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Singapore Outlaws Booze After 10:30pm (And Other Bizarre Laws)

February 18, 2015 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

An array of drinks at the Raffles Singapore hotel.

We talk a lot about flying to Singapore and hanging out in the airport there but today, we're tackling how you should conduct yourself when actually going about your day in Singapore.

The country recently passed a new law aimed at restricting the purchase and consumption of alcohol from between 10:30 pm and 7:00 am, all day, every day. The bill has also designated areas known for public disorder because of drinking problems as "Liquor Control Zones." Essentially, bars, clubs, and even the corner store for late-night beer runs will shut down at 10:30pm.

As many know, this isn’t the first head-scratching law from a nation that forces litterers to wear special shirts and has a peculiar definition of pornography. It’s uncertain what the proposed punishment for late-night drinking will be, but, with that, here’s a recap of Singapore’s strange laws and the possible punishments for each crime.

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Monday Five Thirty: Surprisingly Good Wine Tasting in Myanmar

February 16, 2015 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (4)

Red Mountain Winery at Inle Lake, Myanmar

Wine-tasting was definitely not on my radar during a recent trip to Southeast Asia. Having a bit of medicinal-tasting rice wine from ceramic bowls in the local villages? Sure. But sipping red wine from glass stemware in a proper tasting room? Not exactly what you picture when you think of Myanmar.

The country has only two wineries, Aythaya and Red Mountain Winery, both of which are located near Inle Lake in the Shan State where the higher elevations give way to better growing climates. Either is accessible by taxi from the main town of Nyaung Shwe, but Red Mountain's close proximity to the lake (under two miles) makes its possible to bike to it.

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Monday Five Thirty: Get High Off 'Sky Beer' in Myanmar

Where: Myanmar
February 9, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Aside from providing much needed shade and scenery to the hot and dry areas of Southeast Asia, the toddy palm also gives back with something to drink while you sit beneath it. Generally referred to as palm wine throughout the region, the locals in Myanmar affectionately call it "sky beer."

It's similar to kava in that it's an organic alcohol alternative-beverage. The juice is collected from the top of the tree and gathered into earthenware pots. It is traditionally served as is - i.e. no additives or processing (although be aware that some places serving tourists do add alcohol nowadays).

As the natural juice sits, a small amount of fermentation will occur, which means that, unlike kava, alcohol will be present in the drink when consumed. As the local wisdom goes, the later in the day you drink sky beer, the stronger it will be because it has had more time to ferment. Even at its strongest, it is not day-changing and results in nothing more than rosy cheeks and laughter.

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5 Best Bars to Get Drunk at in Newcastle

January 26, 2015 at 8:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Newcastle upon Tyne is known for stag parties, scantily dressed men and women (in the middle of winter), and general hedonism revelry. It’s also home to the UK's version of "Jersey Shore", called The Geordie Shore. If you're heading here, you're pretty much DTF--down to find...a good bar to drink at. So please, allow us to help you.

Here are 5 bars to get drunk at in Newcastle:

Where to go for live music? The Cluny.
Hiding in the Ouseburn Valley, it's not the easiest to reach, or even find, the pub, but, once you do, it's worth the rocking. The part music venue, part theater, full-time bar hosts loads of events almost daily, including beer festivals. The tap list is extensive with a ton of craft brews from around the world.

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Go for The Lounge, Stay for The Pain Killers and Winter Margs at Fletcher's Park City

Where: 526 Main Street [map], Park City, UT, United States
January 23, 2015 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've told you how to ski Park City, Utah but when you’re done on all the slopes, there’s a new way unwind on Main Street—with a stop in at Fletcher’s Park City.

The rustic restaurant, bar and lounge opened in late December, making it one of the newest watering holes in Park City. But the bar actually has quite a bit of history. The owners cleared out the original structure that stood there, but were required by the city to rebuild in the exact same footprint as the old building, with a lot of the same architectural touches. So while it’s completely brand new from top to the bottom, it fits in seamlessly with the rest of the old town architecture on Main Street. It's also right next to the popular photo opp that is the Franz the Bear sculpture.

On the restaurant menu at Fletcher's is comfort food done in a clean way, using grass-fed beef for the hefty steak entrees and local produce for the interesting side dishes. (We've got our eye on the Cauliflower bomb, fritters served with smoked paprika yogurt, mint and pomegranate.) A gluten-free menu served as well.

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Dry January? Whatever. Here are 4 Spots to Get Sauced in Seattle

January 22, 2015 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (2)

New Year’s resolutions are BS. For a few days, maybe weeks, each January, well-intentioned folks buy into wishful “new year, new me” thinking. And who doesn’t like the promise of a clean slate full of possibility?

But making goals should be a year-round endeavor, because your job may suck, jeans not fit or you want to save money – at any given time. Besides, a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology reports that only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions by the end of the year.

So what exactly do the temporary teetotalers of Dry January, or Drynuary, hope to accomplish? Create new habits, like drinking less? Atone for excesses committed during the holidays? The season is already riddled with enough guilt and stress. It hardly seems fair to reward those who survive with a month of alcohol abstinence.

And FWIW, a recent article in New Scientist cites, “Many people who drink alcohol choose to give up for short periods, but there is no scientific evidence that this has any health benefits.”

So in the, er, spirit of moderation, we've got a round-up of favorite places to get sauced at in Seattle.

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A Few Places, Besides Prague, Where Beer is Cheaper Than Water

September 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

One of the first things you'll hear about Prague is that buying a pint of beer there costs less than ordering water. It's true, as any visitor to the Czech Republic quickly discovers, but it's hardly the only place with such a virtue.

We've compared the price of a bottle of local beer with that of a bottle of non-fancy still water to discover what other destinations truly qualify to be described as "where beer is cheaper than water":

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Last-Minute Oktoberfest in Munich is Always a Good Idea

Where: Munich, Germany
September 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oktoberfest in Munich begins September 20 and ends October 5. Looking at the calendar, that's a scant 10 days until the tapping of the first keg! Despite what you may be thinking, it's still not too late to make the decision to finally "do" Oktoberfest this year.

During the festival, the city's Theresienwiese event grounds (or simply "Wiesn" for short) will be teeming with tens of thousands of revelers daily, traveling from beer tent to champagne tent, to schnapps booth. Champagne tent?! Schnapps booth?! Yes, there are special zones and kiosks for all traditional German alcohols, but beer is the chief interest and, as such, the big-name beer tents fill up early in the day.

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Three Chilean Drinks for Travelers Who are 'So Over' Pisco Sours

Where: Chile
August 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everyone knows that Chile makes one hell of a Pisco Sour, and last year, we told you how you can put a twist on it by adding in some of the Atacama's medicinal plant, Rica Rica. But did you know that the most common way the locals drink Pisco is in soda? When you're ready to go beyond the country's famous cocktail, here's what you should be drinking in Chile:

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What Everyone's Buying in Tasmania: Single Malt Whisky

April 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Open the duty-free catalog in your seatback pocket. Flip past the cosmetics, watches and cigarettes, and what's left? Booze, and lots of it.

Alcohol and travel have gone hand-in-hand throughout history, from rum runners in the West Indies to the Highland Malt Whisky which was, at times, the only thing keeping Ernest Shackleton's men sane during their expeditions in the Antarctic.

Speaking of Antarctica, Tasmania's location at 42° S latitude puts it into a last-stop-before-Antarctica position, and the climate and terrain is reminiscent of the Scottish highlands. In other words, it's ideal for the production of what's become a Tasmanian mainstay: cask-aged, single malt whisky. Tassie whisky even took the top spot in the World Whiskies Awards 2014, which didn't come as much of a surprise to Tasmanians who've always known they're drinking the highest quality.

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Lack of Limes Limits In-Flight Drinks: How to Cope

April 8, 2014 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Say 'ta ta for now' to a gin and tonic with a twist of lime, or specialty cocktails like United's Sunrise Sunset (pictured above). A lime shortage is hitting North American airlines right where it hurts: in the beverage carts.

The rarity of limes is due to several issues, such as Mexican cartel control plus nature and biological factors, and US consumers may note that purchasing a single lime at the supermarket now costs three times what it did last season. Just think how businesses that buy limes in bulk are coping. Will travelers get their rum-and-cokes with a squirt of lime this month? Well, it depends.

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What Everyone's Buying on Christmas Island: Cheap Liquor and Special Stamps

April 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

As you may have already gathered from our previous posts, Christmas Island has a good lot to offer when it comes to nature, beaches, diving, and endemic species. When it comes to souvenirs, however, the island runs a bit dry unless you're looking for crab toys, crab t-shirts or books about crabs. So the majority of visitors, both long- and short-term, opt to head to the island's supermarket and its duty-free liquor variety.

The selection is excellent, including even "traveler edition" flavors of Absolut, and prices are half that of mainland Australia, so wine and liquor is a huge score for those wanting to imbibe without breaking the bank.

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