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Bars on Oahu Can Now Stay Open Later As COVID-19 Infection Rate Declines

On Friday, Hawaii’s Governor, David Ige, held a press conference to report good news about the COVID-19 situation on Oahu.

Infection rates have decreased in recent weeks, and vaccination rates have increased, leading to the relaxation of restrictions as it relates to nightlife and large gatherings, which were previously banned in August.

Now, “professionally-managed events” of up to 1,000 people will be allowed on Oahu under certain circumstances.

The new rules are as follows:

  • Outdoor seated events, such as sporting events, can be held with up to 1,000 attendees, but venue capacities are still limited to 50%.
  • Starting Oct. 20, indoor events will be allowed with up to 500 attendees.
  • Other outdoor events, such as weddings or funerals, can also be held starting Oct. 20 with up to 150 people.
  • Indoors gatherings, including weddings, are still capped at 10 people.

While these relaxations don’t necessarily impact many visitors, another order issued last week certainly will: Now, bars are allowed to serve alcohol until midnight, whereas previously they were cut off at 10 p.m.

For night owls and entertainment seekers, this is certainly good news to hear. Though establishments are still capped at 50% capacity at this time, the extended hours show a sign of confidence going forward.

“We have a reasonably high level of confidence that we are through the worst of the pandemic and the delta surge,” said Hilton Raethel, President of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.

To that, we certainly raise a glass. And if the current trends continue, it seems reasonable that the capacity restrictions on bars and restaurants could be completely lifted when they expire on November 13th.

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Guinea coup leader bars foreign travel for government officials | Politics News

Leader of army unit that overthrew President Alpha Conde tells government ministers there will be ‘no witch hunt’, a day after coup in West African nation.

Guinean government officials are barred from leaving the country until further notice and a curfew imposed in mining areas has been lifted, the leader of an army unit that overthrew President Alpha Conde has said.

On Monday Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya – a former French legionnaire officer – told a gathering of Conde’s ministers, including the prime minister and top government officials, that they should also hand back their official vehicles.

“There will be no witch-hunt,” he said a day after the coup which drew international condemnation and threats of sanctions.

The takeover in the West African nation that holds the world’s largest bauxite reserves, an ore used to produce aluminium, sent prices of the metal sky-rocketing to a 10-year high on Monday over fears of further supply disruption in the downstream market. There was no indication of such disruption yet.

Light traffic resumed, and some shops reopened around the main administrative district of Kaloum in the capital, Conakry which witnessed heavy gunfire throughout Sunday as the special forces battled soldiers loyal to Conde. A military spokesman said on television that land air borders had also been reopened.

However, uncertainty remains. While the army unit appeared to have Conde in detention, telling the West African nation on state television that they had dissolved the government and constitution, other branches of the army are yet to publicly comment.

Doumbouya said on state television on Sunday that “poverty and endemic corruption” had driven his forces to remove Conde from office.

‘Window for change is very short’

Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque, reporting from Dakar in neighbouring Senegal, called Monday’s meeting an “incredible scene” as the country’s powerful figures were brought inside the national parliament to be summoned by the new leader.

“What’s interesting in this scene is that he was there to both reassure them and threaten them,” Haque said.

“On the one hand, he said… ‘No one’s going to go after you, but we will take your vehicles, your passports, so that you do not run away from the country. The borders are open. The airport is not closed,’ trying to reassure both the international actors who have been condemning this coup but also trying to reassure the Guinean population.

“He calls for a national unity government but he hasn’t given any timeline to when he’s going do that and what framework that’s gonna operate.”

Emmanuel Kwesi Aning of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre told Al Jazeera the coup leaders in Guinea have a short window to enact any change.

“The window for change to take place is very short. The demographics of Guinea and the Sahel and West African states are such that people are losing patience. The military regime have no more than 6-12 months – that is if they will have that length of time – to govern, to demonstrate.

“The optimism with which Conde was voted into power in 2010 has totally fizzled out,” Aning said.

The coup has met condemnation from some of Guinea’s strongest allies. The United Nations quickly denounced the takeover, and both the African Union and West Africa’s regional bloc have threatened sanctions.

In an overnight statement, the US Department of State said that violence and extra-constitutional measures could erode Guinea’s prospects for stability and prosperity.

“These actions could limit the ability of the United States and Guinea’s other international partners to support the country,” the statement said.

Regional experts said, however, that unlike in landlocked Mali, where neighbours and partners were able to pressure the military government after a coup, leverage on the military in Guinea could be limited because it is not landlocked, also because it is not a member of the West African currency union.

Although mineral wealth has fuelled economic growth during Conde’s reign, few citizens significantly benefitting, contributing to pent-up frustration among millions of jobless youths.

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Restaurants, bars reduced capacity again


Hawaii is tightening COVID-19 restrictions amid an alarming spike in cases but the state is not changing tourist entry requirements, at least yet.

Gov. David Ige late Tuesday said restaurant and bar capacity will be reduced to 50% effective immediately. Capacity was raised to 75% percent in early July as vaccination rates climbed, welcome news to restaurant operators and visitors who have been scrambling to find reservations. But the dangerous delta variant dictates a cut in capacity, Ige said.

Hawaii is seeing a seven-day average of more than 500 cases per day and a test positivity rate of 7.25%, Ige said. Those figures a month ago: 60 cases per day and a test positive rate of 2.25%.

“We need to take action and we need to take action now,” he said.

He called restaurants and bars high risk activities and said social distancing will be required and that “there will be no mingling and masks must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking.”

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Ige said Hawaii is evaluating its Safe Travels program, which includes the most strict travel restrictions in the United States. Visitors currently must present a negative COVID test or be vaccinated to bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Visitors with upcoming trips have peppering travel agents and Hawaii travel message groups with questions about possible changes, including a return to pre-departure travel testing requirements for all visitors regardless of vaccination status. That was the case before July 8, when a vaccine exemption took effect.

“At this point and time we won’t be … making any specific changes to the safe travels program,” Ige said.

The governor noted that the number of COVID cases among visitors is “relatively low,” at 1 or 2%. The bulk of travel-related cases are from residents returning to the island with infections.

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9 Best Bars In Fort Lauderdale To Kick Back And Relax

Exploring new and interesting bars and cocktail lounges is a fun way to kick back, relax, and enjoy your well-deserved vacation. Whether your preferred style is an uber-chic roof bar, Prohibition-era speakeasy, a raucous dive bar with a live band, or an elegant lounge with a view, Fort Lauderdale has amped up its bar scene and you will find your new favorite spot for an adult beverage break.

Fort Lauderdale offers sparkling skyline views, toes-in-the-sand beachy vibes, and glorious sun-filled days, making it a prime vacation destination. It’s always a good time to visit Florida, and it’s always five o’clock somewhere.

Some information in this piece was obtained during a sponsored press trip, but all recommendations are my own.

A drink at Room Nine01.
A drink at Room Nine01 (Photo Credit: Sandi Barrett)

1. Room Nine01

Dark and mysterious, secretive and exciting, Room Nine01 is tucked away in the Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale. The glamorously appointed speakeasy, with its rich velvet drapes and ornate period decor, instantly transports guests to a time when luxury and style was the hallmark of the rich and famous. 

Don your best dress or arrive decked out in elaborate Gatsby flapper threads. You will be intoxicated by your surroundings while you happily sip a glass of Prohibition-era forbidden fruit. Relax and enjoy a honey-laced Bee’s Knees, a classic Sidecar, or the bartender’s specialty cocktail and have a roaring 20’s good time. The chef’s menu changes seasonally with expertly crafted and stunningly plated nibbles that complement the cocktails and the decor. 

The reservation only speakeasy seats up to eight guests per two hour reservation period. Guests can reserve the entire room and party with their friends or an intimate table can be reserved on an individual basis. The room is designed to host a stand-around-the-bar cocktail crowd or quiet, romantic tables for two.

Pro Tip: Room Nine01 hosts a Bartender in Residence program that brings in outstanding bartenders from around the country to show off their mixology skills. The program is focused on aiding and promoting hospitality industry staff.

A tiki cruise in Fort Lauderdale.
A tiki cruise (Photo Credit: Sandi Barrett)

2. Cruisin Tikis

Dreaming of thatched-roofed huts and tall tropical drinks? Sail away on your own private floating cocktail bar. Cruisin Tikis Fort Lauderdale will float you down the Fort Lauderdale waterways for a scenery-changing, cool-breeze-blowing, fun-in-the-sun boat ride.

Day drinking options include morning or afternoon cruises that focus on beautiful shoreline scenery and fun in the sun. At night the floating bar takes in the gorgeous sunset as you cruise by fantastic yachts and beautiful coastal homes. There is even a late-night Jazz Cruise to keep the party going all night long. Enjoy the twinkling lights of the city and shoreline while you float on a sea of cool jazz. Alternatively, book a Sandbar Cruise, where you can jump in and enjoy the refreshing coastal waters. 

These private, customizable trips accommodate up to six guests.

Pro Tip: The Tiki Cruise is a fun adventure for a group of friends or a romantic date night sailing excursion.

3. Elbo Room

The legendary Elbo Room has been serving customers since 1938. A Fort Lauderdale beachside staple, the Elbo Room is a classic beach bar with turquoise hues and palm tree style. Through the years, young and old have flocked to this classic beachy dive bar for a cool beverage, to revel in the good old days, and to make new vacation memories. 

If you are a movie buff, you will recognize the bar from the 1956 film Where The Boys Are starring Connie Frances, George Hamilton, and others. 

Pro Tip: They offer live bands that amp up your good-ole-boy entertainment experience.

4. Riverside Market

Imagine rows of chilled beer refrigerators lining the wall, stocked to the brim with colorful cans and bottles of craft beer. What brew to try is a difficult decision. The Riverside Market And Cafe stocks their coolers with a selection of over 550 different craft beers from far and wide. Along with an unbelievable collection of beer, Riverside offers an assortment of wines and soft beverages for the non-brew enthusiast. 

While you enjoy your chosen beverage, you can nosh on a collection of sandwiches. The Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy, Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, or their classic Black and Bleu Burger are perfect accompaniments for your brew. 

Pro Tip: Your favorite four-legged doggie friend is welcome in the outdoor seating area. 

5. McSorley’s Kitchen & Bar

McSorley’s Kitchen & Bar is a classic Irish Pub with a Florida twist. The first floor will transport you to Ireland with its traditional brick and dark wood interior. The collection of large-screen TVs displaying sporting events are the only hint you are in a modern-day establishment. As you progress up in floors, you reach the lounge and cigar bar on the middle level. At the top, enjoy a rooftop bar where you can dance to the beat of the DJ’s record spinning with views of the beach.

While you enjoy an expertly pulled Guinness or another cocktail of choice, you can peruse the menu that offers classic American fare with a few take-me-to-Ireland options. Try the Stout Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness Gravy, Bangers and Mash with locally crafted Irish sausage, or the classic Fish and Chips and immerse yourself in the Irish dining experience. 

Pro Tip: If the music and merriment get too loud on the rooftop deck, head down to the first-floor pub for a relaxed, kick-back vibe. 

6. Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar

Wilton Manors is known as the P-town of Florida. and Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar is in sync with the Provincetown vibe. It’s all about the Monkey’s secrets — see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. This restaurant, bar, and nightclub celebrate alternative lifestyles to the max. Hilarious drag shows featuring stunningly beautiful queens, VJs playing fabulous music videos, DJs rocking the house, and so much more.

Reserve your spot for their Saturday Brunch, hosted at the perfect time for sleeping in. The brunch begins at 2:30 p.m. The brunch features endless mimosas, mojitos, and bellinis along with classic brunch nibbles. The main draw is the brunch-long drag show. You will love every wild minute.

Pro Tip: If you have the chance to visit Provincetown, Massachusetts, aka P-town, go for it. The beautiful views and fun atmosphere is worth the drive to the end, the very tip of Cape Cod. To learn more visit The Best Things To Do In Provincetown, MA: Where To Eat, Stay, And Play.

7. Lulu’s Bait Shack

Lulu’s Bait Shack serves fun, beachy drinks from kitschy coconut heads and fishbowls with a beach view. The menu offers cajun and classic southern options like Gator Bites, a Coconut Shrimp Basket, a Shrimp Po’ Boy, and a Ragin’ Cajun Quesadilla. Wash it all down with a Hurricane, Tiki Punch, or a Swamp Water cocktail for a fun, libation-filled adventure.

Pro Tip: The restaurant has live music and friendly service.

8. Rooftop @1WLO

Hoping to enjoy a night out at a spot that offers a casual, elegant ambiance and a killer view, look no further than the Rooftop @1WLO. It’s a beautiful rooftop garden where you can relax and soak up the Fort Lauderdale skyline while enjoying an expertly crafted cocktail. 

Try something refreshing like their Violet Sky, made with Grey Goose Vodka, violet liqueur, blackberry, and sage, or their Garden Party, where Tito’s Vodka is mixed with prosecco, cucumber, and strawberry. Add a few sumptuous nibbles, like Bulgogi Beef Skewers, Miso Pork Belly Flatbread, and Match Green Tea Doughnuts, to share with your table.

Pro Tip: Rooftop @1WLO’s Sunday brunch is a popular option for upscale brunch cuisine — this is not your mama’s brunch menu. Reservations are highly recommended.

9. Sparrow

At the Dalmar Hotel, 25 stories above street level is Sparrow, a rooftop, urban-chic lounge. Happy hour on a beautiful Florida evening should be enjoyed with a great glass of bubbly and a fabulous view. The celebration to welcome in the night should be special when you are on a holiday with someone you love.

Start with happy hour and stay for dinner. The Asian-inspired menu includes Edamame Dumplings, fabulous sushi, and sweet taiyaki for dessert. Sparrow’s offerings will satisfy your desire for expertly prepared and elegantly plated culinary creations. 

Pro Tips: Reservations are strongly recommended

Fort Lauderdale has successfully shed its old reputation as the Spring Break mecca and landed squarely in the east coast Florida vacation destination arena. The options for enjoying an adult beverage are wide and varied. One night you may want to dress up and paint the town red; the next night you may be looking for a great craft beer and a good burger. Having a wide variety of options is always good.

For more information about Fort Lauderdale, check out The Best Restaurants To Try In Fort Lauderdale, Florida For Every Budget.

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10 of the UK’s best beach cafes and bars, chosen by readers | Bars, pubs and clubs

Winning tip: Catch of the day, Berwickshire

The coastal path between Eyemouth and Saint Abbs is littered with tales of smugglers and shipwrecks. Names like Cauldron Cove and Horsecastle Bay hint at dark deeds and dangerous tides. In Saint Abbs the Ebbcarrs Cafe serves hearty portions of the daily catch – langoustines, lobster, dressed crab and steaming bowls of Cullen skink – to weary walkers. Fishing is a family business. The boats in the harbour that supply the cafe are owned by a generation whose ancestors perished in the 1881 fishing disaster, when 189 men – fathers and sons – lost their lives in a freak storm. In fact, the food was so good that we stopped in again on the way back.
Christopher Watson

Repurposed cliff lift, Broadstairs, Kent

Beach from Funicular Coffeehouse, Broadstairs, Kent

The Funicular Coffeehouse is literally on the beach at Broadstairs. We had a very longed-for break in Broadstairs last September and were lucky with the weather. After a long walk along the coast, we stopped here and had a wonderful cold beer while looking out to sea. Great staff, fabulous location and a small but very local menu. Reasonably priced. Such a good use of the decommissioned building. We are back to Broadstairs again in a few weeks and hoping for some sunshine so we can sit there again and watch the waves.


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Teashop vibe, Norfolk

Smallsticks Café, Norfolk

If you’re visiting the remote and wave-battered village of Happisburgh in Norfolk, it’s worth walking a little way south along the coast to Cart Gap, where you’ll find a cafe hidden behind a dilapidated barn. Smallsticks is just off the coast path if you take a right by the RNLI Lifeboat, and has a distinct teashop vibe, with friendly staff and wonderful Norfolk accents. They offer an excellent selection of hot meals and cakes, and a walled garden where you can sit out with your dog if the weather is good. Order a large, hot coffee and hearty, no-frills breakfast with change from a tenner. And finish with a slice of carrot cake if you have the room.
Kasia Ladds

Cream of vegetarian cafes, Cornwall

millendreath beach bar with beach and sea

Bistro on the Beach in Millendreath is a half-hour walk off the east beach of Looe, but worth every minute. I went here with my partner in August 2020 and the cafe was beautifully composed, with a southern view of an enclosed but spacious beach. This cafe specialises in (but is not limited to) vegan and vegetarian food, which was a blessing to my vegan boyfriend after a trek to reach the beach in a heatwave. We stumbled on this cafe completely by surprise and were delighted when we tasted their fries with curry sauce, and a side of wakame sesame salad.
Giorgia Gooch

Harbour bites, Brownsea Island, Dorset

Villano Cafe and landing stage, Brownsea Island
Villano Cafe, on the right, Brownsea Island. Photograph: Nick Upton/Alamy

The National Trust’s Villano Café on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour is close to the jetty, so you can easily drop in on arrival or recharge later before catching your return ferry – or maybe both. I’m always amenable to a National Trust cheese scone and here I can enjoy one in the cafe’s garden, sea scents mingling with those of cake and coffee, while boat watching and appreciating the views across the harbour to Sandbanks and Shell Bay. Watch for the peacocks patrolling the tables, ready to clear away any crumbs. Ferry service from Poole Quay only; Sandbanks service currently suspended.
Sharon Pinner

Pizza on the sand, north Wales

Lligwy Beach cafe and shop near Moelfre on Anglesey
Photograph: Philip Smith/Alamy

On Lligwy beach, near Moelfre on Anglesey, there is a lovely pizza shack (no website). The pizzas are around £9 and freshly stone baked. It’s so lovely to grab a delicious, locally made pizza after swimming in the sea or walking on the beach.

Butties by the beach, North Yorkshire

Beach view from the Cafe at Hunmanby Gap

For the perfect view of the Yorkshire coast, the Beach Cafe at Hunmanby Gap, south of Filey, is hard to beat. Park in the field at the top of the hill for a small fee and walk down a short distance. The beach is just under the cafe further down the cliffs. Sit on the decking, eat a hearty breakfast, perhaps a bacon butty or have homemade cakes with a cup of tea. Butties and cakes cost about £3. The service is friendly and all the food is fresh.
David Cowling

North Sea views, County Durham

Fish and chips, prosecco, tea and cake at Surfside, Seaton Carew

Surfside in Seaton Carew is a brilliant fish-and-chip cafe that also does afternoon tea with homemade cakes, and a wedge of bread to go with your cod and chips, all on traditional tiered plates. Loads of other choices, including coffees and cakes, about 20 metres from the North Sea with a view to Hartlepool harbour and historic headland as well as Teesbay round to the North York Moors. It’s beautiful in the sun – dogs are allowed outside too – or perfect inside when the winter storms lash the full-size windows. If you’re lucky you might see a seal.

See Sunderland with a hint of Naples

Minchella’s ice-cream cone, with beach beyond

Seaburn Beach in Sunderland may be a million miles away from Naples but an ice-cream or fish and chips at Minchella’s cafe, with lovely views over a sandy beach and a huge expanse of sea, must surely remind the cafe owners and customers of Italy and the Minchella family’s native shores. It’s been run by the family for generations, and the sitting area overlooks a pristine white lighthouse and a dog-friendly, child-friendly beach. On a clear day, as the sun climbs high into the sky, you might imagine you were in the Bay of Naples – if the temperature were a bit higher.
Bill Cox

Treasure island, East Lothian

The Drift Cafe, a coffeeshop made from shipping containers
Photograph: Sally Anderson/Alamy

If it’s great views you’re after, I recommend Drift cafe, perched high on the cliffs with a sensational aspect looking out over the Firth of Forth to Bass Rock and its gannet colony. This coast inspired Robert Louis Stevenson, and it’s easy to see why. The cafe is welcoming, light and bright, with a cozy biomass stove, and serves simple and delicious food. The sausage rolls are a family favourite. It also does takeaway if you’d like a picnic at nearby Tantallon Castle or a walk down the cliff to the beach.
Jenifer Phillips

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Bottoms up! S.F. bars reopen indoors at 25% capacity, no food required

For the first time in more than a year, San Francisco bars can serve drinks indoors without offering meals — and patrons slowly found their way to their favorite watering holes over the weekend.

The momentous change happened Friday, days after San Francisco reached the yellow tier, the least-restrictive in California’s color-coded reopening system. Until then, bars had been required to serve food in addition to drinks.

Many bars have been closed since the morning of St. Patrick’s Day last year, when the city started shelter in place, although some added food service in recent months, allowing them to reopen. For some, the latest change in rules did not make a difference because they are limited to 25% of their usual capacity, a threshold some said was too low to cover expenses. That limit will remain until June 15, when the entire state is expected to fully reopen.

At the Sea Star in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, Sofia Padilla and German Rivera, both 29, ordered a white ale and tequila mixed drink directly from a bartender — a small yet significant step toward normalcy after more than a year without stepping foot inside a bar, they said. Patrons in the bar, which at 3 p.m. Saturday equated to just six, all wore masks when not drinking from perspiring glasses of cocktails and beers.

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Probably the best bar in the world: readers’ travel tips | Bars, pubs and clubs

We stumbled across Dulle Griet in Ghent last year. It is a fantastic traditional Flemish pub, serving over 500 beers from across the country. The decor was great and staff very friendly. The highlight of the bar is the MAX, a strong beer served in a huge two-litre glass. In an effort to stop people stealing or breaking their glasses, you must give a deposit of one shoe when ordering the MAX, a ceremonial bell is rung and the shoe is suspended in a basket above the bar until the glass is returned. They are limited to one per customer – definitely a wise choice!
Mike L

Surf lessons on the beach outside the Shack, near Galle.
Surf lessons on the beach outside the Shack, near Galle

The Shack’s unprepossessing entrance on the busy coast road between the fort and the entrance to the Southern Expressway, tucked in between local stores, belies its true location: walk through and it opens out onto the stunning Bonavista Bay with views over to the fort, the old lighthouse and the Unawatunapeninsula. A sandy beach and an extensive deck is popular with Galle’s British expat population, with cold beers, cocktails, a cool bites menu and wood-fired pizzas on offer. Add in plenty of local knowledge, surfing, tours, and a kid- and dog-friendly vibe, it’s a great place to discover the local scene.
Chris Devonshire-Ellis

De Zotte Amsterdam

De Zotte is a true locals’ bar that captures all the vibrancy and character of Amsterdam, but is not distorted by catering to stereotypes for tourists. It’s close enough to Leidseplein for late-night partying, but hidden enough to avoid the stag dos and pub crawls, and sells an astonishing array of Belgian and Dutch beers (and jenever gin) at an affordable, mid-range price. I found this place by asking a local to put a pin on my tourist map of the best pub in town. He showed me my favourite pub in Europe – an absolute gem.
Huw Swanborough

mykonos katerina’s bar with view of windmills
Photograph: Ruby

Katerina’s is perfectly located in Mykonos Town, in the area known as Little Venice. The area gets crowded, especially at night, but before sunset is the best time to be at the bar. We had a balcony seat overlooking the sea and the windmills. The cocktails are a bit pricy, but worth it, and if you don’t drink alcohol, like me, you can just order a mocktail. It was such a beautiful sunset.

Cuates y Cuetes Mexico beach bar with sunset, sea and tower

Casual, rustic, open-sided beach bar next to the main pier in the Pacific-coast city of Puerto Vallarta. Great view of the lit-up pier and beach. Live bands that play a wide variety of Spanish and Portuguese music with a tropical flavour; wonderful selection of mixed drinks, as well as beer and wine. The rich coffee is always freshly made, and your cup will be topped up constantly. The guacamole, salsa and light snacks are excellent. The service is attentive, and the waiters are fun. You can sit inside or at a candlelit table on the shore. Watch the fishing boats bobbing on the water, sink your toes into the sand, gaze at the palm trees swaying in the breeze …

Mural and tables King Cole Bar, New York

The birthplace of the gin version of the bloody mary (first called the red snapper) appears often in films: the small bar, enveloped in dark wood, is graced by a huge Maxfield Parrish mural, Old King Cole, which has a dreamlike beauty and is a must-see on an NYC trip. It’s not cheap, but neither is it exclusive or pretentious. The staff are welcoming, even when I showed up rain-drenched and in shorts. It’s an indescribably beautiful refuge just off Fifth Avenue, where you will see regular NYers, plus occasional famous people (Brad Pitt among others). Hint: the beer is not expensive by NY standards, after that mandatory bloody.

Brewery Uerige people at outside tables

Photograph: Alamy

This is an amazing brewhouse in the Altstadt (old town), broken into smaller rooms, each with its own regulars – dark wood-panelled rooms through to larger enclosed spaces. Beer is filled fresh direct from the cask then carried to your table. When your glass is nearly empty, the bartender will replace it automatically, which makes it difficult to “drink up” and leave. Sadly, it took an hour to explain we did not want any more!

‘Take a chance’ bar, Barcelona

It’s a wonderful thing these days to drop into a bar and give it a try, not because review sites and social media instruct you to go there, but because it simply looks inviting. There is just such a bar on Carrer de Martínez de la Rosa in Barcelona. I can’t tell you its name because I’ve forgotten; it doesn’t have a website or any social media, and it isn’t on Google Maps. You’ll have to explore the street and look for a tiny bar with a cosy red hue where the staff all wear crisp white shirts, waistcoats and ties, and where they craft the most elegant cocktails. If you find it, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Like we did, you just have to take a chance.
Robert Cullen

Boat tied up at riverside bar, Vietnam

The most outstanding bar I’ve been to in Vietnam, possibly in Asia, is right on the Saigon river. Lychee martini, fish jumping, sun setting, whistle whetting. It doesn’t get more Somerset Maugham than this.

tables with sea view under canopy

Walk across a gently rising grassy field that blocks a view of the sea. A small building that has a metal door. An elevator in the most unlikely of places. Down perhaps two or three floors. A musty-smelling tunnel with a bend. Intoxicating, garlicky aromas wafting along the tunnel. Suddenly, blinding sunlight. We have emerged halfway down the cliff. Salty sea mixed with proper cooking smells. Cava in an ice bucket. We are perched above sand and sea and waves and then out to open water. All squeezed between brown sandstone cliffs. This place is just not possible.
John Read

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Coronavirus live updates: Germany to introduce more travel restrictions; Australia bars fans from Grand Slam tournament over virus fears

Here are some significant developments:

  • President Biden announced the vaccine deals Thursday in an emotional address in which he spoke through his mask as he called it a “patriotic responsibility” to wear one.
  • The Australian city of Melbourne will enter a five-day lockdown to curb a local outbreak involving the variant first detected in Britain. The restrictions include the barring of spectators from the Australian Open tennis tournament.
  • Health officials in D.C., Illinois and North Carolina announced the first known cases of the variant B.1.351, which was first identified in South Africa. As of this week, more than 30 states have reported cases of the B.1.1.7 variant.
  • Cash-strapped Venezuela is seeking a $300 million fund for vaccine supplies, including cash frozen in the United States by economic sanctions.
  • The United States has recorded more than 27.3 million coronavirus cases and more than 473,000 deaths. At least 35.4 million people have received one or both doses of the vaccine.

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China Temporarily Bars Entry of Foreigners Travelling From Canada | World News

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has temporarily banned entry of foreign nationals travelling from Canada, even if they hold valid Chinese residence permits for work, the Chinese consulate in Toronto said.

“All foreign nationals who hold valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and reunion are temporarily not allowed to enter China from Canada,” the consulate said in a statement on its website on Saturday.

Entry with diplomatic and service visas will not be affected, it said.

The suspension comes as Canada clamps down on cross-border travel due to COVID-19 concerns. Canada reported 4,255 new cases on Saturday, with 19,942 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

All airline passengers arriving in Canada will be required to take a COVID-19 test at the airport and wait in a hotel for up to three days at their expense until the results arrive, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

In coming weeks Canadian vacationers returning from the United States by land will have to show a negative COVID-19 test result before being allowed entry.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by William Mallard)

Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.

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