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London’s Connaught Bar top the Best Bar’s List of 2020

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The Connaught Bar wins the Best Bar of 2020 title despite the unstable condition of the times. Nevertheless, it was forced to close its doors again.

The Connaught Bar has been named the Best Bar of 2020. This comes after England had to declare a 4-week lockdown to halt the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country. Thus, the exclusive bar had to close its doors to awaiting customers even when it merely reopened in mid-September.

Picking the best bar of the year was altered, as well. Last year’s event was a stand-up gig at London’s famous Roadhouse. Journalists and the industry’s known personalities gathered for the celebration, complete with typical soiree of sorts. 2020’s version, however, was completely different as everyone who had a say had to make do with today’s new normal meeting place, Zoom.

In spite of the hugely diminished revelry, Connaught’s Agostino Perrone and the whole bar’s team of employees are extremely pleased with their victory.  “It’s the achievement we’ve been looking for,” gushes Perrone.

Already considered a Mayfair institution, the Connaught Hotel opened its doors to the public way back in 1815 with the former name, Prince of Saxe Coburg Hotel. Its 1920s-style bar is also an impressive experience.

The Connaught bar has been a consistent feature in the past 11 year’s Best Bars lists, although it is only this year that it was able to get the most yearned for topmost title. Maura Milia, the bar’s assistant manager shares that consistency and quality have been the guiding principles of the establishment. These could be deciphered when ordering the best bar’s iconic martini—a drink that can still be ordered via takeaway.

The on-going COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted the hospitality industry this year. All over the world, various bars and hotels needed to close particularly during the early months of the crisis. Due to the need to stop the exponential spread of the disease, physical distancing and quarantine procedures were put in place. For months, bars and other similar businesses had to shift to takeaway service and crowds were discouraged from mingling about.

Giorgio Bargiani, the best bar’s senior mixologist praises the Connaught Hotel for its unrelenting support as employees and customers had to connect via the internet, replacing the age-old routine of in-house service. Perrone looks forward to next year as he hopes that the gradual easing of lockdowns will permit them to reopen once more. “Recognition is always an injection of energy, an injection of creativity,” he asserts.

The World’s Best Bar Academy is populated by 540 bar experts coming from all over the world. They are equally halved by gender, as well. Judging occurred between January 2019 until March 2020, abruptly curtailed by the unprecedented onset of the pandemic. Voting happened earlier in July.

The Best Bar title was fought over by New York and London, although Asia had its representatives with 4 of Singapore’s bars appearing in the top 15 list. “We’re looking at a whole lot of options, because we think that 50 Best has an important role to play in promoting the hospitality sector in what are very challenging times. The precise way we do that is going to keep evolving,” posits William Drew, 50 Best’s director of content explains.

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Check Out America’s Best Halloween Attractions

We have compiled a list of the scariest Halloween attractions we’ve ever seen that are all guaranteed to spook you silly.

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Halloween is our favorite time of year. What better time to go get super spooked and then go home and hide under your blankets until the sun comes up the next day? I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than to be completely terrified. The problem is, once you’ve been thoroughly freaked, then it’s hard to freak off again.
We have compiled a list of the scariest Halloween attractions we’ve ever seen that are all guaranteed to spook you silly.

 

 

Erebus Haunted Attraction
If you’re looking to scream then head to Pontiac, MI. Here you’ll find the Erebus which is a huge 4-story haunted house that is chocked full of spooky stuff. You’ll have plenty of time to tour the gigantic house but just make sure you have someone to squeeze on or else you might just go loony.

 

 

Bennett’s Curse
In Jessup, MD you will find the award-winning Bennett’s Curse. A haunted attraction that is truly one-of-a-kind and utilizes technology to ensure you are one scared mama. There are 3 houses to fit your personal preference, you can get scared by vampires, zombies or just head to the Sanctuary of Insanity if you’re feeling a little cuckoo.

 

Witches of New Salem
Watches of New Salem is a corn maze that is a tad more frightful than the rest. You will take a tour of this horrifying maze all while being stalked by some serious creeps. You will shriek with fright. Be sure to bring an extra pair of underwear.

 

 

Dent Schoolhouse
This haunted schoolhouse in Cincinnati is fun because it plays on an old history. According to the legend of the Dent Schoolhouse, there was a very naughty janitor who killed the students that made fun of him. So, they decide to take you on a tour of this place right around Halloween. If that doesn’t sound eerie then I think you need to get your eerie meter checked.

 

Hangman’s House of Horrors
This place in Fort Worth, TX has a wild collection of terrifying attractions. Like the Dent Schoolhouse it is also based on a legend, the legend of Hezekiah Jones. Our favorite has to be the Hillbillies Revenge but they’re all fun and tantalizingly terror-filled. But if you have some lily-livered friends along for the ride, they don’t have to go to the scary houses, they can spend their time singing karaoke or listening to live music.

 

 

Terror Behind the Walls
this place used to be a horrible prison in Pensylvania but now it is just used for making your spine tingle. You can hit the outdoor garden maze or just take a tour of the ghostly prison insides. Either way, you will leave this prison shaking with fear. This is definitely one trip to remember.

 

 

ESP’s Night Watch
The Eastern State Penitentiary is a super-old prison that many say is haunted. It sure looks haunted too. What’s so crazy about this haunted prison tour is that you’re not lead anywhere. You just get handed a flash light and you explore all on your own. Now that’s spooky!

 

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Experience Cool On These Adventure Cruises

If you want to redefine the way you think of cruises then pack your hiking boots and your swimsuit and take your own maiden voyage on one of these titillating adventure cruises.

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When you think cruises you usually don’t think awesome adventure. Some people see them as a relaxing getaway and some people see them as tacky traveling for dorks. Regardless of which side you fall on, you probably think you know all you need to about the cruise world. There’s probably been no innovation in the cruise world for fifty years, right? Wrong. Enter these amazing adventure cruises. These cool adventures will leave a hater befuddled by all the awesome fun they embark on while chilling poolside on a cruise ship.

If you want to redefine the way you think of cruises then pack your hiking boots and your swimsuit and take your own maiden voyage on one of these titillating adventure cruises.

 

Antarctica & South Georgia

Yeah, we’re starting out list off with a cruise through Antarctica and South Georgia. That’s pretty adventurous, right? You get to hop on board a polar research vessel and hang out with penguins and sea lions. You’ll even sail along Deception Island (now that’s an adventurous name) which contains a flooded volcanic caldera if the weather permits. Sometimes the adventure is so extreme that you can’t even do parts of this cruise. Now all of the sudden cruises don’t look so boring after all, do they?

 

Canada’s East Coast

Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and hiking while surrounded by wildlife are the focuses of this awesome cruise. You will see everything that the coastline of four awesome Canadian provinces has to offer. You will also get incredibly close to the vibrantly colored puffins that live off the coast of Newfoundland. Canada is a great place where you can partake in many different extreme activities which now includes an activity you never knew was extreme, cruising.

 

Bali-Komodo Island, Indonesian Archipelago

Komodo is an island in Indonesia best known for the giant monitor lizards with poisonous saliva that live there. If giant monitor lizards with poisonous saliva that can run 30 mph don’t sound extreme to you then you need to recheck what your definition of extreme is. Taking a cruise around here isn’t just about avoiding Komodo Dragons, it’s also about great kayaking, paddle boarding and scuba diving. The scenery as well as the wildlife is incredible and will be sure to be an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

 

Western Australia

If the thing you hate about cruises is sleeping on board a ship then hop on the “Kimberley Explorer” which stops along beaches and lets you sleep out under the stars. You will get to see and experience all the beautiful things that the Australian coast has to offer while relaxing on a small 14 person cruise ship. The small ship makes it a much more intimate adventure than the three hundred seat cruises you see advertised on TV and will lead you to make some valuable connections with your shipmates.

 

If you’re looking for a new adventure then look at some of these adventure cruises for a new type of vacation that will have you loving the salty old sea life.

 

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The Perfect Weekend Road Trips

We have planned out some awesome road trips for you so you can spend your weekend sightseeing instead of being locked on the couch.

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So it’s the weekend. You just finished work on Friday and you don’t want to spend your few precious days off just sitting on your couch watching reruns of bowling again. This weekend you want to get out there and do something. Something that you’ll remember, besides that 7-10 split that portly man hit in between crushing onion rings to take home the championship in ‘96.

Well, look no further, because we have planned out some awesome road trips for you so you can spend your weekend sightseeing and you can maybe even bowl a game or two along the way.

 

Miami to Key West, Florida

This trip is a lot of fun and a pretty relaxing drive. You will only have to travel 113 miles which is short but the adventures to be had are large. You will see tons of quirky souvenir shops and there is plenty of fantastic seafood. You can see dolphins, feed tarpon and scuba dive at the only living coral reef in the United States.

 

New York City to the Catskill Mountains

Get out of the Big Apple and get some remarkable scenic views on this excellent road trip. There is plenty to see and the landscape is so beautiful it is sure to set your Instagram ablaze. The towns are each very unique and fun to explore. From Poughkeepsie to Woodstock there is no shortage of adventures that will eat up your weekend before you know it. You will have long lasting memories of the fun and beautiful road trip through the Catskill Mountains.

 

San Francisco to San Simeon, California

Take a ride down the iconic Pacific Coast Highway and get stunning views of the ocean as well as Redwood trees, the tallest trees in the world. This highway hugs the coastline and everywhere you look is simply breathtaking. You can visit Santa Cruz and check out their fun boardwalk as well as hit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Once you reach San Simeon you can visit the Hearst Castle which is legendary and well worth the trip.

 

Chicago to Lake Geneva Wisconsin

The Chicago elite of the Gilded Age used to vacation to Lake Geneva in the summer time so you know this place has a lot to offer. The Wrigley family had a home in Lake Geneva that they would visit when they had a chance to get out and enjoy the sun. There is plenty to excite just about everyone here, from train museums to an observatory. Oh and there’s also a lake here that is super fun.

 

Austin to Fredericksburg, Texas

This drive is best to undertake in April so that you can visit Hill Country and see the astounding wildflowers that cover this area. But if it’s not April there are still plenty of reasons to embark on this road trip. The main reason being wine. Fredericksburg is home to a bunch of fantastic wineries on its wine road. Just make sure that you get to your hotel before you hit the wine road or you could spend your weekend road trip sleeping in your car.

 

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