BY: JAEDYIN BARNES
Loud music encompasses the room as I look down at my hand to see yet another empty glass. I long for a breath of silence, but none can be found in this tiny one bedroom apartment, over stuffed and packed to the brim with belligerent partygoers. We’re all gathered here for one reason or another – to celebrate another work week done, to see our friends and make new ones, or maybe because we had a shitty day and simply long to find comfort in the arms of our friends Jack Daniels and Jose Cuervo.
Whatever your reason, it’s just another typical night in Toronto. Pre-drinking before another typical party. Suddenly my thoughts are broken up by someone yelling, “Who’s ready for another shot?!” I die a little inside… but take the shot anyways. I wonder if this is how people in other countries start their nights out.
Most nights out around the world are all personified by one thing – the drinks, and more importantly what people do and how they behave whilst consuming them. This is what a typical night out looks like around the world.
Miami, FL, USA
As much as you’ve heard about Miami; as much as you think you know what’s going on – you have no idea. As with most cities the locals will truly have the best point of view. So do yourself a favour and hit the scene with a local.
The signature drink of this beautiful city is the mojito. You’ll find them far and wide on beachside patios, complete with a lil’ Umbrella. That’s not the only thing the locals drink however. Miami is a cultural hub of its own kind, unlike any other in the world. South Americans, Europeans, those who hail from the Caribbean, and even a few Middle Easterners mingle in this beachside utopia. Such a diverse combination of cultures means a lot of different drink choices.
So what is there to do in Miami while drinking? There’s no doubt that Miami has one of the best and beautiful club scenes in the world. If you’re not into clubbing then just relaxing beside the cool ocean breeze down by South Beach or Bayside with a drink in hand should suffice.
There isn’t much in the way of drinking traditions that differ greatly from your typical North American drinking scene – although this may vary based on your group. So grab a glass and say Cheers!
The Metropolitan city of Tokyo is actually the most populated city in the world. So with that many people they are bound to have the best parties, right?
What’s the popular drink in Tokyo? Well many who have never been or who have only read about it would tell you that it’s sake, and while sake is made and imported mostly from Japan, that is not necessarily true. Edokkos (people of Edo, in their language) are actually partial to beer. Tokyo produces a large number of craft drinks made and brewed in Tokyo, and the younger locals are actually quite fond of it. The older more distinguished class favours Japan-brewed whiskies, while the women are partial to imported wines. Sake is an old time drink in Tokyo, however it may still be consumed at special events and used for toasts.
The traditions in Tokyo are expected to be common knowledge, so don’t forget these important rules. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO NEVER POUR YOUR OWN DRINK. In Tokyo, the tradition is to keep your company’s glass filled and they will do the same for you. Lest you forget, you will be the person at the table with no class or tact. It is also important to remember you cannot refuse a drink, and if you absolutely must you are to assign a black knight or black rose – a man or woman to have your drink for you. Finally, elders’ glasses are ALWAYS poured first. In Tokyo it’s age before beauty.
So where is it Edokkos go to drink? Well, just like any other major city, Tokyo has an extensive nightlife; the city is filled with high-end nightclubs like Ageha and many others.
If you’re not into the club scene, try to hit a karaoke bar and you’ll sing and dance the night away. Also keep in mind that if you have somewhere to go the next morning it’s best to leave without saying good bye, otherwise you’ll be roped into the second and third, and maybe even fourth party in Tokyo. Don’t worry it’s not rude. However, if you do decide to stay out till the early morning, catch a quick nap at a capsule hotel – it’s all the rage.
Berlin is a rather interesting place. Once filled with factories and warehouses, Berlin is now the heart of Germany and its capital city. Germany is a city of culture, politics, arts, media and science.
When in Germany, do as the Germans do. This means BEER. Germany actually boasts over 500 domestic home-brewed beers, and has some of the oldest breweries in the world. Beer is a very serious ordeal in German culture, with some beers even having a very specific temperature for which it is served at and specific glasses to be served in.Beer is so commonplace that the legal drinking age in Germany is 14 – that’s before you can even get your driver’s license.
Just make sure when making a toast or drinking with someone to make eye contact, and remember it’s never too early for a beer in Germany. It’s actually common to have a beer with breakfast or FRÜHSCHOPPEN.
German drinking happens anywhere and everywhere, but typically Germans will find themselves at nightclubs, much like the other cities on the list. Unlike the other cities however, Germany has some of the top rated nightclubs in the world. If you’re not into the night club scene, you might find yourself at a local pub or even better, a beer garden. A beer garden is just another name for a tavern, but hosted outside in a garden. Don’t forget the schnitzel.