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 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 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 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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Most Popular Drinks For Camping

Ecard about camping and drinking

#1 – Beer

Beer can in a cup holder
Beer goes with camping like peanut butter goes with jelly. So it’s no wonder that beer has taken the #1 spot for most popular drinks for camping. If you are car camping you can bring everything from a case of bottles to a beer keg with you. However, if you decide to do some real camping, you know like where you hike into the woods, or paddle upstream in a canoe, you will want to bring something that is a little easier to transport, like cans.

Typically 1 litre of booze will add an additional 1-pound to the overall weight of your backpack. Since everything you bring in you must also be brought out, you may find these tips to lightening your load for getting loaded very helpful:

Leave the cooler at home.
Coolers are not only unnecessary, but they can also be extremely heavy. Thankfully the great outdoors offers many ingenious ways to chill your suds:

Cooling beer bottles in a river
Place your beer in a body of water. Find a place where the current won’t carry them away and your beverages will stay cold all day.

Using a red sock as a beer koozie
If there is no body of water around you could always use a sock. Simply wet a clean sock and put your beer inside. Hang the sock from a tree and as the water evaporates the heat will be drawn away from the beer, which in turn will cool it down.

Mix your own beer.
Powdered beer by Pat’s Backcountry Beverages
If you really want to save some room in your pack, you can always mix your own beer with Pat’s Backcountry Beverages (www.patsbcb.com/beer-concentrate). This powdered beer is light and easy to carry. All you need is a carbonating water bottle and some water. In no time you’ll be enjoying some freshly mixed brews.

#2 – Whiskey, Scotch and Rye

Flask of 'emergency water'
It can get cold out there in the wilderness. That’s why every camper, from the hiker to the car camper, should carry along a trusty flask of some firewater. A few sips of some good whiskey, scotch or rye and your blood will be sufficiently warmed to make it through the night.

#3 – Wine

Tetra pack of French Rabbit Chardonnay
Sure you cooked your dinner over a campfire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t class up your meal with a nice Chardonnay. A fine tetra pack of wine is a must have for any camping trip. Not only are the tetra packs easy to transport, both in and out of the woods, but best of all you won’t have to use that corkscrew option on your multi-tool pocketknife.

#4 – Cocktails

S'moretini
We couldn’t have a list of the best drinks for camping without including at least one cocktail recipe. And since a night around the campfire isn’t complete without having a least one round of s’mores we have come up with the S’moretini.

2 oz marshmallow vodka
1 oz chocolate liqueur
splash of half and half
chocolate syrup and graham crackers for rim
marshmallow for garnish

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into martini glass rimmed with chocolate syrup and graham cracker crumbs and garnish with roasted marshmallow.

Shot Pak's premixed cocktail selection
If making mixed drinks is not your specialty, you can always purchase premixed cocktails such as, Cosmopolitans, Mojitos and even Kamikazi’s that come packaged in lightweight plastic bags. Check out all the flavours available at Shot Pak (www.shotpakinc.com).

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10 Coolest Ice Hotel Bars

 

Whether it is located inside a tree or under the sea, let’s face it, there are some pretty interesting places around the world where one can kick back and have a drink. Some of the coolest places to warm up with a cold one this winter are in the bars of these 10 amazing ice hotels.

Igloo Village – Saariselka, Finland

After partying it up at Igloo Village’s ice bar, the Hotel Kakslauttanen features a different take on the traditional ice hotel by offering a variety of igloos to sleep it off in. Whether you choose the thermal glass igloo, or the more hardcore snow igloo, you’ll be sure to awake feeling refreshed. And if the previous night’s cocktails are still making you feel a little slow and sluggish you can always sweat it out in the morning with a sauna.


Snow Village – Kittila, Finland

Sister to Igloo Village is Finland’s Snow Village. Where the former gives you the option of rooms from man-made materials, Snow Village is completely made out of ice and snow, and lots of it! Covering an area of approximately 220,000 square feet, Snow Village is made up of 1650 tons of snow and 330 tons of ice. But don’t worry if the thought of all that snow and ice is making you cold, you can always warm up with a few cold ones in the famous Snow Village Ice Bar.


Icehotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Billed as the largest ice hotel in the world, Sweden’s Icehotel is comprised of over 30,000 tons of snow and ice. Boasting 60 rooms and an amazing ice bar it is no wonder that the small village of Jukkasjärvi sees some 50,000 guests each winter.


Bjorli Ice Lodge – Bjorli, Norway

The Bjorli Ice Lodge is the largest ice hotel in Norway. Built each year within the Dovre-Sundalsfjella National Park, each room is uniquely created by local artists. If the cold rooms aren’t really your thing, they also offer a number of warm rooms for the more timid guests. Either way, stopping by the ice bar for a few nightcaps is highly recommended.


Kirkenes Snowhotel – Kirkenes, Norway

Situated not too far from the Russian border in Norway’s sub-Arctic north is the Kirkness Snowhotel. The hotel has been in operation since 2006 and consists of 20 differently themed rooms. The ice bar alone takes up to 15 tons of ice to create each year.


Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel – Alta, Norway

Norway’s third most popular ice hotel, and the world’s northernmost one, boasts 30 rooms, an ice chapel, and an incredible ice bar complete with a full set of ice glasses. This 2000 square meter ice hotel has been built each and every year since it first opened in 2000.


Ice Hotel – Balea Lake, Romania

One of the world’s most remote ice hotels is situated high in the mountainous region of Romania. Although it is only accessible by cable car and can only accommodate a small amount of guests, since only 10 to 14 rooms are constructed each winter, Romania’s ice hotel, and especially the ice bar, is by far one of the coolest places to have a drink.


Engelberg-Titlis Igloo Village – Engelberg, Switzerland

At an altitude of 5,900 feet, Switzerland’s Igloo Village provides some of the most spectacular view of the Swiss Alps. Some of the igloos even come complete with your very own private whirlpool, which is a great way to relax before bed after spending the evening pounding back a few in the ice bar.


Hôtel de Glace – Quebec City, Canada

Hôtel de Glace was first built in 2001 on the shores of Lac-Saint-Joseph and has since been relocated to just outside Quebec City’s Old Town. With no permanent structures of any kind, Hôtel de Glace is entirely made out of snow and ice – 15,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice to be exact. So if you plan your visit too late in the season, remember you’ll have to drink fast, because once they ice melts that bar (and glassware) will be no more.


Snow VillageMontreal, Canada

Just a few hours west of Quebec City is Montreal’s very own take on the ice hotel called Snow Village, which is a snow and ice replica of the very city it is built in, Montreal.
If you know anything about Montreal, they have some pretty good bars, and Snow Village’s ice bar is no exception. The official opening for this year’s Snow Village is planned for January 18th 2013.

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Most Popular Christmas Party Drinks

Even the Grinchiest of Grinches and the Scroogiest of Scrooges’ ice-cold hearts thaw just a little bit when it comes to getting together with friends for a few holiday drinks. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, from the second to third week of December, and well into the New Year, it is a great time to attend or even host a holiday party.

I’ve been to some pretty amazing parties where the host serves an elaborate themed menu, showing of their incredible culinary skills, however where many parties have failed is when it comes to party drinks. Typically BYOB (bring your own bottle) is expected.

It’s understandable of course, after all who really can afford to both feed and supply alcohol to all of their friends around this time of year. However, being able to supply some creative drinks alongside the incredible food would just blow your guests away.

The affordable solution: create a drink menu and assign each guest a particular bottle or ingredient to bring with them. Here are some of our favorite Christmas Party Drink recipes to add to your drink menu:

#1 – Eggnog

What is Christmas without a glass or two of everyone’s favorite treat – eggnog! Whether you purchase it from the store or make it from scratch, everyone loves a little eggnog each year, especially when it’s spiked. Since eggnog is our #1 pick for the most popular Christmas party drink we will not only provide you with a recipe to make homemade eggnog, but we’ll also provide you with two boozy variations. Think of it as our Christmas present to you.

· Simple Eggnog Recipe (Serves 20)

1 dozen eggs
12 oz white sugar
2 quarts milk
2 quarts whipping cream

Separate egg yolks and set whites aside for latter use. Combine egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients, mix well and chill in refrigerator. Before serving whisk egg whites and fold into mixture.

· Brandy Eggnog

1 oz brandy
½ oz dark rum
8 oz eggnog
whipped cream
ground nutmeg
cinnamon sticks

Shake brandy and rum in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a mug, add freshly made eggnog, top with whip cream and garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon sticks.

· Eggnog Martini

1 ½ oz dark rum
3 oz eggnog
almond extract
ground cinnamon
ground nutmeg
cinnamon stick

Shake rum, eggnog and almond extract in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into martini glass rimmed with cinnamon. Garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

#2 – English Christmas Punch

This Christmas punch is enough for 27 glasses, and best of all it is served on fire! Caution should be taken when igniting the punch; you don’t want to end up with a Griswold Christmas tree.

26 oz dark rum
26 oz dry red wine
24 oz strong tea
1 lb superfine sugar
juice of 1 large orange
juice of 1 lemon
orange slices

Combine wine, tea and the juice of one lemon and orange into a saucepan. Warm the mixture, being careful not to boil. Pour into heatproof punch bowl. Add sugar to a large ladle allowing excess sugar to enter punch bowl. Pour rum over ladle until sugar is saturated. Ignite the rum and sugar mixture carefully pouring into punch bowl. Stir to extinguish flames, add remainder of rum and orange slices for garnish.

#3 – Mulled Beer

Far be it from me to tell you how to drink you beer, I am after all a proponent of warming up with a cold one, but sometimes it’s nice to offer your guests a warm drink. This holiday recipe, which serves 20 of your closet friends, creates a warm and spicy twist on the traditional Christmas beer.

10 bottles of dark ale
5 egg yolks
5 tsp white sugar
2 tsp nutmeg
cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger

Combine beer and spices in a large saucepan and heat until ground spices dissolve. Mix sugar and egg yolks together and add to spiced beer ensuring to stir well. Pour into beer mug and garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

#4 – Hot Buttered Rum

Speaking of warming up with a warm one, this buttery treat is the perfect drink to hand your guests as they enter into you home from the frigid outdoors.

1 ½ oz of brandy
½ oz dark rum
1 Tbsp unrefined brown sugar
1 Tbsp white sugar
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
8 oz water
cloves
ground cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and warm on low heat. Works best if you make multiple cups at one time. Pour mixture into mugs and garnish with ground cinnamon

#5 – White Christmas

For those guest who wrinkle their noses to the though of eggnog, surprise them with this alternative. The additional flavors do a good job of masking that eggnog taste for those not so inclined.

1 oz Southern Comfort
½ oz white chocolate liqueur
4 oz eggnog
chocolate flakes

Shake all ingredients a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into martini glass and garnish with chocolate flakes.

#6 – Poinsettia

This elegant cocktail is made with Champagne, or sparkling wine, which will add a touch of class to any holiday party.

3 oz sparkling wine
½ oz triple sec
3 oz cranberry juice

Combine triple sec and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.

#7 – Candy Cane

Here’s a fun cocktail to make for those that have a peppermint tooth – they are easy to spot, as they are the ones always stealing the candy canes off of your tree.

¾ oz berry flavored vodka
¾ oz peppermint schnapps
¾ oz white crème de cacao
¼ oz grenadine
half and half
soda water
candy cane

Combine vodka, peppermint schnapps, white crème de cacao, and grenadine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with crushed peppermint candy. Fill with half and half, top with soda water and garnish with a candy cane.

#8 – Merry Christmas

Last but not least, here at the BarWhiz Blog we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas with a cocktail of the same name.

1 oz gin
1 oz cranberry juice
1 tsp lemon juice
club soda
fresh cranberries

Shake gin, cranberry and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice, top with club soda and garnish with fresh cranberries.

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Lanzarote Nightlife

Lanzarote holidays are not famous for its nightlife, as it is smaller and a bit quieter than some of the larger Canary Islands, however you will still find enough going on to party until dawn. There are three main resorts in Lanzarote to head for if you are looking to experience the best that Lanzarote has to offer in the way of clubs, bars and entertainment – Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca.

Costa Teguise

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Bars – Wander down the Avenida de Jabillo, where you will find most of the bars and clubs in the resorts. There is a wide range here, from Irish bars to typical Spanish bars that will have live salsa music. There are also some great restaurants here so you can start the night off in style – choose from traditional tapas to Chinese or Indian – you will find something to suit every taste here.

Clubs – Some of the most popular clubs in the resort include the lighthouse bar, which is open until 2am and has live music every night – find it in the Pueblo Marinero. You can find everything from sports bars to jazz clubs here, and many of the hotels have lively entertainment programmes that are open to non-residents too.

Where to Stay – The 4* Blue Sea Costa Teguise Gardens is just 800m from the beach in Costa Teguise and is a short walk from the centre of the resort.

Puerto del Carmen

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Bars – The Centro Atlantico is the main area for nightlife in the resort where you will find everything from live music, DJ’s and discos, to chilled out cocktail bars. The Bodhran is one of the busiest bars – a traditional Irish bar with live music and sports.

Clubs – There are a number of large clubs here, the Discoteca RUMM in the Old Town Harbour is one of the most popular, where you can dance until the sun comes up to all the songs you will recognise from home. Ceasars is the place to go for serious clubbing.

Where to Stay – The 3* Hotel Blue Sea Los Fiscos is just 500m from the main bars and clubs – perfect for a clubbing holiday. The beach is only 900m for those mornings where you just want to sleep off the night before in the sunshine.

Playa Blanca

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Bars – The nightlife in Playa Blanca is slightly more spread out than the other resorts, but the Marina Rubicon is always a good bet for a sun downer whilst enjoying the views of the stunning yachts moored here, Café del Mar is one of the most popular bars here, as well as the various jazz lounges.

Clubs – Punto Limones is the area where you will find the busiest bars that are open the latest – opposite the main shopping centre it is easy to find and you can watch the sun come up across the ferry port opposite when the clubs shut.

Where to Stay – The 4* Hotel Blue Sea Corbeta is right in the action of Playa Blanca, but far enough away to escape the noise of people coming home in the early hours. This hotel has 5 swimming pools for a refreshing dip the next day.

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Best Nightlife in Spain

Elegant architecture of Madrid
Madrid

Following on from the BarWhiz guide to Europe, here’s a look at what the Spanish have to offer, from beers in the city to cocktails on a Mediterranean island. This guide is brought to you by Polly Allen, a travel writer on Spain with easyJet Holidays.

Major Cities

Madrid, being the capital city of Spain, has some of its best-loved bars, so choose your district wisely. La Latina has a student/hippy vibe, especially in bars such as Barrio Alto, whilst Huertas is popular with tourists but will generally cost more. The most famous place for cocktails is on the iconic main street, Gran Via, and is called Museo Chicote. Film stars and writers have been here, so why not follow in their footsteps?

Museo chicote
Museo Chicote

Seville’s Cerveceria Internacional is a haven for beer lovers, and a beer is una cerveza. Choices on tap include Leffe and Guinness, or you can enjoy a Spanish cider (Escanciador). If you’re going for bottled beer then there’s everything from Chinese (Tsingtao) to Czech (Budejovicky).

Cervecería Internacional
Cerveceria Internacional

Barcelona is full of cool places to visit, but its rooftop bars must surely be worth a mention. The Zinc Bar, on the roof of the Hotel Villa Emilia, has free Wi-Fi, an amazing terrace with large sofas, and a tempting wine list as well as mojitos to die for. Alternatively, the Hotel Pulitzer Bar is a good choice for those who can afford to splash the cash on elegant €12 cocktails.

Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona
Hotel Pulitzer Bar

Balearics

Majorca is an ever-popular nightlife destination for good reason: in Magaluf alone there are over 100 bars, many of which have a theme. The BCM Sports Bar is a good place to start thanks to its range of shots, beers and cocktails next to a giant TV screen for watching those sporting events, followed by a stay at the nearby Marina Barracuda Hotel, which has a cool BCM-themed entertainment area. If you’re more into classic drinking then don’t miss Ginbo in Palma, which has more than 100 different types of gin – just don’t try them all at once.

Ibiza’s Raco Verd, in San Jose, has been running for fifty years and doesn’t fail to impress, even today. Enjoy cleansing and refreshing juices such as the SOS by day and then upgrade to tapas and wine as the night falls, accompanied by the sounds of acoustic guitar performances. If you want something a bit livelier then try La Cava, which is a chic night spot in Ibiza Town with amazing decor.

Menorca’s many watering holes include Mambo, with its signature Mojito proving a favourite with tourists, and Jazzbah, which is a trendy bar and club that is perfect for catching up with friends over a few drinks in the chill out room or listening to DJs playing live sets.

Ibiza
Ibiza

Canary Islands

Fuerteventura is home to Agua, based in Corralejo, which comes highly recommended by tourists and locals. Expect to pay no more than €5 per cocktail and enjoy light tapas-style snacks with your drink – free of charge. The hot cocktails are certainly worth sampling.

Gran Canaria has plenty of cheap bars, but blogger Victoria (known as the Cunning Canary) advises you to go upmarket if you want recognisable branded drinks. Try the bar of the Soultrain Jazz Club in Las Palmas for excellent music and live jamming sessions as you enjoy a glass of something cool.

Lanzarote’s hotspots include La Esquina, which has half an hour of free Wi-Fi for everyone who buys a drink, and the bars around the Rubicon Marina such as Global House and Afrodite Little Italy, which has a wide range of wine.

Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria

Best of the Rest

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Marbella

Marbella is a more expensive place to visit in Spain, thanks to its glitzy nightlife and gorgeous beaches which the cast of the hit reality TV show The Only Way is Essex have popularized. Bars to try out include The Champagne Room (for the obvious tipple) and The Library, which has over 250 types of alcohol.

The Library Bar
The Library

Valencia’s Montaditos Gratis will appeal to those of you needing to save your Euros. Small beers come with a small tapas selection and start from just €1,30, which is very wallet-friendly. At that price you can afford to be a bit more adventurous with your choice of drinks.

San Sebastian, in the north of Spain, has bars to suit all budgets, many of which either contain a version of tapas known as pintxos or huge bocadillos (baguettes) to accompany your drinks. Juantxo Bar is a bit of a student favourite thanks to its cheap food and beer, and look out for its special caipirinhas.

San Sebastián – Donostia. Taberna Juantxo.

Now you’ve seen the line-up, the hardest part is choosing which resort to visit first…

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