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The Top 4 Bars in Tokyo

Anywhere in the world, it’s safe to say that the majority of us enjoy a glass of wine or two or a swig of whatever the local tipple might be. Japan is most certainly no different. The stressful Tokyo city life prompts office ladies and salarymen to indulge in the consumption of alcohol on a fairly regular basis. There are a number of different types of establishment in the city, some of which are explored below.


1. Hub

If you’re missing home and don’t quite fancy one of the more wackier bars in Tokyo (there are many), then heading across to one of the many ‘Hub’ establishments. The Hub chain is branded and marketed as an English Pub experience, where pints are served readily.

A fairly impressive selection of beers, bitters and lagers are served here, so you won’t miss your home brew. On the flipside of this, they also serve an almost unimaginable number of Japanese beers and spirits, so you won’t miss out on the local brews either. If you’re hungry, there’s an ‘English’ menu that lists fish and chips, pies and other British cuisines. Cheap, fun and social. There are quite a few cheap Tokyo hotels within walking distance of this bar which makes it more appealing to tourists.


2. Shinjuku 8-bit Cafe

If you’re visiting Japan and you just so happen to be into video games – which let’s face it, is very likely – you’ll be glad to know that there’s more than one bar that cater to many distinct gaming tastes. By far the best and most interesting of these is 8-Bit Cafe in Shinjuku. This neon heaven worships the throne of 1980’s gaming at its peak.

The walls are expectedly lined with retro games consoles and they have what can only be described as a library of strategy guides to help any wayward gamers, lost in worlds they cannot find their path in – not to mention they’ve probably had a fair few video game themed cocktails to help them lose their way.


3. Kagaya

It’s entirely possible that Kagaya is the strangest bar on the face of the planet. The owner, Mark Kagaya, who lovingly named the bar after himself, has endeavoured to construct an environment of madness and fun. We are pleased to say that he has done so, successfully.

Mostly in fancy-dress, Mark waits on the patrons with a charm like no other – Once you’ve chosen what you want from the bizarre and largely nonsensical, hand-written menu,  his quirky and mischievous hand puppets will take your order. Bored during your meal? He will bring an array of trinkets and toys to your table to entertain you as best he can.

Head in with an open mind and you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself.


4. Karaoke Kan

Karaoke in the west is subject to the Marmite dichotomy; you either love it or you hate it. The same is not so in Japan, at least not on the surface. After a few beverages, heading to a Karaoke bar is one of the single most popular things to do on a night out in Tokyo.

One of the better known establishments is the Karaoke Kan chain. With floor after floor and room after room, you’ll be unlucky if they’re full. With thousands of Japanese and western classics to choose from, as well as a broad range of drinks snack and tambourines, Karaoke Kan’s service is brilliant. Once you’ve decided what you want, simply pick up the intercom and buzz down your order – within 10 minutes you’ll have everything you wanted and you simply head downstairs to the reception and pay the bill at the end.


To get the chance to go to Tokyo, you’ll need to fly into either Haneda or Narita international airports and then get on one of the many train or coach services that run into the city. Getting to Tokyo by air is really quite simple too, as flights are taking less time, all the time. It would be wise to make use of the very convenient Stansted airport parking facilities as driving to the airport rather than relying on public transport means less hassle.


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Five Best Bars in Chiang Mai, Thailand

While Chiang Mai is perhaps best known for its abundance of temples, over 300 in fact, many visitors to the ancient city simply wish to unwind at one of local bars. Some locals like to think their city is a quaint and mellow place; however the reality is Chiang Mai is a dynamic yet chic metropolis with a lively nightlife and a superb selection of bars. These are the five best bars in Chiang Mai.


Trying to choose which one of the many expat bars in Chiang Mai to visit is like trying to choose a rucksack there’s so many good ones, difficult. Yet The Red Lion stands out for its superb location and fine selection of ales, including Guinness and Tetley’s Bitter – no wonder the place is so popular with those expats yearning for some home comforts.

With a name like The Olde Bell, this popular watering hole is a bona-fide English pub. Located on Loi Kroh Road the Sunday roasts keep the expats coming back as does the great selection of drinks.

The Half Moon Pub is a well-established sports bar on the Moon Muang Road. Featuring classic pub games such as pool and darts, the Half Moon Pub also has good music and a range of local and imported drinks.

Rooftop Bar is located above a hemp shop, so it’s no wonder the place has a cool bohemian feel to it. Offering great views of Thape Gate, Rooftop is a chill bar to relax and listen to funky beats and sample some cheap drinks.

Roots Rock Reggae is often described as Chiang Mai’s premier ‘riddim’ bar. The bustling bar is popular with hip locals and backpackers. All who visit must share a love for all things reggae and ska. Live music is offered nightly with reggae firmly represented.

Many of Chiang Mai’s bars and clubs are located within walking distance of the Old Town and with drink prices far more reasonable than Bangkok and Phuket it’s easy to see why many visitors who booked a hotel in Bangkok travel to Chiang Mai. What once was a jumping off point for those wishing to trek the surrounding hills, Chiang Mai is a destination of choice for many travelers in Thailand.

For now, I’m going to put my feet up, try out this new electronic cigarette starter kit; put on some music and sip on this Singha beer  and kick back and relax.


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Hugos lounge


There are lots of clubs in Sydney and your hardest problem won’t be finding a good club but rather what not to include in your list of must do bars. Partying in Sydney is the order of the day regardless of the day of the week, those aussies know how to booze, so it’s partying here is very possibly going to the highlight of your trip to Australia.

To get a good idea about the places to visit, take a walk around the city a day or two beforehand so you can judge for yourself, you’ll be bumping into pubs every 50 metres, so maybe sample a few on the way! With everyone finding themselves cheap flights to Sydney nowadays, you can starting hitting up the best clubs in the city without a worry and what’s more, we’re gonna help you choose where to go! After a difficult elimination process, these are 5 clubs that are most worth checking out.

Hugos lounge

World bar

This is an incredible place to start your night out and is located at just on King’s Cross, just a little distance from Sydney’s CBD area. From the mind blowing décor to the outdoor garden terrace, the place is much more than just a club. The music is great with varieties from small bands to the dance manias just to make sure there is something for everyone. Check out the cocktails in syringes, mental!


The Dug Out in the Burdekin hotel

This extremely popular club is a favorite to both local clubbers and backpackers. If you are a oldskool music lover, then this club is worth checking out because it is particularly famed for this kind of music. The club is located in the basement of the hotel and the music will definitely sweep you off your feet right from the door to the dance floor.


Oxford art factory

The OAF often tops the nightclub lists,  but the best category for this club would actually be for its live gigs. Even though is looks like a work in progress, it is very much the finished articles. The interior is mind boggling with a huge art collection, which is probably why it also functions as an art gallery! Good way to kill two birds with one stone even though after a night of hard partying the artistry might not be that clear :S


Hugos lounge

More of a bar than a club, but another with a claim to fame the best in the city. The cocktails here are to die for, but they don’t come cheap, especially not on backpacker’s budgets. The delicious pizzas are served all through the night, a great solution if you’ve had one too many. Hugo’s though is worth every penny. The door policy is strict though, so gentlemen find some girls to accompany you, and dress to impress, this is home to Sydney’s beautiful people.


Club Tank

It’s large dance floor is Tank’s big claim to fame, there’s not an inch of space after midnight and the tunes just keep coming. There is a contemporary approach to its décor and with the food and drinks served, it’s not hard to see why the club is a hit. The club has different events throughout the week so check out to see what suits your party mood.


If you really wanna tear up the dance floor in Oz, there’s no better city to do it in than Sydney, sure it’s pricey and the dress codes are strict, but the rewards are awesome. So get dolled up and go crazy, Sydney’s waiting for you!




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