Hello 2014! This is the time to take a step back and chill. Explore different shores and take a hiatus from 'partying'. So, this January, ditch your glitzy nightclub for interesting exotic destinations that will add a 'mild' twist to your R & R experience!
Barcelona’s tapas bars
Tapas are, basically, small snacks or appetizers which are an integral part of Spanish cuisine. Every major city and town is flooded with different tapas bars which served an array of small plates and beverages. In fact, the Spanish have a great time visiting a number of Tapas bars in a single night enjoying small portions of delicious food and enjoying their liquor. It's almost their equivalent to pub hopping and each bar offers something unique making it a very different experience from any other traditional tavern.
Berlin’s cocktail bars
A cocktail bar is head and shoulders above your average watering hole. These are very different from a club or a pub and are distinctly stylish and chic. The ambience reflects a certain amount of elegance in places like these and sometimes takes you back to the ‘60s with their sleek style. It's understated and, of course, the focus of places like these as the name suggests is their cocktail menu. Though you come across places like these all over the world, Berlin, in particular, is home to some jaw-droppingly fancy cocktail bars, and a night out here is guaranteed to be an experience.
London's Standup Comedy
One of the best ways to de-stress and laugh out loud till your tummy hurts is by watching a live comedy show. Standup comedy has become increasingly popular all over the world and so many people prefer to see some of their favourite comedians live instead of watching a movie in the theatre. In fact, a good standup comedy show can guarantee a smashingly good time more than any amount of alcohol or any amount of dancing in a club. If you're looking to really have a good time this might prove a fantastic option. One of the best places to catch standup comedy is London which is home to some great acts But even if you can't make it to London or even the States, try something a little closer to home. Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and a few other cities have regular shows and a small, but, booming stand up industry.
Amsterdam’s brown bars
The term, ‘brown bar’ sounds offensive but don't worry - the term, ‘brown’ refers to the brown-coloured furniture and, apparently, smoke stains over the years. Brown clubs are local to Amsterdam - an equivalent of English pubs. Apparent from the thriving nightlife synonymous with the Dutch, they enjoy their brown bars - which is as Dutch as their canals and cobbled streets! The ambience is more laid back and casual, but don't mistake that for a boring time. Although it's typically not the place to expect live music or entertainment, the food, drink and people make the experience worthwhile.
Well, signing off on good ol’ 2013 now, wish you have a rocking New Year’s Eve and an amazing 2014 up ahead!
Article written by Roxanne Bamboat
Roxanne is a pint-sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog - www.thetinytaster.com. A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate a a time!