Beach Bars (We can’t wait for summer!)

Nothing sums up summer for us than a great day at the beach. And what’s a great day at a beach without the chance to party, or even just relax, in an amazing beach bar? What can we say, we can’t wait for summer!

From the ramshackle shacks, to the resort style resto-bars, and everything in between, we’ve picked our 10 favorite beach bars from around the globe.

We know this list won’t even come close to touching on all the great beach bars out there, so please let us know, what are your favorite beach bars?

Seacrets – Ocean City, Maryland

http://www.seacrets.com/
Located on Chesapeake Bay in Ocean City, Maryland, you will find one of the best Caribbean-style beach bars in the mid-Atlantic continental United States. Complete with sandy-floored bars, tiki huts, and palm tress, Seacrets is an enormous venue. Packed with 14 bars, a nightclub, a dancehall and floating tables, this is one place to enjoy the tropics without even having to get on a plane.

Forty Thieves – Diani, Kenya

http://www.diani.co/beachbar/
Located right on the beach in Diani, Kenya, is the Forty Thieves beach bar and restaurant. Its location to the beach and surrounding hotels makes it a great place to relax during the day with a few cocktails. By nightfall this lively beach bar becomes the Diani meeting spot for both locals and tourists alike, with live music and discos three nights a week it can be a great place to party.

Rick’s Cafe – Negril, Jamaica

http://www.rickscafejamaica.com/
From cliff diving to watching amazing sunsets, Rick’s Café is our favorite place to party when in Negril, Jamaica. Located on the West End Cliffs, the location of this remarkable bar provides an alternative to Negril’s beach, which although beautiful, can feel crowded at certain times of the year.

Soggy Dollar – Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

http://www.soggydollar.com/
Home of the Painkiller, the famous rum cocktail, (or infamous, depending how you feel the next morning), is Jost Van Dyke’s charming beach bar, the Soggy Dollar. The name of this beach bar comes from the tradition of boaters swimming over to the bar for a cocktail from their boat and by the time they arrived their pockets would be full of soggy dollars. But don’t worry about getting your hair wet, today you can arrive completely dry.

Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve – Anguilla

http://www.bankiebanx.net/Dunepreserve.html
One of the best ramshackle beach bars is Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve in Anguilla, which is also home to the annual Moonsplash music festival, an independent music festival showcasing reggae acts from all over the world. Bankie Banx, the owner of the Dune Preserve, along with his partner Bullet, have built this beach bar oasis out of reclaimed materials, including old sail boats and fishing boats as well as driftwood, making it one of the best pieces of ever expanding island art.

Sunset Beach Bar – St. Maarten

http://sunsetsxm.com/
Located near the runway at the Princess Juliana International Airport on the Island of St. Maarten is the The Sunset Beach Bar. The location affords thrill seekers the ability to see and feel the power of massive jets as they both land and takeoff from the island. Known as the JetBlast, visitors can try to ‘surf the fence’ while feeling the power of 100 mph winds, which blasts both sand and people around the beach. If you are looking for a tranquil place to enjoy a drink, this place probably isn’t for you.

Casa del Sol – Strand, South Africa

http://www.casa-del-sol.co.za/
Overlooking the Western Cape beachfront is Strand’s trendiest hotspot, Casa del Sol. The massive outside deck affords views of stunning sunsets and some magnificent nighttime stargazing while enjoying a few cocktails from world-class mixologists and nibbling on some mouth-watering tapas. Located only about 50 kilometres from Cape Town, Casa del Sol is definitely worth the visit.

Guaba Beach Bar – Limassol, Cyprus

http://www.guababeachbar.com/new/
Rated one of the best clubs of 2013 by DjMag, the Guaba Beach Bar is located in the Cyprus southern coastal city of Limassol. Originating as a small beach bar in the 90s, the Guaba Beach Bar has grown into a 2,500 capacity mega club that draws in world class DJs from all over the world. No trip is complete to Limassol without expericening one of Guaba Bar’s famous free party Sundays.

The Rock Bar, Ayana Resort – Bali, Indonesia

http://www.ayanaresort.com/rockbarbali
The Rock Bar at the base of the Ayana Resort is built on top of the natural rock outcrops that are located just 14 metres above the Indian Ocean. It is Bali’s top sunset destination and although it can be hard to get a table it is definitely worth the effort. A few tips, a dress code is in effect, so make sure you are dressed to impress, and making a reservation is never a bad idea if you want to ensure you can get a table.

Tropicana Beach Bar – Mykonos, Greece

http://tropicanamykonos.com/
Located at Paradise Beach on the Greek island of Mykonos is the Tropicana Club beach bar, one of the hottest and most lively beach bars in all of Greece. Known for their early-evening beach parties the Tropicana Club is a must visit for any beach bar enthusiast.

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Most Popular Bar Snacks [POLL]


Today we would like to reach out to you, our readers, and determine what are the most popular bar snacks of all time. We’ve come up with a list of 9 of the most popular snacks and want you to choose which one(s) are your favorites.

If we have missed any that should be listed here, please do not hesitate to leave a comment with your suggestions. On that note, the Poll begins… now!


From all of us at the BarWhiz Blog, Happy snacking!

Chicken Wings

Everyone loves chicken wings, dry or saucy, sweet or spicy, there is nothing quite like enjoying a cold beer while munching on some hot wings.

Chips

Not to be confused with French fries, chips are a simple salty snack that complements any beer well.

Deep Fried Goodness

Zucchini sticks, cheese sticks, chicken strips, jalapeno poppers, you name it – if it’s deep fried it’s good!

Fries

Fries or chips, whatever you want to call them are great with ketchup, gravy or just on their own. And don’t even get me started on poutine.

Nuts

Whether they are beer nuts, peanuts, mixed nuts or anything in between, having a bowl of complimentary nuts makes the price of that draft so much sweeter.

Nachos

This Tex-Mex recipe is one of the greatest creations in pub food snackery. Everyone remembers the best nachos they have ever had. Mine were in Whistler BC. What made them so great? The chip to cheese ratio was spot on.

Onion Rings

Speaking of deep fried goodness, nothing says deep fried deliciousness like a tower of onion rings. Yum yum!

Pickled Eggs

Every once and a while you see that jar of pickled eggs behind the bar and wonder, ‘Does anyone actually eat those things?’ I for one would like to find out. So if you’re a fan, don’t be shy and please cast your vote.

Pretzels

If you are not a potato chip or nut fan, then maybe pretzels are your thing. I for one find them too dry, but what do I know, right? Maybe I’ve just never had a really good pretzel.

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The Best Backpacker Bars In Canada


Last year we discussed the top 19 party cities in all of Canada, but as you may very well know, one person’s party city is another person’s snoozefest.

A city can mean different things to different people based on their experiences. Whether you live in that city, were raised in that city, are tourists to that city or a backpacker just passing through, your wants, needs and expectations of a party may be different from everyone else.

Today we are going to focus on one particular group: backpackers. With youth hostels located in over 85 cities across Canada, the great white north is one destination with the backpacker’s travel budget in mind.

Not only can you find a cheap room at one of the many hostels across the country, but some of these hostels also have their very own bars! Cheap beers and cheap beds equal a fun time in my books.

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

British Columbia
The Cambie Pub – Vancouver

When it comes to hostels, cheap, quality, and clean rooms are what is most important to many backpackers, and that is exactly what the The Cambie offers. What makes a stay at the Cambie even better is their onsite pub. Rated as the “#1 place to get wasted on the cheap” the Cambie really knows how cater to the backpacker’s budget. For more ideas on how to party on the cheap, check out our Miser’s Guide To Clubbing.

Alberta
The Storm Cellar – Banff

Billed as a True Traveler’s Pub, the Storm Cellar is the in-house bar for the HI-Banff Alpine Centre, one of the best ski and snowboarding hostels in the Rockies. The pub is a cozy place to unwind after a long day of hitting the slopes. Sip a few pints, play some darts, or take part in one of the many daily events, from Karaoke and trivia to live music from some great Canadian artists. If skiing is your thing, check out our list of the Best Ski Resorts To Party At.

Ontario
Mugshots – Ottawa

One of the more unique hostels in Canada is found in its capital city, Ottawa. The HI-Ottawa Jail hostel is located in the old Nicholas Street Gaol, which was built in 1862. Hostelling International purchased the building after it’s closure in 1972 and converted it into a hostel leaving much of the structure intact. Yes, that means you can spend a night in jail without the embarrassment of a having to call a friend or family member to bail you out. The jail’s chapel, which is typically only used in winter months, has been converted into the hostels on-site bar Mugshots. During the summer months the bar moves out into the courtyard, which was once the gallows and the place of the last public execution in Canada.

Québec
Tiki Bar Barbu – Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

Located 8 hours east of Montreal, right near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River is The Sea Shack, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts festive hostel. Ideally located to take advantage of all the outdoors has to offer, the Sea Shack hosts visitors all year round. Other than the amazing activities this hostel has to offer, from skiing to kayaking, what keeps people coming back for more are the famous parties hosted at the Tiki Bar Barbu. With live music acts from virtually every genre as well as many themed party nights, at the Tiki Bar Barbu the party never stops.

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The Boozer’s Bucket List – Wackiest Places To Have A Drink Before You Die

There are so many amazing bars and clubs around the world to have a drink in before you kick the bucket, it can be hard to choose which ones to add to your Boozer’s Bucket List.

To make things a little easier, we’ve put together this list of the top six wackiest places to have a drink before you die.

In a Tree

Every kid’s dream was to have a tree fort in their backyard. So it can be easy to assume that every adult kid’s dream is to have a drink inside a tree. No? Is it just me then? Well, thanks to the Baobab Bar those that are so inclined can do just that. Located in Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo Province, South Africa, this bar is situated inside a hollowed out, 6000 year old baobab tree.

Under the Sea

If trees aren’t your thing how about taking a page from Jules Verne and having a drink twenty thousand leagues under the sea. Okay, maybe it’s more like 5 meters below the sea, but the Red Sea Star Bar in Eilat, Israel is definitely another wacky place to have a drink before you die.

In a Cave

If you are afraid of water you can always head underground to the Alux Restaurant & Lounge. Located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, this underground bar is deep within the bowels of a naturally formed cave.

In the Sky

If the cave has you feeling a bit claustrophobic maybe it is time to get some fresh air with Lounge in the Sky. This wacky experience hoists you up 50 metres in the air, where you can enjoy a few drinks with friends and be entertained by almost any form of entertainment imaginable. I’m not sure where the bathrooms are located on this thing, so it’s best not to break the seal before your adventure begins.

In a Jungle

If all the excitement has gone to your head it might be time to get back to nature and head into the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle for a drink at the Kapawi Ecolodge. This remote, ecologically responsible and cultural sensible bar is located in a pristine region of the rainforest, so you can sit back and enjoy a cocktail without the sounds of chainsaws ruining your tranquility, and our planet.

In Outer Space

If you’ve had enough of this planet, maybe it is time to head to a bar that really is out of this world. With Virgin Galactic well on their way to making Space Tourism a reality, you too could one day enjoy a cold frosty one in the cold frosty vacuum of space. Currently a ticket to reserve a seat on the SpaceShipTwo is a only a mere $200,000.

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Five Ways Bars Get You To Part With Extra Money

Going out to party can be expensive. We all know this. Not only are drinks more expensive to purchase at a bar or club then they would be to buy at the liquor store and drink at home, but drinking establishments seem to find ways to make you part with extra money all the time.

Is it greediness or just pure capitalism at its finest? Either way it sucks to be on the receiving end of price gouging. So if you are going to go out to party, and lets face it, sitting at home drinking can only be so much fun, then beware of these five ways that bars get you to part with extra money:

Cover Charge

Oh cover charge. Not only are drink prices marked up exponentially, but also the fine drinking establishment owners want to further gouge you before you even enter the bar. I guess the cover charge is their way to prepare you for the expensive night ahead. If you are like me and don’t like to pay cover charge, check out tips #2 and #3 of our Miser’s Guide To Clubbing.

Coat Check

After shelling out $5 to $10+ already you are now in the bar, but before you can even think about getting a drink you have to pass the next gatekeeper. Yes, I’m talking about the coat check girl. Many bars, and especially clubs, have a mandatory coat check rule, and even though you have already paid cover, some clubs want a little more money before they let you buy a drink. Is it fair? I don’t think so. That’s why you will see the #4 tip on the Miser’s Guide To Clubbing is to leave your coat at home.

Oh, and don’t forget to tip the coat check girl, especially if she has a funny tip jar, otherwise she may accidentally misplace your coat…

***BONUS TIP***
Any time you are required to check your coat you will receive a coat check stub. These things are super easy to lose, especially after a few rounds. Most coat check policy states that if you misplace your ticket you will have to wait until the end of the night to retrieve your coat. In order to avoid this situation use your cell phone and take a picture of your stub, that way if you lose it you have a backup.

ABM Machines

Anytime a bar or club has one of those non-banking institution affiliated ABM machines you know you are going to be in for a real price gouging. As the image above shows, the owners of these terminals are pretty much allowed to charge whatever they like. I’ve seen some as high as $15! The worst part about these machines is that many times the owner of the club also owns the machine. Gouged again and you still haven’t gotten your drink. Check out tip #6 at the Miser’s Guide To Clubbing for some ideas on how to save money.

Bottle Service

By no means a mandatory charge, but bottle service is another way a bar will try to get you to part with extra money. Since everyone wants to be a VIP many clubs now cater to your narcissistic desires. For $140+ (and that’s on the cheap side of things) they will provide you with a bottle of vodka, some mix and a private section of the club so you can feel extra VIP. Oh, you’ll also have to pour the drinks yourself, so you are kind of paying out of your own pocket to work at the club. Again, it is not a mandatory charge, but for the same cost, if not lower, you can simply order your drinks at the bar like everyone else and best of all, have a professional make them for you.

The Upsell

Oh no, not the dreaded upsell. From the simple Do you want fries with that? to extended warranties on your gadgets, lets face it, no matter where you go, you are constantly being offered the upsell. Bars and clubs are no different: “Do you want the 16-oz or the 20-oz draft?”, “Vodka Martini? Do you want Grey Goose?”, etc. Now that you have finally paid your way into the bar and are ready to order a drink, don’t be afraid to ask for a price list. This will help you avoid the dreaded upsell and make a more informed decision on what to order.

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Things That Drive Your Bartender Stark Raving Mad

Angry Barmaid at Jamian's Bar, Red Bank, New Jersey

Whether you are a bashful drunk, a dopey drunk, a grumpy drunk, a happy drunk, a sleepy drunk, or even a slutty drunk, let’s face it; alcohol usually brings out the worst in people.

The tiresome heroes behind the wood who, day in and day out, happily sling our drinks have seen it all, and unknowingly many of our drunken personality traits can drive them stark raving mad. Here are just a few of them:

Lousy Tippers

Nothing infuriates your bartender more than a stingy tipper, or god forbid, someone who doesn’t tip at all. Those in the service industry rely on tips to make a decent living, that’s why they are paid well below minimum wage. If you don’t tip well don’t be surprised if the service you receive reflects your stinginess. So, what kind of tipper are you?

Attention Grabbers
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The second most annoying trait that will quickly turn your bartender stark raving mad is by trying to get their attention. Waving, snapping your fingers, screaming out or even banging your glass is a surefire way to not only get on your bartender’s bad side, but will also likely get you swiftly ignored for the remainder of the night as well.

Indecisive Drinkers

Likely you’ve been in a bar before. Even more likely you’ve had a drink once or twice in your life. You know what you like, so order it already. The indecisive drinker tops one of the traits that drive bartenders bananas. As the infographic says, if you have trouble deciding what to drink, always go with beer.

Know It Alls

To reiterate: Oh, you’re a bartender too? Fascinating. Seriously, making drinks is what bartenders do for a living, so do not, and I mean never tell a bartender how to make a drink, at least that is if you don’t want to drive them stark raving mad.

Type A Personalities

It’s amazing how messy people become once someone else is serving them. Sure it’s time to relax and let someone else take care of the details, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a slob. The most annoying messy trait that bartenders have to deal with is from the Type A personalities. You know the ones; they tear up their coasters into little bits and leave them on the bar for the bartender to clean up.

Fruit-Pickers

Speaking of disgusting habits, the fruit pickers take the cake. Well in reality they steal the fruit, but you know what I mean. This drunken personality trait is one of the worst things bartenders have to deal with on a daily basis. You’ve seen these people, they ask for extra olives, cherries and even lemon slices, gulp them down like they are at an all you can eat buffet and then have the audacity to try to reach across the bar and help themselves to some more.

Bar Fighters

When you get a couple of grumpy drunks in the same room it usually ends in fisticuffs. And if you have been following the theme this far, this drives your bartender nuts. Not only does it upset the rhythm and flow of severing well-behaved patrons, but the bartender is usually the guy that has to break up the fight. If you want to get in you bartender’s good graces, be a man and step in to break up the fight yourself. Just make sure you read our guide to surviving a bar brawl first.

Spillers, Pukers and Passer-Outers

By far the worst thing a bartender has to deal with is when the seven drunks (bashful, dopey, grumpy, happy, sleepy, slutty, and uh… doc) have partied a little too hard. Whether they become spilly drinkers, pukers or passer-outers, no one wants to have to see or deal with that kind of drunk. So if you don’t want to enrage your bartender, and possibly get yourself banned for life, be a responsible drinker and know when it is time to call it quits.

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Most Popular College Drinking Games

Quarters

When the BarWhiz research crew isn’t out on assignment looking for the best party cities or in the lab coming up with extensive lists of the most popular drinks, you can find them in the BarWhiz conference room – which is what we call the pub down the street – playing an assortment of drinking games.

What can we say; it’s a great team building exercise that helps with both morale and to get the creative juices flowing. When it comes to creating drinking games, virtually anything can be turned into one – and by anything, we really mean anything.

Back in collage friends of mine invented a drinking game that involved a set of dice and the trivia cards from Trivial Pursuit. It was dubbed, Drink Asshole, because the longer you played the game, the more belligerent you became. Sadly, Drink Asshole did not make our list of the most popular drinking games. I suspect that it has something to do with being the only BarWhiz researcher that hails from Canada.

But I digress. So without further adieu, here are the most popular college drinking games (Thank you Howcast for sharing these videos):

#1 – Beer Pong

One of the most popular college drinking games by far is Beer Pong. It’s easy to learn, fun to watch, and requires a specific set of skills that cannot be found anywhere else. The only downside with Beer Pong is the amount of room that is required to play a proper game.

#2 – Edward 40 Hands

Typically part of a frat hazing ritual, Edward 40 Hands has developed into a staple in the repertoire of college drinking games. The premise is simple, and in reality, it is much more of a test of endurance than a game of chance. After all, you have no way of going to the bathroom until you finish your beers.

#3 – Flip Cup

Flip Cup works in a pinch if you don’t have the room, or the balls, to play Beer Pong. Think of it as the Beer Olympics relay race. Instead of passing a baton you have to drink a beer and flip a Red Cup. The first team to finish is hailed as champions and the losing team, well… nobody cares about the losing team.

#4 – Kings

Also known as King’s Cup, Circle of Death, Ring of Fire or Waterfall, this simple card game is one of the most social drinking games on the list. Each card represents an action or activity that the person drawing it, or the whole group, has to perform. There are no winners or losers in Kings, just a whole lot of drinking and good times.

#5 – Power Hour

Not unlike Edward 40 Hands, Power Hour is not really a game, per se, it’s more of a test of stamina and endurance. Although it may sound easy – take one shot of beer every minute for 60 minutes – it is a lot harder than it sounds. After you have mastered Power Hour you can move on to the tougher Century Club. It’s the same game, but it is now one shot per minute for 100 minutes.

#6 – Quarters

Perfect for college students that need to save a bit of money, this game only costs a quarter. Well, only requires a quarter. You still need to buy your own beer. Although the game is simple – you bounce a quarter off of a table and try to get it into a glass – it does take some skill. Usually, the worst player at the table will end up drinking the most.

Bonus Drinking Games

Here are two of my absolute favorite drinking games of all time:

Three Man

Die Würfel sind gefallen!

Three Man is by far the fastest way to get a night going. This simple dice game should be played fast and furious, and usually one round at being Three Man is all it will take.

The premise is simple; each person takes a roll at the dice. The first to roll a 1 and a 2 is designated Three Man, from that point forward anytime a 3 comes up the Three Man has to take a drink.

Here are the other rules:

  • If the dice total 7 (4 & 3, 5 & 2, 6 & 1) – The player to right of roller drinks
  • If the dice total 11 (5 & 6) – The player to left of roller drinks
  • If the dice total 9 (5 & 4, 6 & 3) – Sociable (Everyone Drinks)
  • If any 3 turns up – Three man drinks
  • Doubles – Each number represents 1 drink to give away. e.g. two 4′s equals 8 drinks
  • Three Doubles in a Row – Make a rule
  • Snake Eyes (1 & 1) – Roll Your Own Destiny (The player who rolled the Snake Eyes must roll one die and drink the corresponding number of drinks. If another 1 turns up, the player must then roll both dice and drink the corresponding number of drinks)

There are only two ways to get out of being Three Man. The first is if someone else rolls a 1 and a 2, then they become the new Three Man. The second, more devious way, is if Three Man rolls a 1 and a 2, then they get to designate who becomes the new Three Man. Remember that person who get giving you all their doubles? Well it’s payback time!

Battle Shots

Battle Shots

Remember that Battleship game you loved playing when you were a kid? Well now it’s all growns-up, and instead of annihilating your opponent’s battleship, you are the one getting annihilated.

It should go without saying that here at BarWhiz we do not condone under-aged or irresponsible drinking in any manner. Remember, responsible drinking does not mean you can’t still have fun, so wait until you’re 21 and in the meantime practice your quarter and ping-pong ball tosses.

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The Health Freak’s Guide To Boozing

 
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After breaking a personal record at the gym, or reaching that perfect BMI, here at the BarWhiz Blog we understand that, every once in awhile, even the healthiest of health nuts deserve a little reward time at the bar. Don’t panic; there is no need to fret about all those empty calories or bloated beer bellies, as there are many health conscious ways to still party it up.

Water Water Everywhere

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Alternate drinking water between booze throughout the night. You should try to drink at least one glass of water for each alcoholic drink you consume to help flush out the toxins and avoid that hangover that could interrupt your morning jog.

Avoid The Dreaded Munchies

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Always eat before you go out. Fill up on your favorite healthy meal and then hit up the town. Going out on an empty stomach will not only impair you more quickly, but those end of the night greasy chilli cheese dogs could become even more appealing.

Stick To One Drink

Drinks Anyone?

This should apply to everyone. If you’re switching between shots, blended drinks, wine and beer, you will not only lose track of how many empty calories you are consuming, but also how much alcohol as well.

Say No To Sugar

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Veer away from ultra sugary drinks such as anything made with soda, juices and especially energy drinks. All these mixes contain loads of empty calories and refined sugars.

Nurse It

Nurse Brandi

No no no, not that kind of nurse. Nurse your drinks and make them last by drinking them slowly with lots of water in between. As we mentioned in other posts, when it comes drinking think of it as a marathon, not a sprint, and pace yourself.

Just Don’t Do It

Don't Drink and Drive

The final option to enjoy a night out while maintaining your healthy lifestyle is to just not drink at all. You can even volunteer to be the designated driver, which will allow you to have a good excuse to not get in on that round of sugary shots.

So now that we’ve given you some tips on how to drink with your health and figure in mind, we’ve come up with a few recipes on what to drink:

#1 Cucumber & Lemon

Cucumber Limeade

1 cucumber
6 oz water
1-2 lemons
3 oz vodka
ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with a wedge of cucumber.

#2 Cranberry & Blueberry Martini

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1/2 cup fresh whole blueberries
4 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
3 oz gin
1 cup ice
1/2 oz of honey
orange curl for garnish

Shake all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into highball glass, garnish with orange curl, and serve.

#3 Mango Margarita

Mango margarita @ Toloache.

1 oz mango juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1.5 oz tequila
3 oz filtered water
1/2 oz of honey
1 cup ice
slice of pear for garnish

Shake all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into rocks glass, garnish with slice of pear, and serve.

#4 Kiwi Mint Lime

Golden smoothie

20 mint leaves
2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
4 small to medium sized kiwis (peeled)
1 tablespoon of honey
4 oz of light rum
2 oz water

Muddle kiwis in a cocktail shaker. Combine remaining ingredients and shake, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a slice of kiwi.

#5 Pineapple & Banana Spiked Smoothie

pineapple pear and melon smoothie

1 whole pineapple
2 frozen bananas
6 oz lemon juice
6 oz vodka
garnish with chocolate mint

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a coctail glass and garnish with a sprig of chocolate mint.

Author: Corey Rozon

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Ten Weirdest Bar Restrooms

Whether you call it a bathroom, restroom, washroom, lavatory, or any other of the long list of names for the potty, one thing remains the same; these rooms are evolving to a much larger and greatly wackier state of existence. The bathroom is not a simple toilet, sink, and mirror. It is now a statement, a message, or merely an opportunity to release artistic imagination in a room that is seen by everyone, at one point or another, who visits the establishment. Bars are quickly becoming notorious for these eccentric bathrooms. Here is a list of ten of the largest or strangest restrooms from all corners of the world.

1. Bar 89 – Bar 89 is located in New York City. This is a state-of-the art restroom equipped with clear glass stalls that will frost when the stall door is shut. Customers must trust the stall walls to remain opaque in color and provide them the privacy they need while in the stall; a bathroom for technology lovers and believers.

2. Zeta Bar – Zeta Bar is located at the Hilton in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The urinals in this men’s bathroom are ornamented with beautiful women paying close attention to what is happening around them. The walls are comical, but it is the ego-boost that most men do not mind repeatedly receiving.

Zeta Bar at Kuala Lumpur Hilton Toilets.

3. Monteith’s Brewery – Monteith’s Brewery is located in New Zealand. These restrooms do not offer the typical toilet that most of us are accustomed to; instead bathroom goers will do their business into a keg. Now isn’t that appropriate, a brewery with keg toilets? This bathroom is quite ironic as customers urinate into the very same place that made them need to go to the bathroom to begin with.

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4. The Rivershack – The Rivershack is located in New Orleans. The restroom is bizarre, but it does obtain quite a reaction from customers. With a body outline on the floor of the men’s restroom and a trough for a urinal, what is there left to say?

Carrollton NOLA Doors Bathroom Floor

5. Vampire Bar – Vampire Bar is located in Barcelona. This bar’s restroom is home to a large tiger monument that emits water like a fountain. The sculpture is undeniably a work of art that is worth a glance.

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6. Safe House – Safe House is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is one of the most amazing spy-themed restaurants that includes passwords, hidden rooms and disappearing ink throughout the restrooms. Just to get into the restroom a patron must make their way through a variety of different mazes and avoid trick doors.

Safehouse Puzzle Wall

7. Dolce and Gabbana’s Gold Room – Located in Milan, Italy this very vibrant and gold restroom has been the host to such guests as Giselle, Paris Hilton and Kylie Minogue. It’s one of the most luxurious restrooms anyone can ever step into as it has just about everything anyone would ever need while going to the restroom.

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8. Columbia Tower – Located in Seattle, Washington this amazing bar restroom really takes things to a higher level by being on the 76th floor. This restroom has it’s own personal view of the Seattle skyline.

View from the Columbia Tower, Seattle, WA

9. Haunch of Venison – This spectacular old school pub is located in Salisbury, England. This very unique place has some interesting antiques and all sorts of different items to keep people guessing. They even have an 18th-century mummified hand upstairs.

The Haunch of Venison

10. La Kiva – This interesting bit of awesomeness is located just outside the Big Bend National Park in Terlingua, Texas. La Kiva is built into a cave on Terlingua Creek and is decorated all around with random animal bones put together to create some very unique and fantastic animals.

La Kiva - Terlingua

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What A Girl’s Makeup Says About How To Approach Her In A Bar

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If you are not heading out to a sports bar with the boys, or knocking back a few pints at the end of a hard week’s work with your co-workers, then this weekend it is definitely time to hit up the clubs. The weather is nice, and with the warmer temperatures the ladies will be ready to strut their stuff.

When it comes to hitting on the ladies at the clubs, there are many how to’s available all over the internet, from one-liners to pick-up lines, with some offering good advice and others, well, terrible advice.

In reality, a girl tries to make it easy of us guys to let us know how to, or even if we should, approach her at a club. From the clothes she wears, to her hairstyle, and even her make-up, girls are always giving us guy’s subtle little clues if they are interested in us or not.

Check out these five common make-up styles and how they relate to they way you should approach her at a bar or club:

#1 – Smoky Eyes

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She wants to look smouldry and sexy at the same time, and the smoky eyes style does the trick. So what does this heavy use of mascara mean for you? Approach With Caution. The smoky eyes could be out just to show how hot they think they look, and really only be in the mood to see how many guys they can turn down. Only approach if you get the invitation first, all it takes is some eye contact and a smile, unless of course you are feeling adventurous and are packing an iron-clad ego that you don’t mind getting dented.


#2 – Fresh-Faced Look

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With the girl-next-door look you are likely in for a girl who is not only very sweet and kind, but also someone smart that appreciates intellectual conversation. The ole one-liners won’t work here, even if said ironically. Although she’ll understand the irony, it probably won’t impress her. You’ll have to bump up your game here and prepare to dazzle her with your knowledge of current events.


#3 – The Barbie

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With her hot pink lips, the Barbie is out to have a good time tonight. You’ll either find her getting down on the dance floor or hear her laughing at the bar. Only approach this girl if you know how to have fun. Keep the conversation light and silly and if you can make her laugh you should have no problems at all.


#4 – O’Natural

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The o’natural style is a girl who is not only confident but also down to earth. Whether she is wearing very little or no make-up at all, this girl knows she is attractive, and really, that it was just simple luck of genetics. Although everyone loves to be complemented, hearing how beautiful she is from strangers really isn’t going to impress her, especially since you are not the first and definitely will not be the last. As with the Smoky Eye, wait for the invitation before you approach. The best approach would probably be an indirect one, for example, asking her opinion about something.


#5 – The Seductress

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Although it may be hard to differentiate between hot pink lips and bright red ones on the dance floor, the Seductress is definitely not the same as the Barbie. Sure, they are both out looking for fun, but the Seductress knows exactly what she is looking for, and is not afraid to get it. Since she will be flirtatious, and likely have her eye on someone already, this approach may be a little difficult. If her eyes are somewhere else and she continues to give monosyllabic answers it’s best to move on. If she’s into you, you’ll know it.


For the girls that use make-up to lure guys in, I stumbled upon this very informative video from Makeup Geek.com that I thought you might enjoy:

Author: Corey Rozon

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