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4 Cities In Northern England With The Best Nightlife

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London, the capital of England, is one of the most iconic cities in the world. But when it comes to nightlife, there are many places outside of London which put the small country on the map, especially up north. So if you’re looking for a good time, make sure to visit one of these cities:

Liverpool

Liverpool is as famous for it’s nightlife as it is for being the birthplace of the Beatles.  Whether you want to drink and dance until dawn, catch epic live bands and new music, or simply enjoy a quite drink in a traditional English pub, Liverpool has it all.

The once empty warehouse spaces of The Baltic Triangle have now become the cultural hub of the city. Visit Camp and Furnace or 24 Kitchen Street for trendy club nights, or head over to District or Constellations for more intimate, live music events.

Those that want to enjoy a pint or two should visit the Ropewalks District with plenty of hip and happening hostelries on offer including The Peacock, Salt Dog Slims, Santa Chupitos, La’gos and Red Door. Whether you are visiting the city as a large group, or just here to party, Matthew Street is not just the home of the Cavern Club, it is also the place to find large bars and nightclubs that are popular with the younger crowd.

More affordable than its southern counterparts, you can find reasonably priced places to stay throughout the city of Liverpool, making it perfect for those looking to spend a weekend partying in and around the nightspots mentioned above.

Newcastle

Newcastle is a former industrial stronghold that now boasts a plethora of epic nightclubs and happening bars as well as traditional English pubs and microbreweries.

This city can offer something for partygoers regardless of their budget. Their thriving student nightlife scene means there are many venues offering unbeatable drinks deals whilst on the other end of the scale, Newcastle is also home to some top quality cocktail bars that offer a more premium experience. The locals of Newcastle love clubbing, and here you will find some of the best clubs to enjoy a drink and dance right into the wee hours of the morning.

Newcastle has established itself as a firm favorite amongst bachelor parties (or stag groups as they are called in England) due to its fantastic nightlife and wide selection of other fun group activities to partake in. If this is your main reason for a visit to the city, then be sure to check out this in depth guide by Last Night of Freedom.

Manchester

Without question, Manchester has one of the strongest nightlife scenes in the UK.

From the bohemian bars of the Northern Quarter like The Mint Lounge, The Soup Kitchen and Jimmys, to the big traditional pubs like The Grafton Arms, O’Shea’s Irish Bar and The Britons Protection in Oxford Road, you will always get a great pint in Manchester.

Want to experience the city’s vibrant music scene firsthand? Venues like The Deaf Institute, Sound Control and Matt & Phreds showcase some of the best live bands from around the north of England and beyond.

Looking to dance the night away? There are a huge selection of late night drinking haunts and nightclubs. Fashionable clubbers should check out Lola Lo, Liv or Bijou in Deansgate, while the more discerning raving enthusiast should pay a visit to FAC251, the South Club or Viva.

Leeds

This northern city offers visitors a warm welcome, cheap pints and an affordable lifestyle with a wealth of budget accommodation, and a great public transport system. The city is even small enough to navigate on foot – You can walk from one side to the other in less than an hour!

Those coming to Leeds looking for a night out will find a slew of drinking establishments and late night venues all packed into that compact city center.  Pubs like Whitelocks, The Brewery Tap and The Adelphi are institutions within the city, while places like the Stew & Oyster and the Midnight Bell offer riverside views or large beer gardens for laid back evenings.

When it comes to dancing the night away, the city has a lot to offer. You can sample some first class jazz, soul, funk and hip-hop tunes at Hi-Fi, dance along to the indie disco at Wire or experience the flavor of internationals DJ’s at the legendary Leeds dance club, The Warehouse.

Partying Up North

So there you have it, four of England’s best cities for nightlife. It just goes to show you that there is much more to offer outside of London, and that when it comes to partying, no one does it better than the northerners.

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Delta’s New Plane Features Wider Seats, First-Ever ‘Restroom With A View’

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Delta A220

Remember when air travel was a classy affair, with people dressing in their finest clothes, and enjoying roomy seats and good food? While those days are long behind us, Delta Air Lines is trying to class things up a bit with the introduction of their all-new Airbus A220-100.

Delta’s A220 plane is “experience-rich for customers,” with seven-foot ceilings, substantially wider seats, and more legroom than any previous Delta plane. Narrow indentations have been built into the walls in order to give folks in window seats some more shoulder space, and the entire cabin offers LED spectrum lighting, allowing the crew to alter the color and brightness of the lights in response to various moods or times of day.

Delta A220

But that’s not all. While there are television screens installed in each seatback, along with 2Ku satellite Wi-Fi (reportedly the fastest in the entire fleet), the thing we’re most excited about is the fact that this plane offers a restroom with a window.

That’s right people. So whether you’re peeing, pooping, or joining the mile-high club, you can enjoy the scenic view from 30,000 feet. Seriously, how crazy is that?!

Delta A220

If you want to experience Delta’s A220 for yourself, flights will begin on January 31st, initially flying from New York’s LaGuardia to Boston and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Future destinations include Detroit, Houston, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and JFK.

“The A220 represents our continued work to make flying better for everyone and represents the go-forward objectives of our fleet strategy,” said Gil West, Delta’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Delta A220

Kudos to Delta for working to improve the flying experience. Personally, I can’t wait to take a flight on their newest aircraft.. and experience that restroom with a view. 🙂

Photos courtesy of Delta

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Who’s Ready To Stay In The World’s First Underwater Hotel?

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onrad Maldives Rangali Island - The Muraka

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is opening the world’s first-ever underwater hotel residence, a $15 million two-story villa called The Muraka that sits 16.4 feet below the Indian Ocean that offers well-heeled guests unparalleled views of aquatic life.

The cost for this once-in-a-lifetime experience? A cool $50,000 per night, although you can’t book The Muraka for just one night. It’s only offered as part of a four-night, $200,000 package, which includes a personal chef for all meals, the use of a private boat, along with a menu of one-of-a-kind experiences that guests can choose from.

onrad Maldives Rangali Island - The Muraka

It’s not a cheap expenditure in the least.. But on the bright side, those who book this package get automatic Hilton Diamond status. 💎

So what kind of accommodations does $200K get you? The second floor of the villa features a twin-size bedroom, ocean-facing bathroom, fitness center, butler’s quarters, integrated living room, kitchen and bar. There’s also an infinity pool, private jetty and an outdoor relaxation deck. Meanwhile, the lower (underwater) floor has a living space, bedroom and bathroom within an all-glass atmosphere that frames 180-degree panoramic views of marine life.

onrad Maldives Rangali Island - The Muraka

“We had to make sure that the guests can have the underwater views from every vantage point of the room. More than 75 percent of wall, ceiling surfaces are made of clear acrylic. The glare and reflection on clear acrylic had to be minimized and views to the ocean had to be secured. We also wanted to give a sense of comfort,” says interior design firm YYA.

The Muraka can accommodate a total of nine guests, so find eight friends to split it with, and suddenly it’s a somewhat more reasonable $22,222 per person, just over $5,555 per night.

What do you say guys, who’s ready to sleep with the fishes.. literally?

Photos courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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The 5 Best Shows To See In Las Vegas

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While most people come to Las Vegas for a weekend of gambling, the city has so much more to offer visitor. We’re talking five-star restaurants, desert adventures (ATVs, ziplining, helicopter tours), sports, and over-the-top Las Vegas shows that you’ve got to see to believe.

If you’re heading to Vegas soon, I would highly recommend checking out any of these shows:

Absinthe in Las Vegas

1) Absinthe, Caesars Palace

Absinthe is a fantastical blend of carnival and spectacle, featuring an assortment of incredible specialty acts of old-world burlesque, daring feats of strength and agility and not-so-common routines, performed in a 100-year old circus tent that holds a mere 640 seats, giving you a very intimate experience and putting you as close to the action as possible. This adults-only show delivers that “only in Vegas” experience, and it’s by far my favorite show in town.

Michael Jackson ONE

2) Michael Jackson ONE, Mandalay Bay

In a word.. Wow! Michael Jackson ONE is an immersive journey that brings the King of Pop’s iconic hits to life, with riveting acrobatics, dance and visuals performed by the ultra-talented dancers and performers. This show is a heartfelt tribute to Michael Jackson’s work, innovative spirit, and legacy. If you can only see one (of the eight) Cirque du Soleil show while in town, this is the one to get tickets for. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

Carrot Top

3) Carrot Top, Luxor

Carrot Top has been a staple of Las Vegas entertainment for nearly 20 years now, and I’ve seen him perform probably half a dozen times over the years, because he’s just that good. His crazy props and wacky inventions keep audiences in stiches as he pokes fun at pop culture, politics, music and whatever the real world has to offer. And unlike other comics who recycle jokes for years on end, his material is VERY current, often talking about things that happened just a few days ago! It’s a wildly entertaining show you just can’t miss.

Blue Man Group

4) Blue Man Group, Luxor

Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirt. Watch as these three bald and blue men put on a musical extravaganza like no other, combining innovative technology, heart-thumping music and well executed humor to create one grand performance. And the Vegas show has even more music, theatrics, audience participation, and sensory overload than ever before. Blue Man Group is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

Fantasy - The Strip's Biggest Tease

5) Fantasy, Luxor

In a town known for countless topless revues, Fantasy rises to the top, with the Strip’s sexiest dancers delivering your wildest fantasies in a variety of titillating costumes. This sultry show keeps guests engaged with a great soundtrack (sung live), sizzling performances, and when the costumes hit the floor, your jaws will drop to the same level. This is one show where you want to sit as close to the stage as possible, trust me on that.

There’s no question about it, Las Vegas has some world-class entertainment, with something for everyone, and new acts constantly hitting the Strip. So make sure you set aside some time on your next trip to take in a show or two. You’ll be glad you did!

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