A lot of social activities around the world today are centered on alcohol. There are even festivals and occasions held annually to celebrate alcohol. Certain places have become Meccas for the kind of alcohol they produce. Just as some people take culinary vacations to enjoy the best gastronomic experience a place has to offer, there are also some who seek out the best watering holes and drinks locales have to offer.
Top 5 Best drinking destinations in the world
Most people imbibe some form of beer, wine or spirits and it is generally characteristic of them to stick to their favorite alcohol but for the more adventurous sport, there is a whole range of options available. With alcohol, it is more than just drinking. It is about the culture and history of the place, the people who also partake and the celebration of something different and unique to that environment.
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The Temple Bar Pub tops the list of the world’s best drinking destinations. Located in Dublin, Ireland, the pub was established in 1840 and is famous for its live folk music, Dj sets and of course lots and lots of Guinness beer. It has become a place of pilgrimage for locals and tourists alike and the entire area draws in hundreds, maybe even thousands of visitors every night.
Japan may not sound like a place to go drinking as its fun side often takes a back seat to its rich culture and tradition but it is general knowledge that it is the place to go to enjoy the very best of the unique traditional alcoholic drink called Sake. Sake is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice polished to remove the grain. There are two types of sake. The Futsu-Shu is the equivalent of your average table wine and is mass produced. Then there is the Tokutei-Meisho, a premium type of sake which is specially designed and comes in eight varieties. The flavor of sake is an acquired taste and carries many notes from fruits to herbs and even spices. Tokyo Japan is the sake capital of the world and remains the best place to really experience the best of this ancient tradition made drink.
Where else does one go to enjoy the best wines than the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux, France? Asides being a gastronomic haven and being classified as a world heritage site in 2007, Bordeaux has an international reputation for being one of if not the best producers of wine in the world. The southwest French city has been cultivating and making wine as far back as 60BC. It’s excellently made and well mature wines are coveted by wine aficionados all over the world and people often take culinary vacations to enjoy more of its varieties.
When the word “Germany and beer” are put together, the result is Oktoberfest. It is the world’s largest beer festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany and is a beer lover’s happy place. The celebrations last between 16 to 18 days and attracts over 7 million people from all over the world who come to take part in the festivities and of course, beer. As much as 10 million liters of beer is consumed within that two week plus period and there is also a wide variety and menu of traditional Bavarian cuisine available. The tradition began in 1811 and has endured over the ages to become one of the largest and most attended festivals in the world.
Last on the list is Russia. That’s right. The former Soviet Union is the vodka capital of the world. No one makes or consumes vodka like Russians. The clear yet strong distilled alcoholic beverage made from delicate potatoes that are fermented is a favorite of many drinkers the world over. It can be taken straight or mixed with other drinks. Standard vodka has a 40% alcohol volume but some countries regulate it to contain a lot less. It originated as a medicinal drink in Poland and was brought to Russia in 1533. Ever since, it has become the signature drink of the country and is enjoyed by people the world over who love it for its flavor and versatility.
The list of best drinking destinations is as long as the assortments of drinks out there. Every place has a beverage particular to that environment, some more famous than others but the pleasure of sitting down to enjoy a nice cold one with good company is a trait common and enjoyed by all.
I have always wanted to tour the Guinness facility in Ireland. It is defiantly on my bucket list. I was in Scotland a few years ago on St. Patrick’s day and wish I would have went to Ireland.
I was hoping you’d have Tokyo on your list! I spent a few months there for work back in the 1990s and the drinking/late night “business socializing” scene was amazing. The bars and nightclubs are so full of life and energy – hard to describe. I would have also guessed that Dublin was on the list, given the Irish fondness for a pint or a dram!
Oh this post is perfect for someone like me who is a social drinker. I would love to visit Bordeaux France for the wine and Ireland and Germany for the beer. Oktoberfest has been on my bucket list for some time and will definitely add these places to my list. Thanks for sharing.
I have only done drinking in Russia on this list and always come away complety plastered. I always land up drinking the vodka but I hate vodka. Give me beer any day of the week. Surprised about Tokyo being on the list. :O
Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions says
This is an interesting list. I usually try to explore a few bars or try a local beer or wine in most places I travel. I’m surprised to see Tokyo on the list, but personally I have never loved the sake drinks that I’ve had. Maybe if I went there, I could find a variety or flavor that I like. Another country worth mentioning is Korea, which has a pretty strong drinking culture and soju. Thanks for sharing!