Top 50 Best Manly Drinks For Men – The Men’s Bar Guide
Drink whatever you’d like..
Have a cosmo for all I care. No judgement here. The point of this guide is to simply give you more options at the bar!
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1. Irish Car Bomb
The name of this drink references the many car bombings that took place during the Troubles in Ireland, in which many people were hurt or killed. For this reason, some bartenders will refuse to make it. You may even be asked to leave. To avoid offense, ask for this drink by ingredients in unfamiliar establishments.
- 3/4 pint Guinness® stout
- 1/2 shot Bailey’s® Irish cream
- 1/2 shot Jameson® Irish whiskey
2. Whiskey Smash
Fans of the mint julep may want to sample this citrus-heavy cocktail. Mint, lemon, whiskey and simple syrup come together to make for a refreshing drink that’s perfect for summer. Using Maker’s Mark will add to the sweetness, while an option such as Old Forester will add more of a spicy undertone.
- 7 fresh mint leaves
- 1 lemon half
- 1 tbsp simple syrup (try this one from Master of Mixes)
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- Crushed ice
3. Whiskey On The Rocks
While no one is quite sure when whiskey was first produced, there is evidence of it in Mesopotamia dating back to 2,000 BC. Monastic records from the 13th century also show that monks made whiskey and used it medicinally, for ailments ranging from smallpox to colic.
- 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey
- Ball of ice
4. Traditional Absinthe
Absinthe was once banned in the US and many European nations for being a dangerous psychoactive drug that was addictive, due to thujone content. In 2007, the FDA allowed absinthe to be sold once more, providing it is thujone-free, as it was found no more dangerous than any other spirit.
- 1 sugar cube
- Ice-cold water
5. Tom Collins
The Tom Collins is the ‘Prince Albert in a Can’ of the drinking world. The hoax of asking the unawares if they’ve seen Tom Collins and that he could be found in the bar around the corner began circulating in 1874 and immortalized the sweet ‘gin and lemonade’ cocktail.
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 tsp superfine sugar (for example Judee’s Superfine Caster Baker’s Sugar)
- 3 oz club soda
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 slice orange
6. Gin Gimlet
As with many drinks, tastes have changed over time. In the 1953 novel The Long Goodbye it is described as being half gin and half lime juice. Others insist it is proper to add soda water. The same ratios are also used to make gimlets with vodka, which became popular in the 40s and survives today.
- 2 ounces London dry gin
- 2/3 ounce Rose’s lime juice
Popularized in movies in the 1940s and 1950s, a stinger is comprised of creme de menthe and brandy. Alternatively, using green creme de menthe yields a Green Hornet. Vodka stingers were mentioned on the popular television show Family Guy, introducing another generation to this popular variant.
- 1 1/2 oz brandy
- 1/2 oz white creme de menthe
Often credited as a Boilermaker with a twist, a Steam Roller mixes steam beer, rye whiskey, lemon juice and both elderflower and cherry liqueurs. The result is a pleasant and somewhat fruity taste that packs a punch. It’s a great recipe if you don’t particularly care for the taste of straight whiskey in your beer.
- 1 oz liqueur (St-Germain elderflower)
- 1 oz lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 oz rye whiskey
- 1/2 oz kirschenliqueur (Heering)
- 1 twists (lemon)
- 12 ozs beer (steam, such as Anchor Steam, chilled)
In the United States, this blend of cider and lager is quite common. This was cause for a minor diplomatic kerfuffle when President Bill Clinton traveled to the United Kingdom and ordered one at a North Yorkshire pub. The owner refused to draw him one, saying it was illegal to do so. However, no such law exists.
- 8 oz. hard cider
- 8 oz. stout beer
Claimed by the world-class Ritz Hotel in Paris, this mixture of orange liqueur, cognac and lemon juice is also claimed by the the Buck’s Club in London. No matter who thought of it first or what composition is preferred, it is also quite similar to the earlier and lesser-known Brandy Daisy.
- 3/4 oz triple sec
- 1/2 oz cognac
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
11. Scotch and Soda
Good scotch can cost several hundred dollars per bottle and is usually drunk by sipping, in order to better appreciate the flavor and aroma. Cutting it with soda or water is common in order to truly enjoy the whiskey and make it last longer, as many aficionados believe that less-expensive varieties taste horrible.
- 2 oz Scotch whisky
- Club soda
Sazerac is often touted as the first American cocktail, with roots going back to New Orleans before the Civil War. It could not be made properly for almost a hundred years, however, as one of the ingredients is absinthe.
- 1 sugar cube
- 2 1/2 ounces rye whisky
- 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- lemon peel
13. Rusty Nail
Usually served over ice, a neat version of this concoction is often called a Straight Up Nail. This drink was first mixed in the high-end 21 Club in Manhattan. Celebrity influence by the 1960s Hollywood Rat Pack brought it to even more wide-spread popularity.
- 1 1/2 oz Scotch whisky
- 1/2 oz Drambuie® Scotch whisky
- 1 twist lemon peel
14. Rum and Coke
In many English-speaking countries, a rum and coke is served over ice with a lime wedge. Travelers, though, should ask for a Cuba Libre and expect their drink to include a splash of lime juice. A sweeter variation is a Midas, where the coke is replaced with cream soda.
- 2 oz Barbados dark rum
- 2 oz dark rum
- 1 oz Bacardi® 151 rum
- 6 oz Coca-Cola®
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
15. Rob Roy
Yet another drink that hails from New York City, the Rob Roy was created in 1894 by the barkeep at the famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. It takes its name from the operetta Rob Roy, which ran at the Herald Square Theatre for 235 performances.
- 2 1/2 oz Scotch whisky
- 1 1/2 tsp dry vermouth
- 1 twist lemon peel
16. Old Fashioned
The drink of choice for Don Draper, the main character of popular TV series Mad Men, the exposure revitalized interest in this centuries-old concoction. While the recipe has adapted over time, muddling bitters with sugar and mixing in brandy or whiskey has been a classic choice since the early 1800s.
- 3 dashes bitters
- 3 oz Scotch whisky
- 1 tsp water
- 1 sugar cube
- 1 slice orange
- 1 maraschino cherry (see these from Luxardo)
This strong apéritif is usually credited to an Italian bartender who, in 1919, left the soda water out of an Americano and replaced it with gin at the request of his client who wanted his drink to be stronger. The garnish was changed from lemon to an orange peel to denote the difference.
- 1 1/2 ounces London dry gin
- 3/4 ounce Campari
- 3/4 ounce Italian vermouth
Purported to be the drink of choice for Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Ernest Hemingway, the Mojito is believed to have originated in Havana, Cuba. Very popular in hot climates, there are dozens of variations ranging from a virgin Nojito to the Korean Sojito. Are Mojitos any good? Just ask Sam Axe from Burn Notice.
- 1.25 oz Captain Morgan® Original spiced rum
- 12 mint leaves
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 2 oz soda
Sean Connery’s immortal words in 1964’s Goldfinger, “shaken, not stirred,” have become a catchphrase for generations of film lovers. Funny enough, a shaken martini is actually called a Bradford. The martini first appeared in mixology lore in the 1860s and has several variations, including a ‘dirty’ recipe that includes a splash of olive juice.
- 1 1/2 oz Absolut® Mandrin vodka
- 1 splash sweet vermouth
- 1 splash dry vermouth
- 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
- 4 oz orange juice
20. Manly Temple
This drink takes the shrinking violet of the Shirley Temple and adds a shot of whiskey. Don’t let the pinkish color and Maraschino cherry fool you. The Manly Temple, with its new twist on an old idea, is great for anyone who enjoys a stiff drink.
- 2oz Whiskey
- 1oz Rose’s Grenadine
21. Long Island Iced Tea
When you order a Long Island Iced Tea, there is just no telling what you’re actually going to receive. Most establishments can agree that ingredients include gin, tequila, rum and vodka. After that, all bets are off. Mixers can include soda, lemon juice, iced tea or cola. Some bars also nix the tequila in favor of brandy.
- 0.25 oz Tanqueray® gin
- 0.25 oz Smirnoff® vodka No.21
- 0.25 oz Captain Morgan® Silver spiced rum
- 0.25 oz Jose Cuervo® Especial gold tequila
- 0.25 oz triple sec
- 1 oz sweet and sour mix
- 6 oz cola
- 1 wedge lemon (optional)
Meaning “divine wind” in Japanese, the Kamikaze is also known as a Bullfrog. Made of equal parts lime juice, triple sec and vodka, it is rumored that the recipe originated with American GIs at the Yokusuba military base during the Second World War.
- 1.25 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
- 0.25 oz triple sec
- 0.25 oz lime juice
23. Jack And Coke
This highball has been gaining popularity for years, so much so that Jack Daniels launched a pre-mixed, canned version in Australia and New Zealand that uses ‘cola’ rather than trademarked and proprietary Coca-Cola. It’s also known as a JD and Coke throughout the world.
- 2 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee whiskey
- 10 oz Coca-Cola®
24. Imperial Fizz
A variant of the whiskey fizz, an imperial includes an egg white. While Rocky Balboa drank his raw eggs straight, the risk of salmonella poisoning makes this drink risky. Try it if you must, but get to a doctor if you develop a fever, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
- 1.5 oz rye whiskey
- 0.5 oz Smith & Cross Navy Rum
- 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
- 0.5 oz 2:1 Demerara syrup (for example Strongwater Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup)
- 1 egg white
- Soda water
- Angostura bitters
Originally detailed as a glass of grapefruit juice with a shot of gin added and served over ice, modern tastes have changed the recipe to substitute vodka for gin. This change in preference occurred after 1945, when vodka became far more common and overtook gin in popularity.
- 2 oz vodka
- 5 oz grapefruit juice
26. Gold Rush
Made of equal parts Goldschläger and Red Bull energy drink in a shot glass, the Gold Rush is a favorite of San Francisco football fans. The shot takes its name from the 49ers cheer squad, named the Gold Rush Cheerleaders.
- 0.75 oz Domaine de Canton
- 2 oz Larceny Bourbon
- 0.5 oz Fresh lemon juice
- 1 Cherry
Equal parts amaretto and scotch, this cocktail was rumored to be a favorite of lauded American actor Marlon Brando. Brando’s celebrated portrayal of the eponymous character in the 1972 film The Godfather may provide an explanation for the drink’s moniker.
- 1 1/2 oz Scotch whisky
- 3/4 oz amaretto almond liqueur
28. Gin Ricky
Rickeys were originally made with bourbon, but the rest of the recipe remains unchanged. Half of a lime is squeezed and dropped into a tall glass, topped with a piece of ice, a wineglass of gin, and filled with seltzer water. They have recently become quite popular again due to the efforts of the DC Craft Bartenders Guild.
- 2 ounces Gin
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
29. Gin and Tonic
When ordering, be sure to specify if you want lime or lemon, as either is acceptable based on geography and the individual bartender. If you prefer both lemon and lime, that is properly called an Evans. Cucumber substitutes for citrus with Hendrick’s Gin.
- 1.5 oz Beefeater Gin
- Tonic water
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Lime
30. Frisco Sour
Bracing and dry, the Frisco sour blends Benedictine with rye whiskey and adds lemon juice to cut some of the sweetness down. It was quite popular during Prohibition, but fell into near-obscurity in recent years. It’s definitely worthy of a try.
- 2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1/2 ounce Benedictine
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
31. French 75/95
Created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris, this concoction of sugar, gin, champagne, and lemon juice is named after the heavy artillery guns of the same name due to it’s kick. It is also known as a 75 Cocktail.
- 3/4 oz bourbon whiskey
- 3/4 oz simple syrup
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz fresh orange juice
32. Flaming Dr. Pepper
This drink contains no Dr. Pepper whatsoever, and is made by topping a shot of amaretto with a combustible liquor such as Bacardi or Everclear. The liquor is ignited and the whole shot dunked into half a glass of beer to extinguish it.
- 3/4 shot amaretto almond liqueu
- 1/4 oz 151 proof rum
- 1/2 glass beer
33. Dark and Stormy
A trademarked recipe, this highball is made with Gosling’s black rum and ginger beer. The trademark is owned by the Gosling Brothers of Bermuda, but there’s no law saying you can’t experiment with other rum and beer combinations to find your signature Dark and Stormy.
- 2 oz. Lemon-Ginger Mix
- 8 oz. ginger, peeled, chopped
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- ⅓ cup agave syrup (nectar) or pure maple syrup
- 2 oz. dark rum
- Club soda
- Lime wedge
- Candied ginger
34. Cuban Libre
- 2 ounces light rum
- Wedge of lime
35. The Manhattan
Created in the early 1870s in New York City, the Manhattan is quite variable and will likely differ from bar to bar. During Prohibition it became necessary to substitute American whiskey with Canadian, as it was far more readily available.
- 2 ounces rye whisky
- 1 ounce Italian vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
In American parlance, a Boilermaker is a shot of whiskey and a beer. They can be mixed or the beer can be used to chase the shot, if served separately. In the United Kingdom, the drink is a half-and-half mixture of bottled brown ale and mild draft.
- 1 shot whiskey
- 1 beer
37. Bloody Bull
An unusual drink to say the least, the Bloody Bull mixes vodka, tomato juice, lemon and lime with beef bullion. It is considered by some to be a quirky adaptation of the far more wide-spread Bloody Mary, and can make for an interesting taste experience.
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/2 glass tomato juice
- 1/2 glass beef bouillon
- 1 slice lime
- 1 lemon wedge
38. Black Velvet
Another layered drink, a Black Velvet is stout beer poured over champagne. It was invented in London in 1861 in response to the death of Prince Albert, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria. It is never served stirred, so bartenders use a spoon to pour the stout and avoid splashing.
- Guinness stout
- Brut champagne
39. Billionaires Margarita
This cocktail is a recent invention that appears to have originated in Texas within the last few years. A mixture of sugar, Grand Marnier cognac, tequila and lime juice, it is served over crushed ice in a salt-encrusted glass and garnished with a lime wedge.
- 5 oz. crushed ice
- 1 oz. Cuervo Reserva de la Familia
- 0.5 oz. Grand Marnier
- 2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 wedge lime(s)
40. Beer Buster
Another modern invention without much history, a Beer Buster is made by adding two dashes of Tabasco sauce into a shot of your favorite vodka and topping it off with a bottle of beer in a tall, frosty mug. The spicy kick makes it a fun novelty, especially if you’re enjoying your drink with a savory snack.
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41. Blue Hawaiian
Also known as the Swimming Pool Cocktail, the Blue Hawaiian includes Curaçao, rum, pineapple juice, creme of coconut and, sometimes, vodka. It is a vacation staple and is usually served frozen with a paper umbrella poking jauntily from the glass.
- 1 oz light rum
- 1 cherry
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
- 1 oz cream of coconut (try Coco Real Cream Of Coconut)
- 1 slice pineapple
Lemondrops are sometimes referred to as a lemon martini and come with some interesting variations. Using vodka as a base, lemon juice and simple syrup makes for a basic lemondrop. Additions such as triple sec, citrus schnapps or rimming the glass with sugar or salt, depending on taste, can make a lemondrop anywhere from candy-sweet to strikingly sour.
- 1 1/2 shots Absolut® vodka
- 1 1/2 shots Cointreau® orange liqueur
- 1 lemon wedge
Named after the romance language words for ‘bloodletting,’ true sangria is made only in Spain and Portugal. Sangria made elsewhere is usually marketed under ‘aromatic wine’ or similar language. It is popular in many countries in Central and South America, especially during the hot summer months.
- 1 orange
- 1 bottle Spanish red
- 400ml Spanish rose
- 50ml brandy
- 50ml marsala, madeira or malaga
- Seasonal fruit
- 500ml orangeade
44. Mai Tai
Supposedly made for visiting Tahitian friends, a bartender in Oakland, California purportedly mixed up lime juice, rum and Curaçao to create the Mai Tai in 1944 and soon became synonymous with Tiki parties and Hawaii. The drink was also featured quite prominently in Blue Hawaii, a 1961 romantic comedy featuring rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley.
- 1 oz light rum
- 1/2 oz creme de almond
- 1/2 oz triple sec
- Sweet and sour mix (for example Mr & Mrs T Sweet & Sour Mix)
- Pineapple juice
- 1/2 oz Myer’s® dark rum
45. Fuzzy Navel
Although there are competing claims concerning who actually invented the Fuzzy Navel, it only came into prominence when mixed drinks surged in popularity in the 1980s. Made of half peach schnapps and half orange juice, it can also be turned into a Hairy Navel by adding vodka.
- 1 floz peach schnapps
- 1 floz vodka
- 3 floz orange juice
- 1 dash grenadine (optional)
- ice cubes
46. Amaretto Sour
Amaretto is made from either apricot pits or almonds, and has a complementary taste that lends itself to cooking. Tiramisu, pancake batter and whipped cream can all benefit from some amaretto. The brand name Disaronno is nut-free and safe for those with allergies. An amaretto sour, which includes lime juice and ice cubes, is perfect for an after-dinner drink, as well.
- 1 1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
- 1 – 2 splashes sweet and sour mix
47. Salty Dog
A Salty Dog is a Greyhound with a rim of salt along the rim of the glass. Other than presentation, the drinks are identical and equally delicious. While it was traditionally a gin-based drink, modern tastes has made vodka a much more likely base.
- 5 oz grapefruit juice
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1/4 tsp salt
48. White Russian
Relevant in popular culture due to being the signature drink of The Dude from the movie The Big Lebowski, White Russians are made from cream, coffee liqueur and vodka. It is quite sweet and pleasant for even those who don’t generally like the taste of alcohol, and can also be made ‘dirty’ by substituting the cream with chocolate milk.
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz coffee liqueur (try Torani Coffee Liqueur)
- light cream
This cocktail is the national drink of Brazil, and can be found in nearly every bar and restaurant in the nation. The base is a liquor made of fermented sugar cane, called cachaça, which was previously unknown outside of the nation. With cachaça becoming more available world-wide, Caipirinha is rising in popularity.
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 8 lime wedges
- 2 1/2 oz Sagatiba Pura
50. Black and Tan
A beer drinker’s delight, a black and tan refers to a stout poured over a pale ale in a pint glass. The two beers can then be mixed or drunk in layers. Many purists insist the layers should not be mixed, so bartenders use a spoon to avoid splashing when pouring the stout.
51. Trinity Cocktail
An equal blend of sweet vermouth, dry vermouth and gin, this drink may seem like a kissing cousin of the martini. However, the taste is markedly different and can be personalized by your brand choices. Depending on your preferences, it can be more herbal and earthy or sweet and strong.
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The 10 Best Portable Speakers in 2021
For those on the go, regular speakers simply aren’t going to make the grade. They often don’t have the durability required for travel and the speakers may not be powerful enough to cope with an open environment.
If you love music and the outdoors, then you need a speaker that is able to cope with your lifestyle. That means an ability to protect itself from water, dust, and drops. It also needs sound that can cut through the open air.
Thankfully, you don’t need to look very far to find speakers to match those criteria. We’ve done the hard work to find 10 speakers that we think are perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors.
Read on to find the perfect portable speaker for you. Let’s go!
1. Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore
For the perfect combination of durability and sound quality, we picked this Bang & Olufsen speaker as the best overall choice. It has an excellent array of qualities and will never let you down.
The design of the speaker makes it look very tough and that’s exactly what you get. Its body is made from anodized aluminum and it can take a lot of punishment. This includes the speaker being both dust and waterproof.
While we adore the durability of this speaker, the feature we are most impressed by is the runtime. It can play for an incredible 27 hours before it needs to be charged. That’s usually enough time for most outdoor adventures.
There are many other aspects to love about this speaker such as the 360-degree sound, its solid Bluetooth connection, and the stylish earthy colors. While this speaker is great for any outdoor adventure, it’s brilliant in dusty or sandy environments where most other speakers suffer. It’s the perfect outdoor speaker, which is why it took our top pick.
2. Vifa Oslo Bluetooth Speaker
While the Bang & Olufsen speaker is perfect for those in more extreme environments, the Vifa Oslo is ideal for those who will be traveling in a bit more comfort. It’s a stunningly stylish speaker that comes in a choice of five vibrant colors.
It has two connection options of either Bluetooth or Aux, which are both very easy to use. The speaker itself is quite bulky, which is ideal for those looking for a larger speaker but not for those who need something compact.
The most impressive aspect of this Bluetooth speaker is the sound quality. The balanced woofers give you a premium level of sound at all ranges. It works well in any setting to give you exceptional performance.
There is also no doubting the level of durability and craftsmanship you get here. It’s extremely well made and has a soft feel. It looks great, sounds great, and is fantastic for premium sound quality on the go.
3. Anker Soundcore Flare Wireless Speaker
With the Anker brand, one thing you can always expect is excellent value for money. This speaker is able to produce premium sound while coming in at a lower price point, making it our best value product.
It has all the durability that you need for an outdoor speaker. It comes with an IP67 rating which not only means it can be briefly submerged in water but that it also has great dust protection.
For a small speaker, it also packs a punch. The bass especially stands out but the overall clarity is very impressive and it can deliver 360-degree sound. It’s able to run for 12 hours and is easy to charge back up.
A customizable light show is also available, which can be dialed back if you need to save power. That customization also extends to the EQ, which can be controlled via an app. It looks very good in either black or blue and is exceptional for a budget speaker.
4. Sonos Roam
A brilliant option for your outdoor adventure is to get a speaker that also has smart functionality for voice control. That’s exactly what you get with this Sonos Roam speaker which is packed full of exciting features.
It can be connected to a wide range of devices through either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, which are both very easy to use. You can also control the speaker from their App, which adds to the usability.
As with most Sonos speakers, it looks stylish and will complement any room or outdoor space. It lasts for 10 hours, which is a little less than some rivals but is still a decent runtime.
You’ll find the music to have plenty of clarity with precision sound, even in an outdoor setting. Part of the reason for that is due to its ability to automatically adjust to its surroundings. We loved it and with the IP67 rating, it can easily cope with anything the outdoors throws at it.
5. Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3
If a company decided to call their speaker the MEGABOOM then it has a lot to live up to. You’d expect the volume to be great, even in outdoor settings. Thankfully, this outdoor speaker delivers on those promises.
The long cylindrical shape is very easy to carry and is able to deliver 360-degree sounds. This makes it ideal for the likes of a campsite where you can put it in the middle of your group and all enjoy the music.
You don’t have to worry about breaking it either. With its IP67 rating, the speaker can take a lot of punishment. That rating means it can be submerged in water and is highly resistant to dust ingress.
There are other features we love here such as the fabric covering, wireless charging, and drop resistance. It’s the ideal solution if you want a tough speaker that can deliver booming sound.
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6. JBL Charge 5
JBL is another brand name that you can trust. For these outdoor speakers to make this list, they needed to be very tough without compromising on sound quality. The JBL Charge 5 is a great example of that.
It’s able to produce a sound that is rich and clear. This is true even in challenging outdoor environments. If another member of your group has a JBL speaker with “Party Boost,” then you can connect it up for stereo sound.
It has 20 hours of run time, which is one of the highest available. If you use it for a few hours a day, then it has the potential to last for quite a long trip.
It’s another that has an IP67 rating but a standout feature is the built-in power bank that can charge your devices. It can be a lifesaver if your phone dies when you’re outdoors.
7. Sony Extra Bass Speaker
Sony is another company that has made an exceptional outdoor speaker. This stylish model comes in either blue, black, or taupe and will look great wherever you put it.
You’ll also be delighted with the sound quality. It’s both deep and punchy which can help to cut through any noisy outdoor environment. It also has a bass boost feature which can really boom.
The runtime is exceptional at 24 hours so you’ll be able to get plenty of enjoyment from it between recharges. It also has a lightshow feature that will sync up to the music that is playing.
The IP67 rating means it’s great for outdoor life but the fabric covering still adds style and a premium feel. The speaker is beautifully balanced and you’ll be impressed by the vocal clarity.
8. Urbanista Brisbane Wireless Speaker
When it comes to an outdoor speaker, style isn’t really that important. That being said, most people still want their devices to look great. It’s an area where this Urbanista speaker shines with its sleek rectangular design.
Looks aside, this speaker also performs brilliantly in both outdoor and indoor settings. It’s able to produce plenty of driver power which gives it a loud and deep bass. The vocal clarity is also excellent.
It’s highly compatible with many devices and you can also connect it with other speakers for surround stereophonic sound. It has a 10 hours runtime but only takes around three hours for a full recharge.
It isn’t quite as tough as other speakers we’ve looked at here as it has an IPX5 rating, making it splash resistant. That will still be more than enough protection for most uses.
9. Bose Portable Smart Speaker
If you want to have the ultimate in simple portability then you can easily get that here with this Bose portable speaker. It has a wide handle that makes it very easy to carry, along with it being lightweight.
It’s available in either black or white and both of them look great with the cylindrical design. There are many connection options here with Aux cable, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth all available.
It has an IPX4 rating which gives it decent splash resistance and a 12 hour runtime. You may also love the smart functionality, making it simple and easy to be controlled via voice.
10. Tribit StormBox Micro Bluetooth Speaker
For those wanting something a little more compact, this could be what you’re looking for. It’s only small but it can still pack a mighty punch in terms of volume and sound quality. The IP67 rating means it can cope with all tough environments and can easily manage rain, dust, and drops.
It will easily fit in any backpack and with the weight of just 0.64 lbs, you’ll hardly feel it. The eight hours of runtime isn’t the longest but you’d expect it to be a little lower with the smaller size.
The versatile speaker can be taken anywhere and your friends will be shocked at how much power can be delivered from this little thing. The bass can thump and it can cope with windy outdoor settings.
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Outdoor Speaker FAQs
Indoor speakers don’t usually need to worry about water, dust, and being dropped. An outdoor speaker is made to be much tougher and can cope with all these issues. An outdoor speaker also needs to be loud enough to cope with large open spaces.
Outdoor speakers need to have a high level of water and dust resistance, have enough power, and a long runtime between charges. After these key features, you can look at the connectivity, usability, and size. It’s important that you can easily carry it with you, so portability is also important.
We’ve looked at many great brands here such as JBL, Sony, and Bose. You can trust them all to give you a quality product. We’ve also looked at some lesser-known brands which often provide better value for money. It’s always a good idea to look beyond the brand and just get a speaker that perfectly matches your needs.
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The 10 Best Fashion Combat Boots for Men
The first pair of combat boots I purchased were a pair of black canvas Dr. Martens. Not to age myself but it was the 90s and I was in high school and they were essential in boosting my fashion confidence. I lived in Kentucky at the time and I stuck out like a sore thumb and I did not care.
Those boots made me feel invincible. And the best part? I still have them and I still wear them. Read the list below to find your next (or first!) pair of combat boots that you will be sure to have for years, nay, decades to come!
1. Dr. Martens 1460 Smooth Leather Lace Up Boots
This is the original Dr. Marten boot. Named the 1460 because they were born on January 4, 1960 (01.04.60) this 8-eye work boot is iconic and a must-have for every closet. Each pair stays true to the original design with a Trans colored sole and the classic black and yellow AirWair heel loop.
The Goodyear-welted lines are heat-sealed at 700 degrees celsius and reinforced with the brand’s signature yellow welt stitch. New colors are introduced every season but smooth black never goes out of style. The leather can be polished to shine or scuffed-up depending on your preference and style.
2. Thom Browne Tricolor-Stripe Brogue Combat Boot
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These Thom Browne black books are a mix of a traditional brogue shoe and a combat boot. These sexy-ass boots are crafted in Italy from pebbled leather and have perforated wingtip accents, chunky rubber soles, a tricolor pull tab, tricolor toebox stripes, and a cutout heel groove that twists around the edge. I cannot stress enough the cool factor associated with these. Trust me. They are in my cart.
3. Clarks Batcombe Hi2 Boot
Lined with sheepskin, these dark olive suede lace-up ankle boots were crafted with your comfort in mind. Made with Clarks Cushion Plus™ technology, the unique dual-density foam technology reduces strain on the ball of the foot and supports your natural movement, keeping your feet comfortable all day long. The durable yet lightweight cleated rubber sole ups the ante with an unbeatable grip making for a versatile boot that works for all aspects of life.
4. Thursday Boot Co. Captain Rugged
If you know, you know… and if you own a pair of boots from the Thursday Boot Co. you know that they’re a company that makes handcrafted and hand-stitched boots designed to complement your look from business casual to everyday wear.
These boots are made from genuine leather with a fully lined supple leather interior, studded rubber outsoles, and cork-bed midsoles that form to your feet for added comfort in order to give a clean, rugged, yet sophisticated look.
5. Moncler Black Vancouver Boot
These buffed black leather ankle boots are built for cold weather and then some. They feature a round toe, tonal lace-up closure, tonal hardware, and black leather lining. These boots also have a Vibram® black rubber outsole, a padded nylon tongue with a logo patch, a pull loop, and a tricolor rubber midsole. Moncler sells luxury and this boot is no exception.
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6. Timberland 6 Inch Premium Boots
Timberland boots. Need I say more? Oh… I do? This is awkward… Ok, then, for the few of you who do not recognize the original Timberland waterproof “yellow” boots from a mile away, let me give you some more information.
This classic boot was born in 1973 and features PrimaLoft® ECO insulation and waterproof leather sourced from a sustainable tannery. With premium leather uppers, rustproof hardware, seam-sealed waterproof construction, and exclusive anti-fatigue technology that provides all-day comfort and support, these boots have proven they will be in style for years to come. And did I mention that they’re waterproof?
7. Diesel Lace-Up Combat Boots
These Diesel black, goat skin blend lace-up combat boots feature contrasting panels, a logo patch at the tongue, logo to the back, a pull tab at the rear, a round toe, a chunky low heel, and a ridged rubber sole. At the time of publishing, if you use this link, they are also 40% off!
8. Wolverine 1000 Mile Axel Boot
Handcrafted in America since 1914, the 1000 Mile boot still maintains the same attention to detail with the finest materials and craftsmanship as it did over a century ago. The uppers are made from premium leather from Chicago and flat waxed laces from South Carolina. The sole is made from Goodyear™ welt construction that’s durable, flexible, and allows the boot to be resoled for years of wear.
9. Alexander McQueen Military Boot
Hands down, no contest, Alexander McQueen is my most favorite and can do no wrong. But that’s just my humble opinion. You can decide for yourself. Inspired by the military (as most combat boots are) these boots are crafted from genuine calf leather and they secure to your foot with an eight-hole lacing system. The edgy aesthetic is completed with a chunky lugged sole and printed branding pull tabs.
10. Red Wing Shoes Heritage Iron Ranger
No list of boots is complete without a pair of Red Wing Heritage boots. The Iron Ranger was originally built for iron miners in the 1930s. The six inch boot’s signature is a distinctive leather toe cap. These boots are built with a Goodyear welt, Puritan triple-stitch construction, and brass speed hooks that provide precision lacing and a visual hit of hardware.
The Iron Ranger is anchored with a Vibram® 430 Mini-lug outsole. As you wear the footwear, the full-grain leather upper, insole, and cork midsole will mold to your feet, creating an increasingly personalized fit over time.
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Combat Boots FAQs
Historically, combat boots were a tactical boot style designed for the military to wear during literal combat. In the 70s they became a symbol of the anti-establishment, most popular amongst British punk rockers.
Combat boots really gained traction in the 90s with the emergence of the grunge scene. Today, combat boots don’t have the same anti-establishment appeal as they did in decades past but they still ooze cool. There are a variety of modern styles, including traditional lace-ups in black and brown, as well as more bold colors like green and blue.
Combat boots became mainstream in the 90s when grunge was both a music genre and a fashion trend. Band members and fans of groups like Nirvana, Garbage, Hole, and Alice In Chains started rocking the utilitarian tactical boot style and by the turn of the century, combat-style boots became a part of mainstream fashion.
Combat boots look great styled with skinny jeans, flares, straight leg, cuffed jeans – basically, they look good with pants. If your pants are too long, tuck them in or roll them up. Or pair your boots with shorts. A longer short looks better but with confidence, you can pull off almost any look.
The 12 Best Beaches To Visit in the U.S.
There’s really no such thing as a bad beach, right? Sand, sun, and glistening, refreshing water to play or cool off in – what’s not to love? Thinking about what makes a beach exceptional, though, is a whole different story. It’s a very subjective thing, as the best beach might mean calm water and powdery white sand to some, while to others it may mean excellent surf and plenty of opportunities for adventure.
Whatever your personal definition of the best beach is, America has lots (and lots) of them to choose from. With two very different coasts and three major bodies of water, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a beach for everyone here.
Do you prefer iconic, broad, sandy, palm tree-dotted beaches, hidden ones requiring a hike to access, or maybe even beaches where wild horses live? Whatever your beach style, you’ll find the perfect one for you on this list of the best beaches in the U.S.
1. Secret Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
For most people, Hawaii immediately comes to mind when they think of the best beaches in the U.S. Kauai’s Secret Beach, which is officially named Kauapea Beach and often referred to as simply “Secrets,” is the epitome of a pristine Hawaiian beach. It’s exceptionally large in terms of both length and width and features golden sand, shimmering turquoise water, and lush green rainforests.
To get to Secret Beach, you’ll need to find the unmarked, steep trail between Kilauea Point and Kalihiwai Bay. You can actually see the beach from the Kilauea lighthouse, so if you get stuck searching, try visiting there first. Secrets is large enough that it’s always easy to find a secluded spot for yourself to layout and relax.
Note that the far eastern end of the beach has a reputation for being a go-to spot for nude sunbathers. There’s also a waterfall toward the east end of the beach and at the west end, there are a few lagoons that form natural calm swimming holes. The strong ocean current here makes it difficult to swim at Secret Beach most of the time, so stick to these lagoons for swimming and enjoy simply relaxing on one of the best beaches in the U.S.
2. Miramar Beach, Santa Barbara, California
Technically five miles from Santa Barbara proper in Montecito, Miramar Beach is somewhat of a hidden gem. This beach is very quiet and calm, with gentle, clear waters and sugar-fine soft sand, making it ideal for everything from surfing and swimming to sunbathing and walking the shoreline.
Miramar Beach’s calm waters are attributed to the fact that it’s situated in a south-facing cove. It’s pretty well-sheltered, which also allows for leisurely exploring the crystal-clear water. At low tide, several tide pools are also revealed. Thanks to its location just outside Santa Barbara, Miramar Beach is rarely crowded, yet it’s less than an hour from Los Angeles. Talk about the best of both worlds!
3. Crescent Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Fun fact: Maine has more coastline than the entire state of California. It’s true! So it comes as no surprise that some of the best beaches in the U.S. are in Maine. Located about eight miles from Portland in southwestern Maine, Crescent Beach is a classic, postcard-perfect New England beach.
The beach itself, as you may have guessed, is a one-mile crescent-shaped swath of soft sand. It’s surrounded by saltwater coves, sand dunes, woods, and granite rock ledges. Swimming and sunbathing are popular activities at Crescent Beach, of course, but there are also plenty of opportunities for fishing and paddling, plus several hiking trails.
4. Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama
Orange Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Gulf Shores, and for good reason. The superfine, sugar-white sand is so soft that it’s said to squeak under your feet and the calm waters are an almost unbelievable turquoise blue.
Adjacent to Perdido Key in the Florida panhandle (which is another spectacular beach), Orange Beach spans eight miles. It’s also fairly wide, so even on the most crowded days, it’s not difficult to find a patch of sand to make your own and stretch out comfortably. There’s a waterfront park, plenty of opportunities to fish either from the pier or aboard a boat with a guided outfitter, and even a shipwreck, The Lulu, to explore on a scuba diving expedition.
5. Moonstone Beach, Cambria, California
Part of Hearts San Simeon State Park and situated just off the world-famous Highway 1 (aka the Pacific Coast Highway) in central California, Moonstone Beach is one of the best beaches in the U.S. The coastline here is punctuated by rocky cliffs and several coves with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the beach. Spend some time combing the beach for several varieties of beautiful sea glass and impossibly smooth stones, including jade, jasper, agate, and of course, chalcedony – also known as moonstone.
Up above the beach, a boardwalk spans exactly one mile between the Santa Rosa Creek and Leffingwell Landing day-use areas, both with plenty of parking. A lookout near the boardwalk is perfect for spotting gray whales, dolphins, sea lions, and otters.
6. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
Since 2015, TripAdvisor has named Siesta Beach America’s #1 beach a whopping three times on its annual Traveler’s Choice Awards. The soft, fluffy white sand is cloud-like, with hardly a shell or other debris in sight. And thanks to its composition of nearly all quartz-crystal, the sand doesn’t get hot on even the sunniest days – an impressive feat on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida summers.
The largest of Siesta Key’s beaches, Siesta Beach has shaded playgrounds, volleyball courts, picnic areas, and plenty of free parking. Dolphins are frequently seen playing in the turquoise waters just off the shore, and the sea here is calm, shallow, and clear, making it one of the best U.S. beaches for families.
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7. Jack’s Bay Beach, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Often overlooked, the U.S. Virgin Islands are a group of three main islands nestled into the Caribbean. Each of the islands – St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix – is stunning and, interestingly, very different from one another.
One of the best beaches in the U.S., Jack’s Bay Beach, happens to be on St. Croix and it’s well off the beaten path, which means you’ll likely have it all to yourself. Located near the far eastern end of the island, Jack’s Bay Beach is directly below Point Udall.
Fun fact: Point Udall is the easternmost point in the United States and sees America’s very first sunrise every morning. You’ll need to hike downhill from Point Udall to get to Jack’s Bay Beach and while it’s not a long hike, it is steep. The reward is well worth it, though, as there’s rarely more than just a few people at the beach.
8. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks, North Carolina
North Carolina has dozens of fantastic beaches to choose from, but one of the best is Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Technically a narrow, 72 mile long strip of several barrier islands between Nags Head and Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras National Seashore has a little something for everyone.
Enjoy broad sandy beaches dotted with seashells and framed by towering sand dunes, lots of water and beach activities, and a couple of lighthouses. In fact, the tallest lighthouse in the United States is here, 196 foot tall Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Standing just 40 feet shorter, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is also nearby. Both date back to the 1870s and visitors can (and should!) climb both. Allow a full day for visiting the beach and lighthouse, and keep your eyes open for sea turtles sunbathing on the beach.
9. Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California
No list of the best beaches in the U.S. is complete without a mention of Big Sur. Arguably one of the most iconic stretches of coastline anywhere in the world, the Big Sur area is defined by dramatic rugged sea cliffs, crashing waves, and pristine beaches. Because of the rugged cliffs, Big Sur beaches aren’t necessarily the most accessible and visiting many of them requires a bit of effort.
That’s actually not the case with Pfeiffer Beach – it doesn’t require a hike or even an admission fee, but it is somewhat hard to find, thanks to the unmarked road connecting it to Highway 1. Once you do manage to find it, you’ll be treated to large unique rock formations (including Keyhole Arch, a natural rock arch) just offshore, tide pools at the north end of the beach during low tide, unbelievable sunsets, and sand that’s unmistakably purple, thanks to manganese garnet in the cliffs above.
10. Assateague Beach, Assateague Island, Maryland & Virginia
In the heart of the east coast, Assateague Island is truly unlike any other. The barrier island sits in both Maryland and Virginia and features a rugged landscape dotted with wind-swept sand dunes, grasslands, and warm, shallow bays. Oh, and it’s also home to hundreds of wild, free-roaming horses. Legend holds that they’re descendants of a handful of domesticated horses that survived a shipwreck sometime in the 17th century.
The horses are, of course, one of the main reasons that Assateague Beach is one of the best beaches in the U.S. However, it’s far from the only reason. Each side of the island is unique, with 12 miles of quiet sandy beaches on the Maryland side and the interior bayside being more recreation-oriented.
Here, there are numerous opportunities for kayaking, clamming, and crabbing, plus the waters are warmer and calmer – perfect for swimming. If you want to go for a horseback ride, head to the Virginia district.
11. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia
Situated on one of Georgia’s four Golden Isles, Driftwood Beach is widely considered one of the best and romantic beaches in the country. Due to years and years of erosion on the northern end of the island, hundreds of weathered, warped, and bleached trees dot the beach.
It may sound a little odd if you’ve never seen it in person, but it’s strikingly beautiful and truly memorable. In fact, Driftwood Beach is one of Georgia’s most photographed landmarks!
Aside from being picturesque, Driftwood Beach has tons to do. Georgia’s coastline is notorious for its excellent fishing, there’s a great network of bicycle trails, and you can even camp on the beach here. Another must-do activity at Driftwood Beach is visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, an interactive experience for every member of the family!
12. Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Hawaii
Wai’anapanapa State Park, along the famous Road to Hana, is the epitome of a Hawaiian beach. Its black sand was created by basalt lava flow several centuries ago, and it’s framed by lush green rainforest and indigo blue ocean.
The dramatic scenery is postcard-perfect and absolutely pristine. Being a stop along the Road to Hana, Wai’anapanapa State Park takes a bit of effort to reach. Those willing to put in the work are rewarded with a big payoff, as the beach is rarely crowded – something increasingly hard to find anywhere in Hawaii.
In addition to the beach itself, Wai’anapanapa State Park features large black boulders, sea caves, a natural sea arch, a blowhole, several small swimming holes, and a blowhole. Visitors can cliff dive, explore the sea caves, or hike to explore the boulders and inlets.
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