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Whet Your Whistle in Any of These 8 Watering Holes Around the World Where You Can Drink in the Local Flavor Too

BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- Aug 12, 2015 -- Whether your drink of choice is a beer, a cocktail or wine, a tasty beverage and good company is generally an unbeatable combination. And, when you are exploring a new destination, finding a spot where you can bend elbows with friendly locals is all the better. The travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have made their picks for bars that give you a real taste of a destination, in more ways than one. Learn where to walk, talk and drink like a local at these 8 Watering Holes Around the World for the Best Drinks and Culture. What better way is there to learn about a culture than by meeting and mingling with the locals at their favorite neighborhood bar?

Drink in the local flavor at these five off-the-beaten track watering holes across the globe to make our list:

  • Cavour 313, Rome, Italy - When in Rome, red wine is probably the most abundant drink on the market -- so, when in doubt, order the house wine. Typically, the best watering holes have little to no obvious advertising, so finding them can be difficult. Cavour 313 definitely fits that mold with no sign or visible door. Once you find this local favorite, be ready for a wine list with more than 1,000 varieties. Fortunately, the expert and friendly staff will help you decide which wine from the otherwise overwhelming list is right for you. In true Italian style, the cold cuts, cheese and dessert offerings pair fantastically with your reasonably priced glass of wine. Insider's tip: Try the Brunello de Montalcino -- an Italian classic red made with 100 percent Sangiovese.

  • Brendan Behan Pub, Boston, Massachusetts, United States - Boston is a huge beer town filled with big personalities and cultural flair. Prepare for thick Boston accents discussing local sports teams at Brendan Behan Pub, where the walls are lined with historical Boston paraphernalia. For a taste of the city and its people, try this townie hangout, a hole in the wall with only the city's best brews on tap. The bartenders are incredibly helpful and will direct you to the beer that's right for you. Insider's tip: While this pub has a full bar (with lots of whiskey), this is truly a great spot for beer, beer and more beer.

  • Glass, Paris, France - Glass is a small space with dark wooden floors where the locals sit for hours. The inviting atmosphere, friendly security and helpful staff make this a top spot for all Parisians and visitors in the know. Enjoy a live DJ and sip on well-rounded cocktails and artisan beer all while eating a gourmet hot dog. This spot fills up quickly with the local chic crowd ordering novelty drinks. Stop by for affordable drinks and mingle with the hip and funky regulars. Insider's tip: Try a dressed up beer -- think flavors of mezcal, ginger, grapefruit and lime mixed with domestic and delicious beer.

  • Civil Liberties, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - While Civil Liberties is a relatively new establishment, it's channeling the speakeasy era. Don't ask for a drink menu as there isn't one. Just chat with one of the three owners/bartenders about what you like and, voila, a custom concoction just for you. Not in a cocktail mood? No worries. They will happily serve you a local beer, too, and share history and stories along with the drinks. Since there is no formal kitchen, plan for cheese-plate level snacks (not a meal). But you know you will be welcome thanks to the pineapple sign outside that marks the bar's entrance. After all, it's the international symbol of hospitality. Insider's tip: Try to get a seat at the long bar as there is no table service. You will get more quality time with the bar staff too!

  • High Five, Tokyo, Japan - High Five is an intimate bar tucked away in the heart of Tokyo with no real menu, forcing you to interact with the bartenders and diverse characters that frequent this watering hole. Strike up a conversation with the incredibly talented and knowledgeable bartenders who have elevated cocktail-making to an art form as they blend, pour and inspect their beverages with precision and passion. This is a local favorite, cash-only spot that's an absolute must on your Tokyo to-do list. Insider's tip: Order The Bamboo, a blend of sherry, vermouth and orange bitters, to get the full picture of the bartenders' skills.

Let's raise a toast to the following three local watering holes around the globe to round out our list: Bramble in Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Green Door in Berlin, Germany; and The Nightjar in London, United Kingdom. To get all the details, check out Walk, Talk & Drink Like a Local: 8 Watering Holes Around the World for the Best Drinks and Culture at www.cheapflights.com/news/walk-talk-drink-like-a-local-8-watering-holes-around-the-world-for-the-best-drinks-and-culture.

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