Go drinking inside a tree. Or a coffin. Or a skeleton. Read on to find out about seven of the weirdest bars in the world.
Ice Bar – London
The Ice Bar in London has a sub-zero theme (-5°C to be exact) and it’s apparent throughout the whole place. There is a bar made of ice, drinks served in glasses carved from ice, square blocks of ice that are used as stools, tables made from… well, you get where we’re going with this. Best of all the ice sculptures that line the walls are replaced every year with a completely different theme, so if you visit again at a later date it’ll seem like a completely new experience.
Big Joe’s 2 & 6 Pub - Chicago
Big Joe’s 2 & 6 Pub is just your average American bar. Beers are served thick and fast, the food is piled high, turtles run around on the tables, cheesy music blasts from the stereo. Wait a second, what? You heard right. Big Joe’s is Chicago’s premier turtle racing venue, and if you buy a beer you have a chance of winning a turtle-ticket for the big event. The lucky winner will win a t-shirt, and the even luckier loser gets a free beer (the ticket holder, not the turtle itself).
Office – Tokyo
Tokyo is absolutely packed with bizarre bars and restaurants, but somehow one of the most mundane manages to be the most disturbing of them all. If you’ve ever felt trapped at work, then look away now. Frustrated desk jockeys who step into the Office Bar in Tokyo will feel like they’ve entered some sort of nightmarish parallel universe where the working day never ends, as they spot filing cabinet stools, photocopier desks, and laptop power points. Luckily the office theme doesn’t extend to the refreshments, so you’ll be able to grab a beer rather than a cup of lukewarm coffee.
HR Giger Bar – Switzerland
When he’s not busy designing cold-blooded killer extra-terrestrials for the Alien films, Oscar winning art director HR Giger enjoys a quiet drink just like the rest of us. Unlike the rest of us, it seems he likes doing so inside a giant skeleton. Found in Switzerland’s HR Giger museum, this terrifying tavern was designed by the great man himself. Vertebrae line the roof, creepy baby sculptures adorn the walls, and the chairs look like they just might eat you alive.
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Floyd’s Pelican Bar – Jamaica
Just off the south coast of Jamaica in the waters of Parottee Bay sits Floyd’s Pelican Bar. This quaint little drinking spot is about a mile out from the shore, and is perched on a set of stilts. Worried about spending too long on Floyd’s rickety surface? Don’t be. Once you’ve tasted their paradisiacal range of tropical cocktails and freshly caught fish, they’ll have to drag you kicking and screaming back to the boat at the end of the day.
Coffin Bar – Ukraine
Oh come on, we’ve all heard of drinking yourself to death, but this is just ridiculous. The rather disturbingly named ‘Eternity Bar’ in Ukraine is quite simply a bar built inside a giant coffin – the world’s biggest coffin in fact. With a trendy décor of funeral flowers, black bin liners and miniature coffin-tables, this probably isn’t the best option for already depressed patrons who want to drown their sorrows.
Baobab Tree Bar
There’s limited seating, it’s far too dark, and you’re likely to bang your head if you get up and try to walk around. So what’s so special about this bar in South Africa? The Baobab Tree Bar is situated in the hollow trunk of an enormous Baobab tree, which is packed with everything you’d look for in a bar. As if that wasn’t impressive enough already, at over 6,000 years old it’s said that the tree itself is one of the oldest living organisms on the planet.
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