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Would you like to discover the wonderful world of wine off the beaten track? We plan to offer our like minded meetup friends a selection of unique wine adventures away from your normal 'Bordeaux' or 'Champagne' wine trips! On our journeys you can experience wine in old Soviet countries such as Armenia, the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabkh and Georgia as well as Lebanon, Palestine (includes spending a night in a refugee camp) and mysterious wine producing countries of Eritrea and Turkmenistan! And if you are feeling really adventurous then how about a wine tasting evening in Chernobyl or a pub crawl in North Korea?

Other plans for our meetup group include quirky London pub crawls, discovering the underbelly of London life including funky eateries and enchanting entertainments!

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Pub Crawl Adventure In North Korea

Beijing Railway Station


Fancy a holiday with a difference? Then join us to discover what the booze is like in one of the most secretive nations of earth as we visit the famous microbreweries, pubs, bars and restaurants in Pyongyang, North Korea! Monday 17 June 2019 Meet your western guide at 1:30pm at a hotel near the Beijing Railway Station. During this meeting, we’ll go through the tour’s itinerary, receive your visas and tickets. This meeting is obligatory and essential before you enter North Korea. Depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the 24 hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang. Tuesday 18 June 2019 Arrive at Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:00am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side. Arrive in Pyongyang at 5:30pm to a warm welcome from your North Korean guides. Wednesday 19 June 2019 Visit Mansudae Grand Monument to show our respects to the President Kim Il Sung and the Leader Kim Jong Il. Grand People’s Study House. Lunch at a local restaurant on Liberation Street. Pyongyang Metro! Ride from Stop 1 to Stop 2 then on to stop 6! Exiting to: The Arch of Triumph – the largest Victory Arch on the planet. Monument to the Party Foundation. Visit the Meari Shooting Range. Stop by Mansugyo Bar for refreshments – a very popular bar to mingle with the locals! Dinner at Pottonggang Restaurant. Thursday 20 June 2019 TRIP HIGHLIGHT: Pub Crawl Day! Visit the Korean Film Studio. Here we have an opportunity to dress up as ancient characters from the old dynasty days – 1 euro each. Visit the Kwanbok department store, where we can shop with the locals and gain access to the local DPRK Won currency! Lunch at the Moran Hill Fried Chicken Restaurant. Now it’s time to discover North Korean beer with a bar crawl throughout the city! Tour of the Taedonggan beer bar No. 3 – 10 different microbrews on tap 1.5 euro each. Pyolmuri Teahouse/Bar. Koryo Hotel for microbrewed dark and/or light beer. Rakwon Beer Bar - microbrewed pints for only 0.5 euro each! Pyongyang Gold Lanes Bowling – here they have draft beer and we can verse the locals to a game! (2.50 euros per game) Dinner at the National Restaurant with a performance from the waitresses! Taedonggan Diplomat’s club. There are local and imported drinks, karaoke, billiards, ping pong and a great chance to meet some local Pyongyang expats. Friday 21 June 2019 Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – the mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. Revolutionary Martyr's Cemetery. Lunch at the Chongryu Hot Pot Restaurant. Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War museum). USS Pueblo – the only US Naval Ship still held captive by another nation. Foreign Language Bookshop – shopping central for books, pins, DVD’s, CD’s and periodicals in English and other foreign Languages, followed by a brisk walk to: Kim Il Sung Square – the central square of Pyongyang City. Juche Tower – monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (optional 5.5 euros to go to the top). Dinner at KITC restaurant to try the famous Pyongyang Cold Noodles or a Korean traditional Bibimbap dish. Saturday 22 June 2019 A sad goodbye to our friendly North Korean guides as our train departs at 10:10am for the overnight journey to Beijing. Sunday 23 June 2019 Train arrives 9:00am in Beijing. End of tour. Tour price: £680 Other Cost: Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing Train: £300 North Korean Visa: £55 A £99 deposit secures your place! INCLUDED Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra £35 per night). All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary. North Korean guides. Air-conditioned bus and driver. All entrances (unless otherwise stated). EXCLUDED International flights to China. Extra drinks and souvenirs. Cost of visas. Tips for Korean guides and the driver. ​Additional events not listed in the itinerary. Financially protected.

The London World Record-Breaking Pub Crawl

We would be delighted if you could join our group of beer loving adventurers as we attempt the Guinness World Record for 'Most Pubs Visited In 24 Hours By A Team'... The current World Record stands at 250 pubs and was achieved by a team of 13 in New York City in September 2011. Now the time has come to beat this number and show the Americans how the British can perform in the art of pub crawling! If successful, you will receive a very special certificate, a feature in the Guinness World Records annual as well as joining the history books of pub crawls! Friday 6 September 2019 Team members arrive at leisure in London and meet up with the group for a quick pub crawl to discuss our strategy for tomorrow's big challenge! Members can also join us early on Saturday morning, the choice is yours! Saturday 7 September 2019 - Sunday 8 September 2019 We wake early for breakfast and have a meeting to discuss any final changes to the pub crawl route and make sure all the paperwork is in order. ​At about 8am on a Saturday we hit the streets and head for pub number one! Our pub crawl will see us visit pubs throughout the W1 London postal district including over 200 bars and pubs in historic areas of Soho, Marylebone, Mayfair and Fitzrovia. The plan could also include the many pub and bars in Shoreditch too. GWR Record Definition This record is for the most licensed public houses visited within 24 hours. This record is to be attempted by a team of no more than 20. The record is measured by the number of pubs visited in the given time. Rules for Most Pubs Visited In 24 Hours By A Team The record is for the most licensed public houses (pubs/bars) visited within 24 hours. No pub/bar may be visited more than once on the journey. A log book must be signed by the manager/landlord of the pub/bar alongside the venue name and address, confirming that a drink has been purchased and consumed. A map of the route taken by each pub crawl must be submitted with the claim. All transportation must be by scheduled public transport, chartered transport, or on foot. Private transport is not permitted. Proof of method of travel must be submitted with the claim. At least a 0.28 l (half a pint) glass or 125 ml (4.39 fl oz) glass of drink must be consumed in each venue visited. Confirmation of this must be included in the log book. For the purposes of this record, non-alcoholic drinks are also acceptable. The team must remain together and must remain the same throughout the attempt. If the team divides or any participant drops out, he or she will not count as part of the team that achieves the record. The consumption of alcohol as part of this record attempt must strictly comply with the local statutory regulations with respect to the legal drinking age and any government guidance on recommended daily intake. Guinness World Records will not validate any record attempt where participants younger than 18 years of age have consumed alcohol. We will stop for very quick pre-ordered lunch, dinner and early breakfast along the way as the clock does not stop for this challenge! We will keep going until we reach a record breaking number of pubs! This will be an incredible adventure as well as challenge which will involve walking many miles across our amazing capital city searching for the ultimate pub and beer, so team members must be reasonably fit... There is no charge to become an important team member, just make sure you have enough money for your round! A recce pub crawl will happen sometime during the summer...

The Pacific Ocean Pub Crawl Adventure



Join us for an pub crawl adventure to remember! Our journey starts in the Pacific Northwest from Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada and then continues on to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles! You'll witness some of the USA's most distinctive cities along the Pacific Ocean, the most spectacular natural attractions and most importantly, the best pubs and bars they have to offer! This is a true bar and pub extravaganza as we explore some of the best and quirkiest drinking spots in America... Saturday 14 September 2019: Arrival in Canada You will meet up with the other Beer Adventurers in the lobby of our hotel at 6.00pm for a tour briefing and, most importantly, the start of a crawl of the best pubs in the city! Sunday 15 September 2019: Vancouver BC Today we will check out five districts of the city concentrated with a superb selection of bars and pubs: Granville Street, Yaletown, Gastown, Kitsilano and Main Street/SoMa. Monday 16 September 2019: Seattle, Washington An early start as we catch the Amtrak Cascades train to Seattle. There's no better way to experience the sheer grandeur of the North American continent than by rail! We will see long stretches of the stunning Pacific shoreline, views you won’t get from the highway. Seattle offers a superb number of options, from jazz clubs to speak-easies and the city' has endless options for a lively pub crawl! Like Vancouver, there are neighbourhoods with different types and styles of bars: Capitol Hill, Belltown, Downtown, Georgetown and Ballard. We will try our best to check them all out! Tuesday 17 September 2019: Seattle Today our mission is simple: to check out some of the quirkiest bars in Seattle! Beer Pong fans will enjoy our selection of crazy and weird watering holes... Wednesday 18 September 2019: Portland, Oregon An early start as we take the train to Portland, Oregon. After a late morning arrival we check into our hotel. Today we will discover a selection of 'beer heaven'! Thursday 19 September 2019: Portland Portland has an amazing selection of 'Dive Bars' - the beloved drinking spots with stained floors and carpets, blacked out windows, stiff pours and greasy piles of chips and stale popcorn! Today we will be searching for the very best dive bars in the city from our list of over twenty plus to choose from. Friday 20 September 2019: San Francisco, California We take a mid morning flight to San Francisco. Transfer to our downtown hotel. Today, we will check out ten of the very best breweries in the city, travelling via the metro, cable cars and Uber. Saturday 21 September 2019: San Francisco Today we can take it easy, maybe with a day tour of wine tasting in Sonoma and Napa? We can also spend the day relaxing in a selection of the weirdest bars in San Fran! Sunday 22 September 2019: Los Angeles, California Early morning flight to Los Angeles. Today we can chill out on the beach and discover funky Venice. Santa Monica is home to every type of bar and every breed of drinker! Monday 23 September 2019: Los Angeles As this is our last day, we might as well finish with one final memorable blow out pub crawl of the tour! This will be a very special end to an amazing pub adventure... End of tour. TOUR COST: £1400 Secure your spot for just £99 today! Price Inclusive of: Accommodation according to the itinerary on a twin sharing basis ​Train fares Airport transfers Smiling Grape guides Price Exclusive of: All flights (London-Vancover BC: £229, Los Angeles-London: £165, Portland-San Francisco: £83, San Francisco-Los Angeles: £58) Meals Drinks Suggested tours and excursions Single supplement Visas (if required) This tour is operated by Smiling Grape Adventure Tours Ltd and is financially protected.

Around The World Pub Crawl Part Two

Gatwick Airport


After a very successful first journey across the world searching for the ultimate bar, we decided to launch our second epic pub, this time visiting twelve countries, four continents and travelling 26,000 miles. Join us for a two week bar and pub extravaganza as we explore some of the best and quirkiest drinking spots on the planet. And thanks to low cost airlines this adventure is perfectly priced! Saturday 5 October 2019 Mid morning flight to Krakow, Poland. You will be pleased to know that Krakow has some of the cheapest beer in Europe! Sunday 6 October 2019 We take an afternoon flight to Kiev, Ukraine. After checking into our hotel we will go for dinner and drinks at Ward No 6 (Palata No 6), one of our favourite places which was recently featured in the “10 places to drink in before you die” list! Be sure to try the shot requiring you to wear a straitjacket, WW2 helmet and be set on fire whilst being bashed on the head with wrenches and beer kegs... Monday 7 October 2019 Up nice and early to get on our comfortable AC minibus to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone! After our epic tour we board our bus for the drive back to Kiev arriving at 5pm. Evening flight to Minsk, Belarus. Belarus is the least visited country in Europe and has been described as Europe’s ‘only Soviet State’. But Minsk in particular has an extremely vibrant and interesting bar scene and we will do our very best to check it out! Tuesday 8 October 2019 Flight to Astana, Kazakhstan. Wednesday 9 October 2019 Astana has been described as one of the strangest capital cities on Earth - you really have to see it to believe it! Thursday 10 October 2019 Morning flight to New Dehli, India. If you haven't been to India before then get ready for a culture shock! Many visitors to Delhi describe their first experience as 'SSO' aka 'Serious Sensory Overload'! Saturday 12 October 2019 Morning flight to Phuket, Thailand. After a busy week of pub crawling, it's time to relax on the beach! We will spend some time discovering the excellent beach bars as well as the famous Bangla Road in Patong with its bright neon lights and crowds of party-lovers. Sunday 13 October 2019 Mid morning flight to Singapore. We have about 12 hours to check out this fascinating country as well as it’s famous watering holes! Just be careful of the power of those Singapore Sling cocktails... Monday 14 October 2019 Morning flight to Melbourne with a mid morning arrival. Tuesday 15 October 2019 Late evening flight to Auckland, New Zealand. Wednesday 16 October 2019 Early morning arrival. Thursday 17 October 2019 Late evening flight to Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Early Morning arrival via the International Date Line arriving the same day... Today we have just 12 hours to check of the bars of Waikiki in Honolulu. Prepare for the onslaught of Mai Tai cocktails! Late evening flight to Las Vegas. Friday 18 October 2019 Early morning arrival in Las Vegas. We will spend a relaxed two days checking out the main spots and generally kicking back. Saturday 19 October 2019 Evening flight to Calgary, Canada. Sunday 20 October 2019 Late afternoon flight to London. Monday 21 October 2019 Early afternoon arrival in London. We enjoy a celebratory drink to mark our epic 26,000 mile pub crawl across the world! Tuesday 22 October 2019 Return to work to tell your friends and colleagues about your amazing pub adventure across the planet! Tour Cost: £[masked] Early Bird Offer: 20% discount if you book by 30 April 2019: £[masked] A £99.00 deposit secures your place on this epic adventure... Price Inclusive of: Accommodation according to the itinerary on a twin sharing basis Airport transfers Smiling Grape guides Price Exclusive of: All flights (Google Flights price of £1429 as of 22/03/19) Meals Drinks Suggested tours and excursions Single supplement Visas (if required) More detailed tour information at: https://www.smilinggrapeadventure.com/aroundtheworldpubcrawl-533207.html

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