Stay in an ice hotel, attend a winter festival and wander through an ice castle.
1. Go to a Dive Bar in Austin
Who: A multi-generational crowd of hipsters, ranchers, students, bikers and rockabillies.
What: A bona fide honky-tonk bar that embodies East Austin’s charms: cheap beer, nightly live music, a buzzing patio and plenty of whisky, all in a no-frills space.
Why: Go for the house special, a US$6 Two-Step (ice-cold Lone Star with a shot of whisky), and mosey up to the large dance floor with kicks freshly buffed at the venue’s shoeshine station.
2. Sip Vermouth in Barcelona
An aperitif made of fortified wine steeped in botanicals, Spanish vermouth is a lifestyle in Catalonia. Whether taken on the rocks or with a spritz of soda water, the ritual of tomar un vermut (“take a vermouth”) involves midday tippling with friends or family while nibbling on tapas.
3. Drink Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley
The Willamette Valley, a half an hour from Portland, is one of the best regions when it comes to pinot noir as the red grape prefers areas like this for its mild growing season. Vineyard management, using clonal selection, dense planting and vertical trellising, has helped develop better fruit. There are more than 550 wineries and nearly 800 vineyards in the valley, but it’s the wines from Yamhill-Carlton sub-appellation, with its marine sediment-enriched soils, and volcanic soil-rich Dundee Hills, that really shines.
4. Drink Whisky at The Scotia in Glasgow
This Scottish city is known for its rich bar culture. Here are some numbers to prove it.
The ratio of visitors who make a trip to a whisky distillery.
The number of pubs and bars in the city (as of November 2018).
The year the city’s oldest pub, The Scotia, opened.