Top 10 Places to Drink Beer at Sea

by John Roberts

Top 10 Places to Drink Beer at Sea

by John Roberts

Having staked their claim to a healthy portion of the beer market on land, craft brewers began venturing out to sea. Which means those who prefer to sip ales can find several fantastic watering holes on cruise ships and savor spectacular suds along with the camaraderie of fellow hops fans.

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The Golden Lion Pub
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The Golden Lion Pub

The Ships: Cunard's Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria

The Bar: Designed in the classic British pub style, the Golden Lion is an ideal place to watch a soccer match on flat-screen TVs and feast on a ploughman's lunch or bangers and mash.

The Beers: Top selections include fine ales like the hoppy Greene King IPA or the smooth Old Speckled Hen, or try a favorite of ours, the black and tan (half Bass Pale Ale and half Guinness).

The Ships: Cunard's Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria

The Bar: Designed in the classic British pub style, the Golden Lion is an ideal place to watch a soccer match on flat-screen TVs and feast on a ploughman's lunch or bangers and mash.

The Beers: Top selections include fine ales like the hoppy Greene King IPA or the smooth Old Speckled Hen, or try a favorite of ours, the black and tan (half Bass Pale Ale and half Guinness).

Gastrobar
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Gastrobar

The Ships: Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Eclipse

The Bar: Gastrobar, a sophisticated hangout, features live music, craft beers, and upscale comfort food like steamed pork buns and a truffled grilled cheese sandwich.

The Beers: More than 40 craft beers from across the United States, Canada, and Europe include creations like Brooklyn Brown Ale and Goose Island Imperial IPA.

The Ships: Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Eclipse

The Bar: Gastrobar, a sophisticated hangout, features live music, craft beers, and upscale comfort food like steamed pork buns and a truffled grilled cheese sandwich.

The Beers: More than 40 craft beers from across the United States, Canada, and Europe include creations like Brooklyn Brown Ale and Goose Island Imperial IPA.

Duck & Dog Pub
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Duck & Dog Pub

The Ships: Royal Caribbean's Voyager-class ships

The Bar: The English pubs on the Royal Promenade offer an authentic, old-country feel with decor that evokes a centuries-old British pub, where you can pull up a stool or settle into a cushy seat and chat up new friends over a pint.

The Beers: Enjoy flavors from all over Europe, such as Boddingtons Pub Ale, Magners Irish Cider, Spaten Lager, or Newcastle Brown Ale.

The Ships: Royal Caribbean's Voyager-class ships

The Bar: The English pubs on the Royal Promenade offer an authentic, old-country feel with decor that evokes a centuries-old British pub, where you can pull up a stool or settle into a cushy seat and chat up new friends over a pint.

The Beers: Enjoy flavors from all over Europe, such as Boddingtons Pub Ale, Magners Irish Cider, Spaten Lager, or Newcastle Brown Ale.

687 Pub
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687 Pub

The Ship: Disney Dream

The Bar: Located adjacent to the District neighborhood on Disney Dream, 687 is a modern bar with a traditional pub flare, comfy leather chairs, and plenty of flat-screen TVs broadcasting sports at all hours. A small buffet offering bar bites (think wings and potstickers) is set up nearby at night.

The Beers: Disney brews its own 687 Red Lager, and you can choose from a menu offering a variety of beers from around the world.

The Ship: Disney Dream

The Bar: Located adjacent to the District neighborhood on Disney Dream, 687 is a modern bar with a traditional pub flare, comfy leather chairs, and plenty of flat-screen TVs broadcasting sports at all hours. A small buffet offering bar bites (think wings and potstickers) is set up nearby at night.

The Beers: Disney brews its own 687 Red Lager, and you can choose from a menu offering a variety of beers from around the world.

District Brew House
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The District Brew House

The Ship: Norwegian Escape

The Bar: When Norwegian Escape launched in November 2015 it debuted the District Brew House, a partnership with Wynwood Brewing Co. of Miami that overflows with tasty craft brews, live music, pub grub, and a fun photo booth. It feels like a classic microbrewery, down to details like flights of beer and an electronic chalkboard listing seasonal tap beers.

The Beers: You'll find more than 50 bottled beers and 24 more on tap; try award-winning flavors like La Rubia Blonde Ale or Wynwood's Pop's Porter.

The Ship: Norwegian Escape

The Bar: When Norwegian Escape launched in November 2015 it debuted the District Brew House, a partnership with Wynwood Brewing Co. of Miami that overflows with tasty craft brews, live music, pub grub, and a fun photo booth. It feels like a classic microbrewery, down to details like flights of beer and an electronic chalkboard listing seasonal tap beers.

The Beers: You'll find more than 50 bottled beers and 24 more on tap; try award-winning flavors like La Rubia Blonde Ale or Wynwood's Pop's Porter.

Michael's Genuine Pub
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Michael's Genuine Pub

The Ships: Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas

The Bar: Royal Caribbean teamed up with chef Michael Schwartz for this pub, which debuted on the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas (in November 2014 and April 2015, respectively). Michael's Genuine Pub is located on Deck 4, the heartbeat of the ship's activity, and features rich, warm brown tones, lots of brass, and plenty of bar stools and tables.

The Beers: Savor craft brews like Michael's Genuine Home Brew, Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, or Brooklyn Lager while washing down appetizer creations from chef Michael Schwartz.

The Ships: Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas

The Bar: Royal Caribbean teamed up with chef Michael Schwartz for this pub, which debuted on the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas (in November 2014 and April 2015, respectively). Michael's Genuine Pub is located on Deck 4, the heartbeat of the ship's activity, and features rich, warm brown tones, lots of brass, and plenty of bar stools and tables.

The Beers: Savor craft brews like Michael's Genuine Home Brew, Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, or Brooklyn Lager while washing down appetizer creations from chef Michael Schwartz.

The 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
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The 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar

The Ship: Norwegian Escape

The Bar: The 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar on Norwegian Escape is a Jimmy Buffett-branded venue on the Waterfront outdoor promenade, which is home to nightly live music and plenty of brew-fueled vacation fun.

The Beer: Crack open a LandShark Lager from Margaritaville Brewing Co., of course.

The Ship: Norwegian Escape

The Bar: The 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar on Norwegian Escape is a Jimmy Buffett-branded venue on the Waterfront outdoor promenade, which is home to nightly live music and plenty of brew-fueled vacation fun.

The Beer: Crack open a LandShark Lager from Margaritaville Brewing Co., of course.

Sunset Bar
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Sunset Bar

The Ships: Celebrity CruisesCelebrity Equinox, Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, and Celebrity Silhouette

The Bar: The Sunset Bar is a relaxing spot at the aft of the ship where you can enjoy warm breezes, stunning sunsets, and the ship's trailing wake.

The Beers: On offer is a standard selection of domestics and imports, but any cold beer goes down well with this scenery. Look for specials on beer buckets.

The Ships: Celebrity CruisesCelebrity Equinox, Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, and Celebrity Silhouette

The Bar: The Sunset Bar is a relaxing spot at the aft of the ship where you can enjoy warm breezes, stunning sunsets, and the ship's trailing wake.

The Beers: On offer is a standard selection of domestics and imports, but any cold beer goes down well with this scenery. Look for specials on beer buckets.

Ernesto Burger at the Salty Dog Gastropub
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Salty Dog Gastropub

The Ships: Crown Princess, Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess

The Bar: The Salty Dog Gastropub serves drinks alongside delicious small plates by Chef Ernesto Uchimura, whose menu features creations such as pale ale pork cheeks and beef short rib poutine.

The Beers: Microbrews and international beers include the refreshing Seawitch Denali Red and hoppy Seawitch West Coast IPA, crafted exclusively for Princess Cruises.

The Ships: Crown Princess, Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess

The Bar: The Salty Dog Gastropub serves drinks alongside delicious small plates by Chef Ernesto Uchimura, whose menu features creations such as pale ale pork cheeks and beef short rib poutine.

The Beers: Microbrews and international beers include the refreshing Seawitch Denali Red and hoppy Seawitch West Coast IPA, crafted exclusively for Princess Cruises.

RedFrog Pub
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RedFrog Pub

The Ships: Carnival Vista, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Pride, Carnival Magic, Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Sunshine

The Bar: RedFrog Pub evokes a Key West vibe, with Caribbean-inspired snacks and live music. Bonus: Carnival Vista will feature the only operational brewery at sea when it sets sail in May 2016.

The Beers: Find the regular domestics and imports (Heineken, Stella Artois), plus Carnival's own Thirsty RedFrog Ale in pints and pitchers.

The Ships: Carnival Vista, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Pride, Carnival Magic, Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Sunshine

The Bar: RedFrog Pub evokes a Key West vibe, with Caribbean-inspired snacks and live music. Bonus: Carnival Vista will feature the only operational brewery at sea when it sets sail in May 2016.

The Beers: Find the regular domestics and imports (Heineken, Stella Artois), plus Carnival's own Thirsty RedFrog Ale in pints and pitchers.

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