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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World’s Top Whiskey Festivals

“Show me the way to the next whiskey [Festival]. Oh, don’t ask why, oh, don’t ask why. For if we don’t find the next whiskey [Festival], I tell you we must die, I tell you we must die…”

That’s right folks! We’ve already brought you the BarWhiz Blog’s Top Beer Festivals, as well as the Top Wine Festivals from all over the globe. Today we bring to you the Top Whiskey Festivals.

So without further adieu, here are the BarWhiz Blog Picks for the World’s Top Whiskey Festivals:

***Please note: Due to the overwhelming amount of amazing whiskey festivals out there we’ve decided to limit our selection to just a few of those on the list that will be happening this calendar year.***

Jura Distillery Whiskey Festival – Jura, Scotland (May 29th – 30th, 2013)

It’s not too late to join the Jura Distillery to celebrate their 50th year anniversary with, what some are saying, will be the greatest whisky festival ever! They will have four new bottlings to try, including a pre-release of their 40-year-old whisky. Not to mention interactive sessions held by some of the best whisky experts around. There will also be local food, music and distillery tours available. So what are you waiting for? Book your flight to Scotland today and experience this once in a lifetime whisky festival.

Bushmills Live – Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (June 19th – 20th, 2013)

Okay, so this is not so much a whisky festival as it is a music festival, and even though whisky didn’t make our Most Popular Drinks At A Music Festival list, knowing that this festival is put on by Bushmills, there is certainly to be a lot of whisky flowing. This festival will provide 500 lucky whisky fans the chance to sip some handcrafted whisky while listening to some amazing musicians, all the while taking in the Old Bushmills Distillery. Sounds like a pretty amazing whisky festival to me!

Whiskey Rebellion Festival – Washington, PA (July 11th – 13th, 2013)

Back in the good ole days of America’s beginnings, when George Washington was commander and chief, a new tax was being placed on farmers who sold their grain in the form of whisky. Something they strongly resented. So much so that protesters violently opposed the new tax, going as so far as tarring and feathering tax collectors. Today things are much more peaceful, but for three days each year in Washington, PA the Rebellion holds true. The Whisky Rebellion Festival celebrates the historical significance of the protest, with re-enactments of the tarring and feathering of tax collectors, parades, live music, food, and of course good ole fashioned whiskey drinking. This is definitely not your whisky connoisseurs festival.

Little Woody Barrel Aged Brew and Whiskey Fest – Bend, OR (August 30th – 31st, 2013)

Originally starting out as a beer festival for craft brewers who understood the importance of aging their brews in oaken casks, this festival has recently open its palate to include those for the taste of a fine whiskey. Taking place next to the Des Chutes Historical Museum, Bend, OR will be transformed into a whiskey tasting paradise, and will include a wide selection of some of the finest small batch American bourbons and ryes.

Speyside Whisky Festival – Dufftown, Scotland (September 26th – 30th, 2013)

The Speyside Whisky Festival is unique in that the tastings are not centrally located. During this festival several distilleries, many who are not open to the public, throw open their doors and invite whisky connoisseurs of all walks of life to sample a wide selection of fine malts. Through the festival mini-bus trips are planned to allow festivalgoers the chance to experience what each distillery has to offer. The most notable tour is the Seven Stills Tour, which includes all of Dufftown’s distilleries on a single trip.

Whisky Live Festival – TBD, South Africa (October 2013)

As of the date of publication for this post the Whisky Live Festival had yet to release any details of the 11th annual festival, but if it is anything like 2012 you are sure to be in for the time of your life. Billed as the “the benchmark for spirit shows globally” by award-winning whisky writer Dave Broom, the Whisky Live Festival has built itself a reputation as being the largest, liveliest and most entertaining whisky festival, not only in South Africa, but also the world. This is definitely the must attend event of the year.

International Whisky Festival – The Hague, Netherlands (November 15th – 17th, 2013)

The Grote Kerk in The Hague, Netherlands hosts the International Whisky Festival each year, and with over a hundred brands of whiskies available for tasting, this makes for one of the most spectacular festivals of its kind. The festival also offers the opportunity to learn more about whisky with their selection of Master classes, hosted by both Dutch and English speaking whisky experts. If you don’t want to spend the entire festival in a dusty old church you can always hop aboard the Whisky Tram and see the sites of The Hague while enjoying some single Scottish malts.

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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

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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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:

Elbatrop

One of the top 10 navigation apps in the UK, Elbatrop.com 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

UrbanDaddy.com‘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

DrinkedIn.net‘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

AppsoluteMedia.com’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.

UrbanDig

Currently UrbanDig.com‘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.

Findmytap

Available only in the US, Findmytap.com‘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, FindCraftBeer.com‘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.

BarWhiz App

**Shameless plug alert**
Of course no list of Best Bar Apps would be complete without the BarWhiz.com 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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What To Tip Your Server

In a previous post we asked, “What kind of tipper are you?” Today we are going to provide you with some information on how much to actually tip your server.

If you already fall into the Big Tipper category, good news, you get to leave class early. Everyone else, please pay close attention, because there will be a pop-quiz after the lesson.

Argentina
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Many places may already include the 10% gratuity on the bill, but if you are levelling up to Big Tipper throw in that extra 10% anyway.

Australia
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Australian servers are usually paid a higher than North American wage to begin with, so tips are not usually required. The unfortunate part is this sometimes shows in the level of service you will receive, but if you get an exceptional server show them you appreciate it by adding the standard 10-15%

Bolivia
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Bolivia is another country that automatically includes the gratuity in your bill. The benefit being the server always gets a tip, even if they don’t deserve it. So if you get great service feel free to add a little extra. Again, we suggest the standard 10-15%.

Brazil
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Brazil will have a standard 10% service fee already included in your bill, so there is no need to tip any extra, but of course, by all means do so if the service was excellent.

Cambodia
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Generally, the standard 10% is reserved for ‘nicer’ establishments. For those hole in the wall type of places, leaving your change will usually suffice.

Canada
Minimum tip: 15-20%
Caveat: Some establishments will automatically bill in a gratuity of 17-20% for parties over a certain number, so make sure to check your bill for a service fee before you calculate your tip.

Chile
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Unless of course the gratuity is already added to the bill. But as mentioned above, even if it is, feel free to leave a little extra.

China
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Not only is tipping not required in most areas of China, but at one time it was actually against the law!

Colombia
Minimum tip: 7-10%
Caveat: Many establishments will add a service charge of 8-10%, but it is still recommended to leave an additional tip so the total equals 15-18%.

Costa Rica
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most places in Costa Rica already include a 10% service fee on the bill, so a tip is usually not required. Just check to make sure, or leave an additional 10% if the service was good.

Croatia
Minimum tip: 10-15%.
Caveat: The minimum tip of 10-15% is usually reserved for nicer restaurants. Anywhere else you would usually just leave your change.

Czech Republic
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There will typically be a service charge included in the bill, but it is always nice to round up the tip to 15% if you receive great service.

Denmark
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Denmark does not have typically have a tipping culture, but like many other countries, leaving a little something for the server is always appreciated.

Ecuador
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: A 10% service fee will already be tacked onto your bill, so although a tip is generally not required, adding an additional 5-10% is customary.

Egypt
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most of Egyptian bars and restaurants already include a 10% on the bill, but if you are feeling like a Big Tipper feel free to add an additional 5-10%.

Estonia
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There is not really a tipping culture in Estonia, but it is considered usual practice to leave a 5-10% tip a nicer restaurants when going out for dinner.

Finland
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There is no tipping culture in Finland, but you can try to leave the standard 10% for excellent service.

France
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most bars, restaurants and cafes will automatically include a 15% gratuity on your bill, so additional tipping is not required, but definitely appreciated.

Germany
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Germany has a similar tipping policy as France, so if the service fee is not listed on your bill consider leaving a 10-15% tip.

Greece
Minimum tip: 10-20%
Caveat: Your bill may include a service fee but it is customary to add an additional tip up to 20%, including the fee.

Hungary
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Most places will not add a service fee, so it is customary to leave the 10% in cash for your server.

Iceland
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There is not a big tipping culture in Iceland. That being said, there is already a 15% service included in your bill, so if the service was great think about adding an additional 5%.

India
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Some of the nicer restaurants will already include a 10% service fee, but it is still customary to leave 5-10% for your server.

Indonesia
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: A 10% gratuity will automatically be added to your bill, regardless of the service you receive. So if you get great service add 5% for your server.

Israel
Minimum tip: 12%
Caveat: In Israel some establishments will charge the standard 12% service fee, so it is customary to tip your server 12% if the gratuity is not built in.

Italy
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Service fees are usually not charged on the bill but double check to make sure before leaving a tip.

Japan
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There is no tipping culture in Japan, but it’s not a bad idea to leave something for really good service.

Malaysia
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: The majority of restauarnats and bars already include a 10% tip in the bill, but it is customary to round up or leave your change for your server.

Norway
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Service fees are automatically included in the bill, so no additional tip is required. However, it is customary to leave your server a tip if you are happy with the service.

Paraguay
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: A service fee will be included with your check and it is not common practice to leave an additional tip for your server in Paraguay.

Philippines
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most palces will include a 10% tip on your bill, if they don’t leave your server 10-15% depending on the level of service they provided.

Portugal
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Even though some restaurants may add a service charge of 10% it is still customary to tip your server an additional 10% on top of your bill.

Romania
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Tipping is customary in Romanian, everywhere from a restaurant or bar to taxis and even the hospital. Since tipping is expected the level of service you receive may be low. So for great serive add an additional 5-10% of the minimum.

Russia
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Although the bill may not include a service or gratuity charge, it is advisable to provide your server with a 10% tip in cash.

Singapore
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There is already a 10% service fee included in yoru bill, so although tipping is not required it appreciated if you round up your bill and leave the change.

Slovenia
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There isn’t a big tipping culture in Slovenia, however in tourist areas it is customary to leave a 10% tip.

South Korea
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: South Korea does not have a big tipping culture, so even though no tip iss required it is always nice to leave a little something for your server.

Spain
Minimum tip: 5-10%
Caveat: It is customary to leave your change or round up your bill in Spain. For nicer places a 5-10% tip is customary.

Sweden
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Sweden, like many other European countries, does not have a big tipping culture. Since there is no service fee included in the bill it is always nice to leave the server a little something if you are so inclined.

Switzerland
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: The majority of places will already include a 15% service fee, so unless your server provides you with top of the notch service, no additional tip is required.

Syria
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: It is customary to leave your server 10% in cash, even if a service fee is charged on the bill, although this rarely happens.

Taiwan
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most places in Taiwan already includde the service fee of 10%, if not leave 10-15% depending on the level of service.

Thailand
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Many nicer establishments may include the 10% service charge, but if not leave the standard 10% for your server.

Turkey
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Leave up to 15% for good service and try to tip your server in cash.

Ukraine
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: For really good service you may consider leaving an additional 3-5%

United Arab Emirates
Minimum tip: 15-20%
Caveat: In reality, 20% is really the minimum, and if you want to get extra special service make sure you tip the maitre d before you are seated.

United Kingdom
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most places already have a service fee built in, so leaving a tip is not always required, but will likely not be turned away if you are feeling generous.

USA
Minimum tip: 15-20%
Caveat: Much like Canada, some establishments in the US will add a gratuity to your bill for larger parties.

Venezuela
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most restaurants and bars will already add a 10% service fee to your bill, so essentially a tip is not required. However, if you receive excellent service a 5-10% additional tip is always appreciated by the server.

Vietnam
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Some establishments may include the 10% gratuity, so for those places a tip is not required, but it never hurts to leave a little extra.

Yemen
Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: For nice restaurants you may consider leaving a little extra than the standard 10%

Pop-Quiz:
What are some of the destinations, and their tipping policies, that we have left off the list? Leave your answers below in our comment section.

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80 Ways To Say “Bottom’s Up!”


If you are an avid reader of our blog you already know that we have provided you with countless lists of the best party cities around the globe.

Today we’d like to share with you 80 different ways from around the world on how to say “Bottom’s Up!”:

Language: Afrikaans
There are approximately 15 to 23 million people in the world that speak Afrikaans, one of South Africa’s eleven official languages. The best way to say ‘Bottom’s Up’ is, gesondheid.
pronunciation: ge·sund·hate

Language: Albanian
Spoken primarily in Albania and Kosovo, there are roughly 7.6 million people in the world who speak Albanian. In order to properly cheers a group of Albanians make sure you say, gëzuar.
pronunciation: geh·zoo·ah

Language: Arabic
Fisehatak (فى صحتك:) is the proper way to cheers an Arabic speaker, and since there are over 280 million people who speak Arabic worldwide, you should have plenty of chances to practice.
pronunciation: fesah·etek

Language: Armenian
There are over 7 million people who speak Armenian, with the majority living in Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Russia, United States, Georgia, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. If you find yourself partying with an Armenian make sure you toast with the word, genatzt!

Language: Austrian
The very familiar prost! is typically heard during Oktoberfest festivities, but this doesn’t mean you still can’t impress your Austrian friends with your new found knowledge.
pronunciation: prohst

Language: Azeri
Mainly spoken in Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, and Syria, Azeri (or Azerbaijani) consists of 30 million speakers worldwide. If you want to properly cheers your Azeri speaking friends try using, gayola!
pronunciation: guy·oh·la

Language: Baluchi
Baluchi is the principal language of the Baloch people of Balochistan, found largely in Northwestern Iran. With 7.6 million people speaking Baluchi worldwide you will want to know how to properly say cheers: Vashi!

Language: Basque
Basque is the ancestral language of the Basque people, who are largely found in northeastern Spain and southwestern France. Even though there are only approximately 715, 000 people who speak Basque worldwide, on egin, the Basque cheers, is not a bad toast to have in your repertoire.
pronunciation: on·egin

Language: Belarusian
There are over 7.6 million people that speak Belarusian, with the majority living in Belarus. The next time you are travelling through Belarus make sure to use this cheers on the locals: Za zdarou’e (За здароўе). Who knows, you may even get some free drinks out of it.

Language: Bengali
Bengali is the native language of Bengal and Bangladesh. There are over 202 million people who speak Bengali, so show them how happy you are with the proper way to cheers your good fortune: Jôe!
pronunciation: joy

Welcome now to the BarWhiz Speed Round. We hope you enjoyed the explanation of the first 10 ways to say ‘Bottom’s Up!’. In order to move things along we are going to provided only the word for the next block of phrases. Ready? Set? Go!

Language: Bhojpuri
Maza mein raha

Language: Bosnian
Živjeli
pronunciation: zhee·ve·lee

Language: Bulgarian
Nazdrave (Наздраве)
pronunciation: naz·dra·vey

Language: Burmese
Aung myin par say
pronunciation: au·ng my·in par say

Language: Cantonese
Gòn bùi (幹杯)
pronunciation: gon·boy

Language: Catalan
Salut
pronunciation: sah·lut

Language: Cebuano
Mabuhi

Language: Chamorro
Biba
pronunciation: bih·bah

Language: Croatian
Živjeli
pronunciation: zhee·ve·lee

Language: Czech
Na zdravi
pronunciation: naz·drah vi

Language: Danish
Skål
pronunciation: skoal

Language: Dutch
Proost
pronunciation: prohst

Language: English
Cheers

Language: Estonian
Terviseks
pronunciation: ter·vih·sex

Language: Finnish
Kippis
pronunciation: kip·piss

Language: French
Santé
pronunciation: san·te

Language: Gaelic (Ireland)
Sláinte
pronunciation: slawn·cha

Language: Gaelic (Scotland)
Slàinte mhath
pronunciation: slanj·uh·va

Language: Galician
Saúde
pronunciation: saw·ood·eh

Language: German
Prost
pronunciation: prohst

Language: Greek
stin iyá sas (Στην υγειά σας)
pronunciation: stin iyá sas

Language: Haitian Creole
Sante
pronunciation: san·te

Language: Hawaiian
Å’kålè ma’luna
pronunciation: okole maluna

Language: Hebrew
L’chaim
pronunciation: le·hiem

Language: Hungarian
Egészségetekre
pronunciation: egg·esh ay·ged·reh

Language: Icelandic
Skál
pronunciation: sk·owl

Language: Italian
Cin Cin
pronunciation: chin·chin

Language: Japanese
Kanpai (乾杯)
pronunciation: kan·pie

Language: Javanese
Mugạ séhat terus

Language: Kannada
Tumba santosha athavā khushiyāytu

Language: Kazakh
Sawlığıñız üşin

Language: Khmer
Lerk dach

Language: Kikuyu
Rathima andu atene

Language: Kinyarwanda
Kubuzima bwacu

Language: Korean
Geonbae (乾杯)
pronunciation: gun·bae

Language: Latvian
Prosit
pronunciation: proh·sit

Language: Lithuanian
į sveikatą
pronunciation: ee sweh·kata

Language: Macedonian
На здравје
pronunciation: na zdravye

Language: Malay/Indonesian
Sihat selalu
pronunciation: see·hat slel·lu

Language: Malayalam
Cheeyerus

Language: Mandarin
Gān bēi (干杯)
pronunciation: gan·bay

Language: Marathi
āyurārogy labho

Language: Min Nan
Hō ta lah
pronunciation: hoe·ta·la

Language: Mongolian
Эрүүл мэндийн төлөө
pronunciation: er·uhl mehdiin toloo

Language: Nepali
Subhakamana

Language: Norwegian
Skål
pronunciation: skawl

Language: Pashto
Kha sehat walary (ښه صحت ولری)
pronunciation: kha sehat walary

Language: Persian
Salam ati
pronunciation: sa·lam ati

Language: Polish
Na zdrowie
pronunciation: naz·droh·vee·ay

Language: Portuguese
Viva, saúde, tim tim
pronunciation: vee·va, saw·oo·de, ching·ching

Language: Romanian
Noroc
pronunciation: no·rock

Language: Russian
Za vas
pronunciation: zuh·vahs

Language: Serbian
živeli
pronunciation: zhee·ve·lee

Language: Serbo-Croatian
Živjeli
pronunciation: zhee·ve·lee

Language: Sinhala
Seiradewa

Language: Slovak
Na zdravie
pronunciation: naz·drah·vee·ay

Language: Slovenian
Na zdravje
pronunciation: naz·drah·vee

Language: Somali
Caafimaad wanaagsan

Language: Spanish
Salud
pronunciation: sah·lud

Language: Swahili
Afya

Language: Swedish
Skål
pronunciation: skawl

Language: Tagalog
Mabuhay
pronunciation: mah·boo·hay

Language: Tamil
Nal aarokkiyam peruga

Language: Thai
Chok dee
pronunciation: chok·dee

Language: Turkish
Sağlığınıza

Language: Ukrainian
Za zdorovja (За здоровя)
pronunciation: zaz·da·roh·vee·ay

Language: Urdu
Djam

Language: Uyghur
Hoshe

Language: Uzbek
Oldik / Sog’liq uchun
pronunciation: oldik / sog’liq uchun

We’ll end the speed round, and our list of 80 Ways To Say “Bottom’s Up!” with one of my most favorite cheers:

Language: Vietnamese
There are over 76 million native Vietnamese speakers in the world. Unsurprisingly the majority are found in Vietnam. So whether you are travelling abroad or just want to impress your local Vietnamese friends, try out this toast next time you are out doing a few shots: mMột hai ba, yo, which essentially translates to ‘one, two, three, yo!’
pronunciation: moat hi bah, yo

If you noticed any languages that should have been included in the list, or have any corrections for the ones we did include, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll add your suggestions.

Cheers!

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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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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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Best Party Cities In Australia

As you may already know, our winter (the northern hemisphere) is Australia’s summer, so there really is no time like the present to take a trip down under. Since we’ve already provided you with some of the best party cities all over the world, today we thought we would focus the land of Oz.

Don’t forget that you can also click on the city names to see listings and reviews of bars and clubs in that area. Feel free to stop by and review some venues yourself if you have the chance, or leave us your thoughts below.

#1 – Gold Coast

Gold Coast, Australia

From Surfers Paradise to Broadbeach, Australia’s Gold Coast is bespeckled with high-rise buildings, theme parks and neon lights, giving it the feeling of a city that could very well be the offspring of a boozed fuelled hook-up between Miami and Las Vegas. The somewhat glitzy and glamorous overtones mix well with the brash and tacky undertones. The city makes it work however as more than 2 million partiers visit the area every year. So if you find yourself unsure of where to begin your Australian journey, Queensland’s Gold Coast is the best party city to begin your adventure.

#2 – Sydney

Sydney City Night HDR

Although many people may assume that Sydney, Australia’s most populace city, is the country’s capital, they would be wrong – that honour is bestowed to Canberra, whose population by the way is just a little over 350 thousand inhabitants. Sydney with over 4.5 million people is the BarWhiz Blog’s 2nd spot for the best party city in Australia. If you are looking for some all night dance parties head over to Kings Cross. Or if the laid-back pub scene is more to our liking you can’t go wrong with The Rocks, and if live indie music is more your thing, Newtown and Surry Hills is the way to go.

#3 – Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia by night

Even though it is said that Melbournians know how to party harder than Sydneyites, Victoria’s capital city ranks in as our #3 pick. Packed with lounge bars and more live music that you can shake a drumstick at, Melbourne has many well-known party spots, such as St. Kilda. However it’s the not-so-well-known secret locations where you will really have the time of your life. Since the locals are a little more laid back here than in other cities in Australia you may get lucky and be invited to buy a round of beers at some of these secret party spots.

#4 – Brisbane

The big-little city of Brisbane is a perfect starter city for those partiers that come from smallish towns. It may have the big city look, but it is the small town community feel that really makes Brisbane a great spot to party. With trendy clubs and posh wine bars, not to mention a booming live music scene, Brisbane is home to some of the most down-to-earth partiers in all of Australia. Some of the best areas to visit include, Fortitude Valley, the West End and Kangaroo Point.

#5 – Cairns

USS Blue Ridge Sailors man the rails as the ship pulls into Cairns, Australia

Rounding out our top 5 is Cairns. This backpacker’s haven is not only a really good place to party – if you are young and don’t mind things a little down and dirty that is – but it is also cheap. How cheap you ask? Well if you’ve ever been backpacking you know how frugal you have to be with your budget and Cairns answers that need with such specials as 5 drinks for $12! Some of the great party stops in include, the Woolshed, PJ O’Brien’s, Shenanigans, and of course Gilligan’s.

BONUS – XXXX Island
Strawberries and Cream

Not really a city, or destination for that matter, but XXXX Island is a real beer drinkers’ paradise. Situated on the southern Great Barrier Reef, this beer oasis, or beerasis to coin a term, is the idea of one Beer Company’s perfect getaway. Queensland’s favourite beer, XXXX Gold, has created this getaway as a thank you to their loyal customers, and only about 1000 people get to visit the island each year. Since the only way to get there is to win, when you are partying it up in the BarWhiz Blog’s Top 5 Australian Party Cities, make sure to pick yourself up a case or two of XXXX Gold. You’re allowed to bring three mates with you, so if you win don’t forget to send us an invite.

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