Great pub on Edinburgh's Grassmarket. Can I say anymore? Well, ok, I will. Few of the pubs on the Grassmarket are worth recommending but this is definitely one. Staff are friendly and the food is good, and at very good prices. A lunch here would not put a dent in your pocket and leave plenty of cash for drink. I have recommended this pub to many folk around the world and they have not been disappointed.
74 Grassmarket, EH1 2JR;
tel: 0131 225 4851
Cocktail bar and restaurant that has a Pacific island theme. The band plays on a boat that drifts out into the lagoon to a mock storm complete with rain. As fabulously tacky as it sounds.
Fairmont Hotel: 950 Mason Street (there's an entrance off California Street);
tel: (415) 772 5278;
This is a low key bar in the Lower Haight (Haight and Fillmore), a funky, low-key neighbourhood, where you can go early on Saturday and catch your Premiership games. They've got a lot of TVs to cover the games, good food and atmosphere. The house team is Aston Villa.
Market St Street car line to the Church St Exit.
Great pub, nice people, serving big, tasty food. Very informal - sometimes riotous - pub quiz every Thursday night from about nine.
Not been the same since the glory days, but still jolly good fun.
You could also try wandering on through Kemptown past the Hanbury Ballroom and St George's Church, turn right at the end and you're back on the seafront, with great views of the ocean. Or the naturist beach, if that's your bag.
92, St Georges Rd, Kemptown;
tel: 01273 682 259
A great local cafe and bar with inside and outside eating areas, a very modern menu and a great wine list. Drop in for a latte and cake or have a full meal. An afternoon next to the fire here is a lazy way to while away a Sunday. The locals (including me) love it because it’s also 'kid friendly'. Babyccino anyone?
382 Hampton St, Hampton 3188;
tel: 9521 0547;
Fruh is the best-known and most widely available Kolsch and the bar near the cathedral, (Fruh am Dom), is one of the oldest brauhuses, having survived bombing during WW2. It's a traditional German pub serving good beer and wholesome German food, and a great place to start the day.
Am Hof 12-16, 50667 Köln Altstadt/Dom;
If you want to visit an authentic part of Cologne and don't want to go to all the touristy places where everybody else goes, visit the Suedstadt - a laid back quarter with pretty art nouveau buildings and friendly residents, most of them students and young families. Once you've passed the nasty construction site of the new underground line they're building at the Chlodwigplatz, you will find multi-cultural cuisine, nice cafes and pubs, and cute little shops.
A very special place is the Fiffi Bar, where the 1960's furnishing is decorated with kitschy dog accessories. If you fancy a nice park and beer garden, go to the Volksgarten 9 (Volksgartenstrasse). And if you're up for some football on the big screen during the World Cup, visit the Hammond Bar, a charmingly worn-out place where you can always have a glass of Kölsch together with incredibly nice, football-crazy people.
U-Bahn: Chlodwigplatz (Lines 6, 15, 16, 17);
Fiffi Bar: Rolandstrasse 99; tel: 0221 340 6211;
Hammond Bar: Metzer Strasse 25; tel: 0221 932 9229; www.hammondbar.de
This bar and tea room is great for just hanging for hours. You can play pool in the back room. The place is overstuffed with huge cases full of toys and old collectables. Great feeling of faded grandeur.
Rua Dom Pedro V 89, Bairro Alto;
tel: 21 342 4729
The best time to enjoy a whole lot of caipirinhas and mojitos on the bar-lined hills of the Bairro Alto is when Lisbon turns out on June 13 (or the nearest weekend) for the Feast of Saint Anthony of Lisbon - the patron saint of Portugal who was born in the capital.
Every bar and club in the district shuts its doors and moves its drinks to the windows, or on to tables outside and the streets become one huge party. A bit like the Notting Hill carnival should be: drink- and music-filled and unbelievably friendly.
Schweizerstrasse is the main highstreet in the beautiful Sachsenhausen district south of the river Main.
Escape the massing throngs into a classic European tree lined avenue jam-packed with swanky bars for the beautiful people and cider taverns for everyone else. All mixed in with your normal highstreet shops, you can find everything here in one street without having search round and get lost.
Recommended is 'Zumgemaltenhaus' (the painted house) for a traditional local cider tavern, huge portions of quality local dishes and reasonable prices.
5 minutes walk from the city center, over the river Main via the 'Untermainbrücke' (bridge) leads directly to the start of the street.
Or via U-Bahn, U1,2,or 3 to Südbahnhof, get off at stop Schweizerplatz.
www.zumgemaltenhaus.de, (in german)
Forget the nature, forget Wieliczka, this is for the tourists and YOU are not one of those are you? There is only one place where you can feel what is it like to be bohemian in the Jewish quarter of a central European town. Right in the middle of it all. It’s Kazimierz, the medieval Jewish town which now is part of the centre of the city, a 10 minute walk from the main square (Rynek Glowny).
Once you are in Kazimierz proceed as follows: 0- Wait for the night to fall (it’s essential you get to see the place at night - once you do it you will know what I mean). 1- Locate an alcohol shop (sklep monopolowy). 2- In the shop locate the bottles with Wodka Zoladkowa (herbal vodka-light brown colour). 3- Proceed to buy the bottle and head to a quiet location nearby to get acquainted with your new Polish friend. 4- After the brief yet pleasant (one hopes) encounter feel free to start the tour in any direction of Kazimierz. Don’t forget to keep the dialogue with the bottle going. Soon you will feel as if in Bulgakov's Master and Margarita. 5- Once you get that feeling don’t wait a second and immediately head for one of these two pubs: Alchemia or Singer. Once you are inside things will keep happening on their own if you have fulfilled the first 4 points. Enjoy!
Alchemia: ul. Estery, Pl. Nowy, Kazimierz;
tel: 12 428 47 80;
Singer: ul. Estery 22;
tel: 12 292 0622;
Siem Reap's premier restaurant. For a taste of what the colonial lifestyle might have been like before the guns started firing take a pew on the veranda in this old French villa . The menu is extensive, tasty and not that expensive, and Angelina Jolie can't be wrong about the cocktails (they even named one after her).
If you really like it, there's a guesthouse too.
No. 341, 50 m north-west of the Old Market, Svay Dangkom, Mondul I;
Great new hotel in Chamonix with shop for kit rental, beer garden with it's own climbing wall and a cool bar and restaurant downstairs. Open year round with regular events/parties in the bar.
964 Routes Des Gaillands, on the South side of Chamonix by the lake and climbing wall. www.verthotel.com
Tel +33 0450 531 358
A blot on the landscape from anywhere in the city, you can't miss the TV Tower's horrible 1970's architecture. Take a trip up it however and you'll find the Milky Way, a slowly revolving bar that offers fantastic panoramic views of the city and surroundings without, of course, seeing the TV tower. Enter by a creepy tunnel that puts you in mind of a James Bond film, pay the surly lift attendant a small fee, and you are transported 21 floors upwards at great speed into a different world. Also on the ground floor is an exhibition dedicated to the Lithuanians who lost their lives in the 1991 siege, which eventually led to the overthrowing the USSR occupation.
Sausio 13-osios 10;
tel: 252 53 33;
This very friendly gay/lesbian bar has a wide selection of wines and other drinks. Generous portions of freshly-prepared snacks are also available.
Also worth a visit for the super murals on the wall, and it offers a showcase for local artists working in various media.
Clientele is mainly, but not exclusively, lesbian and gay.
5 rue Halévy, 06000 Nice
Tel +33 04 93 87 07 04
What could be better than a beer clinic? This is a traditional Austrian tavern situated in the heart of Vienna. Try the dunkles (dark) beer for a change. Hearty Austrian food. Try the bauernschmaus if you are very hungry and like meat/sausage, it comes with a dumpling. Friendly staff and lots of interesting rooms.
tel: 533 75 98 12;
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