One of the easiest ways to find a great spot to hang or eat is through Yelp. Plant yourself in the middle of a town and search pub, burgers, or oysters in your native language or international language, that being english. Heres the problem with that method, notice every time you search in english you get only english reviews and unless your in the States, UK or Australia its not a local’s review and it won’t be what you think.
Always use yelp in the language of the location your at; french in France and italian in Italy. You won’t be able to get purely local reviews but you will be much closer to that than just using english. We almost stepped into Western girl crepe cafe in Paris with english reviews, not where we necessarily wanted to be.