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Bars in Tel Aviv - Finding the Best

Bars in Tel Aviv - Finding the Best


Bar Rafeli might be the most famous bar from Israel... ;) but we want to drink... we want bars and pubs serving a variety of beer, wine, whisky, vodka and more.

Tel Aviv - Bar Capital of the Middle East

In fact, except for the balmy weather, you hardly notice that you are in an area of the world where the bar to person ratio is probably the lowest in the world. Not so in Tel Aviv. Bars and Pubs are everywhere to be found ranging from Irish Pubs, Rock Bars, Wine Bars and all sorts of watering holes spread out between the beach and the center of the city.

Personally, I prefer pubs that are not too noisy and with a great selection of whisky and beer. I think that's why Irish Pubs are so popular - the Irish have invented the perfect hang-out place... joyful background music, the ambient hum of background conversations about the football games and the aroma of beer is what heaven must look like, eh?

Finding Bars & Pubs in Tel Aviv

Any finding the best bars in Tel Aviv couldn't be easier. It seems like every Israeli has more than one cellphone and I'm sure that at least one of them has the DrinkedIn mobile app on it. Standing in Deizengoff or near the beach, you'll be able to find close to 500 bars and pubs in the Tel Aviv and Jaffa area.

Let's take a quick look at some of the best bars in Tel Aviv. My personal favorite is Norma Jean's with probably the biggest whisky selection in the Middle East. Norma Jean's is almost always crowded - even getting a seat at the bar requires a reservation.

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Finding Reasonably Priced Bars in New York City

Finding Reasonably Priced Bars in New York City


Trying to find places that are reasonably priced for the traveling visitor to the big city is sometime difficult. We…my sweetheart and I find it easier to plan out our trips to New York and so each year we pick places to visit. We look at things such as bars, lounges, pubs, and restaurants in New York City. Our first place we begin our search is on DrinkedIn. This is a great site that shows a variety of bars, lounges, pubs, taverns, and restaurants. DrinkedIn now has made it even easier for us to look into and search for our favorite places while we are on the go, with the new mobile applications, and other things such as chat, group, friend forums, and blogs to look at and get advice as to which places to go. So we decided to choose a few that not only appeal to the eye, but also will not have someone spending a small fortune just to relax and take in the atmosphere. DrinkedIn makes this easy for us because it allows us to view the location of each place, their website, their general information and menus and picture galleries.

The Landmark Tavern would be a great place to chill out in. It's an excellent Irish Pub and has a great open atmosphere. This looks to be a wonderful place to socialize and relax with friends or even colleagues. It has a very clean look to the place and the website is easy to get around and the menu is priced reasonably. This would be another stop for my sweetheart and I, while we do some shopping in New York for Christmas.

The Killarney Rose a traditional Irish pub, with upstairs lounge comfy sofas great friendly people good variety of domestic and imported beers and ciders, it looks like a place where if you were to go there frequently everyone would know everyone. I love pub food and just hanging out with friends and relax after a hard day at work or after doing some shopping. Usually we go and say we are only staying for one drink and end up being there for hours, because time just flies by while we are all catching up and chilling out. This is how we know that it’s a great place to be is when we forget the time and just enjoy our time there. My sweetheart only likes Magner’s, because he’s from Ireland/London/UK so we are constantly looking for this cider near us and the only place we seem to find them is at Traditional Irish Pubs. This Pub has a nice lunch and dinner menu that is simple, as well as, the bar snacks we all are familiar with.

Being from New Hampshire we expect the prices to be more expensive and of course we have different taxes, however these items are reasonably priced for a pub. We will definitely be visiting and taking in this harmonious atmosphere.

Then there is Foley’s Pub and Restaurant conveniently located across the street from the Empire State Building, this pub seems like it’s in a great spot. It’s a great tourist pub. It’s not too expensive and it’s in a location, which most individuals go to when they go to New York. My sweetheart and I like going to pubs, since he is an Irishman and I love pub foods we love going to see the atmosphere of each of the different pubs. And of course it has Magner’s which is the best Cider I have ever tasted. Then it seems that many celebrities come into Foley’s Pub and Restaurant as special guests, I would love to be there and someone I admire come into it. It’s a great sports bar, it has tons of memorabilia they even have a web site that you can go to and look at their menu so you can know what you want when you get there. We are so going to this pub the next time we are in New York.

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Finding the best bars in New York

Finding the best bars in New York


Whether it's your first time in NYC or you're a native New Yorker, it's hard to find The Big Apple's best bars with 100s to choose from.   Here at DrinkedIn, we have over 150,000 bar listings worldwide – so we know a little about where best to go tonight!  From the finest Wall Street banker hangouts to the little-known and dimly-lit East Village hideaways, here are out top 5 favorites:

Doc Holliday's

A rough mural of an old gunslinger hangs outside - this is not your usual Manhattan bar. You'll find the TV on and the atmosphere loud and friendly. Don't be surprised if a waitress gets on the bar while the DJ blasts some classic rock and country. It's breath of fresh air in the East Village!

Deacon Brodie's

Can you name me 3 places in New York that serve an excellent Belhaven beer? Well, we can give you the number 1: Deacon Brodie's, of Hell's kitchen. As with all our top choices, it's relaxed and unpretentious, affordable and friendly. One of the finest jukeboxes around too.

The Burp Castle

Our second pick from the East Village and how could we miss this name? With an amazing selection of international beers and a no-noise policy (that's right!) this is the place for a quite night and an intimate conversation. If you can get a seat on the covered sidewalk, this is a heavenly pub to be in.

The Lansdowne Road

Only the rugby fans will be able to tell you why this bar is named so. Another favorite from Hell's kitchen and, whilst it is a sports bar, it's not your run-of-the-mill establishment. This pick is no surprise to those who know about watching sport in NYC. Famous for hot wings and the "1872 club" - membership involves drinking a lot of scotch!

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Lapa, o "Soho" Carioca

Lapa, o "Soho" Carioca


A lapa é provavelmente um dos primeiros lugares que nos vem à cabeça quando pensamos em vida noturna e diversão na cidade do Rio de Janeiro. Sem dúvida, é uma das opções fáceis da cidade. Com uma variedade de bares e estabelecimentos disponíveis, próximos uns dos outros, a Lapa é um lugar que merece estar no roteiro dos frequentadores de bares e apreciadores de bebidas, que moram ou estão apenas de passagem pelo Rio. Os casarões antigos, que abrigam os estabelecimentos e a paisagem tão característica da Lapa, principalmente com seu famoso “Aqueduto da Carioca” ou “Arcos da Lapa”, aliada à visão dos prédios do centro da cidade, remetem o visitante ou frequentador a um clima de pura carioquice. Em minha opinião este é um dos lugares no Rio que podemos sentir de forma mais intensa a cidade e o seumovimento noturno. Para complementar esta sensação de estar vivenciando uma experiência legitimamente carioca, uma boa parte dosbares e botequins da Lapa, proporcionam música típica ao vivo, promovendo as famosas rodas de samba, que acompanhadas com um belo Chopp gelado e um tira-gosto, tornam a noite uma ótima pedida.

Com a intensificação deste processo de revitalização, muitos empresários já estabelecidos em outras partes da cidade, buscaram um espaço na Lapa. O Grupo Matriz é um desses casos. Famoso por seus bares e casas noturnas em Botafogo, a primeira casa do Grupo foi o Teatro Odisséia, inaugurado em 2004, uma aposta acertada no crescimento da Lapa. A partir desta data, mais três casas do Grupo foram abertas. Uma delas, a Choperia Brazooka, que fica ao lado do Odisséia, que é considerada uma das maiores choperias da Lapa.

Portanto, felizmente a Lapa está numa ótima fase, mas não foi sempre assim. Lembro-me que há mais de uma década atrás, a Lapa apresentava um cenário diferente do que vemos agora. Nesta época, as opções no bairro não eram tão convidativas como hoje. Imperavam os “pé-sujos” e muitos bares estavam realmente decadentes. Foi a partir da adoção da música ao vivo, do chopinho nos cardápios e da revitalização de algumas casas e implantação de outras, que o local começou a ganhar vida nova e despontar novamente como uma boa opção, e porque não dizer, até familiar, no Rio de Janeiro. Eu sou um pouco suspeito, pois adoro a Lapa e pra mim este espaço é comparável a outros redutos urbanos famosos de outras grandes cidades do mundo. A Lapa está para o Rio, como “Soho” está para Londres! Torço pra que este reduto da vida noturna carioca possa manter-se sempre vivo e dinâmico, pois ele guarda uma parte fascinante da história da cidade e do País.

Se você gosta ou quer conhecer mais sobre os bares da lapa, vá até a procura de Bares DrinkedIn e encontre o seu Bar na Lapa. Já é possível encontrar muitas opções de Bares na Lapa, inclusive a Choperia Brazooca. Cada bar deve conter as informações de acesso, funcionamento, fotos e a sua localização. Baixe também os aplicativos para iPhone e Android. Localize os bares no seu celular! Boa diversão e vamos à Lapa!

Sheinne Rodrigues Ambassador DrinkedIn

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New York bars in the Best US City

New York bars in the Best US City


Bars in New York, NY... there isn't anything at all like this city in the world. And talk about bars too. Just in the Big Apple itself, there are hundreds of great drinking holes. Let just start with Manhatten and look for some bars there - we can look at the other boroughs in a future article as I know we have many great bars in Brooklyn and elsewhere in New York. For example:

* Teqa is a great New York bar in the Murrey Hill district
* Rattle N Hum in Midtown - not far from the Empire State Building
* The Snug with excellent larger beer
* The 21 Club which was originally a speakeasy and a NY City institution

Of course, it doesn't stop with just bars in the city itself. Even if you find yourself a bit outside of New York seeking fine bars and pubs... let's say in White Plains, NY - you can find excellent bars in White Plains such as:
* Crave Bar & Grill - quite a trendy place
* Sams of Gedney Way - a traditional bars established in the 1930's
* O'Connors Public House - a  "purveyor of fine wines, spirits, stouts and ales" as they like to put it

How about the other side of New York a bit over the river in Jersey? The selection of excellent bars is not any weaker in Hoboken:
* Madison Bar & Grill - inspired by a 1940s style roadside inn and serves contemporary American cuisine
* McSwiggans Pub - a traditional Irish pub and lively sports bar
* The Turtle Club - The Turtle Club is both an upscale pub and a fine dining establishment.

How to best find these bars in New York and surrounding area? Well, it couldn't be easier with the DrinkedIn mobile apps. With an iPhone or Android in your hand wondering in The City or New York suburbs, you will have all the information you need to find these bars and more - and get directions to the bar of your choice.

In closing finding the best bar in New York or any city for that matter isn't hard when you make use of DrinkedIn - both mobile apps and directly from the website itself.

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Pub review of Taipei's The Soup

Pub review of Taipei's The Soup


pub review of The Soup

I'm a bit stumped about how to approach this bar review. On one hand, this was really a restaurant for most of the locals (I can't pronounce the Chinese name for the place, but I'm told that it would be translated as "The Soup" - but because I don't have an address or anything that tells me more about the place itself, I can't create a DrinkedIn pub listing or pub review for it.

So I'll continue in this blog to do what I can't do in a structured way. The nice thing about this place, is that I remembered (before I got sloshed) to take some pictures and make sure that someone got drinks bought by DrinkedIn (in this case, a couple sitting at a table got their drinks courtesy of DrinkedIn - he is from Estonia and she is from Australia - what their names were, I can't remember offhand... then again, I lied about taking pictures BEFORE I got sloshed). In fact, these pictures were after everyone had something to drink (I'm sure you can tell because of the sharpness of this picture below...):

In the back of The Soup was the bar (mostly for tourists) - they had a decent selection of whisky (ok, they had a single bottle of Glenmorangie Original and that was good enough for me - as well as a bottle of Glenn Grant as you'll see a friend of mine named Michael holding onto that bottle since the Glenmorangie was already empty by the time this picture was taken - actually, you can see the empty Glenmorangie in the back - most left-hand bottle). Well everyone had a great time.

Oh, back to the pub review. Oh yes, as you might suspect - this was not the most elegant, single-malt only, full of knowledgeable drinkers type of bar. In fact, the people serving the drinks didn't really know the difference between whisky and vodka other than the color. But this definitely was a fun place (mostly due to the people having drinks) and a perfect place to spread the gospel of DrinkedIn.

As I stated in an earlier article on bar reviews, different people will have different criteria for their reviews - some people wouldn't step into a place like this. However, I'm very flexible in that I appreciate fine liquor and still love to have a great time in spite of less then "top shelf" liquor (although I'm not sure I could tolerate "no liquor"... ;))

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Pub review of a great Taipei bar


This is about the bar review posted for Hell's Kitchen.

 

OK the description in the listing came from the taiwanfun.com website - I must give them a lot of credit...  it's accurate and then some. First of all, I felt like Alice in Wonderland stepping into another world. After walking the streets with hardly any spoken English and smells of "a unique cuisine" (I'm being nice here...), I immediately felt like I was in an Irish pub (ok, I was in an Irish pub - it's just that the shock was profound (or was this the drinks at the previous bar wearing off...)

 

Oh - did I mention that the vast variety of beers? I definitely need to write up a beer review (if I can remember what I actually drank, eh?) - I can't remember, but it was better than the Taiwan beer I had at dinner.

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Leaving Seoul for Taipei - in search for pubs in Taiwan


Well - given the jet lag and brief layover in Seoul (about 18 hours), I only had the opportunity to visit and give brief pub reviews for 3 bars in Seoul. I plan to make up for it in Taipei as I'll have about 3 days there to take a deeper look into the bars in Taiwan's capital.

Looking into taipeipubs.com, I do see many Western style bars with either a British or American flair. However, this time I will also keep a more open view of Taiwan's drinking culture and search for some specific drinks to review as well. For example, I do know that Japan makes some excellent single malts and I've yet to see if Taiwan offers a national drink (please comment if you do know of something specific).

taiwanfun.com does have a more exhaustive list of bars along AnHe Road in the SongShan district (must be Taipei's equivalent of Bourbon Street/French Quarter).

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Bars with a lot of Seoul!


I am just wrapping up some visits to some bars in Seoul, South Korea during a overnight transit connection to Taipei. I was put up by the airline in the Hyatt Regency Incheon and then started my quest to fit in a few pub reviews of these establishments in Seoul.

The first bar was in the hotel itself. OK, I didn't have to travel far, but it was convenient and looked intriguing. This was the Vy Bar inside the Hyatt. This bar review was written before the other two that I managed to visit (more in the city than the first). This was a bar for a younger crowd than I would have thought - considering that this Hyatt is filled mostly with airline crews in between flights. I would have expected a bunch of pilots and flight attendants - instead, it was definitely a younger crowd.

After dropping off my stuff in the hotel, I went to the Itaewon district and found a couple of interesting places to write bar reviews for... the first was the B One Lounge which first made me think I was in a trendy Manhattan club. Well, the hint of New York quickly faded to Seoul, but the "trendiness" definitely stuck.

A third pub review is of a pub called Scrooge Pub. This was the bar (finally) that I felt comfortable in. Keep in mind that while variety (especially of whisky) is definitely an important criteria, I would have to saw that a familiar, comfortable feeling played a big role in giving a more positive bar review for Scrooge.

From here it's on to Taiwan!

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The Ace Hotel Lobby Bar


It seems that all the hot bars are now in hotels or call themselves hotels or inns (see earlier posts). Maybe it’s a good thing to have beds in such proximity to drunkenness (or maybe not, insert your most awful one-night stand story here). Well, now we can add the Ace bar/hotel to the list, which was previously an SRO (a homeless housing program) in the old Breslin hotel and now home to the hot restaurant with the same name (more on that to come). Beers are tad pricey at $7-8. But the rooms are pretty inexpensive (for NYC) starting at $170. So finally, a hip hotel hip middle class people can afford -a noble cause no doubt, almost as noble as housing for the homeless. As for the bar, rather being the typical trendy uptight hotel bar trying really hard to seem laid-back, this one is the real thing, the crowd and staff are actually relaxed. Plus, there is free wifi for “guests”, a nice alternative to Starfucks.

read more at my bar blog:

iheartnycbars.com

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