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I like a quiet bar. I have since I was 21. This isn't an unusual desire; any time I'm at a bar past eight o'clock, someone (sometimes it's not even me!) eventually says "Sorry, I couldn't hear you. The bar got so loud!" Even the quietest dive fills up now and then with people shouting to be heard, when each person individually wishes the place were quieter. Why, as a culture, have we failed to find a way out of this loudness war? Why are most bars so bloody loud?

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I'm a bit of a nervous flyer, so I always get to the airport early to sip on some courage at the bar. It helps me keep calm and, well, it's hard to pass up a good Bloody Mary. Over the years, I've learned a few tips to ensure the airport bar is always a good experience.

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The lemon wedge in your drink has a bad reputation, and the evidence for it seems obvious: No one at a restaurant washes the outside of a lemon, but then they throw that wedge onto your glass, sometimes letting the rind soak right in the drink. And according to HuffPost, several studies found all kinds of germs on lemon wedges from bars and restaurants.

So should your drink order always include "No lemon, please"?

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Really good, expertly made cocktails can cost a pretty penny, and I'm OK with that. What I'm not OK with, however, is paying $20 for an over-shaken beverage garnished with sad, dried-out fruit. Any bar can claim to make "craft" cocktails, but how can you be sure you're getting what you pay for?

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On Sunday afternoon, Aussie boxing fans will converge on pubs and sports bars around the country to watch Conor McGregor duke it out in the ring against Floyd Mayweather. It's going to be quite the spectacle.

If you want a rowdy, ringside-esque experience, Australia's authentic Irish pubs are the ultimate venue. There will be cheering. There will be chanting. There will be drunken debauchery as only the Irish know how. With that in mind, here are the best Irish pubs in each capital city - all of which will be showing Mayweather vs McGregor on big screen TVs!

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Sun Tzu once said "the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." And that goes double when the drinks are flowing. People can get a bit hot-headed when they're on the sauce, and in some cases, physical. Based on my experiences as a security guard, these smooth talking tips will help you calm an intense situation and escape a potential beating.

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Video: You don't need to spend a ridiculous amount to get your home bar up and running. A lot of common kitchen tools you already own can be used to make the perfect cocktails, and if you just stick to a few fundamental ingredients, you'll be mixing drinks in no time.