World’s Best Cities to Grab a Pint
A beer lover’s guide to the world’s top watering holes.
The frothy head. The unmistakable scent of hops. The cool and refreshing wave of relaxation that washes over you. There’s nothing quite like a cold beer at the end of a long day of touring. The best part? It doesn’t matter where in the world you find yourself, you’re guaranteed to find some sort of local beer culture.
But which cities have the best beer scene? We’ve scoured the globe looking for the best cities to grab a pint while you’re on vacation. Whether you’re looking for a brewery, pub, beer festival, or simply want to grab a sample of the local beer to take back to your hotel room, these cities know what they’re doing when it comes to beer.
The Irish Pub has long been the go-to for nights out in a new city. It’s a safe haven where you’ll always find good food, good beer, and good company. If it’s an especially good Irish pub, you’ll even find live music and dancing. It’s no surprise then that Dublin has made its way onto our list. The Brazen Head Pub is the city’s oldest pub dating back to 1198, and a must-visit for anyone who considers themselves a beer connoisseur. The Temple Bar (named for the area in which it’s located) is another favorite amongst travelers. Whether Guinness is what gets you going or a cold lager, Dublin’s countless pubs await you on your tour of Ireland.
Although Asia is typically known for its gastronomy scene, a growing beer culture is becoming more and more prominent. Wandering through Tokyo, you’ll run into everything from small Western style pubs tucked away on crowded streets to swanky tasting rooms in the city’s towering skyscrapers. Ji-biru is the word for Japanese craft beer, and it’s something you’ll want to keep an eye out for. Microbreweries here are making a name for themselves and beer enthusiasts would be remiss to miss out on it.
When you hear the word “beer” it conjures up images of folks in lederhosen, drinking from giant steins, and having the time of their lives. Home to the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich is THE quintessential beer town. 6 million people head to the city to celebrate their great love for beer over 2.5 weeks in October each and every year – a tradition that’s been taking place since 1810 (though it was originally a royal wedding celebration). Millions of liters of beer, copious amounts of Bavarian food, and stories to last a lifetime – if that’s not enough to convince you to go on a beer tour of Munich, I don’t know what is.
The heart of Belgian beer culture, Bruges is the picture-perfect medieval town of every fairy tale lover’s dreams. Dreamy canals connect quaint squares, towering churches and, most importantly, 180 different breweries housing 400 different types of beer. You can easily head out on a day of brewery hopping simply by taking a walk through the town. Be sure to check out ‘t Brugs Beertje – the first (and extremely popular) Belgian beer café. Take a seat at one of the sidewalk tables and sample different beer styles from across the country. The perfect way to end a day of touring the highlights of Bruges!
Plzen, Czech Republic
The land of the Pilsner. The holy grail for lager-lovers. The home of heavenly unpasteurized Pilsner Urquell. For any true beer lover, Plzen is a must-see, and is conveniently located just a short trip away from Prague. Spend some time learning the history of how beer was made before Pilsner Urquell was founded at the city’s Brewery Museum. Next up, hit the town and enjoy a pint of Pilsner Urquell – the world’s first Pilsner, still in production today. Czechs are the largest consumers of beer in the world, so you’ll be in good company.
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