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11 Great Spots To Have a Drink on Study Abroad

When Study Abroad makes you thirsty try one of these great establishments.

Roslyin Kent – University of Calgary
Beer biking in Budapest: Beers and bicycles…? Sounds dangerous, but not when it’s with a killer beer biking tour in one of Europe’s most up and coming cities! Grab 8-12 of your friends and peddle around the city in style for two hours as you chat over a pint (or three) of Hungarian beer.  Price: €180 Sunday-Thursday  €195 Friday-Saturday  Includes either 30 L of beer (60 pints) or 20 L of mulled wine.  Also included: music, taxes and a sober driver to navigate you around the city safely.

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Prague Beer Tours: If Prague is known for one thing (besides their incredible cobble stone streets and architecture) it’s their cheap, tasty, thirst quenching beer; after all, Czech Republic is the home of Pilsner Urquell. There’s no better way to experience Prague’s long lived history of beer than by participating in a beer tour in Old Town. Walk from brewery to brewery and pub to pub with a small team of other tourists and learn all about how their beer is made: from hops and water to the pint. Duration: 1.5 hours + Price: 500 Czk for students. Included: A guide, 3 free pints and a “beer diploma” upon completion of the tour.

Nikki McKenna, Florida Atlantic University
The Temple Bar Dublin, Ireland The Temple Bar is one of the most famous bars in Dublin. Established in 1840, it has a very interesting history. It has an incredible variety of food and drinks. A collection of hundreds of whiskeys are available, ranging from Irish, to Scottish, International and Bourbon. It has a great selection of beers, wines and spirits as well. And the food is absolutely delicious, they have a large menu of sandwiches, which as mundane as it may sound, the variety is incredible: Temple Bar has 106 different types of sandwiches on their menu. They have options as simple as a ham and cheese toastie, and as elaborate as triple deckers with any ingredient imaginable. They range from €6.95-€11.95. And that’s not to mention their oysters and Irish cheese! The oysters go for approximately x2 for €4.50 and x6 for €13.50. There is also great live music, and a beer garden right in the heart of the pub!
Temple Bar is a great place to get a real taste of Ireland!

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Alea Gilhuly-Mandel, Curry College
The Game Sports Bar (formally known as Ping!) is an American Sport’s Bar, Kitchen and Game Room located right near Earl’s Court tube stop in London. Not only do they serve unusual cocktails, but it’s possible to spend time playing games. The Game has Giant Jenga, classic Arcade machines, Ping Pong, Flip Cup and Beer Pong. There are leagues and tournaments to sign up for, or you can come to the bar just for drinks and games. Cereal Box Cocktails, Rum Slush Puppies and ‘Boombox’ Sharing drinks are just a few of the unusual drinks created at The Game. If cocktails aren’t necessarily what you’re looking for, The Game has an assortment of beers and ciders that you can drink while playing some of the games or watching many of the sporing games that are area on the televisions. For food, The Game has delicious homemade pizza that can be personal sizes or large enough to share for six or more people. It’s definitely a new and exciting experience for those who are trying to find unusual bars!

Carine Alexis, St. John’s University
If you’re ever in Seville, be sure to check out La Tradicional on Calle Mateos Gago. It was my go-to place for delicious tapas and a warm, welcoming atmosphere while I studied abroad. Order a pitcher of their Tinto de Verano, and split it with your friends for a refreshing drink.

Emily Roth, University of Connecticut
One spot off the beaten path is Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham, England. It claims to be the oldest pub in the UK and opened in 1189 AD. Its comprised of multiple small rooms with exposed mountain walls and tiny staircases, so it’s probably easiest to come with a small group! Great place for history buffs to grab a beer or some fish and chips.

Emma White, Syracuse University
The World’s Largest Fair in Munich.  You don’t have to drink a lot or even like beer to enjoy Oktoberfest. There’s so much more than I thought. There’s a ton of German food, rides and games that could easily keep you occupied all day if you didn’t want to hunker down in a beer tent for 10 hours at a time. I was so surprised about how many families with children I saw who were at Oktoberfest solely for the fair activities. The grounds are huge and there’s enough to do to accommodate everyone.


Emily Freebery, Fordham University
If you’re a fan of whiskey, here are the best places for it in Ireland and Northern Ireland! The Old Jameson Distillery is located in Dublin, Ireland. Student admission price is 13 euros and includes the distillery tour, three taster shots of whiskey, and one Jameson whiskey drink at the end of the tour. The New Jameson Distillery, where the whiskey is still made today, is located in Cork Ireland. Tickets there are 16 euros for the distillery tour, or opt for a 23 euro ticket, which includes a 30 minute premium whiskey tasting session! Finally, for Northern Ireland’s finest whiskey check out the Bushmills distillery in County Antrim. Ticket, prices vary, and the distillery tour is often included in other Northern Ireland day trips, for example as a stop on a trip to Giant’s Causeway. So any lovers of whiskey, or as the Irish call it ‘the water of life,’ be sure the Jameson and Bushmills distilleries are a must see!


Miranda Siwak, Elon University
What could be more of a classic than seeing how your favorite brews are produced? The Guiness Storehouse tour may be the quintessential Dublin activity, but the seven-floor museum covers everything from the farming and harvest process, the advertising campaigns and logos, a lesson on tasting and pouring, and concluding with a complementary pint atop the seventh floor’s Gravity Bar that overlooks the entire city-scape. Student pricing is 18 euros, and that includes your sample and full pint.

Molly Green, University of Minnesota
Why just visit one winery when you have dozens within biking distance? In Mendoza, Argentina, spend a fantastic afternoon exploring some of the world famous Malbec-producing bodegas just outside the main city in the small town of Maipu. Rent your wheels from Mr. Hugo’s and start at La Botella, a wine shop just a few blocks away, where you will learn the art of wine tasting. From there, bike to any of the unique vineyards, bodegas, and beer gardens on the free map from Mr. Hugo’s and enjoy samples of wine, cheese, olive oil, and other delicious morsels. The cost of bodega tours vary, but a wine-filled afternoon in Mendoza’s “caminos de vino” can easily cost less than $30. Be sure to leave room in your suitcase for a few souvenir bottles from Argentina’s famous wine country!

Hannah Polston, University of Denver
If you’re in Andalusia, Spain take a trip to Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of Sherry (called Jerez in Spanish). The town is famous for, and very proud of, its beautiful bodegas (wineries) and it’s definitely worth choosing one and taking a tour. Your guide will lead you through the bodega telling you about it’s history and the process of making sherry. They always save the best for last ending with a tasting of their most popular sherries. It’s a great (and inexpensive!) way to spend an afternoon in Jerez and you’ll want to finish the day off with some tapas at any one of Jerez’s great restaurants and tapas bars! I’d recommend Bodegas Fundador Pedro Domecq or Gonzalez Byass but you can’t go wrong with any of them!


11 Great Spots to have a drink on study Abroad


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