Aussies have a reputation overseas for liking a drink. I have to admit we always make a point of trying the local brew – even against the advise of those who have been there before and advised against. Case in point. On a trip to Israel we discovered Palestinians CANNOT brew beer – seriously (worst stuff EVER!)! But you gotta find these things out for yourself right?
We’ve had rice whisky fresh from the vat in the middle of a rice field in Thailand, drunk cocktails in a 2000 year old Nabatean tomb, downed vodka shots in a Russian Tupelov aeroplane in a park in Olomouc….
It started me thinking – where are some of the strangest watering holes in the world?
Well after a bit of research (both online and experiential 🙂 ) here are 10 weird, wacky, strange, fun and cool places to quench your thirst! (in no particular order)
1. The Red Sea Star – Eilat, Israel
Hailed as the world’s first underwater restaurant and bar off the coast of Israel. Twenty feet down in the Gulf of Eilat, surrounded by undulating walls and windows designed to invoke the movements of the sea, partygoers sit on stools that resemble jellyfish. Just outside the windows grows a coral reef, that teems with butterfly fish, angelfish, and other brightly colored fauna.
2. H.R. Giger Museum Bar – Gruyères, Switzerland
The interior of the otherworldly environment that is the H.R. Giger Museum Bar is a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle. The sensation of being in this extraordinary setting recalls the tale of Jonah and the whale, lending the feel of being literally in the belly of a fossilized, prehistoric beast, or that you have been transported into the remains of a mutated future civilization.
3. Eternity Bar – Truskavets, Ukraine
Crowned unchallenged as the largest coffin in the world by Guinness World Records, the casket is 20 meters long, 6 meters wide, and 6 meters high. Made out of pine (what else?) and furnished inside with the finest funeral décor, guests can enjoy dour dinners surrounded in the trappings of the recently deceased.
4. The Cave Bar – Petra, Jordan
You can’t come to Petra and miss the oldest bar in the world. Occupying a 2000-year-old Nabataean rock tomb, this blue-lit Petra hot spot has been known to stay open until 4am on busy summer nights. Sit among the spirits, alcoholic or otherwise, and you’ll soon get a flavour of Petra you hadn’t bargained on.
5. Boab Tree Bar – Limpopo, South Africa
South Africa’s humungous Sunland Baobab tree is world-renowned for its extraordinary proportions. But what really makes it truly unique is the fact that visitors to the 6,000-year-old tree can grab a drink at a bar located in the hollow of the trunk. The Sunland Baobab Pub took residence inside the tree in 1933, and today it can still comfortably serve 15 lucky patrons.
6. Alux Bar – Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
The bar Alux in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico lets you enjoy thousands of stalactites and stalagmites while you sip on your favorite drink in the 10,000 year old cave. If you did just wanted to stroll through the cave you can as well, however it is a one drink minimum.
7. The Rock Bar – Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Perched on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania, is a tiny seafood restaurant and bar. Depending on the tides that day, you can either swim, walk, or boat over for a fresh caught meal!
8. Ice Bar – Stockholm, Sweden.
Visiting ICEBAR is something you should do at least once in your life. Sip on a delicious cocktail or have a glass of champagne – obviously the glasses are made entirely out of ice. Dance on a floor made of snow and do some late night mingling with visitors from near and far that have all traveled to this little bar by the Torne River.
9. Vampire Cafe – Ginza, Japan
Vampire Cafe provides a dark, bloody atmosphere for drinking and dining, perfect for blood-suckers. The rooms are themed after classic Vampire traits or accessories, such as ‘Coffin,’ ‘Alter,’ ‘Victim,’ and ‘Cross’ rooms.
10. Floyds Pelican Bar – Negril, Jamaica
Looking for the perfect “get away from it all” experience then look no further than the Pelican Bar, a rustic wooden bar built on a sand bank a quarter of a mile out to sea, half way between Black River and Treasure Beach. The Pelican Bar is the perfect place to spend the day being busy doing nothing, sunbath, drink beer, swim in the shallow waters, eat fresh fried fish or even bring along your fishing gear to catch your own dinner!