Best Places to Party for Spring Break

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Spring Break generally conjures late brunches, wild, booze-infested nights and treating yo’ self day in and day out. And it’s even more fun to do so on a week-long jaunt. Here, we’re sharing the authors of 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die top favorite Spring Break destinations:

  1. Austin, TX: Start early and get to the taproom at Hops and Grain. Hit up Hi Hat for micro beers and a great wine list. Whatever else happens, you have to stop at Papi Tino’s for the city’s best Michelada (beer mixed with lime, spices, and chili pepper).
  2. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Totally the cliché party spot, right? When you’re ready to enter beach-club-party mode, hit up the Mango Deck on the beach at the extreme end of the Corridor.  The Office is a great place to grease up the stomach lining between blackouts. There are also plenty of food joints inland, like Sharky’s Tacos, Beer and Fun, or Tacos Gardenias.
  3. Davis, CA: Davis is one of the few legit college towns in California. Head downtown for an evening out at classic college bar Froggy’s or to G Street Pub, a fun place to see live music and do karaoke. Once you’re fully recovered you may be hankering for a burger. You have lots of options: Sam’sTommy J’sBurgers and Brew, and Redrum Burger.
  4. Las Vegas, NV:  Jump straight into the action by staying at the Aria Resort and Casino. Next door is The Cosmopolitan, who leases several floors and a patio to Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub, which books world-renowned DJs like Avicii and Calvin Harris.
  5. San Francisco, CA: San Francisco is divided into districts. And any adventurous night should include at least two or three districts. North Beach. Haight-Ashbury. Mission. Whatever is closest to you will work fine. You won’t be disappointed at Ruby SkyeTemple, or 1015 Folsom.

What are your Spring Break plans? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Shop for a Good & Cheap Bottle of Wine Like a Pro

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If you’re going for Champagne taste on a beer budget when it comes to wine, these tips will be well worth your time for scoring an amazing bottle of wine that won’t break the bank. We hit the web and our experience to share the top guidelines when shopping for a good, inexpensive bottle of wine.

Look for sister wineries on labels

Many large wine companies have smaller, “sister” labels that are sometimes less expensive. A quick google search will provide you with a list, or if you have a label in mind, look them up to see which other wineries they own. For example, PlumpJack owns CADE Winery and Odette Winery.

Indulge your sweet tooth

An innate sweet tooth groomed and grown on soft drinks will be delighted with the inflow of good and cheap sweet wine on the market. From bubbly boasting some serious sugar to Moscato and sweet-styled Riesling, these sweet wine treats are made for light-hearted, easy-going sips and don’t take themselves or their price points too seriously. Via Huffington Post

Look for a regular-sized bottle (750ml)

While you might be tempted to go big on the bottle size (hey, more bang for your buck, right?), the bang, in this case, will come from a smaller volume of higher-quality wine, rather than a hefty amount of a so-so drinking experience. Via Thrillist

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Champagne Tips

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Champagne, sparkling wine, bubbly—whatever you like to call it, most people can agree Champagne is a tasty compliment to just about any food dish and party partner. We’ve rounded up top tips on how to enjoy every last drop like a pro:

  1. Chill it. Chill your bottle(s) for at least 20 minutes before popping it open.
  2. Pour at an angle. This helps to preserve the aroma, taste, and bubbles, according to The American Chemical Society.
  3. Don’t save it for something special. That’s right, drink it casually. Need more of a reason? Metro UK reported that having 3 glasses of champagne per week can help to prevent dementia.

…Cheers!

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Best Spots to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in SF

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St. Patrick’s Day has a rich history in Irish culture, but let’s face: it’s become an excellent excuse to make green food, paint things green, and drink lots of green beer. We’ve got you covered on the green beer! Here are the top spots in San Francisco to hit up for great (green) food, cocktails, and of course, green beer:

  1. The Dubliner: Awesome beer selection and specials on Irish Car Bombs!
  2. Woodbury: Offering an Irish-inspired cocktail menu with festive drinks such as the Jameson Frozen Irish Coffee, and a Black Butte Porter.
  3. The Liberties: Pouring a variety of traditional Irish beers as well as an impressive selection of Irish whiskeys. The Liberties’ delicious menu of Irish favorites like scotch eggs, fish & chips, and truffled Kennebec fries will be sure to satisfy your hunger and soak up all of that green beer!

Happy {almost} St. Patrick’s Day!

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Friday Night Playlist

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If you’re reading this blog post, you’re most likely a pro at going from work to party mode on a Friday. If you’re not feeling it so much and need a little extra amping up before you go out, here are our top favorite songs to get you in the mood to party it up:

  1. I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix) by Mike Posner
  2. Hands To Myself by Selena Gomez
  3. Can’t Feel My Face by The Weekend
  4. Shut Up And Dance by WALK THE MOON
  5. GDFR (feat. the Gemini & Lookas)

What are you favorite songs to get yourself in the mood to party? Let us know in the comments below!

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Drinks for a Rainy Day

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Alcohol will pretty much always warm you up, but when it’s rainy, snowy, and/or cold, a hot drink works even better. We’re rounding up our top 4 hot drinks to order the next time you go out on a chilly night:

Left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Irish Coffee
  2. Whisky Skin
  3. Apple Toddy
  4. Eggnog

What is your go-to cold-weather drink? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tips on Tipping for Your Night Out

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We know that tipping etiquette can be confusing. There are doormen, drivers, waitresses, waiters, bartenders, and many others that make up a big part of your night out. Let us help guide you with our tips on tipping:

Tipping the limo driver: Tipping your limo driver is expected and necessary. Standard tipping is 20% of the total cost of the service. Our tip: split the tip in cash between all of your friends to lighten the blow.

Tipping bartenders: It is standard to leave a tip of $1-$3 per drink depending on how much your drink costs. If your drink costs less than $5, it is customary to leave no less than $1.

Tipping for coat check: Don’t forget to bring a little extra cash if you plan to wear a coat or jacket during a night out. A $1-$5 tip is customary when the attendant returns your outerwear.

We know that tipping can be awkward when you’re not quite sure how much to tip, or when you don’t have cash. That’s where we can help a little: Skip the line and avoid handing the bouncer a $20 by using LineJump. How’s that for eliminating all awkwardness getting into the club?

 

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Top 3 Sizzling Nightlife Destinations

It’s safe to say that many of us are freezing our buns off during the month of February. What better time to jet off to a warmer climate for some fun in the sun and nights out on the town?

Rounding up our top 3 FUN warm-weather destinations:

1. New Orleans, LA

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The Crescent city is a top spot for cocktails and people watching, and is usually pretty warm. Hitting the town in NOLA is not just about trading Mardi Gras beads, either. If you want to check out the scene beyond Bourbon Street, go to Frenchmen Street, popular with the locals for live music, dancing, and bars.

2. Miami, FL

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Distinguished by streamlined Art Deco structures, South Beach is THE place to hit the town all decked out.

3. Honolulu, HI

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Honolulu has the widest variety of nightclub options out of all the Hawaiian islands combined, so it is definitely the place to get your party on!

Have you checked any of these spots off your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!

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What to Wear Out: Cold Weather Edition

Gal or guy, planning a night-out look when it’s freezing cold can be a real headache. For the ladies, how to show a slip of leg or a hint of midriff without freezing your you-know-what off takes give and take of certain items in your wardrobe. For the guys, you have it much easier…but layering can still be a pain. Here are our top outfit picks for those bone chilling nights out while being sexy yet WARM. And hey, you’ll be a lot warmer if you’re using LineJump to avoid those lines!

For the Ladies

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For the Guys

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How to Cure a Hangover

 

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You went out last night, had a great time…and now you’re paying for all of those manhattan’s…or glasses of pinot…or whatever your drink of choice is.

Get some sleep
If it’s the weekend, catch some extra zzz’s after a night of boozing it up. Just like a broken heart, time (AKA sleep) can heal a nasty hangover just in time for tomorrow night’s happy hour. Just kidding. Kind of.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Replenish all of the fluids that you lost out on. We all know that drinking can cause dehydration, so grab a glass (or three) of water. Coconut water is also a go-to as it contains electrolytes to help with the lack of electrolytes in your system.

Greasy Food
Scientists may not agree with this one, but fatty foods are known to break down alcohol. So fry up some sunny-side eggs (which are edible toxin destroyers) or get yourself a burger. They call it comfort food for a reason, right?

What’s your go-to hangover cure?

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