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  • Mar 2018

    A great way to sample and enjoy typically Romanian and Moldavian wines is to join a Wine Tasting in our pub. We are located very close to the city center of Bucharest and we are the wine bar that offers the cheapest tasting session. Our usual wine selection covers white, rose and red wines but we can customize the experience and focus on a specific wine, winery, region. Our standard price (entry level wines) is of 10 euro for 5 glasses of wine (125ml) and it lasts for about an our and half. For this price we need a minimum of 5 people to join.   Romania is one of the world's largest wine producers and sixth largest among European wine-producing countries. Recently, Romania has attracted many business people and wine buyers, due to the affordable prices of both vineyards and wines compared to other wine producing nations.             Romania and Moldova have some very typical grape varieties that are only grown here. For the white:  Fetească Albă, Fetească Regală, Tămâioasă Românească, Grasă de Cotnari, Galbenă de Odobești. And for red wines: Băbească Neagră and Fetească Neagră.     What is Wine tasting? Its the sensory examination and evaluation of wine. While the practice of wine tasting is as ancient as its production, a more formalized methodology has slowly become established from the 14th century onwards. Modern, professional wine tasters (such as sommeliers or buyers for retailers) use a constantly evolving specialized terminology which is used to describe the range of perceived flavors, aromas and general characteristics of a wine. More informal, recreational tasting may use similar terminology, usually involving a much less analytical process for a more general, personal appreciation.

  • Mar 2018

    One of the best ways to visit a city by night is with a Pub Crawl: You have a local guide to show you around so you dont have to guess which place is good or fun, you dont get ripped off and you dont get lost. You meet new like-minded people who want to have a good night out and it is the safest way to get drunk as the group usually takes care of one another. Price is 10 Euro and includes: 5 places to party – no entrance fee 5 shots or 4 shots and a pint of beer A friendly, English speaking guide for all night Pub Crawls are not on regular days. Do not just show up even if you fill in the form: YOU NEED A CONFIRMATION FROM the organizers!   Depending on requests and people confirmed. Usually they have a minimum of 8 people in each pub crawl. The biggest pub crawl was of 68 people all from our X Hostel! Pub Crawl usually start at 9.30 pm at our X PUB in X Hostel Bucharest where you can choose to have a draft beer or a shot.   All bars, pubs, clubs are at walking distance from the meeting point. Usually   You have to be over 18 years old to join! Book here

  • Jul 2017

    A new addition to our X Pub: T-Bar a chill tea house with rare and special tea hard to find in any other tea house in the country. A vast selection of vinyls anyone can play, comic books and of course tea it is the best chill-out area of the hostel for people wanting to energize naturally. Healthy, cozy, chill. 10 quotes about tea to convince you to come: 1. Tea is liquid wisdom. – Anonymous 2. You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. – C. S. Lewi0 3. Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors. – Alice Walker 4. As much as you can eat healthy, it’s also important to remember to drink healthy too. Tea is very healing. – Kristin Chenoweth 5. There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. – Henry James 6. Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual. – Thomas de Quincey 7. I would rather have a cup of tea than sex. – Boy George 8. There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea. – Gary Snyder 9. Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things. – Chaim Potok 10. I can drink tea until the cows come home and I love the atmosphere in tea-shops. – Zola Budd 11. Where there’s tea, there’s hope. – Arthur Wing Pinero 12. Tea is nought but this: first you heat the water, then you make the tea. Then you drink it properly. That is all you need to know. – Sen Rikyu 13. There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea. – Ralph Waldo Emerson 14. Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. - Catherine Douzel 15. If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. – Japanese Proverb 16. All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes. – George Orwell 17. A cup of tea would restore my normality. - Douglas Adams 18. Surely a pretty woman never looks prettier than when making tea. - Mary Elizabeth Braddon 19. There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life. - Lin Yutang 20. I am in no way interested in immortality, but only in the taste of tea. - Lu T’ung

  • Apr 2017

      Oh the question I love to hate.  A question I answer daily during the busy Summer Season here at X Hostel Varna in Varna, Bulgaria.  Although redundant I’m always happy when people ask.  Because after checking-in one of the worst mistakes people make is grabbing their favorite beach towel and scurrying out the door without any sense of where they’re going.  Albeit, there are those who somehow follow their nose and find the beach without any problem at all.  For the most part people who cruise out the front door without a map or a simple asking of the question about which this blog is based……..Get terribly lost, some even wind up in jail. Located in a posh residential neighborhood just north of Varna’s center is X Hostel Varna.  It’s walking distance to several beaches in St. Constantine and Elena.  It’s also walking distance to the Bulgarian President’s summer beach residence which is patrolled by armed guards.  There have been instances of adventurous backpackers climbing over fences or walls and being detained.  In this case ignorance isn’t bliss.   So now to the fun part.  Let’s talk about the nearby beaches and what they offer.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  The beach you like, might not be what some else likes.  St. Constantine’s beaches are nice.  They have decent size free spaces and all have bars and restaurants.  First is the Officer’s Beach or South Beach, known as the officer’s beach because there is a lodge there where police officer’s and their families get free accommodation.  They come from all over Bulgaria for a week or two that they book in advance.  Safe to say this is a very safe beach.  You can calmly leave your bag and phone on your towel and go for swim without worry, which isn’t the case at most Bulgarian Beaches.  There is also an excellent restaurant located just above the beach on a small ledge with great views called the Fisherman’s Nook.  The grilled sardine’s, salads and fish soup are fantastic as well as the frosted beer mugs they keep in the freezer for draught beer.  However, if you’re looking for young people, music and party….you won’t find it here.  The water tends to be very clean and there is very few rocks.   Second, “The Bay”.  Located just north of the officer’s beach, maybe a five minute walk.  This is a small beach like an inlet or cove.  Above and on it built into the hillside is a restaurant know by the same name (The Bay).  They have great food and very comfy furniture.  For a group of friend you could set up shop at a table on the sand to leave all your stuff and then go swimming.  When you come in have a cocktail or an ice coffee.  Near the shore here under the water is lots of rocks.  But, if you swim out a bit there is a big sandbar, there is also a pier you can walk out on and jump off………….often times under the watchful eye of the un-approvingly straight faced locals.  I recommend this beach the most for couples or groups of friends. Great for lunch. There is light pop music and lots of eye candy of all types.  But be careful who you make a move on as this place is well known for the mafia guys who own and hang out there. Third, Sirius Beach aka. North Beach. This is the largest beach in St. Constantine.  There is a nice mix of foreigners, mostly Russian and German.  There are three bars, two of which have restaurants.  There is a large free space but it fills up quickly.  This beach has lots of water sports: Jet Ski, wake-boarding, parasailing and the infamous banana boat.       (Free Space = Place where you don’t have to pay for a beach chair or umbrella. You just throw down your towel and enjoy.  Most Europeans expect to pay for two lounge chairs and an umbrella when they go to the beach.  Men in speedos, women topless.  It’s true.) Around the corner from Sirius beach is a free hot spring.  It’s a hole dug out of the ground where a bunch of old men sit all day.  There is a large pipe that comes out of the ground that you can stand under and let the steaming hot sulfur smelling water beat on you.  It is awesome! Also, inside of hotel Sirius there are two hot springs.  Entrance costs 10 leva, it’s available to guests and to the public.  One is inside, which has a Jacuzzi and one is outside, right on the beach. (Hot Spring = Varna is full of underwater hot springs you can find them all along the nearby beaches, some are free some cost money.)       So, those are the beaches you can walk to from X Hostel Varna. Make sure to grab a walking map from the bar before you head off.  Towels for hire are also available. See you soon! For the other close by beaches which can be easily reached by local bus or taxi. These have a lot more “action” for the young at heart.   See my soon to be blog: HOW DO I GET TO THE BEACH? Part II (by Chris Ellis)

  • Apr 2017

    AXE THROWING IS ONLY FOR A FEW WEEKS A YEAR!!!    Here at X we always had some world records when it comes to hostels: The hostel with the largest number of people getting tattooed with its name The first hostel with Escape Rooms And now the first hostel with an Axe Throwing Arena!      And here is what a news channel reported about us: And our small teaser as promo: https://youtu.be/8ObZ5JTg3n0   Axe Throwing is fun, it`s a sport and a great way to spend some hours with friends. In many states this activity is used a lot for team buildings and it is a favorite for stag does and bachelorette parties. At the beginning no axe stays in the target but by the end of an hour everyone will get a bunch of bulls-eyes. It takes just a little practice. You dont have to be strong and you dont need any previous experience, just come and play. You will love this new experience not only throwing around axes, ninja stars and knifes but also the challenge and primordial pleasure of handling a weapon. Its a game for all, boys and girls, young and older, fit or comfortable. It is very safe and you will be supervised at all times. We also can organize little leagues and we help keeping the score and by giving you tips on how to achieve the perfect throw. Come to X Hostel Bucharest & Central Guesthouse to try out Axe Throwing - Dacian Rules www.axesbucharest.com