The Rock of Gibraltar sits at the southernmost tip of Europe and rests at the crossroads of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. And because of the low taxes levied by the government, The Rock boasts an international casino, which offers a terrace restaurant affording diners spectacular views over the Bay of Gibraltar. But that’s not to say that “Gib” doesn’t have an active social scene. Once the sun goes down on the Rock, its many bars begin to fill with people enjoying the start of Gibraltar’s nightlife. The hot spots offer up dining and a wide selection of bars with live entertainment, which stay open until the wee hours of the morning.
WHERE WE WENT
- All’s Well – A popular spot for navy men, you’ll find Dee the Drinkmaster who has been bartending here since 1980. Ask for Gibraltar’s popular drink, the John Collins, a mix of Angostura Bitters, Gin, Lemon juice, Lime juice and soda water.
- Burger King (yes, that one) – Sure, you can eat here in the US, but what you won’t find in your order in the states is a beverage of the alcohol variety. Order a meal deal in Gibraltar and you’ll get a beer, the San Miguel Pale Pilsner.
- Bubbles Liquor Store — Stock up on tax-free booze while you can!
- The Star Bar – The longest running pub on Gibraltar, The Star Bar is another local place where the bartender, Jim, has been serving up drinks for over 20 years. Challenge him, or some of the locals to a game of Maya. It’s a dice game similar to liars dice. But if you loose, you may end up buying a round of one of their most popular beers, the Old Speckled Hen Ale. If you’re looking for something a little stronger, try the 160 proof Stroh Austrian Rum. For your hangover in the morning, return to The Star Bar for a breakfast of fried eggs, bacon, fried toast, baked beans and sausage.
Gibraltar Fun Facts
- Most of its upper area is covered by a nature reserve, which is home to around 230 Barbary Macaques, commonly known as ‘apes’, the only wild monkeys found in Europe.
- Unlike in other British territories, traffic drives on the right, as the territory shares a land border with Spain.
- In 1805 Admiral Nelson fought the Battle of Trafalgar against the French and Spanish, near the western end of the Strait of Gibraltar. He won the battle, but paid for it with his life. He is buried in Trafalgar Cemetery, Gibraltar.
- The name Gibraltar derives from the Arabic Jabal-al-Tarik (Mount of Tarik), and dates back to 711 A.D. and the capture of the peninsula by the Moorish leader Tarik.
- The issue of sovereignty over Gibraltar is a major issue of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations. Spain requests the return of sovereignty over Gibraltar, captured in 1704.
- An overwhelming majority of the Gibraltar population voted in a referendum in 1967 not to share sovereignty with Spain, with the vote coming in at 12,138 to 44 voting to reject Spanish sovereignty.
Drinking Game: Mah Yah
Each person has a score keeping di with 6 ‘lives”. If the player loses all his lives he must buy a round for the group. The idea of the game is to bluff or beat your opponent. Take a cup with two dice inside, roll the dice and look without letting anyone seeing your hand. You then hand the cup with dice (still not visible) to the left and give your hand (true or false). If they believe you are telling the truth then they will try to roll a higher hand, if not they can say you are lying and reveal the dice. If someone calls your bluff , you lose, if they are right, they lose, and if you cannot beat the number given, you lose. If you say you have Mah-yah, the person can either believe you and lose one life, or not believe you and lose 2 life you got it right. If you were lying you lose 2.
Hands (highest to lowest):
- Mah-Yah 2-1
- Pairs: 6-6, 5-5, 4-4, 3-3, 2-2, 1-1,
- Combinations: 6-5, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1, 5-4, 5-3, etc.
- Irish Maya: 3-1
THREE SHEETS TRIVIA
- What did Zane wear on his first TV appearance
- What happened to Pleepleus?
- What language was the Ski Patrol woman speaking
- What did Zane dream about?
Please Sir, I Want Some More
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