Best Backpackers Bars In The United States

When it comes to hostel culture in the United States don’t expect to find the same atmosphere that you may experience in other places, say like European Backpackers Bars, or even Canadian Backpackers Bars.

The social aspect tends to be a little more reserved and the rules can be a little stricter, since believe it or not many US hostels are dry hostels! I know, crazy right? Even though the US hostel scene may be lacking the friendly open traveler culture right now, according to this recent article in the Wall Street Journal things are about to change.

That being said, there still are plenty of party hostels in the US, that is if you know where to look for them. To help you with your search we’ve put together a list of five of our favorites for the Best Backpackers Bars In The United States:

San Francisco International Hostel
140 Mason Street, San Francisco, California

It’s cheap. It’s a bit run down, but hey, it is a hostel after all. When staying in a cheap hostel there are some things you have to get used to, but as a seasoned traveller you probably already know what I am talking about. We’ll leave the reviews for the accommodations for other websites. What makes the San Francisco International Hostel a great party hostel is, wait for it… free beer! That’s right, every single night of the week they open up the bar to their guests. Add some free beer, mix in an in house club with a sprinkle of travellers and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a party.

Bikini Hostel
1247 West Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida

The Bikini Hostel in Miami Beach is billed as a boutique hostel. With a party atmosphere that includes everything from free BBQ’s and pizza nights, to poolside and Jacuzzi parties, it is no wonder that this is one of the best party hostels in all of Miami. It’s close to the beach and everything South Beach has to offer, so when the onsite party is just not enough, which rarely happens, staff will always have an outing planned to keep the party going well into the wee hours of the morning.

AWA Seattle Hostel
4000 University Way Northeast, Seattle, Washington

If you are looking for a party hostel in Washington than look no further than the AWA Seattle Hostel on University Way. As the location implies, this party hostel is located in the University District, and if that doesn’t make it a party atmosphere enough their Top Quality bar located right on site will.

Backpackers Hostel & Pub
13 School Street, Boston, Massachusetts

If you are looking for a more refined party hostel, one that isn’t over-crowed or too loud, well then Boston’s Backpackers Hostel & Pub is the place for you. Located in a quite area of Boston, there are many great, not to mention cheap, places to find a bite to eat or a pint to drink. But hey, it’s a Hostel AND Pub, so if you are looking for the laid back party, good news, you don’t even have to leave the building.

Equity Point New York @ Times Square
206 West 41st Street, New York, New York, USA

Located right in the heart of Manhattan, at Times Square, is New York’s best party hostel, Equity Point New York @ Times Square. Not only are they located smack right in the middle of everything that is New York City, but this hostel also has a great onsite bar called Bar Catalonia. And best of all, Bar Catalonia is also open to the public, which is always a good sign of a great place to party.

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Best Backpacker Bars In Europe

Whether you consider yourself a traveler or a tourist, if your travel plans take you anywhere through Europe a stop a backpacker’s local watering hole along the way is a must. Not only are the drinks usually pretty cheap, backpackers do after all have a limited budget, but they are also typically packed with open-minded travelers. As a traveler, maybe you will find some ideas for the next leg of your journey. As a tourist, the backpackers can provide you with some tips on how to stay away from the local tourist traps.

You may already be familiar with our Top 18 Party Cities In Europe list, today however we are going to focus on our picks for five of the Best Backpacker Bars In Europe.

What are some of your picks for Best Backpacker Bars In Europe? Let us know your thoughts, either in the comment section below, or better still, by posting a review for your favourite backpacker bar in the appropriate city section. For example, here is the page for Amsterdam. For every review you provide we will enter your name into a draw for a chance to win something from us * (See below for more details).

So without further adieu, here are the BarWhiz picks for the Best Backpacker Bars In Europe:

Czech InnPrague, Czech Republic

The Czech Inn is located just short tram ride away from the downtown area of Prague, which makes it both a great hostel, i.e. you are away from all the tourist traps, and a fun backpacker bar for both the pre and post party. Happy hour starts every night at 6 p.m., but the bar opens every morning at 8 a.m., and with the cheap prices happy hour is really whenever you want it. The bar is located in the basement of the hostel and is open to everyone. With four great Czech beers on tap, even locals go to the Czech Inn bar to enjoy a pint or two.

Euro Youth HotelMunich, Germany

The Euro Bar at the Euro Youth Hotel is by far the most popular backpacker bar in all of Munich. Serving up some of the best beer and cheapest cocktails – especially during happy hour, which ironically enough lasts three hours (from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night) – the Euro bar is known for their theme nights and bringing in some of the best bands and DJs. The Euro Bar is a great place to party in Munich, even if you are not staying at the hostel.

The Flying PigAmsterdam, Netherlands

Europe’s sin city, Amsterdam, is a non-stop party town. There is so much to see and do in this city that even though you may only find yourself returning to your hostel to sleep, it is good to know that if you want to keep the party going, whatever your vice is, the Flying Pig is there to help. With two hostels located in the city centre, and a breach hostel in Noordwijk, The hostel’s Pig Bars are the best place in town to have a drink at the bar or a smoke on the pillow stage. Don’t miss out on the chance to have an unforgettable party at this amazing chain of backpacker bars.

KabulBarcelona, Spain

Smack in the middle of the Plaça Reial in Barcelona, Spain is one of the best backpacker bars in all of Europe. Located on the second floor of the Kabul hostel, this late night party spot even draws in the crowds that don’t start moving until 2 a.m. When we talk about best backpacker bars in Europe, this is the place to be. Partying at Kabul is one thing, staying at the hostel is a completely different thing. The hostel is definitely not for everyone, but if you are looking for good times and meeting like-minded people you should definitely party here.

The Pink Palace – Corfu, Greece

If you are looking for a good night’s rest, well The Pink Palace is not the place for you. If you are however looking for an awesome party hostel with their very own 24 hour access bar and night club, called Palladium, the Pink Palace is the place to be. Located on the island of Corfu, Greece, this hostel not only has an in house backpacker bar and nightclub, but they also plan various party events, such as their famous toga parties as well the weekly booze cruise, which takes you around the western coast of the island for some amazing scenery and great fun, returning you back to the bar just in time for happy hour.

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Best Bars In Montréal

It’s time for another BarWhiz Blog Best of list. Today we are going to focus on the 5 Best Bars in Montréal, or rather, I should say My top 5 favourites bars I like to visit when in Montréal… but that title seemed a little long to me.

In any case, whether you agree, or we agree to disagree, we want to here from you. What do you like or dislike about the bars on this list? What are some of your favourites? We want you to let us know by reviewing any of these bars found on our Best Bars In Montréal list, or any Montréal bars for that matter, here on the Montréal page.

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So without further adieu, here are the BarWhiz picks for the Best Bars In Montréal:

#1 Notre Dame des Quilles
32 rue Beaubien est, Montréal, Quebec

Located in Montréal’s Little Italy, or Petit Patrie as the locals may refer to it, is one of the best dive bars in the city. Loosely translated to Our Lady of Bowling, Notre Dame des Quilles comes complete with everything you’d expect from a dive bar, from battered diner furniture to linoleum floors, and as the name suggests, two bowling lanes (nothing automatic here though, you will have to set your own pins). Even though the drinks are cheap and the atmosphere is dive chic, the food is surprising good.

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#2 Casa del Popolo
4873 boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, Quebec

If you are looking for another bar that will be light on the wallet, look no further than the cornerstone of the Montréal indie music scene, Casa del Popolo. With a comfortable and unimposing atmosphere, Casa del Popolo serves up some great drinks, and surprisingly tasty food, for a place that is billed as small music venue. It can get pretty crowded, not to mention loud, at night, so if you want to get a good spot make sure you get there early.

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#3 Sparrow
5322 boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, Quebec

The Sparrow is probably the closest you will get to real authentic pub food outside of the UK. For any of the foodies out there, some people have described this place as a British Gastropub. Apparently that means high-quality pub food with an Indian twist, just like in Jolly old England. I go for the drinks, which they provide a great selection of on tap and bottled beers as well as a simple cocktail list (with probably one of the best Old Fashions in the city), so I couldn’t really tell you about the food. As far as ambiance goes, the Sparrow is a cross between a pub and a lounge, with candlelit tables and shared couch spaces. I have yet to make it back in the morning, but from what others have told me they, they also do a pretty amazing brunch.

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#4 Vices et Versa
6631 boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, Quebec

If you are looking for one of the best brewpubs in Montréal, then look no further than Vices et Versa. This quaint little pub has more than 20 local microbrews on tap on any given day, and they even serve some of their own delicious brews. The service is great, the beer is very reasonably priced, and their food menu isn’t half bad either. In the warmer months they also have a great terrace outside surrounded by greenery where you can enjoy one of your favourite microbrews outside in the sunshine.

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#5 Foufounes Électriques
87 Saint-Catherine est, Montréal, Quebec

No list of best bars in Montréal, (or in my opinion, a great night out) would be complete without a trip down Saint-Catherine to Montréal’s grungiest club (and no, I do not mean Club Supersexe). Spinning tracks from alternative to punk to metal, and everything that goes along with being hard-core is Montréal’s premier rock club, Foufounes Électriques. Loosley translated to Electric Ass (and in fact, ‘foufounes’ is a word you would likely use in front of a child, so it is more like Electric ‘bum-bum’), Foufounes Électriques has that grungy feel that almost makes you afraid to step inside. But don’t worry, the vibe is very chill, so grab a cheap drink (it’s even cheaper if you pay the cover to go upstairs), shoot some pool, or test out your French language pick-up skills on the local talent: “Vous avez une bell foufoune.” – Hey, you might even get points for being cute. (Caveat: There is a difference between Parisian and Quebecois French, especially when it comes to slang, so it is recommended to avoid using that particular pickup line in say, Paris.)

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Best Party Cities In Ireland

With its renowned nightlife, Ireland attracts people from all over the world to their cosy traditional pubs, modern nightclubs and annual music festivals. Continuing with our Top Party Cities In Europe series, today we will be focusing on the best party cities in Ireland.

We have chosen our top 5 picks when it comes to best party cities in Ireland, but we don’t want to just tell you what we think, we want to hear from you too. Let us know about your favourite pub or club by writing a review here and we’ll enter your name into a draw to win something special, like a round of pints on us. * (See below for more details).

So without further adieu, here are the BarWhiz picks for the Best Party Cities In Ireland:

Dublin

Dublin is home to a young demographic who works hard and plays even harder. With all that disposable income at hand, Dublin has become one of the most notable cities when it comes to the nightlife scene in all of Europe. With a pub on every corner and some of the best nightclubs around, Dublin is by far the best party city in Ireland. Some party recommendations include Sweeney’s Bar on Dame Street, Whelan’s on Wexford Street, The Grand Social on Lower Liffey Street, and O’Reilly’s on Poolbeg Street.

Cork

Cork is home to a large student population, and whenever you get a large group of students together you can always find a party. Whether it’s at the local pub, club or house party, there are always some kind of events on all year round with many catering to a wide selection of music genres, including traditional Irish music. One of the most popular pubs to check out is The Oval on South Main Street, and don’t miss out on Cork’s longest running nightclub, Havana Brown’s.

Kilkenny

A little something for everyone, Kilkenny offers a mix of modern clubs, stylish bars, and traditional old style pubs. Sure, it may be over 400 years old and contain some of the best medieval cathedrals and castles, but it’s still a party town. A great place to begin your night is Matt The Millers on John Street Lower before finishing it off on the dance floor at Lanigan’s Bar on Rose Inn Street.

Galway

Another student town, and therefore a great party city, is Galway. This university town has a reputation for it’s amazing pubs, clubs, and festivals. There is always something to do here and is quite easy to find a party that will meet everyone’s tastes. A great place to start your night off is at The King’s Head on High Street, but for the best selection of nightlife head over to the Eyer Square.

Belfast

Belfast is known for its winning hospitality and thriving cultural scene, making it one of the top five Best Party Cities In Ireland. The people here are charming and welcoming, so much so that if you play your cards right you may even be invited to one of their famous ‘late night / early morning drinking parties’. To get your night started, head on over to Lavery’s Bar on Bradbury Place for a few pre-game pints.

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Best Bars In Toronto

In the summer of 2012, we put together a list of the Top 19 Party Cities In Canada. Coming in at #2 on our list was Toronto, Ontario.

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and known for it’s iconic CN Tower, which held the title as the tallest freestanding structure for just over 30 years, that was until the completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2007. Even though the city may have lost its world title for tallest buildings, it still keeps its cool with being one of the most diverse and best party cities in Canada.

At BarWhiz we are all about building a community. Not only do we try to provide you with tips for the best party places, but we also have an extensive list of members who review specific cities, bars, clubs, etc. right on our website. We understand that every one is entitled to their own opinion, so whether you agree with this list or not, we would really appreciate if you take the time to review your favourite Toronto bars. To show you how much we really appreciate your input, we will enter you into a draw for a chance to win something special from us, your favorite drink *.

So without further adieu, here are the BarWhiz picks for the Best Bars In Toronto:

Annex Wreck Room

Located near the University of Toronto is the Annex. This neighborhood has long been home to both students and faculty of the university. With the influx of students, many great bars and clubs have opened in the area, and our favourite is the Annex Wreck Room. Located on Bathhurst in one of the more lively areas of Toronto, the Wreck Room is a non-stop party, with live rock shows and funky dance music on any given night. Like many great places in Toronto, it can get packed, so arrive early enough to make sure you get a spot on the dance floor.

Bar Volo

Located on the iconic Yonge St., just South of Bloor West, you will find Bar Volo, which has been an institution for all things beer for over 20 years. With a huge selection of international bottles, craft beers and their own concoctions from the onsite microbrewery, Bar Volo is one of the best places to grab a great tasting beer in all of Toronto.

Ceili Cottage

Owner Patrick McMurray turned a rundown auto shop on Queen Street East into one of the best Irish pubs in all of Toronto. Ceili Cottage is not your typical Toronto Irish Pub, you won’t find any bottled beer here, only draft. The Ceili Cottage also has a great patio that is open all year round. In the winter the patio area is converted into a skating rink and there is even a yurt where you can go warm up with a cold one.

Crocodile Rock

Located on Adelaide, just west of University, is one of the best multi-story clubs in the city. What makes Crocodile Rock better than most of places in the club district is the lax dress code, the relatively inexpensive drinks (there’s always a special on every day of the week), the rooftop patio, the pool tables, and finally, it’s a great place to go cougar hunting.

Crush Wine Bar

If you are looking for a great wine bar in Toronto, then head on over to King West and Spadina to take in all that is the Crush Wine Bar. They offer specials, flights, great food and best of all, they have a pretty decent patio where you can sit back and enjoy some fine wine with friends.

Parts and Labour

Located at the far end of Queen Street West, just seven blocks from Dufferin is the hardware store turned resto-bar. If you are looking for a great hipster hangout in Parkdale, with amazing cocktails and food to make then look no further than Parts and Labour.

Swirl Wine Bar

If you are looking for a great wine bar in the east end, head on down to Queen East and check out the Swirl Wine Bar. Granted, with décor that is in pink and blacks, Swirl if definitely a girls night out type of place, but the wine selection is excellent and the food is delicious.

The Dakota Tavern

Located in a small, dark basement is the Dakota Tavern. If you are looking to have a few drinks and enjoy some live bluegrass and country music, then this is the best bar in Toronto to do just that. You can find this gem near the corner of Ossington and Dundas West.

The Thompson Rooftop

If you are looking to enjoy a cocktail, albeit a relatively expensive one, with a great view, then go no further than the Thompson Rooftop lounge. Located Wellington St. West, this rooftop bar is open all year long and boasts one of the best views of the city. Even though they have upscale cocktails and a rooftop swimming pool their food menu follows a more pub style route, but hey, you came for the view not the food right?

Thirsty & Miserable

Located in the historic Kensington Market is the dive chic Thirsty & Miserable. Although they are going for the dive feel, with their black and red colour scheme and microwaveable meals, their selection of craft beers far exceeds any brewpub in the city. However, owner Katie G. Warror, guitarist of the hard-core band Brutal Knights, has no problem with you bringing your own snacks, if you so desire. But really, who doesn’t enjoy a Hungry-Man meal? It does complement a craft IPA oh so well.

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Best Party Cities In Mexico

In our best party cities series we are slowly making our way through the North American Continent. First we gave you our picks for the best party cities in Canada. Then we provided you with our choices of the top 21 party cities in the USA. Today we will head further south and let you know all about our 5 favourite Mexican party cities.

We’d also like to give a little something back to the BarWhiz community. So if you have ever partied in any of these cities in Mexico, or any others we may have missed, why not post a review here and you might just win a little something from us, say like your favorite drink.

So without further adieu, here are the BarWhiz picks for the Best Party Cities In Mexico:

Tijuana

It’s dangerous. It’s sexy. It’s a non-stop party town. Yes I’m talking about Tijuana. With a population closing in on 2 million people, Tijuana really is the Mexican city that never sleeps. There seems to be more bars and nightclubs here than any other city in Mexico. As a border town, there is a huge influx of American tourists coming in from California to party for a night in the almost anything goes city. From the great prices on drinks, to the great food, this party town seems to have a culture all of its own. It’s definitely Mexican, but darker and more exciting.

Cabo San Lucas

Head south to the tip of the Baja peninsula for party central, Cabo San Lucas. People from all over the world venture to this Mexican city to party all day and all night. Granted the peak time for the best party action is during spring break, but there is still much to be had anytime of the year in Cabo. From all night beach parties, to happy hours that run from noon to 7pm, you won’t need to look too hard to have a good time.

Puerto Vallarta

Next we’ll head to a resort city that is situated on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, that’s right, our next party city is Puerto Vallarta. This Mexican party city has become such a popular vacation spot that the city itself is expanding faster than regular visitors, and even locals, can keep up with. Although the downside to more party people venturing into the city may be increased prices and more packed clubs, the upside is the ultimate party atmosphere. Clubs typically stay open well beyond their official 4 a.m. last call, and new cantinas and dance clubs are opening up all the time. Go to Puerto Vallarta for the beaches, but stay for the party.

Mexico City

Now we’ll head further inland, away from the sandy beaches of the Pacific, and into the heart of Mexico. The next Mexican party destination is none other than Mexico City. From the Centro Histórico downtown area, with its vast array of bars and clubs, to the posh bars of the Polanco, Condesa and Roma neighborhoods, there is a little something for everyone in this bustling metropolis of over 20 million residents. The majority of clubs don’t really get going until after midnight and stay open until the wee hours of the morning. If you are travelling through Mexico looking for a party, a definite stop is Mexico City.

Cancun

Finally, we’ll head to the eastern most point of Mexico. Located on the Yucatán Peninsula, on the sandy shores of the Caribbean Sea is everyone’s favourite Mexican resort destination, Cancun. This manmade resort offers more than just gorgeous tropical settings and luxury accommodations; it also has a huge reputation as a party town. Not unlike Cabo, the peak party season is during spring break, but the club scene is still very prevalent every other day of the year. Spend your days sipping fancy drinks by the pool or on the sandy beaches, and your nights dancing in the clubs until dawn. Cancun is a must attend party city for any party-goer looking to experience what Mexico has to offer.

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Best Party Cities In France

As part of our ongoing mission to provide you with the best of the best, today we are going to focus on a specific European country and let you know what our picks are for the best party cities in France.

You may recall that awhile ago we developed a list of the Top 18 Party Cities In Europe, and even though France only made the list for one of its cities, this largest country in Western Europe has much more to offer.

Here at BarWhiz we are always about giving back to our community. So whether you agree or disagree with our choices for Best Party Cities In France, we would still like to hear from you. Give a review of one of these party cities on the city page, which can be found here and you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win something from us, say like your favorite drink.

So without further adieu, here are the BarWhiz picks for the Best Party Cities In France:

Marseille

With a history dating back over 2,600 years, Marseille is an amazing city to party in. Being the second largest city in France does help with the nightlife, but the Marseille owes much of its culture to the eclectic mix of its residents. With roots going back to North and West Africa, as well as Italy, there is a little of something for everyone in the way of nightlife in this city. Take a stroll down La Canebière and head into Vieux-Port for a great mix of clubs and bars where you can party the night away.

Bordeaux

Although Bordeaux may be known for being the wine capital of France, it still is quite the party town. Thanks to the high population of students in this city there is much more to do then sip delicious wine. Bordeaux also has a great nightlife. If you are looking for a great pub or bar to have a few drinks in and practice your French on the local talent, then head on over to the La Victoire. If dance clubs are more your thing check out the Quais, which is located near the train station. The majority of clubs in this area don’t have cover, but if you are intoxicated they won’t let you in, so try not to pre-game too much on that Bordeaux.

Le Havre

Right along the coast of the English Channel you will find the party city of Le Havre. This northwestern France town offers quite a diverse mix of both pubs and clubs that range in price from way too expensive to just right. Some of the best places to grab a drink are in the city centre, the Quartier St-François, and of course the beach.

Strasbourg

Situated across the Rhine River from Germany, Strasbourg offers the best of both French and German cultures. Combine a culture known for their beer making with one known for their wine and you have an instant party town. With a huge student population helping the city to keep its nightlife both fun and inexpensive, you won’t have too look to hard for the party that is right for you. Whether it’s sipping back some delicious beers or dancing the night away until the wee hours of the morning – with some clubs closing at 7am – Strasbourg is one French city where the party truly doesn’t stop.

St. Tropez

Last, but certainly not least is France’s ultimate party city, St. Tropez. Located along the French Riviera on the Mediterranean Sea, this ultimate party town has been the go to destination for the rich and famous for many years. Although partying in St. Tropez can be quite expensive, it is worth it for the experience, even if just for one night. Dress to impress, and if you are a guy make sure you have a girl on your arm or it’s likely you’ll be denied entrance to any of the clubs. But don’t fret, just because you don’t own a yacht it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to partake in much of what the city has to offer – likely you’ll just not be able to rub elbows with the glitterati.

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Best Bars In Chicago

Last June I was fortunate enough to spend 4 nights and three days in the Windy City. It was a good friend’s bachelor party and he always wanted to rip it up in Chicago. We took in a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. We ate some deep-dish pizza. And we definitely tried our best to hit every one of the Best Types Of Bars For Bachelor Parties on our list. Mind you, it wasn’t all just fun and games, as along the way I did do some preliminary research for this post of the Best Bars In Chicago.

When coming up with a Best Of anything list, there will always be people who will disagree. As a wise man once said, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.

Here at the BarWhiz Blog we completely agree with that ideal, but also know that each and every one of your opinions matter. That is why we would like you to take the time to review any of these bars found of our Best Bars In Chicago list, or any Chicago bars for that matter, here on the Chicago page. Best of all, if you take the time to leave a review we will enter you into a draw for a chance to win something special from us, your favorite drink *.

So without further adieu, here are the BarWhiz picks for the Best Bars In Chicago:

#1 Big Star

One of the best places to get your day drink on is at the Big Star patio. Enjoy one of their famous margaritas, chug back a few cold ones and nosh on some delicious pork belly tacos. Get there early, because on a nice day the patio fills up fast.

#2 Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

From their Sunday night poetry slams to live Jazz every night, the Green Mill has been beat-boppin’ and scattin’ all over Chicago for the last 100 hundred years. It’s a great place to kick back, relax and enjoy a tasty beverage or two in one of Chicago’s uptown neighbourhoods.

#3 Half Acre Tap Room

If you are a fan of Chicago’s local brew, Half Acre, then you will be excited to try their bare essential Tap Room. There aren’t any televisions on the wall showing the game. There’s no tapas menu or daily cocktail special. It’s just all about the beer. With ten taps flowing everyday and one-off casks and firkins being poured every Friday, the Half Acre Tap Room is a great place to grab a delicious beer in Chicago.

#4 Scofflaw

If cocktails are more your thing, then head on over to Logan Square for some seriously amazing cocktails at Scofflaw. Be warned, it is a gin joint, so the majority of cocktails are infused with that delicious juniper berry based spirit. Even if you are not a fan of gin you should give it a try, you may just be surprised.

#5 Funky Buddha Lounge

Funky Buddha is an extremely cool little place to dance the night away. Since it is a favourite hangout for locals it’s also a great way to make some new Chicago friends, and maybe more. Local DJs are on set most nights to spin some music that will get you moving.

#6 Moody’s Pub

Located in the neighbourhood of Edgewater, Moody’s Bar is notorious for its amazing burgers, inexpensive drink list, and for having one of the best beer gardens in all of Chicago. Although the exterior of this Pub is very un-pub like, the interior will make you forget you are anywhere but one of the best pubs in Chicago.

#7 Sheffield’s Wine & Beer Garden

Another great beer garden in the city is Sheffield’s Wine & Beer Garden. With an impressive selection of wine and beer, plus some very tasty selections from the BBQ, Sheffield’s is a great bar to spend on those warm summer days sipping some wine and catching up with friends.

#8 Sound Bar

If you are really looking for a hot sweaty dance party, then look no further than Chicago’s very own Sound Bar. Brining in the best DJs and party promoters around, the Sound Bar has three specialized rooms to get you moving on the dance floor, two that are for every one and one that is members only. But hey, if you got some moves, maybe you’ll get an invite into the VIP room.

#9 Duke of Perth

From the attractive kilted wait staff, to over 90 options of single-malt scotch, the Duke of Perth is the best Scottish pub in all of Chicago. Granted, Chicago only has like two Scottish pubs, but the Duke is by far the best. So if you like your kilts short and your scotch smooth, head on over to the Duke, and make sure you get there early ’cause it can get a wee bit packed on any given night of the week.

#10 Hopleaf Bar

Another great Chicago bar, with a pretty amazing beer garden, is the Hopleaf Bar in Andersonville. What really sets it apart from every other bar on our list, other than the fact that they serve probably the best steamed mussels in the entire city, is their selection of Belgian beers and Trappist ales. The Hopleaf is a neighbourhood bar with a loyal group of regulars, so don’t be surprised if you can’t get a seat if you arrive too late.

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Best Backpacker Bars In Southeast Asia

Backpackers on Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand

No matter where you are in the world, a drink at the local backpacker bar is bound to be a great time. Not only are drinks usually quite cheap, but there is also a good chance that the bars will actually be full almost every night of the week. What’s more, they are typically filled with open-minded travellers that are just looking to have a good time and experience what the local culture has to offer, i.e., it’s a great place to meet foreign girls (or boys).

A few months ago we looked at the best backpacker bars in Canada. Today we have decided to head east, southeast to be precise, and will cover one of the most popular backpacker areas of the globe, Southeast Asia.

So without further adieu, here are the best Backpacker Bars across Southeast Asia:

Brunei
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Although both located in Southeast Asia, and a top backpacker destination, our first entry for best backpacker bar locations is sadly lacking in one major feature – alcohol. Even though the sale and public consumption of alcohol is banned in Brunei, non-Muslims are allowed to bring a limited amount of booze for their own personal consumption. So even though your only chance of getting a drink at a bar is to make friends with an ex-pat that coincidentally enough has a fully stocked bar in their home, we decided to include Brunei nonetheless. With its giant palaces, lush rainforests, sandy beaches and water villages, Brunei is a pretty awesome place to visit when embarking on a backpacking tour through the region.

Cambodia
Top Banana Guesthouse
Located on Street 278 in bustling Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the Top Banana Guesthouse is legend in its own right. Not only is this hostel a ‘Top Choice’ by Lonely Planet, but its amazing ‘sky bar’ is also a top choice when backpackers are looking for a fun and inviting place to grab a cheap and tasty drink in the heart of Cambodia.

East Timor
Dili, East Timor
East Timor’s one and only hostel, The East Timor Backpackers, is located in downtown Dili. It’s more than just a cheap place to crash for the night, it’s also the home of the iconic Smokehouse bar-café. So whether you’re a backpacker just passing through, an ex-pat looking to reconnect with your countrymen (or women), or just a local looking to mingle with some foreigners, the Smokehouse is place to be any night of the week. The bar is located out back in the courtyard, and as the name may imply, it is definitely smoker friendly.

Indonesia
The Island Hotel Bali
If you are looking for a great hostel bar in Indonesia, than look no further than Bali’s Island Hotel. Not only is this hostel located in a prime location, right near Legian Beach and just a 5-minute walk away from Double 6 Beach, but there are also plenty of great clubs and bars in the area. But of course being a list of the best backpacker bars in Southeast Asia, what makes this hostel really special is the rooftop bbq and bar.

Laos
Sihome Backpackers Hostel
Located near the Mekong River in Vientiane, Laos, is the Sihome Backpackers Hostel. I can go on and on how friendly the staff are and how amazing the hostel is, but we all know what you are really here for, the hostel bar. Located on the front patio the bar doesn’t only serve up your favourite drinks, but they also have a free vodka happy hour. That’s right, free vodka every night after 9pm!

Malaysia
Reggae Mansion Kuala Lumpur
Billed as a backpacker and a party music hostel, the Reggae Mansion Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is by far the coolest hostel in the entire area. Situated in a colonial building near Chinatown, the amazing rooftop bar provides spectacular sights of the city. Furthermore, the drink prices are actually affordable.

Philippines
Frendz Resort Boracay
Located on the small island of Boracay, Philippines, and just a short walk from the renowned White Beach, is the Frendz Resort. This unique hostel is comprised of a collection of bungalows that ring a lush tropical garden, which contains probably the best hostel bar in all of the Philippines. With great food at even better prices, as well as a daily happy hour specials, theme nights, and live music nights, Frendz Resort easily made it into our list of the best backpacker bars in Southeast Asia.

Thailand
The Party Hostel, Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand
If you are looking to party in Thailand, especially for one of the world famous Full Moon parties in Koh Phangan, then the Party Hostel is the place to be. Not only will the hostel provide you with a free breakfast and a free vodka bucket every day, but they also have the Outback Bar, which can keep you in a steady supply for all your Full Moon party bucket needs.

Vietnam
Hanoi Backpackers Hostel
It can be hard to find a party hostel in Vietnam, or even a traditional hostel for that matter, but your best bet is the Hanoi Backpacker’s Hostel in Hanoi, Vietnam. From free beer and BBQ Sunday’s to a happy hour that starts every day on the rooftop bar after 5pm, this hostel has by far the best backpacker bar in Vietnam.

Let us know your thoughts, and if there are any hostel bars we may have missed, in the comments below.

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Best Types Of Bars For Bachelor Parties

Celebrating a bachelor party
Last year we provided you with our list of the most popular drinks at a bachelor party. Today, we’ll tell you all about the best types of bars for bachelor parties.

Now not everyone can have a wild and crazy night in Vegas or Bangkok for their bachelor party, but at least with this list of the best types of bars, you too can wake-up to a hangover but in the comfort of your own town.

Cigar Lounge
Enjoying a cigar at a cigar lounge
Nothing says bachelor party like starting the night off in a swanky cigar lounge. Nestle back in those overstuffed leather chairs, sip on some fine scotch and enjoy an expensive Cuban cigar. Enjoy it, because from here on out the debauchery starts.

Speakeasy
Secret door at a speakeasy
After you’ve got your fill of scotch and cigars it’s time to do it up 20s style. Get yourself into one of the many underground speakeasies that are popping up all around the country… that is of course if you know the password to get in. Fuel up with some boozy Mad Men style cocktails because the party is about to get crazy.

Strip Club
Strippers dancing for a guy at a strip club
No bachelor party is complete without a trip to the peelers. Order some rounds of expensive drinks, get a table dance or two and send the groom to be for a wild time in the champagne room. Once you’ve got your fill of the ‘neked ladies’ it is time to head out and party it up with some real girls. Oh, and if you are looking for a strip club, you may want to stay away from places with these stripper signs out front.

Dance Club
Patrons dancing at a dance club
Now that you are all fired up it’s time to get your ass out on the dance floor. Hit up a club and give your boy one last night of freedom to hit on all the beautiful single ladies. Tear up the night until closing time and work off some of that alcohol because the night isn’t over yet.

After Hours Club
After Hours bar in Bangkok, Thailand
After the clubs are closed it is time to take in an after hours club. Many legitimate after hours places are open until the wee hours of the morning. You can spend the night dancing off the last remaining effects of alcohol while sipping on some overpriced water, or you can find an after hours place that continues to serve alcohol, that is if you need a nightcap, or three. These can be hard to find, but believe me, every city has one. If you know someone that works in the industry they just may be able to steer you in the right direction.

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