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You've just arrived in a strange city, hungry and keen to find a

decent bar that serves food and stays open late. So log onto

Nobody could accuse the authors of this site of parochialism. It

features fashionable bars in 63 cities in such exotic destinations as

Auckland, Bangkok, Copenhagen, Havana and Reykjavik. Fortun-ately it

also features places I am likely to visit, like Birmingham, Leeds and


Each bar entry has its address, phone number, photo and description, and

there's a 'Bar of the Month/Bar of the Moment' for each city. Clicking

on individual icons provides details of bars that serve food or stay

open late.

But the reviews by visitors to the site were the most enjoyable. Some of

the comments do make you wonder at the lifestyles enjoyed by these


Comments range from "This bar was a complete pony (sic). Give me a

Weatherspoons any day", to "My favourite 'go crazy and party all night'

place - I always end up dancing on the table"!

Refreshingly, site visitors are not asked to part with any cash. So

which kind souls have provided this service for us? Black Bush Whiskey

features large. In a subtle way I am sure the site enhances the stature

of the brand with its target market.


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