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 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 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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6 Great Bars In Las Vegas

There are a lot of different attractions that bring visitors to Las Vegas. Some go for the casinos and shows, some go for the crowds, and some go for the spa treatment and poolside lounging. And of course, visitors can usually work in a bit of each of these elements during a single vacation. But there’s also one more aspect of Vegas that attracts visitors from all over the world: the bars and nightlife.

Choosing the best bars in Las Vegas depends largely on personal preference. But, if you’re looking for a great night out in the city, here are 6 exceptional bars to keep on your list.

1. Mix Lounge

Mix is known mostly for its view, which – from 64 stories above The Strip inside the Mandalay Bay resort – is absolutely extraordinary. Windows stretch from floor to ceiling, giving you a unique and incredible atmosphere to drink in.

2. Circle Bar

A unique bar at the Hard Rock Hotel, Circle Bar is basically the epicenter of casino activity in the hotel. It’s a large circle in the middle of the casino floor that gives you a great place to start a convenient and enjoyable night out.

3. Deuce Lounge

This sexy and sophisticated bar and lounge at ARIA combines gaming and cocktails in a way most bars just don’t quite manage. Gaming is available within the lounge, but the atmosphere still feels more suited to cocktails, allowing for a relaxing but energetic and enjoyable time out.

4. Red Square

Red Square, at Mandalay Bay, is Vegas’s own little tribute to Russia. The bar is stocked with hundreds of kinds of vodka, the décor is red and reminiscent of communist Russia, and there’s even a giant statue of a decapitated Lenin outside of the bar. On top of all that, there’s caviar to enjoy with your drinks!

5. Parasol Up & Down

This combination bar at the Wynn offers two atmospheres in one. Parasol Up is a casino lounge, while Parasol Down, one escalator ride below, is more of an ordinary bar.

6. Minus 5

This is quite possibly the most unique bar in Las Vegas. Located at Mandalay Bay, Minus 5 is, literally, minus-5… degrees, that is. The bar is basically an ice cavern, kept at -5 degrees, where customers are given fur coats, gloves and boots. Additionally, counters, glasses and even furniture are sculpted from ice!

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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:

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Best Bar Apps

Here at the BarWhiz Blog we love to provide you with information about the best bars, clubs, and party cities from all over the world.

We are so passionate about helping you to find a great night out that we even have our very own app – (see below for our shameless plug).

However, we know the internet is a big place. There are hundreds of websites that will help you to find a great hotel, an awesome restaurant, or anything in between. We just happen to specialize in bars and clubs, and in our modest opinion, we’re one of the best – (at least our Moms think so).

That being said, we have put together a list of 8 pretty amazing bar apps to help you when you are out on the town. So without further adieu here are the BarWhiz Blog picks for Best Bar Apps:


One of the top 10 navigation apps in the UK, has a Find Pubs & Bars app. Using your phone’s GPS this app can tell you where the closest bar or pub is. And although it is billed as a UK app, they state that they can find you a place to knock back a few cold ones anywhere in the world. You can get it here for free.

UrbanDaddy‘s, The Next Move is an app specifically designed for some of the more popular cities in the US. Currently the app works in Boston, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, and the Hamptons. The idea behind this app is not only to find the best bar in the area, but it also helps you to find the best bar for specific occasions, such as grabbing a drink with the boys, going on a date, or even riding solo. If you find yourself in any of the cities listed above, you can download it here for free.

DrinkedIn‘s Bar Finder boasts over 150,000 bar and pub listings in and around the UK, Australia, US, Brazil, and Canada. The app will provide you with information about the bar including directions through Google Maps. If you want to give it a try you can find it here.

Happy Houred’s Happy Houred is all about finding the best drink specials. Although the app only works for cities in the US, it is quite extensive. Happy Houred currently boasts 22,000 entries located in over 2,000 cities. You can try it here for free.


Currently‘s app only works for a few North American cities, namely Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Vancouver. However, due to its success there are plans to slowly add more destinations. What makes this app so great is that they have assigned specific ‘curators’ for each destination who truly know what the city has to offer. Urbandig’s specialty is uncovering the best local establishments that few travelers know about. If you want to feel like a local, you can download the app from itunes.


Available only in the US,‘s draught beer app allows beer connoisseurs to find exactly which bar serves their favourite suds on tap. The app will provide directions to the closest bar from your location, contact information for the bar, and reviews from other users. It’s a pretty nifty app if you are looking for something specific to drink. Want to give it a try? You can find it here.

Find Craft Beer

Similar to the Findmytap app,‘s app will help you to find craft beers. What sets it apart form any other app is that it will not only points you to bars and brew pubs serving up your favourite craft brews, but it will also point you to the closest microbreweries, beer stores and homebrew shops that can cater to your needs. You can download their app for just $0.99.

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Of course no list of Best Bar Apps would be complete without the app. With our very own app you can literally find bars anywhere in the world. You can add and view reviews from other members, see pictures, and participate in discussions about your favourite venues. If you want to try it right now you can download it here for free.

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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.

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.

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.

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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Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.

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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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Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.

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