Whether you’re scrambling through the back streets of Poland, or browsing in the English Capital, there are plenty of unique, and extremely creative bars for you to experience. We’ve pulled together a selection of some of the most craziest bars that we’d love to visit - well, maybe except for the one in Prague...
Cybermachina, Krakow Poland
If you love your video games, then this bar was made for you. Complete with throwback games across every room (such as Mario) it’s one of the best bars around to release your inner teenage self! The cocktails, and shots, are cheap and delicious - so we are led to believe- and those Guitar Fans can rock out its very own dedicated area. And to top it off...they serve ‘gamer’ themed drinks.
Anonymous Bar, Prague
You’re probably well accustomed to seeing the images of the Anonymous circulating on social media - and in the press. For some (including me), it can be a little intimidating and also a bit daunting! However, in Prague, they have their very own Anonymous Bar where staff serve you in the traditional masks - and after one drink they offer you the secret menu which is unique - and enchanting. Some of the drinks menu is only able to be viewed through a black light - and another only through an old school viewmaster. And as you’ll spot on its TripAdvisor comments, if you order one particular drink the staff take a photo of you in a Guy Fawkes mask. A bit spooky if you ask me!
London is famous for a few things - The Queen, Buckingham Palace and the most important thing, its tubes! If you fancy a taste of British history, head to Cahoots which you’ll find in the centre of Soho It’s a 30s / 40s themed bar in an old unused tube station which provides visitors a trip way back to the post-war in this secret bar that’s filled with gorgeous cocktails, swing dancing and sing a longs. If you’re thinking of heading to it, make sure you pre-book as you can imagine, it really popular and can get really busy!
As one of Liverpool's most iconic institutions, Circo promises guests a spectacular night that they'll never forget. When entering the doors, all things weird and wonderful will be taking place as part of their Nevereverland theme which promises nights that you'll never, ever forget. With a selection of dinner shoes, live music sessions and a nightclub, it's the perfect - yet most wackiest - to head to in the North West.
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Who doesn’t love a drink before you board a flight? There’s something so exciting about sitting in an airport bar, lapping up the atmosphere, and sipping on your favourite cocktail before jetting off on holiday! So, as we know it’s nearly holiday season and we are trying to get inspiration ourselves, we’ve compiled a list of the best airport bars in the world with a twist…
Beer Garden, Munich Airport, Germany
We love Germany - we love the sights, the culture and, most importantly, the beer! Renowned for the love of drinking, the Germans really know how to drink in style. Just take Oktoberfest - the world's most famous beer drinking festival - steins, kegs, beer halls and smoke meats, what’s not to love? They’ve taken their love so far that there’s now a beer garden in one of their most city airport - Munich. In fact, this is one of Europe’s largest roofed-in beer garden that features chestnut trees and a glass ceiling and pnd to make it feel like you are in the outdoors sending you on your way with a quenched thirst, in typical German style!
Hard rock Cafe, Malta International Airport
In the world, there are 191 Hard Rock locations around the world - including 23 hotels - but despite this, we were still quite surprised to discover that Malta has its very own Cafe within the airport. It’s complete with memorabilia from numerous rock stars, and plenty of bits that you can treat yourself too! If you’ve got time, or your flight’s delayed, definitely enjoy a meaty meal from them (we’d recommend the hickory BBQ ribs) and a classic hard rock Sundae to finish. It’s definitely one of the coolest ways to kick back before catching that flight!
Pool Bar, Singapore Changi Airport
Although most of us are quite eager to board the plane, there are some people who simply love to relax and enjoy their time at the airport. If you’re in Singapore, make sure you keep your swimming costume handy as they’ve got their very own pool bar that’s perfect for those who fancy a quick dip! There’s rooftop pool that you can chill in, or a Jacuzzi if you want to treat yourself. And on top of this, you’ll get a free complimentary drink from the pool bar - all for £13.91!
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In today’s society, it’s become totally normal, and almost pretty much acceptable to whip out your phone or camera and snap a picture of what you are about to eat or drink - before loading onto Instagram. If I’m out, and I’m impressed, I might take a quick picture (on the sly) to share with my friends, but there are plenty of ‘influencers’ today who will not eat until they have the perfect shot - even if that means practically standing on the table to get the right ‘flat lay’. The good news of these foodies taking to Instagram to show off their fancy meals means that we can take inspiration from them when we are in the kitchen. We thought we’d take a look at some of the latest food trends that have began, predominantly on channels like Instagram, which can easily be re-created at home for you to make, filter and Instagram!
Unicorn Hot Chocolate
2017 has saw a rapid increase in Unicorn inspired foods - from cookies to wedding cakes! The Unicorn Hot Chocolate is a concoction of everything sweet - including marshmallows, sweets, sprinkles, white chocolate and rainbow dyed whipped double cream. It’s the perfect delight for those who love a sweet treat, and is so Instagrammable - even if it doesn’t look exactly how its mean too as the colours used within it, make it look absolutely incredible.
Now we know influencers can be quite keen to stick to colour schemes on their Instagram accounts - with black and white being most popular. But has this black food trend taken it to the next level? In places like Dubai, people can opt for black ice cream, or black chips which to us just don’t look right but have proven to be a sensation on social media. Although I’m not sure that it’ll be available in Tesco any time soon...
Food that’s literally defying gravity
It’s been a craze that has swept across Instagram - with plenty of cake businesses jumping in the action! Some very creative people have baked cakes to give the effect of something falling, or being poured over the cake from a high level such as a bottle of beer. We are not too sure how this is even possible, but it looks incredible and we are confident this trend will continue well into the rest of the year
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For those of you who don’t know, there’s an increasingly popular way to dine; pay by minute, not what you eat. Yes, we still can’t quite get our heads around it but it’s becoming an increasingly popular format for many diners across the region.
Now we know it’s not breaking news for you food and drink connoisseurs out there, but we enjoyed an afternoon in one of these wonderful venues, Ziferblat, only recently and just had to report back.
Your first thought may have be the same as ours - “why would I want to rush my food and pay for every second that I spend sitting down!?”. We know, we know. We’re big foodies at Team GB, and there’s nothing we enjoy more than savouring a delicious dish in some great establishments.
But when you take the time to look at the menus and cost of visiting one of these usual venues, you’ll see that it’s not actually that expensive. It’s only 8p per minute - per person - for a seat, and you’re able to sample some great drinks and snacks. If you’re a bit like us you’ll probably wondering what their business plan actually looks like - but whatever it is - it’s working as there’s an increasing number of them popping up around the country - including Manchester, Liverpool and London.
Despite it having direct competition with chains, such as Starbucks and Costa, it still remains a strong competitor serving a wide selection of cakes and hot drinks - including coffee made with Ancoats Coffee Co’s finest beans..
The concept behind Ziferblat came from Russian author and entrepreneur Ivan Meetin (note, Ziferblat is Russian for Clock Face). Meetin wanted to create a space for artists to meet and share ideas They began sharing a sitting room, and those who were there would donate money - and those who were there longer would give more. The concept is now applied to the chain which has 14 different venues across Europe. However, despite the quirky concept behind it - there are still some people who don’t really understand it and treat it more like an all you can eat!
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Summer is nearly here - and we can’t wait! The sun will be shining, the nights will feel like they are never-ending, and you’ll find yourself sipping on an ice cold drink to cool down. In the summer, the GB Team love nothing better than drives in the countryside, up and down those winding roads, stumbling across hidden country pubs that are perfect for a light bite to eat. Here’s some of the loveliest, local country pubs that we’d recommend!
The Saracens Head, Halsall
Overlooking the Leeds - Liverpool canal you’ll find the beautiful Saracens Head which has been opened for over 100 years. With a menu containing local produce, it’s perfect for a taste of the countryside it’s surrounded by. Their lunch and dinner menu has plenty of choice...and the fish and chips are out of this world. There’s an amazing selection of beers, both local and regional for you to choose from, with a wonderful team who will make you feel welcomed from the moment you step in. Take a seat outside on a sunny day and relax, and with barges passing you by, there’s nothing more perfect than having a cider while embracing the bliss of the Lancashire countryside.
The White Crow, Wigan
Dating back to the 16th century, The White Crow was first opened as a coaching house for those passing by where they could rest and enjoy a refreshment. Fast forward to today, and it’s still got the same values, welcoming those from the local area and further afield for its delicious homemade food that’s perfect for those with big appetites! Inside the decor is rustic, but still very stunning - and although it;s great for the summer nights, the winter nights are just as cosy snuggled up by its log fire.
The Pheasant Inn, Cheshire
Cheshire has a wide selection of beautiful country pubs, and it can be hard to choose one! One of our favourites is The Pheasant Inn which is located in Peckforton Hills,. It’s perfect for those who may have spent the day rambling, or those just looking for somewhere to make the most of the nice weather! It’s extremely peaceful, and offers some of the most amazing views over the countryside which is perfect when the sun is out! The menu tends to change daily here to ensure visitors are enjoying the freshest produce they can.
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Travelling is great for sampling foods of the world; whether that’s indulging into dumplings in Poland, eating Goulash in Hungary or Paella in Spain. The only problem is that when you’re back home, it can be quite difficult to recreate the exact same meal. Here in the UK, we are fortunate that there are plenty of ethnic specialities that have set up businesses allowing us to continue trying new foods - and experiencing some of the finest tastes of the world. We take a look at some of the most unique, and delicious foods around...we are sure you’ll be booking a table soon...
If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to experience the Baltic countries, then you’ll know exactly why you should head to Baltic Cellar. Latvian owner, Elena Bogda, has created a menu inspired by her motherland and neighbouring countries including Poland, Russia, Estonia and Lithuania. Her passion for cooking began when she was 15 after learning how to create the most amazing meals from her grandmother. There’s an amazing selection of amazing meals including Wild Boar, Siberian Dumplings, Bigos and a Tallinn Delight. And in true Baltic style...there’s plenty of alcoholic drinks to finish off with!
The Vaults, Market Place, Bolton BL1 2AL
01204 386 854
One of Manchester’s oldest restaurants, Armenian Taverna, offers guests a true experience of wh
at it’s liking dining in the heart of Armenian (which lies in highlands which surround the Biblical mountains of Ararat). Armenians cooking style tends to be barbequed food - of meat, fish and vegetables which often leads to a slow preparation time - but one that’s very much worth it. Their specialities including Lconac Smbuk, Pascus Dolma and Shashlik, delicious!
Alerbt Square, 3 - 5 Princess Street, Manchester, M2 4DF
0161 834 9025
Chicha Peruvian Street Kitchen
For a true taste of South America, head to Chica Peruvian Street Kitchen in Liverpool. After opening last year, it’s been one of the most popular restaurants to hit the city - and also scooped the award of ‘1 of 3 best South American Restaurants in England’ by the Sunday Times. The interior is suitably themed and offers some of the most incredible meal selections around; from their meatfeast or Ceviche and Seafood bar. We’d recommend eating with a Cusqueña beer which will transport you from Bold Street to a sunny beach in Peru!
55 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EU
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Staying in luxury hotel has a few essentials that need ticking off which include a super comfy bed, a stunning bathroom, an amazing restaurant choice and, of course, a room with a view! Although most of us might be happy with a room that overlooks the sea, there are some hotel rooms that offer some of the most exquisite backdrops that many of us may only see in films! Here we take a look at 5 of the best hotel views from across the world. But be warned, they might just inspire you to get searching for the next flights available!
Plaza Athenee, Paris, France
If you’re spending a romantic weekend in the city of love, it’s important that you get the perfect hotel setting. And what could be more perfect than waking up to a breathtaking views of the beautiful Eiffel Tower? The Eiffel Suites at The Plaza Athenee in Paris definitely offers the most incredible views; especially when it goes dark and you can sit back with a glass of champagne and experience the amazing Light Show from the comfort of your own room.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Peru
Hidden away in the mountains of Machu Picchu lies the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. For those looking for the most breathtaking views in the world, this should definitely be on your travel bucket list! It offers spectacular views of the mountains, the looming peaks of Huayna Picchu and the beautiful Urubamba River. It’s the only hotel located around Machu Picchu and takes around for hours to reach by bus or train.
The Omnia Zermatt Switzerland
Switzerland is home to some of the most amazing scenery in the world. If you’ve ever travelled around the country by train or bus, you’ll have encountered places that look like they’ve filtered on an Instagram post! Here in the ski lodge resort of Zermatt, this boutique lodge has backdrop settings of the Matterhorn and also overlooks the valley.
The Samling Hotel, Lake Windermere, England
England is home to some of the most incredible views in the world and nothing is more perfect than the views in the heart of the Lake District in Lake Windermere. Relax in the stunning Samling Hotel and experience 67 acres of English countryside to look out onto in front of a log fire. Perfect!
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spas, Costa Rica
A favourite of the GB team has be to the tranquil views from Arenal Kioro Suites & Spas. Here, guests look out to see the incredible Arenal Volcano - one of the most active in the world that has daily lava flowers. It’s perfect for escaping reality and embracing the stunning setting around it.
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In an increasingly competitive marketplace, it is important to ensure that you are catering for the needs of the younger consumers. After all, they are likely to be the people that will be using your service in years to come and much emphasis needs to be placed on creating a lasting impression. Here, we take a look just exactly how leading hospitality brands are engaging with their younger audience, and some of the benefits of it
Brand promotion through influencers
Across many sectors, marketing teams have been working closely with influencers to promote their products, lifestyle and brand for many years; and the hospitality industry is no different. The younger generation of today - millennials - are very different to their predecessors. They are no longer interested in traditional forms of advertising such as newspaper marketing or television ads; they are more inclined to turn to social media platforms to find out where the latest ‘influencer’ is staying, eating or drinking. They put value into what these celebrities, bloggers or the elite are doing and brands are able to promote themselves much more naturally. It’s a new and increasing popular way of engaging with new audiences to show that anyone can live like an influencer. With the constant influx of social media apps and updates - such as Instagram stories or Facebook live - these influencers are inviting everyone on a journey with them and allowing you to experience the moment with them and subtly encouraging you to know that you can do the same.
Marketing travel as a lifestyle
With the continuous rise of well connected flights and budgeted accommodation around the world, it’s not hard to see why millennials are heading around the globe to create their own travelling adventures. Most of the younger generation have put careers and investing in a house on the backburner and packing their bags to explore new cultures, embrace new food and drinks and be involved with experiences that they’ll never forget. Many hospitality companies have already tapped into this and have very cleverly marketed travel as a way of life. They’ll use content across blogs, websites and on social media to really connect with their new audience sharing inspirational messages to obtain interest from younger travellers. Hotels have come away from simply sharing pictures of their rooms and are sharing experiences that have been created within it which is much more moving and motivational than just a bed!
Allowing the younger generation to promote business
Across the younger generation, it’s extremely normal for them to whip out their phone to snap a picture of their food or drink, upload it straight onto social media, tagging who they are with and where they are. Hospitality industries are embracing this and encouraging their guests to take photographs of their establishment and post it on social media. One way they are getting people to do this is through having quirky decor, great art-work, cool cutlery - and most importantly access to free Wi-Fi. In return, they are gaining online promoting for free - a very clever tactic!
These are just some of the ways that hospitality industries are really engaging with the younger audience, Let us know your thoughts on what makes the younger audience tick over on Twitter! x
When creating your visual brand strategy, it's important that time is set aside for considering what you want to achieve and how you can get key messaging across to your audience. It's vital that every image that is produced is consistent and carries the same tone of voice, styling and colouring so people will associate that with the brand. The overall aim is to reach out to your audience and take them on a journey with you to allow them to be part of the moment that you are creating. There are numerous ways to achieve this and we wanted to share our top three tips on how it can be done.
Create an inspiration board
If you are working in a team, it’s important that together you have one image of what you want to achieve from your photography. It could be anything from the layout of the products, to the lighting, styling or just simply to the overall feeling of it. To help make sure you are all on the same page, you could take research around what you like and create an inspiration board between you that can round up everything you want to see come to life. Pinterest is one of the easiest and quickest ways to find new inspiration which can hold thousands on pictures and ideas on. When it comes to shooting, you can draw on your favourite parts of the board and incorporate it within. It will also help ensure that what you are creating is on brand and that it will resonate with your audience.
Consider where the images will be used
On any photoshoot, there will be hundreds - if not thousands - of images being created. Use this opportunity to ensure there's a mixture of images that are different sizes, shapes and filters that can be used across all promotional channels. You should consider taking images that might used on social media platforms that might need content adding into it which would require a smaller background image, or a large image that could be used on the website, for example. You should always ensure each image is optimised for every unique channel.
Express who you are
Even if you are taking photographs that might be quite formal or for marketing material, it's still important that you should allow your brand's personality to shine through. Take behind the scenes photographs of what's happening that you can share on social or in a blog post, short videos of preparing the shoots or close ups to show that there's real people behind the brand and that you want to encourage your audience to be with you on your journey with you to see the end result!
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Valentine's Day is nearly here and if you're looking at surprising your loved one with a romantic gesture, we've chosen some of the best places that you can celebrate in style! Enjoy...
Cinema in the Palm House - Valentine's Special
Independent Liverpool will be hosting two classic love stories over the romantic period in Sefton Park's Palm House. There will be two showings including Casablanca on the 13th February, followed by Romeo and Juliet on the 14th. Each night will provide entertainment, along with a Gin and Prosecco bar - and not to forget a range of delicious food from some of the best kitchens in Liverpool! Tickets are £12.
Address: Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool, L17 1AP
The Hard Days Night Hotel
"All you need is love' this Valentine's Day at The Hard Days Night Hotel. Dine in the beautiful Blake's restaurant for £34.95 pp for a three-course meal, a glass of Prosecco and a gift for each couple. Or why not make a night of it? You can relax in one of the stunning Beatles inspired rooms that start from £85 and include a breakfast the next morning.
Address: N John St, Liverpool L2 6RR
Contact: 0151 236 1964
Make your own Gin
If you fancy something different this Valentines, why not head to Manchester's Three Rivers Gin? You and your date will receive a guided tour on how it's made and its history. You'll then have the chance to make your own to take home. It's the perfect gift for those Gin lovers out there!
Address: Manchester Three Rivers, 21 Red Bank Parade, Manchester, M4 4HF
Contact: 0161 839 2667
Relax with your other half in the stunning Leasowe Castle this February. They have a number of exclusive offers on for guests which include a Valentine's Evening Menu for £75 that's made of a delicious seven courses. If you fancy a romantic break, you can book overnight to receive a meal and breakfast for two which will cost £250 on the 11th February or £220 on the 14th February.
Address: Leasowe Road, Moreton CH46 3RF
Contact: 0151 606 9191
The Mere Resort and Spa
Whisk your other half away to the beautiful The Mere Resort for one of their special Valentine's Spa Packages. Opt for the Intimate Indulge for £89.00 per person to receive a glass of fizz, a 3 course lunch in the Spa lounge, a 55 minute massage lesson with a therapist, use of the spa and a gift per couple. If you're looking for luxury time together, treat yourself to the 'Time for us' package for a 55 minute massage, 3 course lunch and a Rasul Thermal Mud Heaven experience.
For those looking for a sophisticated evening meal, be sure to discover the Valentine's Tasting Menu for £70.00 per person that's made up of a seven course gourmet dinner in Browns, complete with entertainment. Or book in during the day for an exclusive Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea for £24.95 per person.
For the 'Ultimate Mere Valentine's Experience' for £295 per couple, you can receive prosecco, chocolates, a red rose, an overnight luxurious stay, use of the spa and a full-English breakfast in the morning.
Address: Chester Rd, Mere, Knutsford WA16 6LJ
Contact: 01565 830155
How will you be spending Valentine's Day? Let us know over at GB Hospitality! x