This Canadian run microbrewery produces several of its own excellent beers and lagers, and has a great menu of bar snacks (cross-cut fries, nachos, etc) and more substantial evening meals. It attracts a lively apres-ski crowd who flock there to enjoy 'giraffes' of beer, and there's live music several times a week. It's very popular so you'll need to book a table for dinner.
Simply the best family-run bar in this delightful village that is really the jewel of Valpollicella wine producing region. Beppe Ugolini takes his beer as seriously as they do wine here, but it's really the wine that thrills. It can be enjoyed in typically argumentative and boisterous fashion with a group of locals that make English people very welcome indeed. You can taste real Italian rustic dolce vita and plan your next winery vist with the very farmers that produce the full bodied Amarones and Reciotos for which the region is rightly famous. Plenty of good panini and hot pizzetta are available. Barracca del Beppe with its unpretentious ambience made a welcome stop from wine touring. A visit to Fumane and the surrounding vine-clad lessini mountain foothills are a must if you are holidaying near lake garda or in Verona (both around 18 kilometers away).
Low lights and a crumbling interior give this cramped basement drinking den a nostalgic feel. Sangria is sold by the jug and the juke box plays an eclectic range of old pop records. An authentic left-bank experience.
10 rue de l’Odéon, 75006. Telephone: 01 43 26 66 83. M° Odéon.
If you want to have drink spoiled by camera-wielding tourists, this is the place for you! Hopefully you will have no need to avail of toilet facilities - they are still in the Victorian age. This establishment's claim to fame is that it's "unspoiled" since it was built - do you really want to drink in Dickens' time?
Victoria Street - opposite Europa Hotel
Molos means lake front where there is a variety of restaurants and sophisticated bars to choose from. I had enjoyed my first meal there and I kept going back again and again for more of that fresh trout and frog's legs that are delicious but they don't cost the earth! It's a must to visit any of the restaurants along the lake, freshness of ingredients and quality is guaranteed, plus there is a real buzz of Greek life at its best! I love going there in the summer afternoons when the city centre is quiet and all the Greeks go down molos for a long long lunch...
At the bottom end of Molos along the lake.
Prices from €6-€30
Open all day
This fantastic old pub is on The Side but should be central to any trip to Newcastle. Top tap - stic real ales, kept properly, a gramophone and stained glass windows in a tiny pub split into a snug that really is and a long thin bar. Just do not wander in to take a photo and then leave as some tightwads have been observed doing!
The Crown Posada
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tourists and locals mix together in the three levels of this centrally located bar. The entrance fee is cheap and prices are lower than other bars in the city centre. There is a really good atmosphere and the crowd in there are ready and willing to have fun. The three different rooms each offer different experiences. Dance on the disco floor, have a drink at the bar, or check out the topless dancing babes. This is still my favourite bar in Prague after three visits to the city.
110 00 Praha 1
Tel: +420 222 220 441
Viveros is where they grow trees for the rest of Mexico City's parks: a square mile of dense if artificial forest in the concrete jungle. Go there to stroll or jog on the many well-maintained paths. Close to picturesque Coyoacan district with the Frieda Kahlo house & museum & many colonial buildings, cafes etc, weekend crafts market.
Metro to Viveros, from there walk or take microbus or taxi to Coyoacan centre.
Le "Lèche-vin" (=lick wine) is a bizarre and noisy bar, near rue de la Roquette, Bastille. The place is frequented by locals, including La Sorbonne rugby players because of its cheap pints of lager (4.10 euros) and the friendly atmosphere. But what makes it interesting is his "décor". Thousands of crucifixes, yellowed pictures of former popes, religious paintings are stuck absolutely everywhere in the bar... except in their gloomy Turkish toilets where every single space is filled with porn pictures. An hilarious experience!
Tel. 01-43-55-98-91, at 15 rue Daval 75011, near Métro Bastille.
Celebrated bar with waiters from the Manzanilla sherry producing town of Sanlucar de Barrameda. Bustling with well-dressed Sevillianos. It serves good fish dishes and manzanilla at just over a euro a glass.
11 Calle Albareda
Walk across the Puente Isabel II to the Triana district which is full of old-style bars in narrow alleys. Triana contains the Iglesia Santa Ana, Seville’s oldest church (1260) and the Calle Betis, a wonderful street lined with tapas bars on the banks of the Guadalavirir river.
After a visit to the fabulous Palacio Real a rest and a drink might be needed and the ideal place for this is just a stroll across the road to the Cafe de Oriente situated in the beautiful Plaza Oriente next door to the Opera. In summer you can sit outside on the terrace, admire the view of the Palace and its gardens and watch the Madrilenos walk their dogs, collect their children from school or meet up with their friends at the next table. Despite being next to one of the main tourist attractions the cafe is mainly patronised by the locals and is a brilliant place to people watch especially during the opera season when it is fun to watch the fashionable Madrilenos meet for their pre-opera drinks. The elegant mirrored interior in the style of the Belle Epoque is inviting on a chilly winter evening and is the perfect place to enjoy a drink and a tapas before heading off to one of the many traditional restaurants in the area.
Cafe de Oriente
2 Plaza de Oriente; metro Opera
Open daily 8.30am-1.30am
Fri, Sat. 8.30am-2.30am
When in Paris there is absolutely no excuse not to get a little lightheaded on a glass or two of wine before lunch. To which end, drop in at Le Baron Rouge around 11am, order some bread and pate and tuck into a little red. Or white. Or both.
Le Baron Rouge is a new-ish but old-fashioned bar, with upturned barrels dotted about the place for you to stand around, and a fine selection of wines. One of life's pleasures - wandering off afterwards for a stroll and a long lunch.
It's also open in the evening, and can become quite busy.
1 rue Th. Rhoussel; Tel: 01 43 43 14 32; Metro: Bastille
This is a bar on the popular road Calle Hortaleza. This road is full of fun bars, but this one is by far the best. They serve amazing cocktails, AMAZING and the bar has a slightly Morrocan feeling to it with lots of cushions on the floor and even a big double bed to sit on, but you will be very lucky if you actually get it!! There is a great vibe in the bar - very laid back! But get there early as it can get very busy, some nights you will find people actually queueing outside!
A definate must, by far my favourite bar! Also they have amazing food, especially the Samosas!!!
Calle Hortaleza, nearest tube - Alonso Martinez or Gran Vía.
Malasaña is a street and an area well known by all true 16-30 Madrileños. In the day time you can shop for some retro treasures in the two 'Popland' boutiques (one for bags, badges and tee-shirts, the other for sixties home decorations and posters). Then, well after dark, you can return and be part of the Madrid sub-culture night life. Go into some bars off Plaza Dos de Mayo and you'll think you've stepped onto the set of Austin Powers (without the irony!) There are all types of bars and clubs round here, but they all have one thing in common: the cool factor. The music is cool, the people dress cool, but most importantly, the attitude is cool, that is to say, laid back.
Malasaña district. Nearest tube: Tribunal.
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