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A London Bar Will Pay You to Travel the World and Drink Gin

By Sarah Buder

Aug 21, 2018

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The London-based bar group, Mr. Fogg’s, has teamed with Bombay Sapphire to send gin-lovers on an adventure around the world.

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If you have an unquenchable thirst for adventure—and a great cocktail—then consider yourself in luck. A London-based bar group wants to send you and a friend around the globe on an all-expenses-paid gin-tasting excursion.

Why? you might be asking yourself. Well, the owners of Mr. Fogg’s, a collection of Victorian-themed bars and restaurants in London, are looking to stock their newest bar, Society of Exploration, with a limited-edition boozy drink. So, of course, they’ve teamed up with Bombay Sapphire to enlist an enthusiastic taste tester who’s up for the task of traveling to “fetch” the global ingredients.


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The competition, inspired by the Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days, will send the lucky winner (and his or her even luckier friend) along a route similar to the one followed by Verne’s fictional explorer, Phileas Fogg. Although exact locations have not been disclosed, the website notes that the travelers may explore anywhere from “Mumbai to Hong Kong, Tokyo to San Francisco, [and] New York to Lisbon” for up to 80 days between this August and November. Expenses for airfare, accommodations, and alternative travel methods will all be covered, and according to a company spokesperson cited in Thrillistthe winning pair will go on “once in a lifetime experiences” worth a total of about $10,000 that include nights out at some of the world’s best bars.

But the trip won’t only be about getting boozy—the winning pair will also be enlisted to document the journey on social media and maintain a blog while collecting the necessary cocktail ingredients for Mr. Fogg’s soon-to-open establishment.

To enter the competition, applicants must be over 21 years old and familiar with both the Mr. Fogg’s brand and Around the World in 80 Days. Additionally, all entrants should be “well-versed in the medium of social media” and available to travel between the end of August and November. If you think you’re the right fit, make sure to submit an application form by this Monday, August 27.

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