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Global Drinks Guide : Where Drinks Culture Lives in Your City!

GDG is a product of Beverage Trade Network meant to define, curate and promote the drink preferences of its local audiences

Global Drinks Guide is quietly making an impact on those drinks enthusiasts who are keen to find out more about the wines, spirits and beers they like to drink – and then go out and discover more in the right bars, and restaurants in their cities. The Global Drinks Guide’s tagline is ‘Where Drink Culture Lives’ and is broken down into Where to drink; What to drink; Things to do; and Brand features including brand stories, interviews of spirit/wine makers, highlighting distillers and brewers.

Each city has its own vibe - driven largely by the youth residing there. From signature drinks to ancient bars to the hottest influencers, only a local can understand the true pleasure and luxury that any city can provide. Following are some drink cultures that we’ve assessed after public surveys and being in the city since years. 

SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco has a rich and diverse drinks culture, with a history that dates back to the city's early days as a bustling port town. From classic cocktails to craft beer and wine, San Francisco offers a wide range of options for those looking to explore the city's drinking scene.

One of the most iconic drinks associated with San Francisco is the martini, and the city has been known to have some of the best martini bars in the world. Another iconic San Francisco drink is the Irish coffee, which was first introduced to the city in the 1950s at the Buena Vista Cafe. The cafe is still a popular destination for those looking to enjoy a steaming mug of Irish coffee, made with strong coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and cream.

Craft beer has also become a popular trend in San Francisco, with a number of breweries and taprooms popping up in the city in recent years. 

However, it is San Francisco’s wine culture that really sets it apart. With a number of world-renowned wineries located just a short drive from the city, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and the Russian River Valley are all popular destinations for wine tasting tours and offer a wide range of varietals, from classic California Cabernet Sauvignon to crisp Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs.

Check out more about the wines and wineries at sanfranciscodrinksguide.com

NEW YORK CITY

In the recent years, craft beer has become a popular trend in New York City, with a number of breweries and taprooms popping up. Some of the most well-known breweries in New York City include Other Half Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, and SingleCut Beersmiths. 

Needless to mention, one of the most iconic drinks associated with New York City is the Manhattan, a classic cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.  Another iconic New York City drink is the cosmopolitan, a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice. The drink was popularized in the 1990s by the television show "Sex and the City," and has since become a staple of New York City's cocktail scene.

Check out more cocktails at newyorkdrinksguide.com

PARIS

Paris has a rich and sophisticated drinks culture, with a long history of producing some of the world's finest wines, spirits, and liqueurs. 

Wine is a central part of Parisian culture, with the city being home to some of the world's most famous wine bars and cellars. The city is also located in close proximity to many of France's top wine regions, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of varietals and vintages at the city's many wine bars and bistros, such as Le Verre Volé or La Cave des Papilles.

Cocktails are also a popular part of Parisian drinking culture, with classic drinks such as the French 75 and the Sidecar originating in the city. Paris is home to some of the world's best cocktail bars, including the famous Hemingway Bar at the Ritz Paris, as well as the Experimental Cocktail Club and Candelaria.

In addition to wine and cocktails, Paris is also known for its unique liqueurs and spirits, including the famous absinthe.

A detailed list of where to get drinks in Paris is available at parisdrinksguide.com.

LONDON

London is home to some of the world's best gin distilleries, including Beefeater, Tanqueray, and Sipsmith, and visitors can enjoy a wide range of gin-based drinks at the city's many gin bars and speakeasies, such as The Gibson or GinTonica.

Beer is also a central part of London's drinking culture, with the city being home to some of the world's most famous breweries. From traditional cask ales to craft beers, visitors can enjoy a wide range of beers at London's historic pubs, such as The Lamb and Flag or Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, or at its many microbreweries and taprooms, such as BrewDog or The Kernel.

Iconic chains like Whetherspoons make up a huge part of Londons Drinking Culture, whether it is a college student on a budget, an old timer catching up with childhood buddies or a working professional slipping in for a quick stress buster.

Overall, London's drinks culture is diverse and ever-evolving, with new trends and styles emerging all the time. Whether you're a fan of gin, beer, cocktails, or coffee, you're sure to find something to satisfy your thirst in this vibrant and exciting city.

For constant updates, follow : londondrinksguide.com

LOS ANGELES

When you think of LA, you either thing GLAM, or Latino!

One of the most iconic drinks associated with Los Angeles is the margarita, a classic cocktail made with tequila, lime juice, and triple sec. Los Angeles is home to some of the best tequila bars in the world, such as La Cita Bar and El Carmen, where visitors can enjoy a wide range of margaritas and other tequila-based drinks.

Coffee culture is also an important part of Los Angeles's drinking scene, with a number of independent coffee shops and roasteries located throughout the city. Some of the most popular coffee shops in the city include Intelligentsia Coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Verve Coffee Roasters.

The iconic gay bars, or pet-friendly cafes are just some niches that LA has made its own.

Check it out at losangelesdrinksguide.com

CHICAGO

From historic bars to trendy cocktail lounges, Chicago offers a wide range of options for those looking to explore its drinking scene.

One of the lesser known drinks associated with Chicago is the Chicago-style (obviously!) cocktail, which is made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. This classic drink can be found at many of the city's historic bars and lounges, such as The Drake Hotel's Coq d'Or and The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge.

Beer is also a central part of Chicago's drinking culture, with the city being home to a thriving craft beer scene. From traditional lagers to experimental brews, visitors can enjoy a wide range of craft beer at local breweries and taprooms such as Goose Island Brewery and Revolution Brewing.

Chicago is also known for its unique spirits, such as Malört, a bitter liqueur that is popular among locals. Visitors can try Malört at many of the city's bars and lounges, such as The Whistler or The Hopleaf.

Check out the ultimate drinks guide at chicagodrinksguide.com

Written by Stuti Khetan, Beverage Trade Network

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