Food & Drink

The 10 Best Drinking Experiences on Airbnb

Airbnb is a fantastic way for booze enthusiasts to vacation, whether you want to stay in a farm distillery or simply experience a rental with a killer home bar. But even if you prefer the comfort of a hotel, Airbnb offers fantastic boozy experiences that get you drinking like a local. From a Spanish sailing and wine tasting excursion to a Cuban bar crawl, these are 10 of the coolest drinking experiences available on Airbnb.

Tour a Whiskey Distillery and Mix Your Own Cocktails in Dublin ($68)

Teeling is the first Dublin distillery to be built in 125 years, and their Irish whiskeys are some of the best under-the-radar bottlings out there. During this experience, Teeling’s senior bartenders Graham and Theresa will take you on a tour of the distillery and lead you through a tasting of their award-winning whiskey. Then it’s on to a cocktail masterclass at Bang Bang Bar where you’ll learn about the history of cocktails and the science behind flavor pairings.

Go on a Secret Hidden Bars Tour in Chicago ($68)

This tour takes the guesswork out of finding the best speakeasies, so you can spend less time searching and more time drinking. Chicago native Karlene will take you on a clandestine adventure through the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood to three underground watering holes. From a laidback lounge to a live entertainment joint featuring burlesque performances, the fee gets you one free drink and cover charge for all the bars—subsequent libations are up to you.

Sail and Drink Wine in Barcelona ($135)

The host of this seafaring excursion comes from a family of vintners that dates back generations, so she has a wealth of knowledge about Catalan wines. Join her for an afternoon of sailing the Mediterranean while hearing stories of the region, tasting sparkling Cava (along with other white, rosé and red wines), and noshing on snacks. Anyone on board is welcome to take a dip in the glistening sea, so swimsuits are encouraged. The tour is available in English and Spanish.

Eat a Sunset Dinner and Be Serenaded by Strings in Rome ($73)

After a day of sightseeing in the Eternal City, join host Mattia for the sunset dinner of a lifetime. You’ll meet in front of an old building on Via del Babuino near the Spanish Steps and ascend to the rooftop terrace where a welcome cocktail awaits you. Then it’s on to a traditional Italian dinner with antipasti like cheese and charcuterie, pasta, pizza, tiramisu and, of course, wine. Enjoy the sunset with a big glass of vino and a live string quartet soundtrack.

Taste Local Craft Beer in Vancouver, BC ($47)

Craft brew enthusiasts can learn a lot from the host of this Vancouver experience—she’s a cicerone, co-hosts a craft beer podcast, and owns Brewquet, a craft beer bouquet company. During the tour, you’ll visit three local breweries and taste four unique types of beer at each stop. The craft breweries are all within a 10-minute walk of each other, so you won’t have to travel far between sips.

Get a Food and Wine Pairing at Purple Cafe in Seattle ($60)

Purple Cafe boasts one of Seattle’s most impressive wine lists, so you’re in for a top-notch vino education sesh when you book this experience. Join chef Harry Mills and wine director Chris Horn for a 90-minute guided food and wine pairing based on their new book, Cook + Cork. The price includes food, wine and a signed copy of their book to take home as a memento.

Go on a Pub Crawl Through Havana ($55)

This 4.5 hour tour will take you bar hopping through Havana’s Vedado neighborhood where you’ll experience all kinds of Cuban nightlife. From stunning city views and glamorous architecture to live music and dancing, each stop offers a different experience and the chance to mingle with locals. Your host, Alejandro, will provide the first drink to kick things off, as well as transportation so you don’t have to worry about getting from place to place after your third Mojito.

Play Winemaker in Paris ($93)

If you’ve ever dreamt of leaving it all behind to pursue a career in winemaking, this two hour French experience is a must. Winemakers Pierre and Lionel will take you on the ultimate journey in Paris’s Les Caves du Louvre where you’ll first try five different wines, each of which comes from a different region of France. Then, the pros will teach you how to create your own blend, design a label and cork the bottle. You’ll leave the experience with your custom bottle of vino and bragging rights.

Day Drink Vermouth in Madrid ($68)

Learn how to day drink like a Spaniard during this two-hour afternoon experience. Host Mariana will lead you on a walking tour through the Malasaña quarter where you’ll stop at various taverns to drink vermouth and learn how it’s made. During “la hora del vermut,” or “the hour of vermouth,” you’ll also sample some of Spain’s best drinking snacks like olives, peanuts and anchovies with pickled guindilla peppers. Finally, you’ll taste the best tortilla de patatas—a traditional Spanish omelet—in the city.

Hike and Sip With an Adventure Guide in Dundas, Canada ($72)

This seven hour tour is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who like to treat themselves to a fine beverage after a day of hiking. Sharon and Dani are adventure guides certified in wilderness and remote first aid, so you’re in good hands when you embark on their outdoor adventure. First, you’ll hike a section of the Bruce Trail, which features more than 100 waterfalls, and stop for a picnic lunch. Then you’ll journey to the Niagara wine region where you’ll visit two wineries to taste samples and learn why the area’s microclimate is so good for growing grapes. All in a day’s vacation.