks and great food all served lovingly by a great staff. Aside from the stars of Hollywood, sports, fashion and industry that often will be sitting right next to you, the 24-carat gold leaf-covered ceiling will dazzle you even more as you soak up the scene is one of the best drinking lounges in the world.

The Connaught Bar, (The Connaught Hotel, 16 Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL Tel: 020 7499 7070,www.the-connaught.co.uk).

On the other side of the pond, once clearing customs, you’ll want to head over for some tipple at a bar where the cocktails dramatically mix tradition and innovation. As one can only expect from ol’ Blighty, the Con’ stocks nothing less than the most exclusive vintages and limited edition champagnes, as well as spirits and liqueurs from around the world, all served up by bartenders rumoured to be amongst the best in the kingdom.

Le Lion Bar de Paris, (Rathaustr. 320095 Hamburg, Tel: 040 334753780, www.lelion.net).

Don’t expect schnapps here, at the Lion, the cocktail menu is extensive and the décor is as tasteful as the flawlessly prepared drinks (Do you expect any less from “ze Germans”?). A favourite on Friday nights for networking with the North German elite, but it’s relaxed enough you can leave the tuxedo at home.

Closerie des Lilas

Closerie des Lilas, (171 bd Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, Tel: 01 40 51 34 50, www.closeriedeslilas.fr).

If a Parisian bar in a German port town is not enough for you, then it’s time for you to invade the scene in ol’ Paris, and once there, you’ll find nowhere better to start your drinking blitzkrieg than in the crème de la crème of the Parisian scene. Coming up on their 165 th birthday, this storied restaurant and bar has seen many celebrities and intelligentsia grace their tables, and was even immortalised in no less than two of Ernest Hemmingway’s classic novels. A truly inspiring and magical venue serving nothing less than the best, making it a must drink stop for any visitor to France.

Manga Rosa Bar

Manga Rosa, (14 Rua Sociedade Filarmonica Incrivel Almadense, Lisbon, Tel: +351 96 552 60 60, www.myspace.com/mangarosamusic).

An elegant and hip bar, Manga Rosa is much more ‘literati’ than ‘glitterati’, a nice mix of industrial and elegance (dark and moody colours, fine art and chandeliers) located not far from the seashore. Holding court on the outskirts of town, the venue is the real deal and attracts a lively youthful crowd attracted to the venue as much for the vibe of the place as for the perfectly priced and mixed cocktails.

P J Clarke’s Saloon, (947 McLean Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704, Tel: (914) 237-0115).

Over 100 years old, this New York institution is worthy of visiting for two reasons, and you’ll have try both to decide which is the better reason; mixing up great cocktails OR cooking up what have been called the best burgers in NYC, and serving it all up in turn of the century charm. It will be tough to choose, as they’ve had plenty of time to excel in both. If burgers aren’t your thing, but beer is, be sure to try the Guinness braised short ribs, you won’t be sorry!

Dry Martini Bar, (Carrer d’Aribau, 152, 08036 Barcelona Tel: 932 175 072, www.drymartinibcn.com).

Spain, long famous for it’s olive industry, makes the perfect place to set up a bar dedicated to the pinnacle of cocktailology; the Martini. Located in the heart of Barcelona, you can put on your swankiest fashions and enjoy all things Martini, with more than a hundred variations of this proud cocktail in the hefty menu. Sit back, flash the gold Rolex, polished shoes and leave the sunglasses on, as the leather and wood interior provide the perfect location to imbibe and ponder the meaning of life while checking out the centuries-old bottles that are part of the décor. So whether it’s shaken, stirred or a double head shaking Wasabi Martini you crave, they’ve got you covered.

Pusser’s New York Bar, (Falkenturmstr. 9, 80331 Munich, Tel: (4989) 220 500 , www.pussersbar.de).

While Bavaria is more famous for Oktoberfest and giant tankards of beer, back in the day, Grog, (the original cocktail) and rum drinks ruled the roost, and this quaint piano bar located on a quiet little street in Munich, (not far from Hofgarten), proudly recreates that era. With a nautical theme of Anglo naval paraphernalia, including flags, old recruitment posters and age worn photographs, all inspired by the iconic Naval rum libations made with Pusser’s Rum, this place is a fun joint to tie one on. So belly on up to the bar old sailor, get fruity with tropically-inspired rum-based cocktails and drink up to the sun setting on the British empire while the musician tickles the ivories. Oh, my empire, I miss you so!

Bar K, (1-3-3 Koyo Building, B1F, Osaka, Kita-Ku.Tel: +81 66-343-1167).

What does Japan and America have in common? A love of Whiskey! And located not too far from Kyoto (20 minutes by train) in Osaka, is the tiny Bar K, which might look like your typical American bar, but take a look at the shelf and you’ll see that it’s stocked primarily with fine Japanese whiskeys, which the well seasoned bartenders almost religiously mix up into cocktails that have been called “a connoisseur’s delight”. Precision mixing is all part of the show, and worth a visit for that alone. And for Scotch lovers, they’ve got you covered with the best selection in Asia as well.

Saphire Bar, (Bötzowstr. 31, 10407 Berlin Tel: 030 25562158, www.saphirebar.de) .

Not to be confused with the also worthy Saphire Martini Bar in Berlin, this whiskey bar is one of the best in Middle Europe and offers up a staggering array of cocktails to entice the taste buds of even the most jaded barfly. Posh white leather furnishings, including sofas you can’t help but sink into as you begin your night with one of bar’s signature cocktails made with some of the best whiskeys, come together to create the perfect meeting place while on the road. In the summer, call ahead and reserve one of the outdoor seating options, and enjoy life at it’s warmest pleasant best!

So there you are designated drinker, ten of the best places to plan your next round-the-world-trip around, and since you don’t have to drive, you can thoroughly enjoy yourself worry free. You also won’t have to spend a lot of money in your travels, if you know that where you sleep off the hangover is less important than getting one on in the coolest bars around. Because no matter where your cocktail lust takes you, {mnf=off} HostelWorld.com has the perfect accommodation for you.

That’s right, while you were on your sixth Rumtini Flamingo and wearing grooves into the bartop surface dancing the night away, they were scouring the world looking for the best places for you to sleep it off. And they’ve been doing it since 1999, when the world decided to party like, well… like it was 1999, meaning they know the score. Since then, Hostelworld.com has become the world’s #1 hostel booking website, so you can focus more on how to catch a taxi to the next bar without speaking the language, than if the hotel you booked will still be in business when you get back.

That’s because they also have the largest number of customer ratings and traveler reviews of any booking site out there, as well as great video content, podcasting downloads and travel guides to make your trip just that much more smooth, leaving time for the important things in life, like enjoying a bottle of Bushmills Malt 21 year old (an extremely rare single malt Irish whiskey). Bon voyage!

For Slae Pub Budapest

April 14, 2011

For Sale Pub

For Slae Pub Budapest

1,000’s of business cards all pinned to the walls and ceilings. With an excellent menu that caters for all tastes the only thing is…you will need a huge appetite as the servings are huge. (Smaller portions are available for children).

An excellent selection of import and local beers, complimentary pea­nuts that you just chuck the shells on the floor and that Olde Worlde feel. Live music from locals playing all your favourites, excellent service and prices that won’t empty your wallet.

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Rokalyuk Sorozo

April 14, 2011

Rókalyuk Dive Pub

Rokalyuk Sorozo

The walls are painted bright red and yellow, both beginning to lose their luster. The grime-gathering has begun in earnest, befitting a basement dive whose door is a short step from the asphalt and exhaust of the street.

The bar itself is raised above the floor. Ascending to order would feel like offering sacrifice to some subterranean deity of imbibement, save for the paint job.

Taken with Rokályuk’s strangely industrial interior shape, one might muse that one drinks in the belly of a far more infernal beast: Thomas the Tank Engine, zombie lord of toy marketing hell. But, at Rokályuk you can grab a drink cheaply where the locals looked worn and weathered. Maybe. During my visit, the barmaid was warding off utility workers from shutting the place over a delinquent 3.600 HUF balance.

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