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, 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.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.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.
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.
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.
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.
**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.
About the Author Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.
The warm days of summer are perfect for many things. In particular, road trips and kicking back with an ice cold beer. Just hopping in the car and driving where your whims take you isn’t for everyone. Why not road trip with purpose?
There are many breweries across the United States and you can take a coast-to-coast trek visiting the places where your favorite drink is made. Here, we present to you a small selection of brewery tours that will take you across the USA. You are more than welcome to add your own stop in Kansas to visit the world’s largest ball of twine (http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/8543) if you wish.
Sam Adams Brewery – Boston, MA
Add some American history to your brewery tour of America at this stop. Not only do you learn how Samuel Adams beer is made, you will also learn the history of their Founding Father/brewer namesake. Combine the with a Red Sox game for the ultimate Boston experience. While the tour is technically free, they do suggest a $2 donation that goes to local Boston charities.
Anheuser-Busch has turned brewery touring in to an art form (even if you can’t say the same for the taste of Budweiser). See the process behind making enormous quantities of beer and the steps they take to protect the environment while they do it. Several locations offer Beer School for those of legal drinking age who want to learn the art of beer appreciation. In addition their five different brewery tours, they offer tours of Warm Springs Ranch (home of the Clydesdale horses) and and Grants Farm (land once tended by President Ulysses S. Grant). Make sure to take in a Cardinals game if you stop in St. Louis.
Milwaukee, WI – Several Breweries
Not only the land of Cheese Heads, Milwaukee has many breweries to choose from. C’mon, their MLB team isn’t called the Brewers for nothing. The hipster in you will be happy to visit the birthplace of Pabst Blue Ribbon while your inner beer snob will rejoice in tasting beer from some of the smaller locally available brews. If you are interested in the local cheese, there are probably tours, but that is a topic best left for Cheez Whiz.
Denver, CO – Many breweries to choose from
You can get your fix of brewery tours (and give your driving foot a rest) by settling down in Denver and visiting their numerous breweries. There are plenty of different breweries in the area that all offer free tours. The tours cover the range of brewing giants like Miller/Coors to up and coming crafts brewers like Left Hand Brewing. There are tours and tasting to suit every beer taste and yet more Major League Baseball with the Colorado Rockies.
Here are links to just a few:
Rogue Brewery – Portland, OR and surrounding towns
Finish up your trip in the Pacific North West. Rogue Brewery offers tours of its Micro Hopyard in Independence, OR. The tour takes you through Rouge’s 42 acres of hop filled farmland. Their farm is surrounded by cherry and filbert trees as well as osprey nests. It’s a nature tour any beer lover will enjoy. After your tour you can enjoy a pint or two and some food at the Oregon Brewing Company.
Farm tours are only offered on weekend. Make sure to check ahead before making the trek out there. http://www.rogue.com/locations/locations.php
Abbey Beverage Company – The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Northern New Mexico
For some beer is a religious experience. So why not visit a working monastery that has recently entered the world of craft brewing? The monastery is located 75 miles north of Sante Fe, so plan this as a day trip. Brewing happens on a small scale at this location with the monks focusing on seasonal beers brewed from their own hop yard. Yes, the monks do the brewing under the guidance of a master brewer. Abbey Beverage has a lager facility in Moriarty, NM, but visiting the monks at their home will make for a lovely get away from city life and give example of the famous quote: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Don’t expect free samples here, just a path to a simple, happy life.
Since the drinking age is 21 in the US, we’ve decided to focus on the top 21 party cities, and have included four party recommendations for each, including best bar, best wine bar, best club, and best strip club.
You can also click on the Country/City names to see listings and reviews of actual bars and clubs which you can go to! stop by and review some venues yourself if you have the chance, or leave us your thoughts below
In Austin, TX, you will find much more than honky-tonk and country music. With music festivals like SxSW, Austin has become the self-proclaimed Live Music Capitol of the World, and this goes further than their many music festivals. Just take a walk down 6th Street and you will be able to hear all genres of music coming from all types of bars, pubs, and clubs.
Best Bar: J Blacks Feel Good Lounge
Best Wine Bar: Vintner’s Cellar Of Austin
Best Club: Flamingo Cantina
Best Strip Club: Yellow Rose Cabaret
Next to Tennessee, Atlanta, GA, makes some of the freshest Jack and Cokes around, because, for those not in the know, Atlanta is the birthplace of Coca-Cola. The hot summer nights and cold drinks make for an incredible party atmosphere. So come for the sun, stay for the fun.
Another entry into the BarWhiz best party cities in the world, Chicago, IL, boasts the highest boozery to people ratio. With one kind of booze filled establishment for every 3,588 residents, there is never a problem getting a drink in Chicago.
Best Bar: Merkles Bar & Grill
Best Wine Bar: Randolph Wine Cellars
Best Club: Crobar
Best Strip Club: VIP’s: A Gentleman’s Club
The median age in Dallas, TX, is 32 years old, which makes for an excellent party atmosphere – old enough to know better, too young to care. Basically, the only thing that is not acceptable in Dallas is 24-hour bar service, but that’s why beer also comes in a can, right?
Detroit, MI, boasts 1.06 women to every one man. This may not sound like a lot, but since mullets and moustaches still run rampant here, if you are a visitor the ratio is more like 4 to 1. So head on over to one of these four BarWhiz picks and do us proud.
Although LA locals feel that their city is the center of the universe, when it comes to partying, they might just be right. Just like Key West, having only the summer to deal with, 365 days of sun puts people in a better mood to party. And this town knows how to party.
Vegas baby! Need we say more? Okay, how about this, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Still need more? There is a reason why they call this place Sin City, and it’s not just because of the gambling. Spend a party filled weekend here and you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. Or not, it’s up to you.
If you are planning on partying in Miami, FL, there is no better place to do it then in South Beach. With all night dance parties, this party never stops, so other than packing your bathing suit, bring money. Lots of it.
This town has been partying since 1682, and with over 300 years under its belt, they know how to do it right. So whether it’s dancing to the wee hours in the Old City, drinking a microbrew at a hipster hangout in South Philadelphia, or bopping to some live jazz in Northern Liberties, you are bound to find something that suits your tastes.
For some nostalgic partying, head on over to Portland, OR, it’s like taking a time machine back to the 90′s – but the good parts. Portland boasts a huge microbrew and thriving live music scene, and although the party vibe may be mellower than some of the other cities on this list, great times can still be had.
Best Bar: The Landmark Saloon
Best Wine Bar: ENSO Winery
Best Club: Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom
Best Strip Club: Devils Point
With some of the best beaches in the country, San Diego attracts sun-lovers and partiers alike. With an influx of party people, San Diego has a flourishing underground dance scene to match. So if you are looking to party until the wee hours in the morning and spend your days recuperating on sunny beaches, San Diego is the place to do it.
Best Bar: Hamilton’s Tavern
Best Wine Bar: Excalibur Cigar & Wine Lounge
Best Club: Club Sabbat
Best Strip Club: Pacers Showgirls
San Francisco has something for every party person. From nightclubs and electronic dance bars, to hipster hideouts and sweaty meet-markets, you’re bound to find something that suits your taste in one of San Fran’s popular neighborhoods.
Savannah has been referred to as Little New Orleans, but with the ability to also drink in the streets we tend to think of it as Little Vegas, or maybe Little New Orleans would be a better moniker. Whatever you want to call it, we call it one hell of a good time.
Best Bar: Molly MacPherson’s
Best Wine Bar: Sugar Daddy’s
Best Club: Saya Lounge
Best Strip Club: Uncle Harry’s International Gentleman’s Club
Seattle, WA, can be considered the twin sister of Portland, OR. They both have a thriving live music scene, and although more on the mellower side, they know how to party. Although we’re still trying to figure out which one is the evil one.
Tampa, FL, has a surprisingly high amount of strip clubs. It works out to something along the lines of one strip club for every 3,425 local Tampa men. But what do we know, we’re not the math whiz blog, we’re the BarWhiz Blog. Whatever the case, Tampa has a big enough selection of bars and night clubs for everyone to have a great time.
When you think of best party city, one doesn’t naturally assume Washington D.C. After all, how fun can it be to party with a bunch of stuffy politicians? Well even the leaders of our country have to kick back every once and awhile, and there are always the college kids to inject some fun into this town. The best places to party can be found found in Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, and U Street.