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While Jennifer Lopez once sang that “Love don’t cost a thing,” treating your loved one to a romantic dinner will cost at least a few dollars—especially in NYC. But it doesn’t have to break the bank. While New York is known for its high cost of living, it’s also a metropolis with a large amount cheap eats. The next time you’re in NYC with your significant other, consider these six romantic restaurants where you’ll actually have room left in your wallet for dessert.

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Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg neighborhood has plenty of hip eateries, but this one stands out for its reliable food and cozy atmosphere. The laid-back bistro specializes in French-style country fare, where you’ll find staples like mussels served in a white wine broth and coq au vin for under twenty bucks. Add a carafe of wine (cheaper than a bottle) to your candle-lit table and you’ll have yourself a sexy little dinner. To up the romance factor, ask for a table in the back room—which features a library and fireplace.

Milk and Rose | Photo courtesy of @bittermelonnyc

Milk & Roses
Speaking of restaurants using a library as decor, this spot in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood features a wall of book-filled shelves in its main room. It’s a cozy ambiance that rivals the charming indoor backyard/garden that’s always inviting—even on the coldest winter nights. The dinner menu at this cash-only restaurant features wallet-friendly versions of salmon tartare, beef stew, and roasted free-range Amish chicken. The restaurant doubles as a coffeeshop/lunch spot before dinner hours, which means you have the option of an even more affordable daytime date.

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Aria Wine Bar
Taking a stroll on the charming brownstone-lined streets of the West Village is a great way to spend your date night, especially after dinner at this cozy hot spot. White lights line the entrance and sidewalk just outside of the restaurant, adding to the already romantic vibe you’ll discover inside. As for the menu, the focus here is on Italian wine and small plates (think mushroom bruschetta, grilled octopus and, of course, pastas) perfect for sharing. The restaurant’s sister location in Hell’s Kitchen is an ideal spot if you’re looking for dinner after seeing a Broadway show.

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Beecher’s Cellar | Photo courtesy of @ohmyjoshik

Beecher’s Cellar
The upstairs portion of Beecher’s looks like your typical cheese shop. The counter features the company’s handmade cheeses, charcuterie and deli sandwiches, which is fine if you’re just grabbing a bite as you’re passing through the Flatiron District. But if you’re here on a date, head downstairs to the more intimate subterranean restaurant and bar. The dark, cozy space features an impressive wine list and menu full of flatbreads, roasted veggies, and yes, a lot of cheese. The chef’s elevated takes on mac and cheese (think pulled pork with pickled fennel stem) are great for sharing, too.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor | Photo courtesy of @reycuenca

Nom Wah Tea Parlor
This Chinatown mainstay has a lot of charming qualities. The long-standing restaurant—its been in business since 1920—claims to be Manhattan’s first dim-sum house. Translation: You and your date can pretend like you’re time-traveling to a more romantic era as you enjoy pork buns, dumplings and scallion pancakes, as you’re nestled at a checkered cloth-covered Art Deco table surrounded by glam vintage posters of Chinese movie stars.

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Even if you’re not going to eat pasta Lady & the Tramp-style, Italian restaurants are still usually reliable for romantic settings. And this NoHo spot definitely fits the bill. The sleek, 50-seat restaurant has an intimate feel to it, which is made even more cozy with the help of candlelit tables and perfectly-dimmed lighting. The menu features a healthy dose of affordable pastas (most are under $15) with an emphasis on healthy: All are made wholesome and organic ingredients.

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You could pay $14 a drink in New York City with its hustle and bustle, or you could cross the Hudson and spend a third of the dough in Hoboken. Not convinced New Jersey’s nightlife is worth a reverse bridge-and-tunnel commute? You’d best read on. From classic Maxwell’s Tavern where Springsteen once rocked out to a free limo ride to Willie McBride’s, we’ve rounded up Hoboken’s 5 greatest dive bars that each offer their own unique characteristics that make them worth a bar hop.

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First things first. Did you know there are a lot of bars in Hoboken? They’re all walkable and Hoboken has been called the city with the most bars per square mile. (While not technically true, there are still a lot of bars!) So if you don’t find what you like at one spot, simply take a couple (not-so-sober) steps to another. Okay, onto the list.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Dahab

Photo courtesy of Daniel Vahab

1. Scotland Yard (72 Hudson St)

It’s eye-catching exterior—a red, old-fashioned English phone booth with a medieval knight in front of the bar with two Gothic gargoyle statues on top of its roof—is worth visiting just to take a selfie. Literally a hole in the wall (or ground, rather), its location several steps below the street level adds to its allure.

While most bars have some sort of happy hour, nobody seems to do 50 percent off the entire bar except for Scotland Yard. Jameson, for instance, is just $4. Happy hour happens every Monday through Friday from 4pm–7:30pm.

During weekdays the bar is practically empty, making Scotland Yard a great place if you want to chill and not have to compete for drinks. Warning: It can get quite busy on weekends.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Vahab

Photo courtesy of Daniel Vahab

2. The Shannon (106 1st St)

Upon initial entry it appears to be just a regular pub. But when you walk to the back room, there’s a door that opens to a whole other space. That space features a dance floor, classic childhood games (life-size Jenga, darts, foosball, beer pong, etc.), TVs and—yes—a whole other bar. This family run pub has been around since 1956, which shows it must be doing something right.

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3. Willie McBride’s (616 Grand St)

This traditional Irish bar actually offers free limo service to bring you to the pub and back from anywhere in town, every Friday and Saturday night (yes, a limo). As their branding goes, “Ride in style to Willie McBride’s.”

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Flickr CC: Mike Kuzan

Flickr CC: Mike Kuzan

4. Maxwell’s Tavern (1039 Washington St)

A local classic that’s been around forever, this tavern even has its own Wikipedia page. Located on the corner of Hoboken’s main drag, Washington Street, Maxwell’s is famous for being a live music hub where some of the greats have played—including Springsteen, R.E.M., The Pixies, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. More recently, Justin Timberlake held an impromptu concert here. Maxwell’s is worth the trip for its iconic rock-n-roll history alone.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Vahab

Photo courtesy of Daniel Vahab

5. DC’s Tavern (505 8th St)

Consisting of an actual DJ booth with two record players, this bar sure does “bring it back y’all.” As the popular Hoboken Girl blog notes, it is admittedly “a bit off of the beaten PATH (literally)” away from the PATH train, but also away from the juice-head frat types. But you might walk right by it given that its facade is a bland black building with a sign that says “DC’s” and a simple red door with the street number. It’s as if you’re walking into someone’s apartment.

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There’s nothing wrong with tradition, but everyone’s got one. This holiday season, feel free to sample the very best food traditions the holidays have to offer by checking out some of our favorite winter food festivals.

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Downtown Holiday Market | Flickr CC: Elvert Barnes

Downtown Holiday Market | Flickr CC: Elvert Barnes

9. Downtown Holiday Market – Washington, DC

November 25–December 23, daily

Feast on hand-made Peruvian empanadas, warm churros dusted in powdered sugar and fresh-made doughnuts while walking the sidewalks of this street-style holiday market. Then shop for unique gifts from over 150 vendors while working up an appetite for traditional German holiday fare.

8. Winter Feast Holiday Bazaar –Seattle, WA

Sunday, December 11

This one-day food fair features 20 food trucks and over 100 local businesses coming together for a cavalcade of holiday street food. Munch on gourmet doughnuts and German-style pretzels, as well as Middle Eastern, Indian and Mexican favorites, all served up from the city’s best mobile restaurants.

7. Grand Holiday Bazaar – New York, NY

December 11–18

Sample some of New York’s best sugary treats at this annual indoor and outdoor holiday market. Savor chocolaty creations from the state’s finest confectioners, or lose yourself in brownies, waffles and hand-made macaroons. With over 100 artisan vendors and craftsmen, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to walk it off.

Latke Festival | Photo courtesy of Great Performances

Latke Festival | Photo courtesy of Great Performances

6.  8th Annual Latke Festival – Brooklyn, NY

December 19

Each year this one-day competition crowns New York’s best latke–but its really a chance to drown happily in a sea of the state’s finest potato pancakes. You can even help crown this year’s champion!

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Palm Beach Wine and Food Festival | Photo courtesy of @licksnlove

Palm Beach Wine and Food Festival | Photo courtesy of @licksnlove

5. Palm Beach Food And Wine FestivalPalm Beach, FL

December 8–11

If you want to get away from the cold this holiday season, consider making this Florida food festival your destination. This year, 46 of the state’s best chefs and restaurateurs will be presenting unique food and wine pairings.

Indulge LA | Photo courtesy of @indulgelosangeles

Indulge LA | Photo courtesy of @indulgelosangeles

4. Indulge LALos Angeles, CA

January 8

In case you’re still craving the holiday spirit–and more sweets–after the New Year begins, be sure to check out this annual chocolate and pastry festival. Featuring mouth-watering desserts from celebrity pastry chefs and confectioners like Francois Payard, Kriss Harvey and Stephanie Treand.

Flickr CC: HarshLight

Flickr CC: HarshLight

3. Great Dickens Christmas FairDaly City , CA

November 19–December 18, on weekends

This Victorian-themed Christmas festival takes tradition to the next level. Groups of carolers in period dress will serenade you while you feast on British favorites like bangers, meat pies and of course fish ‘n’ chips–as well as fine European fare.

2. Christmas Luminaria Tour at the Enchanted ForestRed River, NM

A New Mexico Christmas tradition! Trek through famous Enchanted Forest ski country along a trail lined with hand-made paper lanterns. Then chow down on green chile stew, posole and seasonal desserts.

Chriskindlmarket | Flickr CC: Ben Miller

Chriskindlmarket | Flickr CC: Ben Miller

1. ChristkindlmarketChicago, IL

November 18–December 24, daily

Designed like authentic European Christmas market with vendors housed in small wooden huts, this German-style street fair is not only picturesque, but also the ultimate experience for foodies. Traditional German vendors offer sausages heaped with sauerkraut, fresh-baked Bavarian pretzels, over-flowing steins of beer, hot spicedd wine and mountains of piping hot strudel.

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Jesse is a writer and radio producer in Chicago. He is the Executive Producer for the embarrassing storytelling podcast "We Still Like You" and writes for the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Sometimes you get what you pay for. And sometimes you get more. Much more. To help travelers save a ho-ho-whole lot of money on holiday travel, CheapTickets.com® encourages anyone with travel plans to look beyond the stars and not rule out two- or three-star accommodations as they make lodging plans for the most wonderful time of the year.

CheapTickets.com found that while the majority of Americans tend to gravitate towards four- and five-star hotels, choosing a three-star property at this holiday season’s top destinations can save you up to 33% compared to a destination’s average daily hotel price.

“While two- and three-star properties may not have extensive onsite services or dining options, many offer a really great experience, some with charming settings and overall excellent service,” said Justine McDonald, a CheapTickets.com travel expert. “The key to finding these exceptional two- and three-star options is looking for hidden gems that are vetted and highly recommended by fellow travelers, ensuring high value and alleviating fear of the unknown.”

Finding these surprisingly beautiful, cheap and comfortable hidden gems is easier than ever on CheapTickets.com as customers can filter search results by properties’ star ratings and then sort by guest rating, resulting in a list of options that both fit their budget and come highly rated. In addition to reviews and comments, CheapTickets.com also lists a “recommended by” percentage, where travelers can see whether or not customers would recommend the property to a friend.

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CHEAPTICKETS.COM TOP PICKS FOR HIDDEN GEM TWO- AND THREE-STAR HOTELS

To make planning travel even easier (and cheaper!), here are CheapTickets.com editors’ top picks for awesome two- and three-star hotels in some of the holiday season’s top destinations.

Las Vegas: Excalibur
Sample average daily hotel price: $53
Percentage of customers who would recommend: 77%
This castle-like resort on the Las Vegas Strip has something for every member of the family to enjoy, including a casino, an arcade room, a full-service spa, an outdoor pool and poolside bar, seven restaurants, three bars/lounges and two cafes. Don’t miss the medieval joust dinner show!

Photo courtesy of The Redondo Beach Hotel

Photo courtesy of The Redondo Beach Hotel

Los Angeles: The Redondo Beach Hotel
Sample average daily hotel price: $182
Percentage of customers who would recommend: 95%
From complimentary Wi-Fi to free continental breakfast daily, The Redondo Beach Hotel is all about the little extras. Monday through Thursday evenings, visitors can even mingle at a hosted wine reception. The hotel boasts many rooms with marina views, and even has a bike rental station on-site for those who want to explore the nearby beaches like a true Southern Californian.

Photo courtesy of the Bay Club Hotel and Marina

Photo courtesy of the Bay Club Hotel and Marina

San Diego: Bay Club Hotel and Marina
Sample average daily hotel price: $117
Percentage of customers who would recommend: 90%
Located on Shelter Island, The Bay Club Hotel & Marina is a waterfront property just 4 miles from Old Town and 7 miles from the Gaslamp Quarter. This property offers stunning views of the San Diego Bay, downtown skyline, Point Loma, and of course, its private marina.

Photo courtesyof the Vagabond Hotel

Photo courtesy of the Vagabond Hotel

Miami: The Vagabond Hotel
Sample average daily hotel price: $176
Percentage of customers who would recommend: 95%
The chicly retro Vagabond Hotel is within the vicinity of Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Port of Miami and the Bal Harbour Shops. Hearkening back to a bygone era, the Art Deco-style property offers an outdoor pool (plus a poolside bar) and a top notch fitness center.

Photo courtesy of the Acme Hotel

Photo courtesy of the Acme Hotel

Chicago: Acme Hotel Company Chicago
Sample average daily hotel price: $88
Percentage of customers who would recommend: 100%
This hip boutique hotel close to the Magnificent Mile offers a gym, free morning coffee, funky modern rooms (think giant zipper murals on the walls and lip decals on the bathroom mirrors) and an on-site lounge serving craft cocktails.

Photo courtesy of the Point Orlando

Photo courtesy of the Point Orlando

Orlando: The Point Orlando
Sample average daily hotel price: $184
Percentage of customers who would recommend: 94%
Not only is The Point Orlando close to Universal Studios Florida, Wet ‘n Wild, and iFLY Orlando, it also has plenty of recreational opportunities on-site, including a spa tub, a tropical outdoor pool and bar, and a well-equipped fitness center. Relax over cocktails and freshly prepared pizzas and paninis at the chic new Evo Lounge & Tapas Bar on the property.

Photo courtesy of Cambria Hotel and Suites

Photo courtesy of Cambria Hotel and Suites

New York City: Cambria Hotel and Suites
Sample average daily hotel price: $229
Percentage of customers who would recommend: 99%
Cambria Hotel and Suites is a brand new, upscale boutique-style hotel located in the trendy Chelsea neighborhood within walking distance of the Empire State Building, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, and Madison Square Park. Guests can take in the view from the rooftop terrace, enjoy a satisfying meal at its socialCircle Restaurant, and enjoy a signature cocktail at one of the two hotel bars before hitting the town.

Photo courtesy of Hotel Abri

Photo courtesy of Hotel Abri

San Francisco: Hotel Abri – Union Square
Sample average daily hotel price: $141
Percentage of customers who would recommend: 100%
This romantic and sleek hotel is centrally-located and is modern, yet charming. Its lobby lounge offers cozy seating around a gas fireplace, while an adjacent Italian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Amenities include a 24-hour business center and a “tech menu” that allows guests to borrow or buy electronic accessories.

Photo courtesy of La Casa Hotel

Photo courtesy of La Casa Hotel

Fort Lauderdale, FL: La Casa Hotel
Sample average daily hotel price: $154
Percentage of customers who would recommend: 91%
A part of North Beach Village, this tranquil and serene space offers guests easy access to Fort Lauderdale Beach and the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale Mall. Guest rooms featurefour poster beds and classic design, and the beautiful pool and spa are surrounded with tropical greenery and Italian-style fountains, creating the ultimate oasis for guests looking to just get away.

Photo courtesy of Hotel Lombardy

Photo courtesy of Hotel Lombardy

Washington, DC: Hotel Lombardy
Sample average daily hotel price: $112
Percentage of customers who would recommend: 84%
Walking distance from the White House and the Foggy Bottom metro station, the HotelLombardy is a 1920s building with refined, classic rooms. Featured amenities include fitness facilities, free newspapers in the lobby, and in-room spa services available for a fee. Another fun fact: This property is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.

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New York may be the city that never sleeps, but even the most caffeinated tourists have to take a breather sometime. We’ve found some cheap New York hotels (by this city’s standards, at least)—not hostels, but actual hotels with private bathrooms—that feature Instagram-worthy amenities and rates low enough to leave you with enough money to take a sizable bite out of the Big Apple.

* The fine print: These hotel prices are based on a one-night stay at the end of June. 

Cosmopolitan Hotel; starting at $229 a night

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What: A 129-room TriBeCa hotel with high-end finishes and an onsite Starbucks.

Why: You can’t decide which part of town you want to stay in, so lodging that straddles the bustling Financial District and chic Soho is a safe bet.

Start spreadin’ the news: Every Friday morning, hotel guests are invited to take a free walking tour with stops including Wall Street and the Freedom Tower.

Nu Hotel; starting at $197 a night

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What: An airy hotel whose 93 rooms boast oh-so-Brooklyn features like hardwood floors, vibrant murals and even hammocks.

Why: You’re traveling with the family, so perks like bunk beds, free continental breakfast to satisfy picky eaters and childcare (for a free) make life easier.

Start spreadin’ the news: This hipster hotel keeps things earthy, from the recycled wood furniture and free bike rentals, to the local beers in the minibar.

Aloft Harlem; starting at $297 a night

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What: A 122-room hotel with the cultural cache of Harlem and the modern touches of the Aloft brand, including a news ticker over the elevators and keyless check-in (there’s an app for that).

Why: You prefer the Apollo Theater to the Theater District, Sylvia’s soul food to Restaurant Row and hole-in-the-wall jazz joints to Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Start spreadin’ the news: Too tired to go out but don’t want to “waste” a night in your room being antisocial? The hotel bar hosts DJs and karaoke nights, and there’s a pool table in the lobby.

Park South Hotel; starting at $279 a night

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What: A 131-room Midtown hotel that gets high marks for its clean rooms and helpful staff.

Why: You want the convenience of being within a 10-minute walk from the Empire State Building, but without sacrificing perks like free wifi and turn-down service with chocolates.

Start spreadin’ the news: The hotel’s rooftop cocktail bar features fireplaces and spectacular city views.

Washington Jefferson Hotel; starting at $242 a night

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What: A hotel with 158 small yet comfortable rooms and suites in Hell’s Kitchen.

Why: You’re all about location, location, location. The hotel is less than a 10-minute walk from Times Square and the Theater District.

Start spreadin’ the news: On Thursday mornings, hotel guests are invited to take a free walking tour of the neighborhood covering off-Broadway theaters, Hell’s Kitchen restaurants and more.

Opera House Hotel; starting at $169 a night

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What: A 60-room South Bronx hotel that’s an 11-minute train ride from Yankee Stadium.

Why: For the price, you can’t pass up perks like free continental breakfast, 24/7 coffee and tea on the mezzanine level and an unheard-of 18,000-square-foot fitness center run by Crunch Gym.

Start spreadin’ the news: The newly renovated decor is a throwback to Harry Houdini and the Marx Brothers, who once performed there.

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When it comes to the fan experience, these baseball stadiums hit it out of the park.

PNC Park

PNC Park | Flickr CC: Dan Gaken

PNC Park – If you thought Uber was the most innovative way to get to a sporting event, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise when you cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge (which closes to traffic on game days) or idle your boat or kayak on the Allegheny River, where you can hear the roar of the crowd and maybe even catch a  stray ball. Occasional Pup Nights mean frankfurters aren’t the only dogs you’ll find in this stadium.

Jackie Robinson Rotunda in Citi Field, NYC

Jackie Robinson Rotunda in Citi Field, NYC | Flickr CC: Peter Bond

Citi Field – If the Big Apple is a melting pot, then the home of the New York Mets is where baseball fans go to feast. In countless online reviews, fansrave about the food selection: From Shake Shack to El Verano Taqueria to Hot Pastrami on Rye to more upscale eateries that require reservations, this ballpark hits a home run in the food department. As for the building itself, the stately Jackie Robinson Rotunda makes for a grand entrance (it’s so impressive that people get married there), while easy subway access and plentiful parking make getting to and from the ballpark a breeze. Occasional postgame concerts are another nice touch.

AT&T Park

AT&T Park | Flickr CC: truebacarlos

AT&T Park – The San Francisco Giants, who play here, have been crowned World Series champs three times since 2010. So there’s that. Then there’s the waterfront park itself, with its sweeping city views, award-winning design and “splash hit” home runs that land in McCovey Cove just outside the stadium. Even if you don’t want to watch the actual game, there are amusements galore in the free Fan Lot: a Superslide shaped like a giant Coca-Cola bottle, photo booth and Little Giants Park, a tot-sized replica where future sluggers can practice running the bases. And don’t even get us started on the food.

Comerica Park

Comerica Park | Flickr CC: Kevin Ward

Comerica Park – Yeah, we know, Detroit’s no San Francisco (even if it is on the up-and-up). But the home field of the Detroit Tigers is a bright spot in the city that can’t seem to catch a break. There’s a 50-foot Ferris wheel with cars shaped like baseballs, as well as a tiger-themed carousel; both are free for kids on Sundays. And when the Tigers score, a fountain on the centerfield wall comes to life with a “liquid fireworks” display of synchronized lights and music. For a more low-key experience, join the the Tiger Club, which offers a dinner buffet and access to the private Asylum Cigar Bar.

Stilt walkers in Marlins Park

Stilt walkers in Marlins Park | Flickr CC: TigerDirect.com

Marlins Park – America’s favorite pastime gets a dose of South Beach swank at this home of the Miami Marlins, and we’re not talking about the retractable roof. Tropical touches include colorful mosaic walkway lined with palm trees, a fish tank behind home plate and a sculpture that comes to life every time the Marlins score. But the party doesn’t really start until you’re inside the 21-and-up Clevelander Marlins Park. Take a dip in the bar’s pool, dance to the sounds of celebrity DJs and marvel at the stilt walkers. Just remember to keep an eye on the actual, you know, game.

Racing Sausages in Miller Park

Racing Sausages in Miller Park | Flickr CC: relux

Miller Park – Raise a glass to this home of the Milwaukee Brewers, whose fans take baseball tailgating to football-like levels. Inside the retractable-roofed stadium, the feast continues with everything from bacon-wrapped hot dogs to nachos on a stick. You can even cheer on your favorite meat during the sixth-inning Famous Racing Sausages showdown. And of course there’s beer. Lots and lots of beer. Periodic post-game concerts add to the fun.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park | Flickr CC: Peter Ciro

Fenway Park – Even if you don’t know a double play from a double header, you’ve probably heard of the <ahref=”http://www.cheaptickets.com/events/performers/boston-red-sox-tickets” target=”_blank”>Boston Red Sox, indisputably one of the coolest baseball stadiums in America. The legendary team’s stadium opened in 1912, and the original architecture, hand-painted scoreboard and storied bar under the field keep the history alive. Sure, the seats are small and the food options are just average, but this is about tradition, people. Sing “Sweet Caroline” during the eighth inning, argue with the rowdy fans in your section, and then head into the neighborhood after the game for a selection of wicked good eats.

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Sure, St. Patrick’s Day is meant to honor Ireland’s patron saint but in reality, the holiday also delivers tons of parades, green beer and unbridled revelry of every stripe in cities across the country. Scroll down and you’ll find this year’s top St. Patrick’s Day celebration destinations, including ways to save if you decide to make the trip.

But first, take this quiz that finally answers the age-old question, What’s your pub name?

Best cities for St Patrick's Day celebrations

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Chicago, Ill.
Spectators from around the world gather in Chicago on March 12 to watch the Chicago River dyed green, followed by the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade (featuring bagpipers, dancers and marchers galore) that steps off at Grant Park – rain or shine. Parties citywide are not to be missed.

San Francisco, Calif.
One of the largest celebrations of its kind on the West Coast, the 165th San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12 features over 100 floats, Irish dance troupes and marching bands as well as an all-day festival in Civic Center Plaza.

Atlanta, Ga.
Proudly claiming the spot as Atlanta’s longest running event, the 134th Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade on March 12 will consist of nearly 750 musicians and dancers – only one part of the expected 2,300 total participants – and a special appearance by the world-famousBudweiser Clydesdales.

Top St Patrick's Day destinations

Las Vegas, Nev.
While Las Vegas is “Party Central” 24/7, 365 days a year, St. Patrick’s Day-themed events and parties abound up and down the strip. While most take place on March 17 itself, several events continue through the weekend.

New York, N.Y.
The first New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in 1762, 14 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed! This year, the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the United States will be broadcast live to Ireland and the U.K. for the first time ever on March 17. Over two million spectators are expected.

Boston, Mass.
Touted as the “most Irish” city in the United States, Boston is home to some of the best Irish pubs in the world outside of Ireland. Aside from parties and celebrations across the city, the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on March 20.

HOW TO SAVE
According to CheapTickets.com data, about one-third of Americans have traveled for St. Patrick’s Day or would consider making the trek for a celebration worthy of shaking their shamrocks. Nearly 60% of consumers would consider booking a last-minute room after a night of partying and drinking, so this year, CheapTickets.com is offering revelers the chance to save some green with 20% off last-minute hotel mobile bookings using promo code CLOVER20.
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Bar Boulud is just one of the 300-plus restaurants participating in NYC's Restaurant Week. Credit: ZagatBuzz.

By Erin Behan

January is a great time of year to visit New York–if you don’t mind the cold, that is. Hotel rooms are generally discounted, Broadway plays often have open seats and—of course—the post holiday sales are in full force. There’s one more reason to visit New York in January, and it has to do with a famous New York City pastime: eating out.The city’s twice-annual Restaurant Week runs Monday through Friday from Jan. 16 through Feb. 10, and 2012 is the 20-year celebration of the event that gives discounted prix fixe meals for lunch ($24.07) and dinner ($35) at more than 300 of the city’s top restaurants. Continue reading

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