A Toast to Travel: 10 Best Places to Try World Drinks
IgoUgo names the best places to try the world’s most famous cocktails this spring
NEW YORK – March 12, 2009 – From travelers who only sip local wine to those who adopt a “vacation beer diet,” many people consider trying a destination’s signature drink a delicious rite of travel. Content Manager of IgoUgo.com Michelle Doucette has picked travelers’ top places to enjoy iconic cocktails from around the world. Quoting advice and impressions from savvy IgoUgo.com members, Doucette has pulled a list of the 10 Best Places to Try World Drinks, just in time for those jetting off for a spring break trip.
Beer and Becherovka
U Fleku, Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the world's great pub cities, and this expansive brewery offers a wide selection of “dangerously delicious” brews including (but not limited to) Pilsner Urquell, Velkopopovicky and Straropraman. The best place in town to grab a shot of local Becherovka liquor with the locals, U Fleku is a truly authentic experience.
Harry’s Bar, Venice, Italy
Sure, Harry’s Bar is one of the top tourist attractions in Venice and some consider it an “expensive” and “old-fashioned spot.” But the subtle charm of this famous watering hole has kept it one of the “best-known drinking venues” in the city. The “classy vintage décor” suggests little has changed since the days that Humphrey Bogart, Charlie Chaplin and Ernest Hemingway drank there, including their famous bellinis.
Academia da Cachaça, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil’s national drink, the caipirinha, is a deliciously sweet treat. The best are found in Rio de Janeiro, where ingredients range from passion fruit and lemon to an assortment of tropical fruits and the traditional lime. To find “a good caipirinha on the cheap,” visit the Leblon outpost of Academia.
Piper-Heidsieck, Reims, France
This one is easy, as France’s Champagne region is hard to beat. Visitors should check out the cave of Piper-Heidsieck, which provides “fantastic tours” and an “opulent bar” where visitors get three glasses of champagne with the purchase of a VIP ticket.
Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Visitors to Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen in Sante Fe say it’s the place to find the “best margaritas you’ve ever had.” The restaurant is known for making a “terrific” margarita on the rocks, and those that are made with reposado tequila are not to be missed.
Brettos, Athens, Greece
Brettos is the “perfect place” for a nightcap. The 100-year-old distillery’s home-brand ouzo is the best, but the atmosphere is a close second. Sit down, have a drink, and immerse yourself into the culture of this “extremely traditional bar.”
Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
It’s a popular drink all over the Caribbean, but devotees know this rum-based drink is best experienced at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke, named so for the fact that visitors arriving by boat will have to swim to shore and as a result will have wet money. This is where the Painkiller originated, so, of course, you “have to try one.” And you’ll be glad you did; they’re “amazing.”
Solar do Vinho do Porto, Lisbon, Portugal
Sipping port is a favorite pastime in Portugal, and for anyone with even a passing interest in port, the Solar do Vinho do Porto, the official bar of the Port Wine Institute, is an “absolute must-do.” The selection of over 400 varieties of wine available is “staggering.”
Gonpachi, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo’s Gonpachi restaurant never seems to go out of style, with special seats available for drinking sake and private rooms with great views of the high-ceilinged restaurant. One of the highlights of the restaurant is the top floor, which has garden seats “allowing you to escape and forget the busy city.”
Glenlivet Distillery, Speyside, Scotland
For those who might think they hate whisky, the Scotch Whisky Trail will most likely change their minds. Among the distilleries dotting the route, Glenlivet stands out for its “perfect Highland setting” and tasting choices.
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