Dublin • The Blind Pig

  When you think of Dublin you think more of rowdy pubs spilling their beer-swilling customers onto the cobbles than you do secret drinking dens. However, The Blind Pig is a speakeasy tucked away underneath an Italian restaurant in central Dublin and is a far cry from the bursting-at-the-seams pubs found in Temple Bar. The…

Havana, Cuba • The Secret Party Garden

This tip comes from Greg Buzulencia at ViaHero. Buda Bar, outside of the tourist-laden Habana Vieja, is a meditation center by day and a bumping party by night. Go after 10PM from Friday to Sunday to hear anything but reggaeton, play domino, or get your future told by an Osho card reader underneath the trees. Ask…

Santa Clara, Cuba • Come for Che, Stay for a Cristal

Santa Clara is Cuba’s 5th largest city but other than the mausoleum of Che Guevara there really isn’t much else to see and do, I was there for less than 24 hours and that was more than enough time. It lacks the charm of Havana and has very little by way of tourist attractions and…

Portland, Maine • A Dance Floor You’ve Never Seen Before

“That place is a hidden gem. It’s definitely a local hangout. You won’t find another bar like it.”  That’s what a friend told us after we spent the night at Bubba’s Sulky Lounge in Portland, Maine.  Voted one of the best dive bars in America, Bubba’s is like nothing you’ve ever seen. If the light…

Madrid, Spain • A Secret Beach…That’s Underground

Who said that Spain’s capital doesn’t have a beach? Café by day, restaurant by night, Ojalá  (“Hopefully” in Spanish) is here to prove us all wrong. Located in Malasaña, Madrid’s coolest district, this popular joint attracts hipsters, students and young city dwellers looking for the sand that the city can’t offer them anywhere else in…

Brooklyn, NYC • A Secret Skyline Spot

New York City has a million-dollar skyline and for that reason, most places you can go to enjoy said skyline cost you almost a million dollars per drink. Well, not quite, but you get the picture, they’re expensive! Head to any rooftop bar in Manhattan or Brooklyn and you’re easily looking at $20 USD for…

New York City – Presidential Party Headquarters

Nestled in the lowest part of Manhattan, Fraunces Tavern has been operating as an American Colonial Tavern since 1762, making it older than the country itself! This also makes it the oldest bar in New York City. The tavern looks great for it’s age though, considering it has played a prominent role in pre-Revolution, American Revolution and…

Montreal – The Strip Without The Club

This tip comes from our Canadian Explorer: Kathleen Novelia Montreal is known for the strip clubs, but there’s something else that’s even better, burlesque shows. Tucked on the second floor on St-Laurent, across the street from Schwartz smoked meat is The Wiggle Room. A very small, intimate setting where local artists go for its Wednesday variety…

Bogotá, Colombia – Beyond Brilliant Beer

It’s no surprise that Brits love their beer. It’s in our blood…from a young age most English kids will tell you they accompanied their parents to the pub on a weekend for a good family feed and for dad to enjoy a couple of pints after a hard weeks work. The Brit pub culture is…

Montana – Dive in With Mermaids

Mermaids.  Once thought to be just the stuff of fairy tales.  Currently residing in Great Falls, Montana…in a motor inn…inside a tiki bar…in (once again, let it sink in) Montana.  Sound unbelievable?  It almost is, but read on skeptics! The Sip ‘n Dip Lounge is certainly one of a kind, and has been since the…

Azerbaijan – A View in Baku

This tip comes from our Explorer: Emmaline Haywood Getting lost in the streets of Baku is a distance apart from many other European cities. This beautiful city offers an array of culture and also has that cosmopolitan feel.  Venturing into the Old City is practically like walking into another world in itself. The cobblestoned roads…

Rose Goes South • 48 Hours in Cartagena 

On a late night bus to Santa Marta, AC blowing and American chick flick dubbed in Spanish on the TV, it’s finally time to relax and to reflect on the most colourful few days of my trip so far. But this blog post poses a challenge: Cartagena Des Indias appeals to too many senses to…