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Some of the World's Best Pubs

Updated on September 4, 2013

While I realize I haven't been to EVERY pub in the world, this could be a goal of mine! :) These are some of the places I've discovered on my travels to be a lot of fun and of good quality....and of course, great beer. Cheers!

Fortune of War- Sydney, Australia

The Fortune of War pub is one of the oldest "watering holes" in Sydney. It has been open since 1828 and is based in "The Rocks" area of the city. It has a very warm environment, and while it is not too large, the location is prime. It is located right near the harbor and has a great view of the famous Sydney Opera House just a few feet from it's door. Fortune of War also has a fine menu ranging from hamburgers to fish and chips. Also, the decor is made to represent it's stoic age complete with old newspaper clippings and it's old style round-table type bar frame. This would definably be a good place to stop during a visit to Sydney to intake some of it's history while enjoying a cold beer!

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137 George Street, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
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Inside the Ginger Man....what a list of brews on tap!
Inside the Ginger Man....what a list of brews on tap!

The Ginger Man- Austin, TX

The Ginger Man is set in the prime area of Austin's downtown, very close to the famous strip of bars on 6th Avenue. It was created by the author of the book "The Ginger Man" published in 1952. The story was set in World War II Ireland, and that is the feel of the atmosphere of the pub. By that, I mean it's warm and cozy, and has so so many kinds of beer on tap. If I were to guess how many different types they have, it would be in the 40-50 variety range. I went to Austin on a business trip last year, and checked out several bars/pubs in the area. I found myself repeatedly reverting back to The Ginger Man. The staff was extremely helpful, and their sandwiches were unique and delicious. This would definitely be a good stop for anyone visiting Austin.

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301 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Black Bull- Edinburgh, Scotland

This is a cozy traditional Scottish pub right in the city of Edinburgh. It is not a fancy place, nor should it be, but when I had a visit it was a lot of fun, great staff, and welcoming to everyone. This pub would be the ideal place to watch a live sports game and listen to some music late at night. While the setting is generally darker than most lit-up restaurants, it gives the authentic feel of how pubs have been for centuries. And of course, the Guinness is always great!

A marker12 Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, United Kingdom -
12 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH1 2JU, UK
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The outside of Cooperstown
The outside of Cooperstown
The Big Unit
The Big Unit

Alice Cooperstown- Phoenix, AZ

The weird and famous king of "shock rock" has a restaurant! Alice Cooper is originally from Phoenix, and his sports pub has a lot to offer. Alice Cooperstown is in central of downtown Phoenix, and a stone's throw away from the baseball stadium which is home of the Arizona DIamondbacks. One might assume that a bar opened by a rockstar would share some of the "dark side" characteristics of them, but Cooperstown is just the opposite. It is a fantastic place to watch sports, as there are several gigantic screens placed around the pub. Also, the food is FANTASTIC. The menu is also interesting in a way that almost every item on the menu is named for another famous figure, such as "Marge Simpson's Mac and Cheese" or "Sammy Hagar's Fish Tacos", and it is at an above average quality. If you are daring, order the "Big Unit" which is a foot-long bratwurst served in a baguette. A bell goes off every time someone orders one, as it has become an icon of the area. This pub and eatery is truly one of a kind. Alice Cooper himself has been known to pop by every so often!

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101 East Jackson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Johnnie Fox's- Dublin, Ireland

Just a short 30 minute drive from the center of Dublin would get you to Johnnie Fox's Irish Pub. It is one of the oldest pubs in the area, as it's been in business since 1823. During the 1960's it became a hot spot for traveling musicians to showcase their music during the evenings. The best aspect of this pub is the tradition and decor spread throughout the business. There are lots of pieces of memorabilia from the old days of Dublin, which gives it a very nice and rustic feel. This is absolutely the epitome of a authentic Irish pub, and visitors to the Dublin area should most certainly check it out! While it is a very popular place, don't let the crowds discourage you....just think of it as adding more life to the night!

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Glencullen, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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ESPN Zone- Anaheim, CA

Located just next door to the Disney Parks, the ESPN Zone has a nice spot right in the Downtown Disney area. This pub is a sports fan's dream. There are more TVs than you can count, and the second floor is full of interactive games for visitors to play. Although it may take a minute to get a seat, there's plenty to look at while waiting. During NFL season, the place is packed! But the beers are great, and food is good. However what you're really going for is the chance to submerge in an entirely sports-filled environment. If your day at the "House of Mouse" feels a little long, stop by for a cold brew.

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1545 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
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Ayingers Speis und Trank- Munich, Germany

This beer hall has a great selection of Ayinger beers, about a total of 7 on tap. The quality of the beers is great and the staff was friendly. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available, and is a good representation of a typical German pub/beer hall. The food and the beer are moderately good priced, and the environment was quite a mix of all kinds of people! It's located right in the center or Munich, which makes it easy to go pub hopping to the other places in town....but this one was memorable.

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Platzl 1A, 80331 Munich, Germany
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Fado- Seattle, WA

I have been to more than one of this restaurant through the USA, but this one was by the best of the franchise, from my experience. During the day, it is well-lit and extremely friendly. Our bartender even had a thick Irish accent, which made it feel like you were right in Ireland. The decor was fancy but casual, and had a very upbeat atmosphere. This was the perfect place to go to right before the local soccer team played, as it will FILLED with fans and alive. Every beer poured was perfect, and they even sold lucozade! (A British sports drink that can't be found many places in the USA). The food was also great, but the reason people go is for the lively and friendly environment.

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801 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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      sailingknight 3 years ago from Severn, MD

      Kind of jealous I didn't think to take notes when I was bar hopping across the world now, but this is a great read on places. Good insight with the understanding others may not like the same things as you. I just happy I've been to one, ESPN Zone. A bit too crowded for me though.

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      tastiger04 3 years ago

      Thanks, sailingknight! Start taking notes now and make a list too! :) As I think of more I'll try to add to this hub....good to know there's another world pub hopper out there :) I agree, ESPN was crowded...but it was amusing. The only thing is, the moving heads on the athlete statues at the top of the building outside was slightly creepy...but the inside was stellar!

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      Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

      Good hub, well written with interesting info. Great Work ;)

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      tastiger04 3 years ago

      Thank you, My Cook Book! I appreciate the feedback and thanks for stopping by :)

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      saltymick 3 years ago

      Speaking as a fellow beer and pub lover - I like this hub... and I've been to two of your recommendations - Fortune of War and Johnny Fox's - I second your recommendations!

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      tastiger04 3 years ago

      Thanks saltymick! Yes they are fantastic aren't they? Every time I run into people who have visited Australia or Ireland, no one (that I've talked to) has been to either....trying to fix that! I love visiting pubs of all kinds, and hope to expand my list. Glad to know you agree...beer lovers unite! :)

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      Yoleen Lucas 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I voted for Sports Bar. I prefer one that shows videos of skiers and snowboarders.

      Have you by chance been to Heidelberg? In my Switzerland hub, I wrote about a really fabulous hub I visited there. I didn't write the name of it (sheiss!), but I'd gladly revisit it in a heartbeat!

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      tastiger04 3 years ago

      Thanks, Say Yes To Life! Yes I have been through Heidelberg (my brother was there actually 2 weeks ago), but didn't have a chance to visit any pubs then. If you ever get a chance to figure out the name, definitely let me know! I will try to stop by it next time I go to that part of the world :)

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      A very important hub full of great info, well done, next time your in Heidelberg drop in to the Dubliner on the Haupstrasse for a great pint of Guinness, the Vetter House is really good to they have some very strong beers, voted up , thanks, Lee

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