Travel

Drinking in Rome: the Jerry Thomas Project and Beyond - Bevvy

Drinking in Rome: the Jerry Thomas Project and Beyond - Bevvy

It feels safe to say that Rome isn’t thought of as a cocktail city. And that’s fine—leave that distinction to the likes of New York and London and enjoy the millennia-old ruins, masterpieces of Western art, and extra-hearty pasta the Eternal City has to offer.

But, naturally, all those activities are best followed up with a drink. So, when I planned a trip to Rome this past December, I knew I’d want to venture beyond its excellent wine bars and see what the local cocktail scene had to offer.

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The 12 Best Bars in Portland, Maine - Bevvy

The 12 Best Bars in Portland, Maine - Bevvy

If someone says “Portland,” and “bar” together in the same sentence, there’s a good chance you immediately think of the largest city in Oregon. And that’s a shame, because 1) Portland, Maine, took the name first by a factor of 219 years, and 2) it hosts a vibrant, eclectic cocktail scene that can compete with towns 10 times its size.

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Stamba Hotel - UrbanDaddy

Stamba Hotel - UrbanDaddy

There's an old saying in the nation of Georgia.

"Whatever begins as a cognac distillery will eventually become a Soviet-era publishing house before turning into a Wes Anderson-esque hotel with its own two-floor casino."

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L'Oscar - UrbanDaddy

L'Oscar - UrbanDaddy

The name "Oscar" could use a little rehabilitation.

Too often we associate it with hot dogs, naked statues and cynical puppets living in garbage cans.

And not nearly enough with baroque fireplaces, crystal butterflies and trolleys bursting with beef ribs.

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Viking Ultimate World Cruise - UrbanDaddy

Viking Ultimate World Cruise - UrbanDaddy

"I could totally continue doing that, floating all over the planet while others pamper, feed and entertain me." — You, at the end of the last cruise you took.

"Here I go, embarking on a 245-day voyage that will take me to 6 continents and 59 countries while I'm continually pampered and entertained." — Future you, still publicly airing your every thought about the merits of cruising.

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Meda Gedara - UrbanDaddy

Meda Gedara - UrbanDaddy

Your group trip could have easily fallen apart before it started.

Friend A insisted on ocean views... 

Friend B demanded a home cinema... 

Not to mention Friend C's insistence on a 74-foot water slide.

Then you all discovered Meda Gedara, a ridiculously lovely, seven-bedroom wonder now open in Sri Lanka. And with it, satisfaction.

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Kettner's Townhouse - UrbanDaddy

Kettner's Townhouse - UrbanDaddy

Weird that you haven't received your invitation to the impending royal nuptials yet. 

It probably got lost in the mail.   

In the meantime, it's probably wise to focus on finding accommodations. 

Preferably somewhere that's pro-freestanding bathtub and anti-not-having-a-champagne-bar.

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