Sunday, December 4, 2011

Warm Booze: The Best of German Christmas Market Drinks

The best way to brave the cold of a German winter is, naturally, with a bit of warm spiced booze.  That's probably why the majority of vendors to be found an a traditional German "Weihnachtsmarkt" serve up various steaming spiced alcoholic drinks.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gojingamrae (고진감래): Revolutionary Drinking System from Korea


If you've every visited Korea or have any Korean friends then you are probably already very familiar with a  drink called "Soju". 

If you've been unfortunate enough to have never encountered Soju in the past then here is a brief summation:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dice and Drinks: China's Most Popular Drinking Game

In nearly every bar in China dice games delegate who drinks and when.  The game is an easy and deal way to meet Chinese locals and break down the language barrier but travellers to China face the difficult task of learning the games tricky rules. So here it is, the step-by-step guide to the infamous Chinese dice drinking game.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

International Beer: Taiwan Beer


Refreshing beverage and cultural icon; Taiwan Beer (台灣啤酒, Táiwān Píjǐu, or 台啤, TáiPí) is perhaps the most iconic brand of the island nation for which it is named.  A great looking can and strong branding are great but can the beer behind the brand live up to the hype?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Magnificent Makgeolli: Korea's Lesser Known Booze

Magkeolli (also known as Makkoli or Makuly) is a Korean rice beer that resembles milk in appearence but it is fizzy, sweet like apple cider, around 7 % alcohol and altogether delightful! 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Manila, Boracay, Makati: My Philippines Adventure



I had always thought the Philippines was very westernized and I thought the years of Spanish and American colonialism would've made the the country realatively easy in terms of culture shock.  Manila's sights, sounds and smells quickly had me realizing that the the Philippines has a culture all its own.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

International Beers: Myanmar Beer


You might be hard-pressed to find a bottle of Myanmar beer anywhere but in the nation for which it's named but it just may be worth trying.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Kota Kinabalu: Borneo's Best Nightlife


Plenty to do in Kota Kinabalu when the sun goes down.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Kathmandu: Backpacker Nightlife Haven

Kathmandu, a long time hippie traveller mecca is well set up to accomodate the needs of western backpackers.  with more irish pubs than irish people kathmandu's pub scene is vibrant and, well, intoxicating.  the traveller oriented bar scene dominates the Thamel traveller ghetto but a fair share of local nepalis frequent the area's bars as well.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Chhaang, Nepali for Beer


Chhaang, chang or sometimes reffered to as Himalayan Beer is an intriguing drink, to say the least.  A milky white drink with flecks of floating white chunks throughout. Sometimes referred to as Nepali beer, chang is a fermented rice beverage, making it similar in appearance, taste and production method to unfiltered varieties of Japanese sake.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

India's Super-Ultra-Strong Beers .... 100000

The beer market in India is unique in that it is dominated by high alcohol beers.  Humorously named beers such as Hayward's 5000 or He-Man 10000 with numbers indicating the potency held within.  The labels vary from the tame "Strong Beer" to "Ultra Super Strong Beer." These extra strength beers occupy as much as 75% of the Indian Beer Market. With such popularity it is no surprise that beer giants such as Heineken, Tuborg and Carlsberg are all making strong beer entries into the up-and-coming beer drinker country. With all the Hype one has to wonder, "How do these beers taste?"

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pokhara's Rockin Lakeside Nightlife


Pokhara is a serene lakeside city with stunning view of the nearby Himalayas.  As Nepal's third largest city and one of the countries most touristed locations, it is no shock that Pokhara has an abundance of places to party.  The Lakeside tourist area is where most of the city's nightlife is located; conveniently, as that is where most travellers will end up residing.  The best part about the lakeside party scene is the outstanding live music that many of the bars feature. A drawback of all nightlife in Nepal is that drinking establishments are required by law to close at 11pm (although many simply close the doors and windows at this time).

Sunday, June 5, 2011

India's Infamous Bhang Lassi

A pale greenish-white concoction arrived at my table following a relatively long wait. I had chosen to go with 'strong' instead of the lighter varieties because, "I can take it"...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kolkata's Krazy Bars and Clubs: Nightlife Guide



Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, is a vibrant city accented by remnants of it's colonial past.  Victorian architecture adjacent to traditional Hindu temples shines light on the unique cosmopolitan vibe of India's third largest city.  As with any great city, when the sun goes down the drinking holes fill up, from grimy dive bars to the posh nightclubs, the city on the Hooghly River has it all.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Reflections on India: The things I Learned


Close to two months spent in India and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. I have been extremely lucky to have experienced all that I have and to have met the amazing people that made my stay extra special. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in India and it exceeded my expectations n every way. I would recommend travelling India to anyone seeking a unique cultural experience and a bit of adventure.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

India Trip Part 7: Kolkata

My final stop in india is the country's second largest city, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Despite the way my parents remember the city, it is quite nice and relatively clean.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Profit from Your Drinking Game Skills

Drinking games have been popular for many years and for good reason, as they're a great way to get the party started when hanging out with friends and can be an ideal ice-breaker in any situation. Whether you prefer board games such as the, hand-eye coordination games such as quarters or beer pong, or card-based drinking games like "Asshole" and "Screw Your Neighbor", you've got plenty of great options when it comes to drinking games. One thing you might not realize, though, is that in some cases you can put your drinking game skills to good use and actually pull in some hefty profits.

Beer pong is a drinking game staple around the world and has grown rapidly in popularity in recent years, with events like the World Series of Beer Pong (WSOBP) drawing more than 800 participants in 2010. Not only is the beer pong World Championship title up for grabs but there's plenty of cash to be won as well, with a $50,000 grand prize going to the winner of the 2011 WSOBP. Satellite tournaments let some teams win their way to Vegas for the WSOBP for free, so even if you don't win the championship title you still get to enjoy a weekend in Vegas and all the action you can handle at the blackjack, video poker, and craps tables.

If you're a veteran of card drinking games, you've likely learned a trick or two when it comes not just playing your cards correctly but also reading opponents and knowing when they're bluffing and when they actually have a strong hand. With some practice and time spent brushing up on strategy, those skills can be very valuable at the online poker tables, where top players can easily make $100,000/year or more. Millions of players compete at various online poker sites every year, drawn by both the profit potential as well as the convenience of being able to play from nearly anywhere in the world.

Once nice perk of playing poker, slots games online, and other casino games is that you'll also often be eligible for generous new player bonuses just for creating and funding your account, as many online sites offer lucrative cash bonuses and promotions to entice new players to their site. In some cases you can double or triple your starting bankroll with a new player bonus, which is in addition to any money that you win from your play at the tables. Terms and conditions can apply to bonuses, however, so be sure you read all of the fine print before you accept a bonus when signing up at an online site.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

India Trip Part 6: Dehradun and Varanasi

Another overnight bus and I was in Uttarakhand state's capital Dehradun. Dehradun isn't very interesting or much fun. The only reason I stopped there for a night was to catch an onward train to Varanasi.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Favourite Travel Photos: Sunset in Goa

The calming sunset before what is sure to be a wild night in India's party state, Goa.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

India Trip Part 5: The Dalai Lama's house and Himachel Pradesh



I boarded a bus in Delhi on a tuesday afternoon and, somehow, found myself in the Swiss Alps on tuesday morning.  That is, at least, how it felt.  I had arrived in Manali in the northwest corner of India. Snow capped peaks, evergreen trees and cool mountain air have mefeeling as if I have left India and ended up in a ski resort on the other side of the world. Manali is, apparently, a major tourist destination for Israelis. Almost every other tourist there was Israeli and I'm pretty sure everyone just assumed I was Israeli as well.

I did a day trip with a friend I met in Delhi to the nearby town of naggar. Naggar was a neat little town that is famous for being home of the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich.  We went to the Roerich museum which was ok but the best part of the trip was the ride through the mountain roads on the back of a motorcycle.

From Manali I took a bus to Mcleod Ganj. I decided to take a day bus instead of the cheaper overnight option so that I could see the mountain scenery. It was nice drive and I'm glad I did it. Mcleod Ganj is home to the exiled tibetan government for which the  head is the Dalai Lama.  Unfortunately the Dalai Lama is currently on tour somewhere, however there are plenty of tibetan related sights tosee around town and hoards of red-robed monks.  It really feels like a different country here, I think there are more tibetan refugees here than Indians.   The night that I arrived here there was an outdoor rock concert of one of india biggest bands (or so they claim). It was pretty decent and kinda funny to see tibetan monks rockin out to the music.


I walked a lot around the surrounding area a fair bit to a waterfall, a lake (currently dried up), and nearby villages.

I met some guys from Kashmir in a local pub.  They are currently living here selling Kashmiri Handicrafts to tourists.  They invited me to their home for dinner last night for Kashmiri food and tea, it was delicious and although I half expected them to propose some sort of scam business proposition to me the proposition never came and it was a great experience. 

From McLeod Ganj I took a long and windy overnight bus ride to Uttarakhand's state capital Dehradun...

Monday, May 9, 2011

International Beer: Hayward's 5000

India's best selling strong beer, Hayward's 5000 Super Strong Beer, is for those not easily intimidated by it's aggressive branding; "Super strong" simply means not greater than 8% abv.   Hayward's is a SABMiller product whose acquisition of Shaw Wallace gave the company a good position in the strong beer sector which is the fastest-growing segment in the Indian market.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

India Trip Part 4: Colour Coded Cities of Rajasthan

As a rapidly approach the 1 month mark of my trip I am shocked by how the time has gone.  I've gotten used to India by now and find myself drinking 5 or 6 cups of chai (Indian tea) everyday.  It seems odd to be sipping a boiling hot beverage when the temperature exceeds 40 degrees but somehow the chai is always refreshing. I have been in the state of Rajasthan since my last post and it is very beautiful but hot, very hot.   I haven't had a heated shower since I left home but in Rajasthan the water, along with just about everything else, is always warm. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

International Spirits: Indian country made liquor

 Daru, Arak, country made liquor; bootleg alcohol goes by many names in India, and is available in many places.  It is the distilled spirit from fruit, grain, sugarcane, coconut palm or any other substance easily fermented. The flavour of the liquor also has great variance, from smooth sipping syrup to fiery rocket fuel.  Although these concoctions are commonly drunk by locals, they can be just as toxic as they taste.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

India Trip Part 3: Mumbai to Udaipur


India continues to impress. Since my last entry I have spent most of my time in India's mega city Mumbai/Bombay. I arrived by overnight bus from Goa. A sleepless bus ride, thanks to the fat-man sitting beside me, saw me arriving disoriented and confused.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

International Beer: King's Black Label Premium Pilsner

If you find yourself searching for new beer in India's endless sea of Kingfisher take a trip to Goa in search of the local brew.  King's Black Label Pilsner, which unfortunately is only brewed and sold in the state of Goa, is a highlight of any trip to India's party state.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

India Trip Part 2: Goa

Since my last trip post everything had continued to go great and I am still having an amazing time.

Monday, April 18, 2011

International Spirits: Feni


Few times in my travels have I encountered a new and exotic spirit that, if available, would become my drink of choice. Cashew feni is one of those drinks. Straight up it goes down rough, very rough; singing the drinkers nostrils and throat before settling in the stomach. Mixed with the citrus flavoured Coca-cola product 'Limca' it becomes and all together different experience. The drink is sweet and smooth and is highlighted by a wonderful nutty aftertaste that accompanies the fizzy Limca beautifully. If only cashew fenny was available outside the state of Goa, India.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

India Trip: Part 1, Bangalore


 The first stop of my 'big trip' came after 33 hours in transit.  I chose Bangalore as my first destination in India because of it's location in the south and in-part influenced by the city's drinking reputation.  I arrived late in the night but was lucky enough to share a taxi from the airport with a local man and arrived at my dingy but cost effective hotel easily although exhausted and had yet to form a first impression of India as all I had seen was through the window of a taxi.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bangalore: India's Pub City

Bangalore, India's "pub city" earned it's nickname as the first city in India to serve draft beer.  Bangloreans love to escape the summer heat with a cold beer in one of the many bars and clubs.  In recent years the Karnataka state government has sought to curb excessive partying by introducing an 11 pm closing time for all  bars and clubs.  In reality, young Bangloreans start the night early (6pm bars begin to get busy) and many move onto to after parties at private residences when the bars shut their doors.  To best explore Bangalore's famous pub-culture try pub-hopping around the Brigade Road. area.  Two of Brigade's side streets, Rest House Road and Church Street are the epicentre of the pub scene with the occasional bar spilling out on to MG and Museum Road.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Guest Post: Hello, it's Destiny.


A well-seasoned party-goer like yourself is destined to travel to the top party cities on the map. Yes folks, that's right. Grab the passport, back your bags. It's time for Panama City. Fate is calling, so let’s go.

When you step off the plane in Panama City, already a little tipsy from the in-flight happy hour, you will notice the city is generally divided into three main areas. Each area comes with its own unique attributes, so get ready to pay attention. Panamanian people know how to party and you just might learn a thing or two if you pay attention.

The Business District appears to be the place you want to visit for Panama entertainment . The streets are lined with night clubs, wine bars, hotel lounges, and other spots waiting for you to show off your drinking abilities. A word to the wise... avoid cold, dark alleys with no street lights. Now, that may go without saying, but you don't want to be the person that wanders into danger. You want to be the person that wonders into the hottest spot in Panama City. Like The Wine Bar or Nestled inside of the Business District you will find an area dubbed Calle Uruguay. The name just sounds cool. Locals head to Calle Uruguay for late night club action and bars that have a very loose definition of "last call."

Another area, known as Casco Viejo, should also top your list. Just remember one word. Relic. Relic may be one of the most fascinating bars you visit in your life. Yes, I said life. Its location is hard to explain and even stranger to visit. Imagine a historic house with hundreds of years of history. The bar, located in the cellar, is surrounded by stone walls and the space fills with eclectic music daily. Don't be upset if you show up and find a large group already pouring out of the building. This bar is one that is busy 7 days a week.

Do I need to tell you to check out the Panama Canal or did you already figure that out for yourself? There is also a museum if you want to infuse a little education in between bars. Did I just loose you? Alright, back to the bar. If you have time and can figure out how to get there, check out Scena y Platea. If you are in your early thirties you will fit right in. If you are younger, you will still love it.

Did I fail to mention the variety of casinos? If you feel the urge to fine tune your craps skills you can visit around 5 local gambling establishments and make some extra cocktail money. See, there are other places to gamble that may be better than Vegas. That's right, I said it.

So say good-bye couch and hello to your new set of Panamanian friends. They are just what you and your Facebook page needs.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Favourite Travel Photos: Floating Nightclubs in Budapest

Hajógyári Sziget or Shipyard Island was a former ship-building factory that has been reclaimed and converted into a plethora of nightclubs.

Monday, March 21, 2011

5 Reasons to Get up and Go!


The thought of travelling away from your home, with little notice, can be frightening and overwhelming.  Most people prefer to have accommodation, transportation and activities planned well in advance. The responsibilities of  work and family constrain many people to accept that travel is an indulgence reserved only for a privileged minority.  But alas, this is not true, last minute holidays can be booked easily online and often great deals and discounts are waiting to be found by a savvy traveller who feels no shame in selfishly putting aside responsibilities to enjoy the spontaneity that the world has to offer.  You only live once, so here are 5 reasons you should get up and go!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Smuggling Booze Into Singapore

Way back when I was young and stupid (about one year ago) I made the bold and misguided decision to bring 3 bottles of Malaysian vodka through the Malaysia-Singapore border.  The mischievous act was not pre-meditated, at least not for any longer than the the waiting time at the border and, in hindsight, was probably a bad-idea.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Top 6 Must Try Local Cocktails

Many places in the world have an alcoholic drink which embodies the spirit and people in such a way that it has become known worldwide as a symbol of the destination.  The drink can be as important a part of the local culture as  music and arts and is a essential experience for any visiting tourist.  The following six drinks are great experiences to be had while abroad, but recipes have been provided for those wishing to 'Travel in their own home'.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

St. Paddy's Parties in Ireland and Abroad

St. Patrick's Day is a great day for getting drunk all over the world.  In celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday and what better to ease the consumption of religion than copious amounts of booze.  Learn about when and where to party in your current neck of the woods with this handy guide to St. Patrick's day around the world.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2011 Travel Plans: Intoxicated in India


In one month I will be departing on another lengthy backpacking trip.  March 29th in the early morning I leave Vancouver and following two stopovers in China, if all goes well, I will arrive in Bangalore India. This will be the fourth time I leave my comfy home life for an extended time with just a backpack and a guidebook. My trip will be open-ended, just the way I like it, and I plan to continue to update this blog throughout the journey with pictures, videos, and of course, nightlife and booze articles.  'Read More' to view my rough itinerary and some of the drinks and nightlife I will be exploring.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

100th Post Contest: Win $35 to spend at CSN Stores!

This week, to celebrate Intoxicated Abroad's 100th post, I have partnered with CSN stores to provide an opportunity to win a $35 gift code to any one of their 200+ online stores such as Luggage.com or Tailgatingpartysupply.com. The sell everything from the stylish Eames lounge chair to backpacks, travel, and bar accessories.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

2011 World's Biggest Party Events Calendar


The best party and nightlife events Worldwide in 2011, mark these dates on your itinerary.
Plan your travels and trips around the biggest and best parties in the World.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yaa Dong: Thai Street Medication


Travellers to Thailand may come across a special kind of street vendor that doesn't sell any food.  Their carts are instead topped with large clear vats containing anonymous liquids of varying transparency. "Energy, male virility, strength;" signs in Thai (and English in touristy areas) boast the many therapeutic benefits gained by drinking a small shot of 'potion'. This potion is known as Yaa Dong and brave tourists who take a seat at one of the cart-side stools will quickly note that the most-certain outcome of drinking several doses is a fiery throat-burn proceeded by drunkenness.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bar-Golf: The Sport of Champions

This past weekend a friend of mine introduced me to the wonderful game of Bar-Golf.  I've never particularly enjoyed golf, in part because I have never been any good at it.  As it turns-out, I am practically the Tiger Woods of bar-golf (minus the whores).
Finished up 25 under par.

Friday, February 11, 2011

International Beer: Switzerland's famous Feldsclösschen


Most people outside of Europe would struggle to name a beer produced in Switzerland; Overshadowed by it's Bavarian neighbors, and almost non-existent outside of Europe, I assure you, a Swiss beer industry does in fact exist.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Favourite Travel Photos: Piggy Banks in Phuket

A sprawling outdoor pottery shop in Phuket Town, Thailand sells everything from piggy-banks to planters to plates. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thai Whiskey: Mekhong v. Sang Som

The primary ingredient in most thai-buckets, Thai Whiskey, is a liquor that is popular with both Thais and travellers alike.  Tourists in Thailand are likely to owe a few hangovers to the brown liquor commonly purchased from a 7-11. Despite being known in Thailand as “Thai Whiskey”, it is actually a spiced rum. That is, the primary ingredient is molasses, whereas whiskey is a product of distilling alcohol made from grains.  The two brands that backpackers will most often find at the bottom of their bucket are Mekhong and Sangsom.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit Outside of Mainland China


The Chinese Lunar New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. in China it is known as "Spring Festival," the literal translation of the Chinese name 春节.  Most cities outside of China with a significant Chinese population have a celebration of some sort.  Chinese New Years parades and festivals can be a fun and entertaining for both locals and travellers.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Favourite Travel Photos: Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Long Son Pagoda in the city of Nha Trang, Vietnam features a 79 ft. tall white Buddha. The pagoda was established in 1963 to honour the monks and nuns who died demonstrating against the Diem government.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Goon: Economical, Convenient and Delicious?

During a trip to the East coast of Australia last year I was introduced, as many travelers are, to boxed wine.  I was told it was terrible stuff drank only by the homeless and backpackers and that I had best avoid it if I wanted to function the following day.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Featured Travel T-shirt: Foreigner

Let everyone know that you are a 'foreign devil' and proud of it.  This t-shirt features slang terms for white westerners from China, Cambodia, Singapore/Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan.
To view this and other t-shirts ideal for traveling backpackers, check out Intoxicated Tees.

Places that had me saying "I could live here."


I have travelled to many wonderful cities and towns around the world and although great times were had in many of these places, few had me ready to pack up my life and move.  This highly subjective article is based on what works best for me and suites my own personal tastes.  Perhaps as a result of my Canadian upbringing, I have never had much of a tolerance for heat and humidity. I prefer a place with all four seasons ie. not tropical and additionally, I love cities.  Once again likely a product of my youth, I am near obsessed with the hustle and bustle of big city living.  I was raised in Vancouver, and while not the largest or most populous of cities, it has conditioned me in a way that I find small town and rural life to be an utter bore. The towering monoliths of city skylines are a delight to me and more often than not the best nightlife is found deep within a maze of downtown streets.  As much as I love nearly every aspect of Vancouver, my home, the following cities have made me consider leaving it all behind.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Saigon Sippin

Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, HCMC;   whichever name you choose to call it, this city serves up Vietnam's best bars and nightclubs. With growing population of 7,162,864, the local residents, ex pats, and tourists alike create a high-demand for nightlife, which Saigon does deliver.  I visited all of the following locales myself and I certainly plan to return to HCMC to explore more of the great bars, pubs and nightclubs on offer.

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