It's right on the Grand Place and serves up the ultimate beer experience with a three-course menu cooked in three different beers and served with a glass of the same with each dish! It's pretty reasonably priced and has lots of other delicious dishes and is well-positioned to get a great view of any events that are held in the square. I had the pleasure of a son et lumiere show.
This is a traditional bar with a 19th-century interior. Wood panelling, leather being very much in abundance. They do simple food such as croque monsieur and croque bruxellois.
They also have a good varied range of beers that are (of course) served in their correct glasses. It is the sort of place where you can sit down and have a nice drink in a nice old fashioned kind of place.
Le Cirio, Rou de la Bourse, 18-20
1000 Brussels; Tel (02) 512 13 95; nearest Station: Bourse
This is a traditional bar on the south side of the city with a cosy atmosphere, excellent beer, a huge choice of whisky and champagne, delicious food (mostly smorregebrod) and a courtyard for secluded al-fresco libations in the good weather.
239 Morningside Road
OK, this place is full of Nathan Barleys and annoying haircuts, but for somewhere to sit and listen to (usually) decent music while eating cheap, massive slices of cake with your beer/coffee this can't really be beaten.
Cafe by day, club by night, there's a plethora of tables outside making for a very sociable vibe in summer. A good place to people-watch.
1 Dray Walk, London, E1 6QL (just off Brick Lane)
Get out of town and visit Kutna Hora - the Cathedral and the Ossuary are really something else. Or take a trip East to Plzen and visit the brewery - it is surely the best place in the world to drink one of the best beers in the world - fresh as can be, and a pretty town center, too.
Large, central pub with great beer and good food - mixed clientele (locals/tourists) and (by Prague standards) friendly staff. There's plenty of room if you keep going back into the hall.
Na Perštýně 7, 100 01 Praha 1, opposite Tesco's;
The best bar in Newcastle. Great beer, relaxed atmosphere, thoroughly untrendy and well away from the harsh lights and hair-gel of the Quayside and Bigg Market.
Featuring a free jukebox and gigs in the summer, this is Newcastle at its down-to-earth best.
Malin Street, Newcastle; There's a map on the website (www.thetyne.com) which should make things easier. Walk about 1/2 a mile or so east along the river from the Quayside, past some modern apartments. Malin Street is on your left just past these apartment blocks, and the Tyne is located snugly under the conspicuous red brick bridge.
When I was a happy Sorbonne student, me and my "Amphithéâtre" mates used to meet up at this hidden but crowdy pub after class. Drinks are cheap, the landlord's pitbull doesn't bite and the setting is great. Inside, the Pantalon (Trousers) looks like a microscopic Parisian street where all customers can leave their artistic touch or simply stick their chewing gum under the table. Happy hour between 17h30 and 19h30. Open at 10 am till 2 am, everyday.
Le Pantalon, near the Panthéon 7, rue Royer Collard 75006. RER or Métro Luxembourg. Tel:01 40 51 85 85
Situated very close to the Charles Bridge this pub has a warm, inviting atmosphere. Wooden chairs, tables and half-timbered walls, decorated above with prints of 19th/early 20th Century fashions, give an old fashioned feel to the place, however, the atmosphere is more that of a pub/wine bar than a traditional beer hall. The menu has traditional Czech dishes, both substantial main courses - leg of pork, meat stews, dumplings etc.. and smaller snack style dishes i.e. sausages, cheese plate, potato pancakes. Good wholesome well - cooked food. They also serve delicious dark Velkopopovicky Kozel Beer
15 Na Kampe, Kampa Island Walk down the steps leading from Charles Bridge to Kampa island. The pub is on the left hand side. + 420 257 531 430 www.archibald,cz
Ten years ago all the bars in the Vesterbro neighbourhood were much like this. Kitsch, old-fashioned and rough around the edges.
McKluud (the name comes from the 70's series McCloud) is one of the few bars that has survived the trendy development of the area. Here the old locals sit alongside the young, artsy-fartsy types. A bottle of unfashionable but cheap Albani beer seems to be a symbol of unification between the generations. Play billiards in the back room, too.
Istedgade, on the corner of Oehlenschlagergade. 15 minutes from the Central Station.
Although the Irish ones especially are well run, they charge you 100% more for Czech beer which they do not serve that well. Britis seem to feel intimidated by Czech pubs because everyone sits down. But Czech beer deserves such respect. Try Olympia, Novometsky Pivovary, or Pivovarsky Dum.
Beer is back. Like many places micro-breweries and new imports are hot. For an all-round beer/food evening, try the excellent Nørrebro Bryghus (Brewery House) who embrace hops like their own children and serve up appropriate grub.
Nørrebro Bryghus is in the Nørrebro neighbourhood.
Tel: (+45)35 30 05 30
The Bombardier is a typical British pub stuck between the stunning Panthéon and the Saint Etienne du Mont Church. That might explain why the setting is so different. Everything inside is made of wood and old stones just like the monuments outside. You won't meet as many "Grands Hommes" as in the Panthéon but big screens will help you to support your favourite football or rugby team.
Before the match, go for the delicious "Fish in beer batter" meal. Food is very original, just like beers. Try the old fashioned "Bombardier Cask" beer during the Happy Hours (16h00 to 21h00. Opens at 8 am and closes at 2. am, 7 days a week.
Bombardier, place du Panthéon - 75005 Paris.Tel.:01 43 54 79 22. How to go: metro Maubert-Mutualité, line 10 or RER B Luxembourg.
Everything a great pub should be - including an outstanding view across the harbour. With a range of finely brewed beers - from the Cascadia Cream Ale to the Ipanema Summer White and the delicious Coal Porter - you'll find a brew that will match your taste. And watch out especially for the seasonal ales - they may sound a bit weird - Great Pumpkin Ale anyone - but boy are they good.
375 Water Street, Gastown;
Bia Hoi is the ultimate Vietnamese drinking experience. It's basically a keg of beer outside someone's house or shop or whatever, and you go and help yourself to local "brew".
It costs around 1,500 dong a glass (about 7 pence) and you end up drinking with all sorts of colourful locals.
Anywhere in Hanoi, or the rest of Vietnam.
Basically every tourist guide to Copenhagen will feature a photo of Nyhavn as the defining iconic image of the city.
The name means New Harbour, an optimistic description for what is merely a straight canal running from the harbour up to Kongens Nytorv Square.
But the gaily painted old houses are eye candy for the tourist and the old sailing ships bobbing at the quay are a long line of photo ops.
What used to be the drunken, whoring sailor's favourite haunt is now a long line of cafés that laugh behind your back for paying so much for their beer.
But it's pretty. Go for a walk. Drink beer elsewhere.
Metro to Kongens Nytorv or walk along the pedestrian street Strøget.
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).
Why would you want to come all the way to Ulan Bator, only to end up drinking in an Irish pub? Good point. However this brand new bar is the place to be in Ulan Bator at the moment of writing. Packed every night with excellent live music (not just cover versions of Hotel California), the Irish Pub has very little Irish about it, aside from the token (bad) Guinness. Stick to local beers or indulge in sharing a bottle (or more) of Chinggis Black vodka like the locals. Nice outdoor patio in summer.
Opposite Khan Brau
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