Yes, the Global COVID Pandemic has put a pinch in the plans of anyone who's into traveling, and especially so for whisky connesiuers looking to find a new place to sample their favorite drink. But, while we can't actually fly across the world to sample a dram or two, we can start planning for a getaway once 'Rona is in the rearview mirror. Here are three travel ideas for the whiskey (or whisky) lover for their post-pandemic break out!

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World Whisky Day is coming up – it is celebrated globally by whisky aficionados on the third Saturday in May. Now, notice the name is “Whisky” and not “Whiskey.” What’s the difference? Well, “whisky” is the traditional spelling of the spirit made in Scotland, while the rest of the world spells it “whiskey.”

So essentially, we’re not celebrating all whiskies, we’re celebrating the smokiest of the bunch – Scotch! And to help you celebrate, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites to help make the day even more enjoyable (and yes, we know one isn't technically a Scotch, but we wanted to rep at least one made in the U.S.). We hope you can try some of our suggestions below, and we hope you have a Happy World Whisky Day!

 

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Hola, bucket list bars fans!  Yolie and James had a great 2019 searching for the oldest and coolest bars in the USA.  After returning from Ireland we closed out the year with a couple of quick adventures to West Virginia and Connecticut.  The final destination in West Virginia was the Three Gables Club in Hilltop you can find them in facebook, a scenic 6 hour drive from Annapolis.  After exiting I-81 we headed west to Hilltop but we were surprised to stumble upon the Devil's Backbone Brewing Company in Lexington, VA.   It was a little before noon so we waited a few minutes in the parking lot until the brewery opened.  It was well worth the wait as we had a great time with Nadia and Jamie tasting the fine Devil's Backbone brews like the amber O'Fest Lager and the refreshing Homeward Bound Harvest Ale.  We would have liked to have stayed longer but we were on an important mission.

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This article was originally written as a presentation for the 2019 Nightclub and Bar Show in Las Vegas - and it got a pretty good response so we decided to post it here too. We made this piece for people who own bars and want to know how to make their bars more successful. We hope some of the ideas and strategies here bring you lots of success!

Eight years ago we decided that what this world needs is a travel guide to the oldest bars in this country, and so since then we’ve been on the road quite a bit trying to find those historic bars still left in the US. Sadly, there aren’t many left – all the old, neighborhood bars seem to be closing at a pretty fast clip, but we’ve been lucky enough to find some real classics that are still serving throughout the US. It hasn’t all been easy (at least that’s what we told our wives), but it’s certainly been worth it. As a result we wrote our book, Bucket List Bars: Historic Saloons, Pubs, and Dives of America.

The upshot is that we’ve been able to document over 170 of the oldest bars in America in 25 major cities. These are places that arguably built this country, and we think that they should be recognized for the treasures that they are.

 

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Man we loved this trip - Motor City was a destination we both wanted to see since we were little. Both of us are gear heads, and so the history of motorsports and cars coming from this region was legendary, and traveling here was like going to Mecca. At the same time, the place has had a pretty rough life. It never recovered from the riots in the 1960's, then the mass exodus by the residents as one car plant after another shut down.

But lately there's been a renaissance, especially downtown, and cool small bars, breweries and restaurants have been popping up all over town. The new stadiums have been built, and the city is starting to come back alive. So we thought we needed to go find the oldest bars in the city and report on them for you. So here they are, the 5 oldest bars in Detroit, all vouched for by us!

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