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Sure, all clubs in Berlin are crazy, but some grab their nutty factor and run – and run and run. In contrast to somber, concrete temples like Berghain or Tresor, these clubs have gone the Burning Man route with artsy labyrinths, enormous sculptures, and even floating swimming pools. Our recommendations are the places you’d want to write home about, if there was only an adequate way of describing them…

Kater Holzig Kater Holzig is for adults what the best playground is like for kids: a far-out place where no one judges you for playing hide-and-go-seek for hours. There’s wooden platforms, hidden bars, rows of confessional booths and cheeky artwork. While it’s open year-round, it reaches a peak of insanity when the whole place is opened up in the summer and for special events.

The Five Craziest Clubs in Berlin

Feb 1st 2014, 12:58 by Allison Guy

Auld Reekie, Edina, Embra – call it what you will, Edinburgh has been known by many a moniker over the last few centuries. An established city steeped in history, Scotland’s capital is recognised for its stunning architecture, world famous festivals and hospitable locals. It is a vibrant city with a blend of iconic landmarks, art & culture and lends itself to an exciting weekend away for any visitor.

I don’t need any excuse to sojourn in Scotland. I have visited Edinburgh annually since working there 12 years ago. It’s a city I could never tire of – the sound of the bagpipes still brings a tear to my eye as does the biting wind and a double Hendricks Gin. I love a man in a kilt, ginger hair, tablet, tweed & all things Tunnocks. Now when I visit, I am warmly nestled around the firesides of dear friends so perhaps don’t spend as much time wandering around the Old or the New Town streets as a tourist might. However, this is what I would recommend to the first time visitor.

A weekend away in Edinburgh

Jan 27th 2014, 10:19 by Michelle Reid

Imagine you’ve been struck with hunger pangs in an unfamiliar city, but there’s nary an internet connection or food-loving local in site. What’s a peckish traveller to do? While it’s hard to judge a restaurant by its cover, here’s our eight fail-proof signs we use when deciding whether to give that eetcafe or trattoria a pass:

1. A laminated menu in six different languages

A fisherman who casts the widest net catches the most fish. A restaurant that casts the widest net is just catering to the lowest common denominator for taste – bland food and boring preparations.

Traveling in a New City? Avoid These 8 Signs of a Bad Restaurant

Jan 21st 2014, 09:54 by Allison Guy

Sometimes you need to inject a little bit of spice into your relationships to keep the love burning hot. No, we’re not talking about your significant other, but your hometown. We can all fall into a rut of heading for the same cafes, the same bars, and the same venues. Give our recommendations a try to start seeing your city through a new set of eyes.

1) Stay in a concept hotel Book yourself in a hip hotel in a part of town you’re not familiar with. Plenty of hotels have wacky rooms, fun art, and cool concepts, all of which are normally invisible to locals. For bonus points, don’t tell the concierge where you live… see where their recommendations take you!

Seven Ways to Take a Break in Your Own City

Jan 14th 2014, 20:14 by Allison Guy

Berlin is a city known for giving you a heck of a bang-for-your-buck, and no where is this more true than in the city’s cheap dining scene. The streets abound with German, Middle Eastern and Asian food that’s not just affordable and fast, it’s probably better than most of the sit-down restaurants you’ve got back home. Here, six of our favorite spots to fill our tummies, from the famous to the far-out:

YamYam Across the street from the (deservedly) famous and touristy Monsieur Vuong, YamYam serves some of the tastiest, most authentic Korean food in Berlin. Though it’s now more of a sit-down place, the food is still affordable and fast, drawing a big lunch crowd in search of bimbimbap and the addictive kimchi soup. Alte Schönhauser Straße

Six Picks for Gourmet Fast Food in Berlin

Jan 6th 2014, 10:00 by Allison Guy

It’s cold, it’s raining, and the sun goes down at four in the afternoon. How do Amsterdammers manage to survive the winter? Sure, they’ve got ice-skating and pea soup, but really, we think their secret lies in the city’s ultra-cozy bars..

Here, we’ve picked our six favourite spots to cuddle up and share a drink with friends during those long winter nights. These bars have elevated gezelligheid – the Dutch national philosophy of coziness and comfort – to an art form.

Six Cozy Bars to Survive that Long Amsterdam Winter

Dec 16th 2013, 20:42 by Allison Guy

For intrepid travelers, sightseeing doesn’t stop at sundown. Oftentimes, however, even the best guidebooks fall flat when it comes to bars, clubs and general nighttime adventuring. Especially in ever-changing cities like Amsterdam, Berlin and London, hotspots come and go, while the truly epic parties are usually one-off events. To top that off, solo travelers often wind up heading back to the hotel earlier than they’d hoped. A new app, Party with a Local, aims to solve the perennial problem of the party-starved traveler by hooking up visitors with likeminded locals. Rather than frantically searching event listings – or just giving up entirely – Party with a Local makes it easy to meet new friends and experience parts of a city you’d never see on your own.

'Party with a Local' Hooks Up Travellers with Locals Tonight!

Dec 10th 2013, 10:39 by Allison Guy

Back in the day when I was still living in Amsterdam as a student, I used to work in O’ Donnell’s Irish bar for very mean Irish owner Seamus, so mean in fact that he rented the apartment across the road from the bar so he could watch through binoculars if we were drinking in the bar after work. Hell, we were but that certainly put a stop to that!

In any case its where I met a lot of Irish. Aye! Shane's, Sean's, Connor's & Cailin's all trooped over from Belfast & Dublin for the summer to work for grumpy old Seamus pulling beers, clearing tables and post-shift-drinking like, well.. the Irish.. And however much I thought I knew all the good stuff going on in the city I didn't. ‘Cos these guys did..

The little gigs that were on, the wee hidden clubs behind unmarked doors and the bars that stayed open way past their legal closing time, hidden behind heavy velvet curtains with the lights turned down low..

It's the non locals in the know..

Nov 13th 2013, 13:07 by Danielle Berclouw

‘Free food?’ Queried the lone Antiopodean of no-one in particular, ‘You serious, free food?’ Queuing in my orderly British fashion waiting my turn to take my pick from this bountiful Italian spread, I was more than amused by this travellers exclamations – first time in Italy & obviously on a budget. What a great time of day to arrive in Florence. Ciao aperitivo! With one of the many clocks about to strike 6, it’s the perfect time to stop the sightseeing and head to a bar busily preparing to take tourists & locals alike from late afternoon to early evening. Swop your cappuccino for the fabulously coloured & perfectly refreshing Aperol Spritz, take your seat overlooking the bustling piazza and enjoy the snacks on offer brought for you to enjoy with your drink.

Free food?

Oct 30th 2013, 10:13 by Michelle Reid

Ok, ok we know we seem a little biased when it comes to Amsterdam clubs Roest & Canvas as we’re always posting about them on Facebook & Twitter! Admitted they get a lot of attention but that’s only because the nutcrackers behind both are always coming up with these highly creative and slightly crazy events and ideas which we love! Think organized water fights, tropical parties in the middle of winter or installing a massive pool in their giant warehouse to go with a Bay Watch themed night.. We’re all up for their weird & wonderful-ness which is why we were a little upset to hear of Canvas being closed for renovations.. Boo I hear you cry! But don't worry - we are stoked to announce their new enterprise Doka which we've classed as equally cool as Canvas albeit a tad more raw and raucous..

New Amsterdam Club DOKA delivers..

Oct 16th 2013, 07:43 by Danielle Berclouw