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The best party destinations for backpackers

The best party destinations for backpackers If pumping bass is your thing, these cities and travellers’ haunts come alive at night, and boast friendly hostels when it’s finally time to hit the pillow Best for: nights under the stars Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Will Coldwell Tweet

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10 of the best warming winter drinks around the world

10 of the best warming winter drinks around the world There’s more to Christmas drinks than mulled wine, as our pick of the best winter tipples, from hot beer in Krakow to Chile’s pisco eggnog, reveals Cheers: Gaumarjos! Merry Christmas: Shobas Gilotsavt Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Guardian writers Tweet

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A local’s guide to Granada: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Granada: 10 top tips Once you’ve ticked off the Alhambra, check out Granada’s edgier barrio culture, with both alternative and traditional bars, great flamenco, food and street art The Alhambra may be Spain’s most visited attraction year on year, but wandering the hills and the backstreets of Granada’s barrios will give you the real feel of this fascinating city, which has elegance and edginess in equal measure. Granada’s fertile valley and sweeping hills have attracted many different civilisations through the centuries. Echoes of past occupiers, from the ancient Iberians to the Romans and Visigoths, can be found throughout the city and beyond. But, as befits a university town, there’s innovation amongst all the tradition –…

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The best small UK music venues: readers’ travel tips

The best small UK music venues: readers’ travel tips From a launderette to a church, former school and even a bookshop, readers tip their favourite intimate gig venues A retro-style launderette and coffee house by day, this is a bar and gig venue by night – it also used to be a tiny cinema. The acts are from all over the world, and strong in their field of music. Very enjoyable folk and acoustic nights are so intimate that you’re literally on stage with a musician and a washing machine.• oldcinemalaunderette.comClaire Galloway Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Guardian readers Tweet

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10 great pubs, chosen by Santa and other Christmas workers

10 great pubs, chosen by Santa and other Christmas workers From a turkey farmer to a choirmaster, we ask the people who help make Christmas special where they go for a festive pint or two Sarah Mitchell, assistant manager at the Churchill Arms, Britain’s ‘most festive pub’Every Christmas the Churchill is decorated with loads of Christmas trees and lights. In 2016 we got a lot of media coverage in the UK and abroad, so suddenly everyone was talking about us as the most festive pub in the country. This year we have 95 trees; inside the walls are draped with lights and we play Christmas songs on a loop. I love it, but I think some staff get sick…

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The best towns and small cities in the US: Ithaca, New York state

The best towns and small cities in the US: Ithaca, New York state This progressive lakeside town has gone its own way since the hippy years: we showcase its best bars, live music venues and restaurants In this series: Eugene, Oregon | Chapel Hill, North Carolina | Portland, Maine | Ventura, California | Missoula, Montana Outside City Hall is Ithaca’s smallest park. It’s the size of a parking space: the mayor’s parking space, to be precise. When the 24-year-old Svante Myrick was elected five years ago, he gave up his car, decorated the spot with benches and plants and welcomed all and sundry to use it as they pleased. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Emma John Tweet

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10 of the best historic cafe-bars in Buenos Aires

10 of the best historic cafe-bars in Buenos Aires Don’t be seduced by the new hipster pop-ups: ‘bares notables’ that survive – just – in the barrios serve up history, tango and real Buenos Aires life Last month, as part of Buenos Aires’ annual Día del Café Notable, a two-day festival called Feca – backslang for “cafe” – saw tastings, barista training sessions and themed tours take over the capital’s bares notables. These corner bar-cafes are the quintessential Buenos Aires institution – anything from 50 to 160 years old, they have architectural value, and have been the sites of key cultural moments. This year Feca paid tribute to Tortoni, which is celebrating its 160th birthday. Tortoni is a beauty,…

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Six of the best artisan distilleries in Chicago

Six of the best artisan distilleries in Chicago Chicago’s distillery scene has come a long way since the days of Al Capone, with a new generation of producers showcasing innovative spirits and cocktails on fun tasting tours Chicago has got history when it comes to spirits. The city was a vocal centre of the temperance movement that led to Prohibition between 1920 and 1933, which in turn fuelled the illegal and widespread production of moonshine and rise of Al Capone’s speakeasies. Today the city boasts a booming artisan distillery scene, the new generation producing small batch bourbon and rye whiskey, botanical gin and vodka, and even mezcal, kirsch and absinthe. Many have their own cocktail bars for those who…

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The 50 best UK pubs

The 50 best UK pubs The pub is a great British invention. Here, experts pick their favourites for Sunday lunch, picturesque settings, craft beer, history and more. All (but one) are child- and dog-friendly Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Jessica Boak, Ray Bailey, Fiona Stapley, Adrian Tierney-Jones, Pete Brown, Tony Naylor Tweet

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Hong Kong’s best views: from the Peak to the penthouse

Hong Kong’s best views: from the Peak to the penthouse In a city as vertiginous as Hong Kong, there are stunning views around every corner – both manmade and natural More than anything, Hong Kong is a city of sights. Towers of metal and glass jut out of dense tropical wilderness, and the harbour on which the city was founded is an ever-present reminder of the city’s maritime roots. Here’s where to find the best views Hong Kong has to offer: just make sure to check the weather, as the occasional smog can obscure the sights. The classic: Victoria PeakVictoria Peak is the city’s prime vantage point, the perfect spot to survey the densely vertical concrete forest that is…

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