Staying in the city of churches need not be a time of quiet reflection: you’re likely only to see reflections in the bottom of an empty glass — and one that won’t stay empty for long. There are great bars we found all within walking distance of the city centre — and more on the way…
Take a squiz at the video below from Australian Bartender Advisory Panel member and all-round Tequila guru Phil Bayly. You’ll see a younger Bayly, Tom Estes, Angus Winchester, and Dre Masso step behind the bar at the legendary La Capilla, on Julio Bermejo’s first Writer’s Tour of Tequila in 2004.
Skipper Josh Collins: “Unfortunately no one turned up to serve me a drink but considering my past Fiji experiences perhaps that wasn’t a bad thing!”
There aren’t many iconic Australian brands that have enjoyed such an illustrious and colourful history than that of Bundaberg Rum. It all started in 1888, when a group of enterprising sugar millers decided to do something about a surplus of molasses trickling from the cane fields of Bundaberg…
According to legend, in 1685 King Louis XIV visited Château Chambord, where he enjoyed a marvellous liqueur made from wild raspberries. This liqueur inspired the spirit that today is known as Chambord Liqueur Royale de France. The rich heritage of the Liqueur Royale is now celebrated in the reintroduction of Chambord, the world-renowned black raspberry liqueur for the modern mixologist.
Never been to Tales of the Cocktail? Then you have to put it in your bucket list. Having celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, Tales has become the most happening event on the planet.
“Hong Kong could quickly become a major player on the world cocktail scene.”
Join Japanophile, Andre Bishop as he heads to Japan to tackle five breweries on four islands in five days…
Check out Part Two of Bartender’s Irish pub, bar and distillery trail. Enjoy!
It’s a bloody long way to get to Ireland and I don’t think they had a longer flight option with Virgin! So do yourself a favour and don’t almost kill yourself trying to fit in a full tour of Ireland and get back to Sydney in just a week. Crazy! With such limited time available I decided to focus my trip on pubs and all things whiskey related, unfortunately giving their iconic castles and fabled racetracks a miss.
Bali is truly an international destination. It attracts visitors from all over the world including huge numbers of Japanese, Russians, Dutch, and French and of course Australians – unfortunately the latter don’t have the best reputation due to their well-deserved trouble making ways (at least try saying you’re a Kiwi if your having trouble getting into a club). Think planeloads of bogan Bathurst 100 supporters and Jim Beam & Cola Can drinkers all wearing Bintang shirts and braded hair running amuck. That’s our typical Aussie visitor.
It had been many years since my last visit to our southern most capital city and to be honest I didn’t know what to expect as I generally get zero information come across my desk about Tassie bars. It’s a city that in 11 years I don’t believe has ever had a Bar Awards finalist and frankly I can’t remember the last time I even spoke to Tasmanian bar person? What was going on down there? Is anyone doing great things or is it just a quiet country town by the sea pushing cappuccinos and Cascade? Amy and I decided it was time to head down and have a few kids-free days and see for us what is or isn’t happening in Hobart and get this question answered!
This trip to Middle America was something I always wanted to do over the past 12 years of publishing Bartender magazine but never had the balls to just book it and go myself.