Archive for June, 2007

Funny Beer Commercials- It’s a Big One!

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Breweries have a lot on their plates these days- not only do they have to brew the best tasting beer at the best price, they also have to come up with a really cool ad, to compete with all the other really cool and funny beer commercials.

This is one of my favourites, for Carlton Draught, an Aussie lager brewed by Carlton & United Beverages (formerly Carlton & United Breweries) an Australian brewing company based in Melbourne, Victoria. It is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Foster’s Group.

The advertisement was released online two weeks before it was first shown on television. Just 24 hours after release, the Big Ad had been downloaded 162,000 times!

However, although the Big Ad was a very sucessful ad, sales of Carlton Draught fell, as did other Aussie beers around that time.

The ad was filmed in Queensland, and the cast consisted of around 300 locals. The vast crowd effect was achieved with Massive Software, a tool often used to enhance crowd scenes in the film industry.

The Iron Duke Pub in Brighton

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

[tag]The Iron Duke[/tag] is one of Brighton’s oldest pubs with a colourful history.

It was built in 1828 on behalf of Wigney & Co. Brewers of Ship Street, and is the oldest pub with accomodation in [tag]Hove[/tag]. It seems when it was built it was a stand alone building that offered a safe haven to travellers on the desolate Brighthelmstone to Old Shoreham track.

Opposite the pub is the historical St. Andrews Church which was attended by royalty and a number of other notable worshippers, including Charles Dickens and Lewis Carrol when they visited [tag]Brighton[/tag].

There is a clandestine undergound tunnel from St. Andrews to the Iron Duke, which was used by church-goers who wanted to sneak off for a crafty pint. (more…)

Should One Flee a Flooding Bar?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

I read an article this weekend, which described how due to torrential rains, the [tag]Mission Bar[/tag] on Glasgow’s south side in Glasgow flooded, and some customers had to be piggy-backed out by firefighters.

This bought a rather large smile to my face, as I wondered at the pub’s customer’s refusal to move until the water rose so high, they had to be rescued by firemen.

It also reminded me of an incident here in [tag]Lloret de Mar[/tag] in November 2001.

I was working for the Londoner group who apart from the [tag]Disco Londoner[/tag] own another four bars on either side of the Disco Londoner which is in the centre of the nightlife zone.

I was working the day shift, it was a miserable rainy November Sunday- the type of day you don’t really mind going to work, because the weather is so bad there is nothing else to do- and it is likely to be very quiet as it is just too gloomy for people to venture out of doors.

Well, I arrived quite wet, as did the two staff who were opening the pub next door, also belonging to the Londoner company. We opened the doors, and surprisingly customers began to enter- although there were very few people braving the weather, we were the only bars open (November is off-season and most businesses close for the winter months) so the customers probably were desperate for shelter and a beer to cheer them up.

Meanwhile, the rain was pouring down harder and harder, with no signs of letting up. (more…)

Global Pub Crawl to Cover Four Continents

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Beer loving Aussie Kenneth Hart is organising the [tag]World’s Biggest Pub Crawl[/tag], which will last for 25 boozy days, take in 60 pubs in 12 countries and cover 4 continents.

The tour will include the world’s top [tag]party hotspots[/tag] including Rio de Janeiro, Cancun, Ibiza and Munich.

Kenneth guarantees there will be no early wake up calls and no ‘boring sightseeing- just a daily dose of the most incredible pubs on earth and the party of a lifetime’. (more…)

Gay Bars San Francisco

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

If you are looking for [tag]Gay Bars in San Francisco[/tag], I do not think you will have many problems finding them as San Francisco IS the [tag]Gay capital[/tag] of the world!

Although San Francisco is teeming with [tag]Gay Bars[/tag], hotels and nightclubs, over a wide area, there is also a concentrated zone around Castro Street where many gay establishments are grouped together, making barhopping a nice easy experience. (more…)

America’s Hottest Female Bartender

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

This is old news, last October Danielle Day from Chicago was voted America’s hottest female bartender.
The story grabbed my attention, because it does a decent job of highlighting some of the differences between the service industries in the US and Europe. (more…)

5 Questions a Tourist Should Not Ask an Expat Bartender

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Way back in the 1950s, Spain’s main holiday resorts were nothing more than small fishing villages.  
, , and many more were home to simple fishing families who would scrape together a meagre living from the sea and the land.

Even though times were hard, I imagine they were also very happy without the stresses of modern day life. All this was to change in the 1950s when the first intrepid travellers, known as ‘’ became daring and ventured to strange and distant lands.

The first to hit was a well-to-do English lady named Mrs. Rossell. This lady fascinated the Lloret people, as she wore smart clothes, the likes of which they had never seen before (after all, most of them were shoeless) and she arrived in a motorcar.

During the seventies Lloret and other Spanish tourist hot spots were over run with young British people searching for sun, sea and most of all , , and anything else they could get down their necks. They arrived at Easter time, and left six months later rather the worse for wear. The majority of the British ‘workers’ and ‘dossers’ as they were known, spent a number of summer seasons in their chosen Spanish towns before going back home to either settle down and have kids or dry out.