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Europe

Boyz 2 Men: Coming of Age in Hamburg’s Reeperbahn

When I turned 18, my best friend Adam and I decided to ditch college for a week and take off somewhere. It has been a highly debated issue whether we knew before we booked that we were going to be staying smack bang in the middle of Europe’s second largest red light district (after Amsterdam, … Continue reading »

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Kölsch vs. Alt: Bier & Hockey-related Violence in Köln

Because I know how much Ruth loves ice-hockey and getting drunk in the daytime (okay, so maybe that’s just me) I planned a romantic river cruise down the Rhine…with one of my best friends and hundreds of rowdy Köln hockey supporters, en route to the derby in Düsseldorf! So, when, a few hours before leaving, … Continue reading »

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Video: The F Word…Feuerzangenbowle!

There’s nothing more heady and intoxicating than a nice hot mulled wine in December. So ever since I heard rumour of a drink made of mulled wine and 80% rum and set on fire like absinthe, I’ve been able to think of little else. I waited for months as Julika coaxed various relatives into bringing … Continue reading »

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The “Underground AleWay” Brighton & Sussex Ale Trail

If you’ve been with me from the beginning you’ll remember my post on the Prince Albert, my first pub of this years’ Ale Trail. Well, while I didn’t want to bore you with all the details, rest assured, I’ve been busy. I’ve taken the liberty of ranking each pub from one to 40. It’s worth … Continue reading »

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Paris: City of Love, Lights and…Piss?

Anyone expecting to read about the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, or any of that crap, may as well piss off now. This is the wrong kind of travel blog. Basically, it all started when I got a message from Jacques saying he was going to be back in Paris for one … Continue reading »

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Only in Winchester: 4 Crazy Ass Pubs & Bars!

“Sorry, we’re closed,” said the Barmaid as I strutted into The Wykeham Arms, Winchester. “That’s okay. This is going to sound like a strange request, but would you mind if I just took a photo of your toilet?” A long, cold silence. She looked to the Landlord. He looked back at me. I looked to where … Continue reading »

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The Sewers of London: A Drunken Descent

When Darmon came to us in the Dublin Castle, Camden Town, with a story of an ancient river, bricked-over and lost for centuries, yet still flowing, unbeknownst to most, beneath present-day London – and to top it off, that he had the key – it’s fair to say I remained sceptical. But then again, I … Continue reading »

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Brighton’s Underground AleWay #1: The Prince Albert

The other night, the Drinking Traveller began his assault on Brighton’s 2013 Ale Trail. This year it’s called the “Underground AleWay”, in reference to the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. There’s even a little map parodying Harry Beck’s world-famous “diagrammatic map” of the Tube. Doesn’t look like it’s anywhere to be found online, so … Continue reading »

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