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Some of the World's Best Pubs
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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