new england trip pics

James and Yolie here again after an eventful weekend in New England.  Our weekend's prime objective was hitting the three oldest bars in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.  Of course, in between we'll be venturing into more bars, diners, and dives.  After being shot down...oops, I meant landing in Manchester, NH, we headed into town for our first target.  Let's say it was a bit of a bumpy flight from Baltimore, thank goodness it was too short and too rough to pass out the bags of 12 mini pretzels or things might have gotten messy.  With empty stomachs we went searching for some grub since The Hancock Inn and Fox Tavern, the oldest bar in the state, didn't open until 4 PM.  Add a comment

James and Yolie back home after a whirlwind mid-west weekend. We landed at Indianapolis International Airport at eight-thirty Friday morning and by nine we were in our brand new Chevy Malibu rental.  Our first of two primary targets for the weekend was the Knickerbocker Saloon in Lafayette.  The Knickerbocker is the oldest bar in Indiana...or is it?  The Knickerbocker didn't open until 4:00 PM so we had some time to check out downtown Indianapolis.  We were immediately struck by the tens of thousands of fit looking people filling the streets.  We soon discovered it was The Beach Body Coach Summit convention that was in town, so we knew right away it was going to be a great day for sightseeing.  When we travel to larger cities we always take a city tour as soon as we can.  The tour gives us a chance to get our bearings, learn a little history and some fun facts, and most importantly we get leads on great bucket list bars from the tour guide.

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Soon you're going to be attending holiday parties, or maybe throwing one yourself, when you do, you'll want to make sure that you're serving the best drinks of the holidays. Sure, you can make a cranberry-tini if you want, but for us it has to be something traditional. We put together a roundup of some of the best recipes out there for making delicious traditional holiday drinks. Make them for a party, or just for yourelf on a chilly night - they're gauranteed to keep you warm!

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James and Yolie here, back from our latest bucket list bar adventure.  This time Arizona was our destination.  We arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport early Friday morning where we were picked up by friends, Jamie and Yoly.  Yes, you read that right.  We'll try to keep things straight.  Jamie was our dedicated designated driver for the weekend while Yoly navigated us in their oversized pickup truck, which we nicknamed...the aircraft carrier.  After climbing in we headed for Tombstone, a picturesque 180 miles to the southeast.

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The term “dive bar” used to be quite disparaging. There was a time when to be found in a “dive” was a bad thing, but that sentiment has mostly gone away. Today, people seek out a good dive bar. They represent a warm crowd, low drink prices, friendly staff and some good stories.

These are places you feel comfortable in. Sure, there might be a hint of danger to them, but that only makes them that much more fun. Spending an evening in any dive bar is a great time, but for National Dive Bar Day, we wanted to give you a list of the dive bars we’ve grown to love since we started writing our Bucket List Bars guide back in 2011.

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