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In case you haven’t had your eyes on the calendar this month, we’d like to remind you that St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. The time to celebrate all things green is drawing near, but don’t worry if you’re holiday plans include transiting through an airport. Thankfully airports are down with the season—especially when it comes to pre-flight beverages.
All across the country there’s plenty of pubs and bars from which to choose, and airports aren’t lacking when it comes to those with an Irish theme. Down in Florida you can swing by Rooney’s Public House on the main level of Terminal 2 at Palm Beach International Airport, so that you can enjoy a pint in the comfort of some air conditioning.
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Fun fact: fun facts are awesome. Whether you're trying to chat up a flight attendant or simply love learning something cool, we've got some tidbits to share. So all this week, we'll be squeezing our mindgrapes to bring you some awesome, random travel factoids.
Fact: Cleveland Airport serves a special edition, locally brewed beer: The Wright Pils.
Okay so typically we wouldn't recommend your scheduling an extra hour or two before your flight to spend at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport, but that was before we found out a little secret the airport's been keeping within Terminal C (mostly Air Canada and United flights).
At the Great Lakes Brewpub near Gate C 14the only location of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Brewpub outside their Brewery in Cleveland properthe limited edition beer is on draft. You'll want some of this, as it's more than just limited edition; it's aviation-themed. The Wright Pils is "classic style with flowery bouquet and an elegantly dry finish." It's made to pair well with salads, salmon, tuna and "marbled meats." It also happens to be named for Ohio's own Wright Brothers.
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Veteran Miami International Airport flyers already know that pit stops at La Caretta and Cafe Versailles are worth skipping an airline meal for. Or, if you prefer
crappy more standard airport fare, you can head to the slew of beer-themed bars and outposts of Shula's Bar and Grill and Bongo's—the Cuban cafe whose slogan is "Where The Rhythm's Gonna Get You."
But, thanks to MIA's $2.94 billion North Terminal overhaul, there are some surprising new places to eat and drink while transiting through the gateway to South America. Here are five of the latest additions to Concourse D, home of American Airlines.
(Even if we'll still be buying our Cubanos at La Caretta, and our morning coffees at Versailles. Old habits and all that.)
Rosie spotted previously at LAX
Remind us never to indulge in a little pre-flight lubricating if there's a chance that Ms. Rosie O'Donnell is in the vicinity. Her wrath knows no bounds when she's really set on something, the latest something being underage drinking at airport bars, even when the drinkers are perfectly legal.
According to Chicagoist, Rosie chewed out a pair of girls at one of O'Hare Airport's many watering holes, after she witnessed them ordering beers. They were not carded, and this apparently set off O'Donnell, at least until the girls explained their ages: 24 and 27.
Hey, Rosie: you should be worried about catching flight crew bellying up to an airport bar, not fellow travelers. Geez, we feel sorry for the bartender now that this is ranking in the tabloids like some kind of minor national incident. Waitwhat's Rosie doing at ORD anyway? Doesn't she notoriously prefer traveling by private jet? Hmm.
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Spending your free time hanging out on an airplane before hopping on an airplane to actually go somewhere isn't everyone's cup of tea. Five airports around the world are betting otherwise, however, as they've actually taken airplanesones which can no longer buzz up into the airand installed them as bars, all in the name of getting you buzzed instead.
Now, without further ado, here are the Five Airport-area Bars Made From Actual Airplanes:
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In 2005, an old Soviet Ilyushin IL-14 airplane made its final flight (pic here), landing for good at Zurich International Airport. Its fate was to become a very unique attraction, the centerpiece of a new restaurant just outside the airport at the very end of runway 34. In fact, the restaurant and bar is called Runway 34, and it's something of a special secret for international flight crew, aviation geeks and those who just enjoy seeing the quirky sights.
During a recent jaunt off to Switzerland, we made it a point to visit Runway 34, even if it involved a trek through deserted streets at 10pm the night before our early morning flight. There was an airplane trapped in a restaurant! Duh, we wanted to go and at least have drinks on its wing. Unfortunately our cutting it short cost us, and only the bar was open. Perfect, actually; a waiter took a shining to us and gave us a guided tour of the whole place, letting us run around and go camera-crazy.
And we have video...
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Being stuck at the airport on St. Patrick’s Day is definitely not the best way to celebrate the holiday. However, we’re pretty sure you can find some fellow travelers eager to toast to the Irish this week at airports across the globe. So pull up a stool, belly up to the bar, and order a pint of Guinness at one of our picks for the five best airport bars to celebrate all things green::
· Corcoran's Irish Pub at LAS
Lady Luck meets the Luck o’ The Irish at Las Vegas-McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. You’ll need to take a break from the terminal slot machines—like you have any money leftover anyway—to check out Corcoran's Irish Pub between gates C1 and C2. Expect the usual not-that-authentic recreation of a neighborhood pub, but that’s exactly what we want to experience this Thursday. Just take it easy with those Irish Car Bomb shots, as you don’t want to be turned away before boarding.
· Fionn MacCool’s at YYZ
Canada’s largest airport Toronto-Pearson will be celebrating the season this week with their version of an Irish Pub right within Terminal 3. The place has only been around for a year or so, but they promise to fill you up with both Irish inspired food and beverage. Get something to go along with your liquid lunch like a Guinness Steak and Mushroom Crock, but we’re sure they have a burger if you’re not that into the Irish food offerings this week.
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Travelers have 99 problems, but watching the game at the airport ain't one. At least, that's what Jay-Z hopes to accomplish by opening a number of U.S. airport sport bars. The hip-hop impresario/fashion designer/Beyonce husband/new author announced that he'll bring incarnations of his upscale 40/40 Clubs—which already reside in NYC, Atlantic City and Las Vegas—to several as-yet-unnamed airports. Looks like Chili's is gonna have some competition.
It seems risky, given reports of some financial problems a couple of the clubs have had. But Hova isn't deterred; in fact, in 2011, more 40/40 Clubs will open in non-airport locations, including Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Tokyo and Macau. And the NYC bar will closed in 2011 from April to July for an overhaul.
While we have yet to experience a flight drunk on too many airport margaritas, for many it is the only way to get them on the plane. There is a point, however, at which in-flight drunkenness switches from being humorous and forgivable to annoying and dangerous, and it looks like Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport takes the cake in terms of frequency of these incidents.
According to a report on MSNBC, police at DFW made 78 arrests lasts year for public intoxication and in some cases pulled people off of planes for it.
When you think of an airport bar, what usually comes to mind is some bland space halfway down a terminal, whose sole focus is to overcharge you as much as possible while getting you as drunk as possible before your flight. Thankfully Newark International Airport is helping to change this image with the introduction of their new Heineken Lounge, boasting Amsterdam's best-known beer and an interior worthy of the jet set.
If you thought good design, comfortable furniture and a view out onto the tarmac were features strictly reserved for first class lounges, the Heineken Bar will happily prove you wrong with its white leather couches, semi-private conversation nooks and ambient lighting. We suppose that just much as the bar gives you an impression of the Heineken brand, it also serves as a kind of unofficial Netherlands outpost before you even step onto your Amsterdam flight.
Of course they'll have a fully stocked bar in addition to Heines, but we're really loving that this place gives us another option for airport workspace. Out ticket to starting a flight off right is if we can get a beer, a clean tabletop and a comfy chair; we'll be starting a tab here soon enough.
[Photo: UXUS Design]
Maybe it's because she's usually flying out of LAX, maybe it's because she's just lucky, but HotelChatter editrix Juliana Shallcross sees a lot of celebs on planes. Sunday, it was Liz Phair sitting business select on Southwest; today, she bumped into Russell Simmons.
The hip-hop icon and Juliana were both trying to get to New Orleans when a radar problem kept their Delta flight from taking off. Once the crippled jet made it back to the gate, it was straight to the El Cholo Cantina in Terminal 5 for Simmons while Juliana went to scour the nearby restaurants for grub.
Delta got the avionics fixed in about two hours, which should've given notoriously germaphobic Russell enough time to grab a bottle of hand sanitizer: While the radar is good to go, Delta didn't have time to fix the busted sinks in the plane's lavs.
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It's nice that airports are classing up their dining options to please discerning gourmands, but what about those who just want a beer to steady their nerves before flying? Until recently, the beer menus at most airport bars didn't have much beyond the offerings of mass-market brewers. A new guide from cheapflights.com, however, suggests that lovingly-crafted microbrews are finally penetrating a market that's historically been the province of bland, generic lagers, pointing out fifteen U.S. airports where it's possible to enjoy a pint of good stuff - like Tree-Hugger Porter or Fat Tire Amber Ale - before hopping on your flight. The Beer Lovers Airport Guide highlights some of the best watering holes in airports like Boston, Portland, and Denver. And while it'll take more than a good pub to get us to the airport any earlier than we need to be, it will take a bit of the sting out of flight delays.
[Photo: Creative Loafing]